A study reveals why some people want a redo of their nose job


Despite how aesthetic plastic surgery is portrayed on reality shows, there isn’t always a happy ending. A study released today in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery finds that people who want revisions on their nose jobs may do so because they don’t like the way their nose looks--most cited an asymmetrical tip--or functions.

The study surveyed 104 people (83% women) who had undergone at least one or more rhinoplasties (also known as nose jobs) and were interested in redoing them. The most common aesthetic concerns among patients and doctors were tip asymmetry, the middle third of the nose being crooked, and having an irregularity in the upper third of the nose.

About two-thirds of the patients also had subjective complaints about nasal obstruction, and the most common problems were having the sensation of nasal blockage, breathing through the mouth, and snoring. Physicians backed up 94% of those concerns by finding something that was causing a nasal obstruction.

The survey also revealed that surgeons dealt with 79% of the patients’ worries about aesthetic issues. But patients also said that only 55% of the surgeons’ findings mattered to them. The authors noted that this was similar to another study that found surgeons are often more critical of how patients look post-op than the patients themselves.

And while we’re on the subject of aesthetic plastic surgery, stay tuned for a new E! show called...”Bridalplasty.” The network that brings you shows starring the Kardashians and various blond Playboy models has ordered a new series for fall that pits brides-to-be against each other for the chance to have plastic surgery, which will be revealed on their wedding day. Why? So they can look their best, of course. And perhaps freak out the groom, the bridal party and everyone attending. Good times.

This comment on the story reported by the Hollywood Reporter says it all: “I used to have a teeny, tiny bit of faith in humanity. It’s gone now.”

-- Jeannine Stein / Los Angeles Times