Young female satisfied with rhinoplasty result, smiling face reflected in mirror

Is rhinoplasty worth it? A question worth mulling over because you often won’t get a straight answer when you ask people. It’s difficult to answer this on behalf of others because any plastic surgery procedure is an extremely personal decision. However, researching rhinoplasty and learning what to expect can offer you much-needed guidance to reach an answer to that question. 


What happens during rhinoplasty? 

Rhinoplasty is a delicate operation that deals with a fragile structure — the nose. The process involves surgical techniques to reshape or repair the nose structure to address cosmetic or functional concerns. Because the nose is the central and most protruding feature of our faces, altering it can change the way we look.   

A nose job can get quite complex, hence the need for a well-experienced and board-certified surgeon for successful results. 


Understanding the risks and side effects of rhinoplasty 

A nose job is not without risk, like all surgeries. Understanding this can help you weigh the pros and cons of rhinoplasty and if it’s the ideal treatment for you. 


Is rhinoplasty dangerous?

It’s understandable to be concerned with safety when it comes to invasive surgery, especially as complex as a nose job. However, the risks associated with rhinoplasty surgeries are small. Complications are also rare.  

Is getting a nose job painful?

The procedure itself won’t be painful as you will be injected with anesthesia. During the recovery process, however, expect some pain and other rhinoplasty side effects such as: 

  • Swelling 
  • Bruising 
  • Congestion 
  • Numbness 

 These side effects will fade over time as your body recovers.  

Manage your expectations 

There’s no such thing as a perfect nose — that’s the first step to setting realistic rhinoplasty expectations. Your plastic surgeon will likely recommend altering your nose into a shape or size that best balances your facial features instead of emulating a nose you consider “perfect.” 

 As for expectations on when to see successful surgical results, it’s vital to understand that the healing process varies from person to person. Some patients may take a year before achieving their desired outcome, especially if they underwent surgery to correct nasal deformities or injuries. Learn what to expect from your nose job one month versus one year post-rhinoplasty. 

Is rhinoplasty worth it? We think so — here’s why. 

It’s worth noting that many who have undergone nose surgeries have shown long-term satisfaction. It’s because rhinoplasty is more than just getting a better nose — it’s about improving your quality of life. Achieving the nose you desire can do wonders for your self-esteem and confidence. In some cases, a nose job can even drastically improve one’s health, helping restore nasal function and solve breathing issues.  

If you’ve had initial nasal surgery before and are unsatisfied, you may ask, “Is revision rhinoplasty worth it?” We think it is, especially if your previous surgery hindered your nasal function.  

The bottom line 

But, again, while we think rhinoplasty is worth it, deciding that is a must-have conversation with your plastic surgeon. With professional consultation, your doctor will better understand your needs and recommend the best option for your desired results.  

If you’re considering a rhinoplasty procedure, whether for cosmetic reasons, functional purposes, or both, we’ll be happy to discuss your treatment options with you. Book a consultation with Dr. Sedgh today. 

Posted on behalf of Sedgh Plastic Surgery


When under our care, Dr. Sedgh always ensures you feel comfortable, cared for, well-informed about every aspect of your upcoming treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical. With an approach which focuses on achieving refreshed, natural-looking results, Dr. Sedgh prides himself on always acting with transparency, honesty, and the highest level of ethical treatment, from start to finish.