Should You Get a Nose Job?

Should You Get a Nose Job?

Should I Get a Nose Job

How to Know If You Should Get a Nose Job

The reasons why people have cosmetic procedures done to their nose are varied and often very personal. If you are interested in getting a nose job, there are typically two options. The surgical procedure called rhinoplasty and the non-surgical procedure which involves nose fillers. This article will discuss how to know if you should get a nose job that involves surgery, including corrective nose surgery.

Different Types of Rhinoplasty

Depending on your goals, your board-certified plastic surgeon can either perform a closed rhinoplasty, where the incisions are made inside the nose, or an open rhinoplasty, where the incisions are made at the base of the nose. Either procedure can be a major one depending on what parts of your nose you want reshaped.

A cosmetic rhinoplasty can be performed to transform the size and shape of the base of your nose, the tip of your nose, the nasal hump, your nose bridge, and the span of your nostrils. Functional rhinoplasties, also known as corrective nose surgery, can include nasal obstruction removal, fracture management, turbinectomy, and deviated septum surgery.

Ideal Candidate for Rhinoplasty

Due to the very personalized nature of the procedure, you should be getting a nose job for yourself, because you feel it will make you feel better. Don’t do it for someone else or because you want to look like someone else. Having realistic expectations is also important.

A good candidate for rhinoplasty is a patient with complete facial growth. This patient should be physically healthy and not a smoker. Candidates with the following cosmetic issues may want to consider a rhinoplasty:

  • Overly large nose
  • Droopy, upturned, or bulbous nose tip
  • Overdeveloped nose bridge
  • Prominent dorsal hump
  • Issues caused by aging

What Age Should You Get a Nose Job?

You should not get a rhinoplasty until you are in your late teens or later. This is because the nose does not stop developing until you are a young adult. Performing a surgical procedure on a nose that will continue to change leads to inconsistent results and most plastic surgeons will refuse to do it. Despite the growing number of adolescents getting cosmetic surgery,1 you should wait until your early twenties to get rhinoplasty.

Signs You May Need Corrective Nose Surgery

Some people get a nose job for functional reasons such as fixing a fracture or eliminating a nasal obstruction. Nasal obstructions can be the cause of a variety of symptoms from difficulty breathing and nasal congestion to nosebleeds, frequent headaches, and even bad breath. Nasal obstruction can often be caused by a deviated nasal septum, the wall separating the two nasal passages. These are some signs you may need to consider a deviated septum surgery or other corrective nose surgery.

  • Difficulty breathing through one or both nostrils
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Mouth breathing
  • Dry mouth
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Nosebleeds
  • Frequent sinus infection or sinus pressure headaches
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Hyper nasal voice tone

If you are considering getting a nose job, call the office of Dr. Zoran Potparic. Internationally acclaimed and board-certified, Dr. Zoran specialized in a wide range of cosmetic procedures including rhinoplasty in Fort Lauderdale. Find out if you are a good candidate, schedule a free consultation.


  1. Kelsey Larson B.A. & Arun K. Gosain, M.D., Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Cosmetic Surgery in the Adolescent Patient