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Weight loss as a positive side effect of rhinoplasty

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Rhinoplasty can dramatically improve the appearance of your nose and help with multiple problems such as breathing issues. In addition, many patients have reported weight loss as another positive side effect of the surgery. If you are considering this type of plastic surgery, then you may want to think about all of the positive and negative aspects.


Understanding rhinoplasty

Dr. Thomas Loeb explains that rhinoplasty is a good choice for patients who want to change their nose because of aesthetic reasons, medical problems or functional issues. This surgery can fix a variety of problems that include a deviated septum, nasal asymmetry and breathing concerns. Some of the benefits of rhinoplasty are improved self-esteem, higher confidence and easier breathing. However, it is important to note that all plastic surgery has risks, and rhinoplasty can require a long recovery time.

Weight loss and rhinoplasty

Many patients have reported that they have actually lost weight after rhinoplasty. Although each patient’s unique circumstances will affect the outcome, it is possible for one to shed extra pounds after the surgery. There are several reasons that doctors have traced for this positive result.

Better diet after surgery

A healthy diet is often emphasized by plastic surgeons after a rhinoplasty because it helps healing. By eating more fruits and vegetables, you can influence your recovery time. Studies show that nutritional deficiencies can negatively affect healing, so a healthy diet is important. Researchers have found that vitamin A, vitamin E and other nutrients are essential for healing. In addition, they have established that bromelian, which is an enzyme in pineapples, reduces swelling, pain and bruises.

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This emphasis on healthy food and fresh produce helps many people lose weight after their surgery. They are forced to follow a better diet, and many of them choose to stick with it long after their nose has healed. Seeing the impact a healthier diet can have on their body gives them the incentive to continue.

Better breathing

One of the most common and positive side effects of nose surgery is better breathing. Your improved ability to breathe can also affect your weight. Many people suffer from sleep apnea, snoring and other breathing issues at night. However, they do not realize how much their inability to get a good night’s sleep affects their waistlines. Researchers have found that people who snore or have sleep apnea are more tired the next day. Moreover, the lack of sleep can cause them to overeat and gain weight because their levels of the ghrelin hormone rise. This hormone increases your appetite and makes you hungry.

Researchers mention that higher quality sleep is easier for people who do not suffer from breathing problems. Once these breathing issues are eliminated, their ghrelin hormone levels return to normal, and they are able to lose weight easier.

Preparing for surgery

Rhinoplasty is a serious surgery, so you want to discuss the positive and negative aspects with a professional before you make a decision. It can have a dramatic impact on your life and help you lose weight at the same time. Before you get the surgery, you want to carefully consider the side effects and recovery time.

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