Rhinoplasty before and after new yorkA rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job in New York, is treated by most people as a simple act of shopping –that is, purchasing a new nose. I know it sounds easy and straightforward.  It begins by you wanting to correct an issue with your nose. So, you browse through social media and “shop” for the celebrity nose you like, then set an appointment with your surgeon. 

Simple, right? Not really. Whenever you plan on undergoing invasive cosmetic changes, there is one crucial factor that must be addressed: your EXPECTATIONS for your surgery. In this blog, I share some of my tips for managing your expectations about getting a nose job and one crucial element for getting the nose you will love.

Only Use Celebrity Noses As Inspiration 

During a rhinoplasty consultation, I ask my patients to thoroughly discuss their desired results. This way, we can share a Unified Vision. A Unified Vision incorporates the patient’s aesthetic goals along with what I deem is surgically feasible with their given anatomy. Often times when we find certain individuals attractive, we naturally go about wanting to emulate their facial features. Celebrities under the spotlight often have variants of a slim, dainty nose that is turned-up, a.k.a. the celestial or “button nose.” My patients often bring in photos of celebrities; Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian-West, Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie, and Meghan Markle are amongst the most popular. Patients like to come prepared and bring in these photos as a point of reference for how they’d like their noses to turn out. I prefer my patients to bring in these photos because I use them as an effective communication tool to determine what the patient desires, as well as to see how realistic their expectations are.

The Goal of Rhinoplasty

I explain to my patients that the goal of a rhinoplasty procedure is to reshape the nose to create an overall improvement to the facial structure and aesthetic. In other words, a nose job can help you improve the balance of your facial features which ultimately will increase your self-confidence. But don’t expect that someone else’s nose will look right for your face. It should not be your goal to match somebody else’s appearance, but only take them as a source of inspiration. Everybody is unique in their facial features and therefore, should also be treated as such. I help my patients create a natural-looking nose that will complement their features and honor their ethnicity, rather than give them a “cookie-cutter nose” from a celebrity.

Managing Realistic Expectations

A man on the left is shown with a larger nose. On the right the same man is shown after rhinoplasty with a smaller nose.There is no such thing as a perfect nose because “perfect” has a fluid and subjective definition. It will depend on the patient’s facial structure, size, and balance. Facial plastic surgeons can produce amazing results through modern rhinoplasty techniques, but there are always limitations. Going back to having a celebrity nose –if you specifically want to have a Meghan Markle nose, you’d probably end up having to alter your entire facial structure instead of just your nose. It is very important to have an open mind during your consultation so you can listen to your surgeon’s recommendations on what the “perfect” nose is for YOU. By understanding the procedure and having a more thoughtful and practical approach to your results, you will be giving yourself a better chance of having complete satisfaction with your rhinoplasty outcome. 

Consult With A Recognized Expert In Facial Plastic Surgery

Your realistic expectations for your nose job will serve as the foundation for your cosmetic surgery. And as the surgeon, I will become the foundation of its success. Rhinoplasty is a complex surgical procedure that requires experience, expert knowledge, and top-notch skills. To set yourself up for a successful journey, begin by choosing the best facial plastic surgeon. You can review the criteria here.  

I am double board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, and am considered one of the country’s leading experts in facial rejuvenation and rhinoplasty. I have lectured on innovative rhinoplasty techniques at the 10th International Symposium of Facial Plastic Surgery, and consistently since 2007, have been voted among the “Best Doctors in America” and “Top Doctor of New York.” It is my goal to help my patients find a look that makes them feel beautiful and confident. I combine my expertise, experience, skill, and artistic eye to deliver those life-changing results.

Are You Considering Rhinoplasty?

If you are interested in undergoing rhinoplasty, always remember to only trust your face to a world-class board-certified facial plastic surgeon, and be sure to communicate your expectations to achieve the most realistic outcome. 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