What should I know before getting a rhinoplasty? Our Portland, OR-based team sees many patients who are in the planning stages for nose surgery and want to find out everything they can about the procedure.

First, the basics: Rhinoplasty—commonly known as a “nose job”—is a surgical procedure designed to reshape and enhance the appearance of the nose. It is also performed to address functional issues, such as breathing difficulties caused by structural abnormalities. By bringing the nose into better alignment with other facial features, a nose job can improve overall facial harmony and create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Despite its widespread popularity, however, rhinoplasty remains a topic surrounded by misconceptions and myths. No matter your procedure of choice, it’s important to understand what’s true and what’s not when it comes to cosmetic surgery so that you can make well-informed decisions.

In this post, we’ll explore some of the most common misconceptions about rhinoplasty surgery—and explain the reality behind them.


  1. Myth: “The Results Will Look Unnatural”

Patients are sometimes worried that their nose will look fake or “done” after a rhinoplasty so others will be able to instantly tell that they’ve had a nose job. Quality results depend on a quality plastic surgeon! Our team can ensure that the results of your procedure are subtle and natural-looking, so that they are noticeable, but not obvious.


  1. Myth: “A Nose Job Will Alter Your Sense of Smell and Taste”

While it’s true that your ability to smell and taste may be affected during your initial stages of recovery, this will only be temporary, and your senses should return to normal once the swelling goes down.


  1. Myth: “Only Celebrities or the Wealthy Get Rhinoplasty”

Rhinoplasty is not exclusive to people who live lifestyles of the rich and famous. It is a procedure available to all individuals from diverse backgrounds who seek to enhance their appearance or address functional concerns.


  1. Myth: “It’s Vain to Get a Nose Job”

Patients often want to correct cosmetic concerns that affect their self-esteem. It’s not vanity to get cosmetic surgery, and many people find that their overall quality of life is improved by their choice.


  1. Myth: “Nose Jobs Are Only for Women”

Another common misconception about nose surgery is that it’s not for men. Even though the majority of nose jobs are performed on women, a significant percentage of the procedures are also performed on men, according to recent statistics. In fact, the procedure is suitable for patients of any gender who want to enhance their nose’s appearance of function.

What else should you know before getting a rhinoplasty? Contact our Portland, OR-based Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery to find out more about how to plan for a nose job and what to expect. Call us at 503-646-0101 or fill out a contact form to request a consultation.


Kathleen Waldorf