Surgical Procedures

Rhinoplasty Myths vs. Facts

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Rhinoplasty, like many medical procedures, is surrounded by a mix of myths and facts. Understanding these can help set realistic expectations and make informed decisions. Here’s a breakdown:


  1. Myth: It’s Purely Cosmetic

    • Fact: While rhinoplasty is often performed for cosmetic reasons, it can also correct functional issues like breathing difficulties due to structural problems in the nose.

  2. Myth: The Results are Instant

    • Fact: The final results of rhinoplasty can take up to a year to fully materialize. Swelling needs to subside and the nose needs time to heal and settle into its new shape.

  3. Myth: Any Plastic Surgeon Can Perform Rhinoplasty

    • Fact: Rhinoplasty is a complex procedure. It’s important to choose a surgeon who is specifically trained and experienced in nasal surgery.

  4. Myth: Rhinoplasty is Extremely Painful

    • Fact: While there is discomfort, severe pain is uncommon. Pain is typically manageable with medication and subsides within a few days.

  5. Myth: You Can Choose Any Nose Shape

    • Fact: The new nose shape must fit the patient’s facial structure. Dr. Champagne considers facial symmetry, proportions, and the patient’s unique features when planning the surgery.


  1. Fact: Age Matters

    • Dr. Champagne typically recommends waiting until the nose is fully developed before undergoing rhinoplasty. This is usually around 16-18 years old.

  2. Fact: There Are Limits to Size Reduction

    • There’s a limit to how much you can safely reduce a nose’s size while maintaining proper function and a natural look.

  3. Fact: Revision Surgery is Possible but More Complex

    • While revisions are possible if the initial results are not satisfactory, revision surgeries are generally more complex and require a highly skilled surgeon.

  4. Fact: Rhinoplasty Can Improve Breathing

    • For patients with structural issues like a deviated septum, rhinoplasty can significantly improve nasal breathing.

  5. Fact: Recovery Time Varies

    • Recovery varies by individual, but most people can return to normal activities within a couple of weeks, with full recovery taking up to a year.

Understanding these myths and facts can help in having a realistic view of what rhinoplasty involves and what it can achieve.

Jason Champagne,M.D.

9400 Brighton Way, Penthouse Suite
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


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