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Advantages and disadvantages of rhinoplasty: Can a nose job help you lose weight?

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When you think about a nose job, do you think about the stereotypical popular girl in high school who had one and tried to keep it a secret? Those who choose to have a rhinoplasty procedure do not have to be ashamed, but there are several important factors they should consider before surgery. It is imperative that you weigh the pros and cons as you think about this type of surgery.


Pro: Increased confidence

Rhinoplasty surgery is a solution for those who feel their nose is unattractive and creating problems. Rhinoplasty is an art that can restore balance and harmony in the face while boosting self-esteem for the patient. In addition, studies have shown that those who have plastic surgery have better confidence, experience less anxiety and feel healthier. Many people have this type of positive outcome following a rhinoplasty procedure.

Con: Expectations differ from the outcome

In some cases, patients go into the procedure with unrealistic expectations. However, this can be avoided by speaking to a doctor, researching the procedure and understanding the limitations that come with a nose job. It is important to have realistic expectations before you get a nose job.

Pro: Better health

Some of the positive aspects of getting a nose job are the health benefits that follow the surgery. Whether you have frequent sinus infections, frequent upper respiratory problems or difficulty sleeping due to breathing problems, this form of plastic surgery can resolve many issues and restore your health. This is often a recommended fix for those with many of these conditions.

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In addition, a nose job can improve your breathing and help you lose weight. A study from the British Medical Journal found that oxidation in the body can break down fat, and some of the matter actually leaves the body as you exhale. Researchers explain that fat is broken down into oxygen, hydrogen and carbon. As you breathe easier, you are able to exhale more carbon and lose more of the broken down fat. Additionally, a nose job can help some people who have trouble sleeping or suffer from sleep apnea. These problems often lead to fatigue, brain fog and overeating, so better breathing helps you sleep better and avoid turning to food for comfort.

Con: Recovery time can be lengthy

In some cases, the recovery time can be lengthy and awkward since you will have a bandage on your nose for several days. However, it is important to note that these lengthy recovery times are generally in conjunction with open procedures.

Currently, the best surgeons are using closed procedures, which mean they are less invasive. The initial recovery time is short and can last a few days. Full recovery takes a little longer, but the patient can return to their daily activities in less than a week following a closed procedure.

Pro: Easier breathing

Some of the most common breathing difficulties include a deviated septum and sleep apnea. A deviated septum is a condition in which the dividing border between the two nasal passages is off-center making it difficult to breathe. Sleep apnea is a condition in which the breathing pauses or becomes shallows during sleep. One of the most common symptoms is snoring. If left untreated, it can lead to other problems.

In many cases, those with breathing problems have issues with the actual structure of the cartilage in their noses, and rhinoplasty can fix this. When non-surgical methods do not work for these conditions, most physicians turn to plastic surgery to correct the problem. In this case, a nose job could be life-saving.

Health and beauty are two of the many reasons that cosmetic surgery is alive and well in the United States. In general, the positive aspects of a nose job outweigh the negative ones for many people. If you are thinking about a rhinoplasty procedure and how you can benefit from one, then you may want to talk to a medical professional who can help you.