Rhinoplasty (or nose job) can be a very complex surgery to have. The shape of the nose is defined by the bone, muscle and cartilage. The skin also affects the size and shape of your nose and the thickness differs from person to person.

There are huge positive points to have nose surgery, and it important to feel comfortable with the procedure you want to take.

However, before deciding to undergo nose surgery, whether it is for health and or cosmetic purposes there are a number of things you need to think about including the after-effects of the surgery, physically and mentally.

Have you done the research?

Different people have nose surgery for a number of reasons. One of them is cosmetic nose surgery, which is done purely to re-shape the nose for aesthetic purposes. It can change the way you look, and it’s up to you how – as it can often just be a subtle difference or it can completely change the look of your face and it all depends on the result you want.

A nose job is also hugely beneficial for those who have difficulty breathing properly and comfortably through the nose, while also improving the look.

It is important that you understand the procedure and what it entails, as it is a big change to make to your facial features (even if the effects aren’t particularly apparent). It is not just the look, but it is the recovery time, and how you will cope after the nose surgery.

It is also necessary to know the different types of procedures that are involved in nose surgery, as it is not just a straight forward “one size fits all” approach. If you are not already up to speed with these different methods then it’s time to get studying.

Do you know the risks?

With these different procedures and methods of undergoing nose surgery, it is generally an exceedingly safe procedure. The risk involved regards your reaction to the result of the nose surgery and is dependent on your expectations.

You should remember that there is no such thing as a “perfect” nose, and when it comes to having a rhinoplasty procedure it is best to think of it as making an improvement. All surgeons will strive for perfection, but it may not be possible to achieve this, it may only be possible to get close.

While a misshapen nose may not always be possible to transform into what you were expecting, an initial consultation with an examination and discussion of any pre-operative history will be help to avoid the possibility of unsatisfactory results.