Could Weight Loss Affect Your Rhinoplasty Results?
Rhinoplasty surgery concentrates completely on the nose and how it can affect the appearance of the patient’s face overall. Most patients don’t consider the effects that weight loss and weight gain can have on the face and the nose.
But they might want to because changes to your body aren’t isolated from other parts of it, not even from the nose.
If you’re thinking of rhinoplasty surgery or you’re a past patient, think about the effects that your weight could have on the appearance of your improved nasal structure.
Your Nose and Weight Changes
The nose is made of bone, cartilage, and skin, so fat cells aren’t present in its makeup. Because there are no fat cells, gaining or losing weight does not have a direct impact on the shape of your nose and the results of your rhinoplasty surgery. While many patients worry that they can gain weight in their noses, this just isn’t possible.
With that said, however, the nose is really just a part of the face as a whole. Because of this, changes in your weight could impact your facial proportions, overall balance, and your profile. If fat collects around your chin, for example, your side profile will definitely be affected, causing your nasal structure and chin to be out of balance. While your rhinoplasty results won’t directly be affected, maintaining your weight after surgery can definitely benefit the way it looks for years to come.
The Effects of Weight Change on the Face
Gaining and losing weight can greatly affect your face’s appearance. When the body gains weight, it often stores it in the fat cells beneath the chin and around the jaw and neck. Some men and women may even look “puffy” in the cheeks as a result of increased weight. Conversely, losing weight can change the appearance of these areas as they become more refined, thinner, and more pronounced. Some patients discover high, defined cheekbones. Others may experience loose, sagging skin once the fat cells have shrunken around the chin and neck. However it changes, the face will definitely appear different as a result of weight fluctuations.
Weight Loss After Rhinoplasty
A big change to your appearance can often inspire you to make another, which may explain why some rhinoplasty patients commit to proper diet and exercise to lose weight after surgery. It’s always a good idea to take care of your body and maintain your health, but don’t aim too high too fast. Some facial plastic surgeons advise that rhinoplasty patients should take their weight loss slowly. Concentrate on proper nutrition as you recover from surgery and afterwards. The extra weight will naturally come off at a safe pace that is easier to maintain over the long term and healthier for your body.
Start the Rhinoplasty Conversation Today
Talk about your plans for weight loss with a rhinoplasty expert to make sure you won’t have to worry about how it affects your results. Plan your consultation today to get answers to your rhinoplasty questions. An experienced facial plastic surgeon can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery for over 20 years.
A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.
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