How Many Nose Jobs Is Too Many?

Before his untimely death in 2009, Michael Jackson’s appearance changed so drastically that many of us in the plastic surgery world were aghast. There is a limit to how many times one should go under the knife, and the King of Pop had clearly blown past the line.

So how many plastic surgeries are too many? When it comes to nose jobs, the answer varies from person to person. Below are some things people who are interested in having another nose job should consider.

Every Surgery Makes the Next One Riskier

Rhinoplasty is not something that should be taken lightly. It is a serious surgery. The risk of complications is real, particularly when one has had a previous nose job.

Each nose job changes the shape of the cartilage inside the nose, and encourages the growth of scar tissue. It can be very difficult to operate on a nose that has undergone so many changes that little of the original structure of the nose remains to build on and guide the surgeon.

Health Factors

Many second or third nose jobs are done because the previous surgeon focused too much on aesthetics, and not enough on function. It may be impossible to correct breathing issues if nasal function was completely ignored during previous procedures, and another procedure might make things worse.

Emotional Factors

Many patients who want another nose job have become obsessed with their noses. They notice even the smallest imperfections. They ignore how the nose compares to their other facial features. They will probably never be satisfied with their nose no matter how many times it is operated on.

In order for a nose job to be successful, the patient needs to have realistic expectations about the possible outcomes. Operating on someone who is not emotionally capable of loving themselves is dangerous, and should not be attempted.

Make the Choice That Is Right for You, Not the Doctor’s Pocketbook

Patients who are considering another nose job should be wary of surgeons who do not think the factors above are important. While the surgeon may only be operating on the nose, the person as a whole is impacted by good or bad outcome. Experienced surgeons know this, and will refuse to operate if the health or emotional well-being of a patient will be harmed even if the surgery itself can be considered a success.

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