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Rhinoplasty (nose job)

More commonly known as a nose job, rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure in which the nose is broken and then reshaped.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

Treatment Basics

Other names: Nose job, nose reshaping, nasal augmentation

More commonly known as a nose job, rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure in which the nose is broken and then reshaped. It has been something like a rite of passage for many a woman (and, increasingly, man), and is often the first plastic surgery undertaken in a patient's life. If all goes well, the procedure can streamline and enhance the overall look of a face.

What It's Good For

The operation is designed to improve the aesthetic shape of the nose, though the procedure can also improve its function.

Who it works for: The only requirement for rhinoplasty is age and good health. Women can get rhinoplasty as young as 14 years old; men should be at least 16. Essentially, the nose needs to have stopped its most substantial growth (though the nose does continue to get larger and change shape throughout one's life).

Recommended age range: Patients are advised to have reached their full growth potential before undergoing rhinoplasty. Girls should be at least 14 years old. Boys, who attain their full growth later, should be at least 16.

When will I see results?: It can take several months for the swelling to fully subside and up to a year for the cartilage and tissues to heal completely. The most obvious swelling and bruising should lessen by the third week after surgery. You should have a better idea of what your new nose will look like by then.

How long it lasts: Rhinoplasty is a permanent procedure, however a patient should be aware that nose cartilage continues to grow over time, which could cause the results to shift. If this should occur or if the results of the procedure are not satisfactory, another rhinoplasty can be done.

Key benefits of rhinoplasty (nose job): Rhinoplasty surgery alters the appearance and may improve the function of the nose. The surgery has a high patient satisfaction rate.

Did you know?: According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2010 rhinoplasties were performed on more than 250,000 patients. Forbes magazine reported that even though surgical procedures have become less popular than non-invasive types of treatments, nose jobs were one of the few that saw an increase since 2007, up 0.4%.

Who's Done It?

Many celebrities have had nose jobs. Those not prescient enough to have the difficult-to-hide cosmetic procedure done before hitting it big often retreat from the media during the recovery period to avoid speculation. While many have denied the surgery, it is difficult to overlook the evolution of their faces.

Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Ashley Tisdale, Halle Berry, Beyonce, Cameron Diaz, Winona Ryder, Megan Fox, and even the quintessential American beauty Marilyn Monroe have all been pegged as having rhinoplasties.

Ashlee Simpson has had one of the most widely-known celebrity nose jobs of the present day; the singer's publicity-seeking father confirmed to US Weekly in 2007 that she had indeed surgically reshaped her nose. Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey represents the dark side of rhinoplasty. Because a nose job can truly transform the appearance of the face, this means that in some cases, your friends and family may not recognize you afterwards! Grey turned to rhinoplasty in the early 1990s to remove a bump from her nose - in the process making her unrecognizable. "I went into the operating theater a celebrity - and came out anonymous," Grey said at the time.

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