The term “realistic expectations” is used frequently when discussing beauty treatments, especially those that involve plastic surgery. Much of the initial consultation between doctors and patients revolves around the results that are desired and expected. The more aligned patients’ expectations are with the potential of a procedure, the greater their sense of satisfaction. Likewise, patients whose expectations are not thoroughly vetted and whose understanding of their procedure is not clear are more likely to be dissatisfied with the outcome of their treatment. All areas of plastic surgery are important to understand. Due to the delicate nature of the nose, however, patients must know what is possible and what is not.
What Changes Can Be Made to the Nose?
Rhinoplasty is a popular procedure aimed at changing certain characteristics of the nose. Many aspects of the nose can be refined with rhinoplasty. For example, an experienced surgeon can narrow a bulbous tip to look more sculpted. The nose can be made to appear smaller, straighter, and more proportionate to other facial features. Rhinoplasty may be able to lower the nostrils or bring a droopy tip upward. The question is how much change can be achieved without compromising the structural integrity of the nose.
Are Your Expectations Realistic?
Determining just how realistic your expectations are might be a challenge. Even the most conservative patients can fall into the trap of imagining a perfect nose. To measure your expectations, ask what you want to accomplish. The answer should include the finite details that you may not be fully aware of until you consult with a plastic surgeon. For example, you may know that you want your nose to look smaller, but you may not realize that you expect to have an ultra-narrow nose that your eye is naturally drawn to on someone else’s face.
We tend to notice the features that we find attractive on others and want those exact features on our face. Plastic surgery doesn’t work that way. What your plastic surgeon can do for you is observe your nose for the changes you wish to make and make those changes to the degree that they suit your facial structure. This may not look exactly like the nose you had envisioned or the nose you love on a model or celebrity, but it will look like the best shape and size for you.