“I hate my nose and want my nose to be perfect, like Jessica Alba’s. Can I get that with a nose job?”
The myth of perfect beauty
Tolstoy wrote in Anna Karenina, “If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”
When it comes to the human face, beauty exists without perfect symmetry. Every face and nose has asymmetries and imperfections, no matter how attractive.
When it comes to rhinoplasty, it’s important for both the patient and the surgeon to realize that it is a surgery of improvement, not of perfection. For the patient, this is the key to having a successful outcome with surgery – having realistic, attainable expectations. Can a nose that looks like Owen Wilson’s be turned into a nose that looks like Natalie Portman’s with rhinoplasty? No. Could it be made straighter and perhaps more attractive? Yes. Understanding the limitations of surgery is critical to having a great outcome. That being said, the surgeon then assumes the responsibility for achieving the maximum possible result.
The Risks and Rewards of Rhinoplasty
For the surgeon, there is a crucial interplay between risk and reward during surgery. With rhinoplasty, this has very profound consequences, since by its very nature, healing is somewhat unpredictable. Techniques that provide consistent, reproducible results often prove superior to others that may produce dramatic results at times, but utterly unsatisfactory ones during others. One area where this comes to play is the selection of graft materials for rhinoplasty. Synthetic implants have become very popular because of their ease of use for the surgeon and their dramatic results.
However, synthetic implants carry a risk of infection, migration, and extrusion (thinning out and even ulcerating through the skin) that is much higher than that of autologous grafts (tissue from your own body). Dr. Nassif and Dr. Yoo exclusively use autologous grafts to provide their Beverly Hills rhinoplasty patients with safe, long lasting, and beautiful outcomes.
Should you have a nose job?
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