Although many people use the terms “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” interchangeably, there are a few differences between the two. Ultimately, the distinction has to do with the purpose of the surgery. Plastic surgery is focused on repairing defects and restoring functionality and appearance for a patient; cosmetic surgery, however, has to do with enhancing a patient’s appearance and improving symmetry and proportion.
One of the most popular surgeries — both for corrective and cosmetic reasons — is rhinoplasty. What is rhinoplasty? This treatment, colloquially known as a “nose job,” is used to correct and reshape the form of the nose. The treatment is probably more common than you think: in 2012 alone, an estimated 243,000 Americans underwent rhinoplasty procedures.
Why get rhinoplasty? The two main reasons to see a rhinoplasty specialist are to receive plastic surgery for corrective treatment or to enhance appearance through cosmetic surgery. Here is more information on these two types of treatment:
To Correct a Medical Issue
Given that it allows us the ability to breathe, the nose is one of the most important parts of the body. However, there are many congenital and acquired abnormalities that can show up in or on the nose. Anything from breathing problems to blunt trauma can lead to a need for this type of surgery. Even a benign melanoma can be a reason to get rhinoplasty. This procedure is also common for infants who are born with a cleft palate, as leaving the condition untreated can result in serious complications later in life.
Because this surgery is often considered elective, rhinoplasty costs may or may not be covered by an insurance company. It’s best to discuss this with a doctor or health plan provider before receiving treatment.
To Enhance Appearance
It’s no secret that more and more Americans are looking to cosmetic surgery to enhance appearance. The U.S. saw approximately 14.6 million cosmetic surgery procedures in 2012 alone. The reasons for surgery vary from person to person, but ultimately, it boils down to one thing: dissatisfaction with one’s appearance.
The decision to get a nose job can stem from many different concerns. Those who would like smaller noses may receive wide nose rhinoplasty to reshape the nostrils and tip of the nose. In addition to wide nose rhinoplasty, men and women look to rhinoplasty to smooth bumps (with nasal hump excision) and restore symmetry.
When considering your options for rhinoplasty, it’s essential to consider all stages of the procedure, from the consultations to the recovery. Unlike Botox treatments, which are non-invasive and only take around 30 minutes, surgical rhinoplasty can take hours, and the healing period can last several weeks.
If you think you might need corrective rhinoplasty for your health, or if you’re interested in wide nose rhinoplasty or another cosmetic treatment, it’s best to discuss your options with a doctor. A consultation with a surgeon is the best way to assess your needs. If you have serious questions about surgery, talk to a doctor. For general questions, leave a comment below.