Will It Be Obvious if a Patient Had a Rhinoplasty?

Do I have to tell my peers about my nose job? I am about to have a nose job. Do I have to tell peers I am going to get it? Will everyone notice?


Doctor Answers 19

Natural rhinoplasty results

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You should not need to share your personal medical history with anyone. A rhinoplasty should result in a natural, harmonious result that matches a person's face. Careful planning and communication between the doctor and patient is important in this regard.

Having said this, a natural result may still be dramatically different than how you look now. If this is the case for you, then your peers may or may not notice it on their own. The degree of change that you seek will determine this. Computer simulations may help you visualize what the changes you seek will look like.

Hope this helps.

Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Are results from rhinoplasty noticeable

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Over aggressive surgery of any type, especially nasal surgery, is very noticeable. The sides pinch in, the skin fails, the tip droops, the top becomes depressed and shows irregularities, not to mention what happens with the breathing.

So not every rhinoplasty ends well. Every patient should research their surgeon carefully, see many before-after pictures, and have the feeling that they trust the decision making of their doctor.

Most patients who have had a fabulous result with their rhinoplasty only are complimented on their appearance overall. Did they lose weight? Is their hair different? Even patients with amazing before-after pictures should not be pegged as having had a rhinoplasty.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Not if the desired results are proportionate with your face

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There is no way someone would know if you got rhinoplasty if the results achieve a proportionate improvement and there is overall harmony. You don't have to tell anyone that you had surgery unless you want to. However, if the change is very noticeable, then some people might wonder. Of course it's totally up to you if you want to tell them.   


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Most of the time, the only people who will know you had a rhinoplasty are the ones you tell. If you give yourself 7 to 10 days to recover, your peers should not notice. They may suspect that something is different but rarely put 2 and 2 together.

A good rhinoplasty should not be obvious.



Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 285 reviews

How to avoid obvious Rhinoplasty

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From a practical standpoint, there will be a 10-14 day period after the surgery when bruising under the eyes or swelling of the nose will be noticeable to others. For the next 1-2 weeks after that early timeframe, only your friends and family should be able to tell that something is different. A month or so after surgery, the nose is well settled and will not typically look like something was done to it.

Down the line, a well performed Rhinoplasty should not be noticeable to others. Noses that are overdone, overworked, or overgrafted are easy to spot as having an operated appearance. The nose should have no sharp edges and should have a certain height to the bridge. When the profile is over-reduced, patients get an unnatural look where the nose is all tip. This is a fairly obvious sign (the ski slope nose). The tip itself can also produce obvious visual changes that people will notice. If done right, the tip should retain smooth and rounded contours, not be over-lifted, and not produce extra nostril visibility.

There are several different types of tip-plasty techniques, each one having a specific indication based on a patient's own anatomy. Using the right technique for the right patient, as well as having a conservative eye towards volume removal should result in a natural result.

Best of luck!

Richard W. Westreich, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

The best nosejobs are ones that make you look better but no one knows its your nose

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The best complement I get from patients is when they come back after surgery and tell me that they saw an old friend who said "you look great, what did you do? lose weight? have a makeover? new hairdo?" A well done nosejob should fit your face and not call attention to the nose.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 141 reviews

Your Potential Nose Job

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Whether or not you wish to tell your peers about an upcoming nose job is completely up to your discretion. An experienced surgeon will design your new nose to look as natural as possible, making sure the changes suit your surrounding facial features and avoiding a look that is too overdone or “fake.” That being said, depending on the specifics of your rhinoplasty, it is indeed probable that your peers may notice that some work has been done. In any case, a nose job is primarily designed to make the patient feel more comfortable in his or her own skin so you shouldn’t devote too much attention to others’ reactions to your decision.

Sam Rizk, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 79 reviews

There should not be any telltale signs from rhinoplasty

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If a rhinoplasty has been performed there should be no telltale signs of having had the surgery. The rhinoplasty operation performed in experienced hands can leave the patient with a very natural appearing nose without too much uplifting, ski slopes or Ms. Piggy look. It is important to wait at least two to three weeks after rhinoplasty to resume work and social activities to allow most of your facial swelling to subside.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Privacy after Rhinoplasty

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Friends and associates will typically only notice a bad rhinoplasty. A nose job should never look like a "nose job". Seek a surgeon whose work you like.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

A well balanced rhinoplasty surgery can be inconspicuous

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When rhinoplasty has good aesthetic balance, others will think you look better for other reasons, a new haircut, losing weight, etc. It is only when rhinoplasty is overdone with a skin slope bridge, pinched tip, and pig like upturned nose that people will be clued in.

Andrew Jacono, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 215 reviews

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