Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is a procedure done to permanently reconstruct your nose. For male patients, there are several ways of performing a rhinoplasty. Methods often include inserting implants, redistributing the nasal cartilage, and smoothing or otherwise altering the wrinkles seen near the nose extending to the corners of the mouth (known as the nasolabial folds). While rhinoplasty can have aesthetic benefits for men restoring facial balancing, there are often breathing health advantages as well.
How Is Rhinoplasty Performed on Men?
There are two ways of performing rhinoplasty, external and internal. Procedures do not differ all that much for male patients than they do for female patients:
For an external rhinoplasty (or open rhinoplasty) an incision is cut between the nasal openings. This allows the surgeon easy access to the bone and the tissue inside. The scar left behind is minimal and undetectable. The external rhinoplasty is very commonly seen if the procedure requires revision. The primary benefit to external rhinoplasty is increased accuracy, a major boon if the nose is shaped in a complex manner. This procedure generally takes about one hour to complete.
Internal rhinoplasty (or closed rhinoplasty) does not use an incision. Instead, the procedure is done directly through the nostrils. As there’s no need to cut an incision, swelling is slightly decreased, and the operation time itself is shorter. Internal rhinoplasties and external rhinoplasties are about as common as one another for primary procedures.
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Who Is a Good Candidate for a Rhinoplasty?
While it may seem otherwise, rhinoplasty on males is far from rare. About 22,000 rhinoplasties are performed on males every year, making it the most common type of plastic surgery performed on males.
Besides improving appearance, rhinoplasty has several health benefits. The procedure can correct septal deformities and strengthen breathing areas, as a way to correct septal deviation or help with sleep apnea. Of course, rhinoplasty is also beneficial for men who can successfully recover from plastic surgery, are relatively healthy, and desire to improve their most prominent facial feature, the nose.
Doctors note that the best candidate will be a man who:
- Currently is in good health
- Can recover well from surgery
- Will be able to take time off to recover
- Has a deviated septum or a nose shape that you want to improve
What’s the Difference Between Rhinoplasty For Men and Women?
Men and women have different bodies and different goals when it comes to their appearance. Men and women also have different facial structures and tend to have different concerns when it comes to surgery. Even the way genders heal can differ!
Plastic surgeons need to know different techniques to ensure aesthetic success for each gender. This leaves most men at an impasse. The vast majority of rhinoplasty surgeries are performed on women, but that doesn’t mean it’s a female-exclusive procedure.
What Can I Expect During My Rhinoplasty Recovery?
Rhinoplasty recovery typically doesn’t take too long. Directly after surgery, a splint will be placed on the nose to keep the area straight during initial healing. This will likely stay on for between five to seven days. When the splint is removed, you can go about daily activities. After another week, most of the facial swelling will have subsided. After week three, you should be able to return to cardiovascular activities such as jogging, and after week six you should be able to return to impact sports and resistance workouts, such as soccer or weightlifting. There will be minor swelling for several months more, but this is nothing that cannot be covered with some makeup.
Why Do Men Choose Rhinoplasty?
There are plenty of reasons why men would choose to undergo rhinoplasty. Most men do it because they want to permanently alter the shape of their noses for aesthetic reasons. After all, no one wants to feel ugly, and if you feel self-conscious about your nose, it can make a huge difference.
In some cases, rhinoplasty is done to alleviate sleep apnea and assist in breathing difficulties. Doctors strongly suggest getting rhinoplasty if you have a deviated septum due to an accident or an injury.
The benefits of rhinoplasty include:
- Improved self-esteem
- Better breathing
- Improved sleep quality
- Improved overall appearance
Around 10 percent of all aesthetic rhinoplasties are performed on a man. So, if you want to have a nose job, you’re not the only guy who’s considered it.
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