What are the stats of breathing loss and change in vocal range / tone after a rhino?

I Am a Professional Singer and Am Concerned About the Possible Change in my Voice After a Rhino? What are the stats of breathing loss and change in vocal range / tone after a rhino? I Broke my nose when I was 12 and have been insecure about it since. I would love to get and rhino and can afford it , but I am a professional singer and want to know the likelihood of it affecting my career . Thanks for your help!

Doctor Answers 7

Change in voice after rhinoplasty?

It is possible to perform a rhinoplasty without changing the voice. If anything, your singing can improve because you will be able to breathe better. I would recommend doing your homework and choosing a board certified rhinoplasty specialist to perform your procedure. Look for board certification and credentials, a good amount of before and after photos showcasing the surgeon's work, and great patient testimonials. Your prospective surgeon will be able to answer any questions you may have about any effects the surgery may have on your singing voice. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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No change expected to vocal tone following a rhinoplasty

I have performed rhinoplasty surgery on many professional singers and as long as there is not increase in nasal airway obstruction there should be no change in your vocal tone or to your singing voice.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Singing and rhinoplasty

Many people have heard that the reason Barbra Streisand never got a nose job is because she was afraid it would affect her voice.  I think that story may just be folk lore.  A rhinoplasty should not alter your once as long as your nasal airway remains clear after the surgery.  Mae sure you choose an experienced surgeon who properly addresses the issue of your breathing as well as your cosmetic concerns.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Singer rhinoplasty

There is no clinical or medical evidence that having a rhinoplasty will alter your sing voice either in pitch or range. I personally reviewed this a few years ago but saw nothing in the speech or medical literature.

You can get nasal airflow studies to see how obstructed you are? Having performed surgery on singers, professional voice users, there has been no change in their voices. You should feel confident that your surgery will not alter your singing voice

David Ellis MD FRCSC

Toronto  Facial Plastic Surgeon

Art of Facial Surgery

David A. F. Ellis, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
3.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Rhinoplasty and changes in the professional voice

 Performing a rhinoplasty will not affect  your vocal range.   Since your nose has been broken there is a high likelihood that the internal septum has been fractured or deviated as well and may need to be fixed.   Repair of a deviated septum usually improves the quality of the voice. Virtual rhinoplasty software is available in our website to give  yourself an idea of what  your  new nose might look like

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

Rhinoplasty Affects Nasal Breathing Rarely, and Change in Vocal Range and Tone Very Rarely

Hi Singer88,

I just presented a talk at State of the Art in Facial Aesthetics 2013 on Rhinoplasty and correction of breathing problems.  Studies have shown that nasal breathing may be affected in about 10% of rhinoplasties.  I have operated on many singers, actors, radio and television commentators without having had a change in their voice.  Most importantly choose your rhinoplasty surgeon carefully. Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Rhinoplasty on Professional Singer

In our location for the past 35 years we frequently see entertainers, including singers - your concerns have not been a problem. As long as an experienced surgeon does the work and you avoid significant narrowing the tone and quality of your voice will be preserved. 

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

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