Reasons for Rhinoplasty: Cosmetic vs. Medical
Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries in the UK, along with breast augmentation or reduction, abdominoplasty, and liposuction. In fact, these procedures remain popular year after year despite economic conditions.
These procedures all have a commonality—they typically lead to increased confidence and self esteem. The individual reasons for electing cosmetic surgery is much more complex.
Cosmetic reasons are not the only reason for plastic surgery, however. Sometimes, as is sometimes the case in rhinoplasty, the surgery is medically necessary.
While pop culture suggests that vanity is a driving force behind rhinoplasty and other forms of plastic surgery, this is not always the case.
Most are familiar with a deviated septum, at least in general terms. This is when there is a displacement in the nostrils. A deviated septum may not be noticeable from the outside, but can wreak havoc on your health—causing nosebleeds, headaches, snoring, and sleep apnea.
In some cases, medication can help treat the symptoms. Other times, surgery is required. (Jennifer Anniston is one of many stars to have had this procedure done.)
A deviated septum is not the only physical or medical problem that results in the need for rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty surgery can also help individuals with recurring sinus pain and problems.
Trauma and injury to the nose is another cause for rhinoplasty. Sometimes the need for corrective surgery is immediate, while other times it results from obstruction due to an earlier nose injury as symptoms manifest over time.
Plastic surgery can significantly boost self-confidence. In fact, it may even affect how others view you as well. While this benefit may sound vain, but the benefits of increased self-esteem should not be dismissed. According to a 2012 study of 204 British participants, cosmetic surgery is associated increase in self esteem moves far beyond the physical to affect work/job performance, relationships with peers and partners, and overall life satisfaction.
Whether the choice is medical or cosmetic, rhinoplasty and other forms of cosmetic surgery are relative to the individual’s needs and concerns. If you are thinking about rhinoplasty, contact us for a consultation.