When you’re planning rhinoplasty surgery to reshape or resize your nose, you probably haven’t given much thought to how your body weight will factor into your results. A change in body weight can affect the face, particularly for those who lose weight in the face. After a surgery like rhinoplasty, this shift could cause disharmony or imbalance among the facial features. Losing or gaining weight could impact your appearance in unpredictable ways, even after nasal surgery.
Weight Changes and Your Nose
The nose is made of many types of tissue, including cartilage and skin, but fat cells are not on the list. Changes in a rhinoplasty patient’s post-surgical weight will not directly change the size and the shape of your nose. Your nasal surgery results will essentially remain the same, but how they appear might change. Many patients assume that, since the nose does not contain fat, a change in a person’s body weight and fatty tissue won’t affect the nose. An indirect effect is most certainly possible.
Your Weight and Facial Harmony
Most people are all too aware that their bodies will store excess fatty tissue around the lower face. Gaining weight can sometimes leave you looking “puffy” around the neck and chin, while losing weight can improve definition to the lower face and profile. While adding weight to the face can blur the natural definition of your features, thinning the face with weight loss can leave some areas
Although you cannot gain or lose weight from the nose, you can do so from the neck, jaw, chin, cheeks, and mid-face. Thinning of the face in these areas could make the nose appear more prominent, pointier, larger, or just generally out of balance. Weight loss around the chin and jaw is especially significant because it may change your profile as well. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight before and after surgery is the best way to ensure that your satisfying post-rhinoplasty results stay that way.
Why Patients Lose Weight after Surgery
When you’ve had a problem with your appearance for so long, as many rhinoplasty patients know, the change can be a huge relief. It can help you to improve self-image, have more confidence, and become a happier person in general. One big change like this can offer inspire others, including healthy lifestyle changes that might lead to weight loss. For many patients at a healthy weight, these slight five or 10 pound losses won’t make a big difference. For overweight patients, however, a significant number of dropped pounds might cause the issues already mentioned. Talk openly with your facial plastic surgeon about your health, your plans for the future, and your ultimate surgical goals.
Planning Your Rhinoplasty Surgery
To learn more about the rhinoplasty procedure and the positive effect it may have on your life, plan your initial consultation now with the facial plastic surgeon who can help you to achieve your best results. Dr. Andrew Frankel is board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (Ear Nose and Throat). He is exceptionally well trained in the field of nasal surgery and has been recognized for his original research regarding vasculature to the nose and rhinoplasty’s effect on it. Schedule your appointment today with a world-renowned facial plastic surgeon to guarantee your best rhinoplasty results. Contact Dr. Frankel’s office, located at 201 Lasky Drive in Beverly Hills, California, by calling (310) 552-2173.