Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job surgery, is a popular plastic surgery these days particularly in East Asia. Asian women, especially those from South East Asian countries (such as Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, etc.) tend to have flatter and wider noses. Many of them are interested in the idea of having a rhinoplasty with some even willing to pay any price for a higher and more refined-looking nose. But women – and indeed men – from these very same parts of the world also tend to have certain perceptions about rhinoplasty that are not based on fact but still influence their decisions on and expectations from a rhinoplasty procedure. Here we seek to debunk some of the popular myths about rhinoplasty.
Myth number 1 – A nose job will negatively change your future if you don’t come see a fortune teller and ask for his/her advice before the procedure.
The truth: In East-Asian cultures, it’s believed that the nose is the most important part of the face which tells us lots about our fate, our future or our physiognomy. It is true that changing the way your nose looks will not only make you feel prettier, but also can change your whole life as it will make you more confident and help you create a greater impact on those around you. However, a nose job has nothing to do with your fate. So you don’t need to consult a fortune teller in order to decide on whether to go ahead or not.
Myth number 2 – A nose job will give you a pointed, upturned nose but it often looks very fake.
The truth: You can totally have a natural-looking nose after a rhinoplasty if you choose a top plastic surgeon and listen to his/her advice to find out what shape is most suitable for your nose and your face. This has become a popular myth because of the proliferation of unlicensed plastic surgery providers (like beauty salons) performing rhinoplasty in South East Asian countries, leading to unnatural outcomes. One more thing, don’t be too ‘greedy’ when it comes to change the way your nose looks. You might want a nose just like a Hollywood or K-Pop star, but if that nose don’t match the other features on your face, the outcome will look unnatural, no matter how good the plastic surgeon is.
Myth number 3 – I just need to have one rhinoplasty surgery to change my nose for good.
The truth: Ideally, the first rhinoplasty procedure achieves the desired objectives. But in reality, it also depends on your anatomy, health status, skin type and the healing process. Besides, due to the complexities of the procedure, a revision operation will occasionally need to be performed. But it’s no big thing to worry about. In revision rhinoplasty procedure, the plastic surgeon will only re-adjust the material inside the nose or get rid of some small residual bumps. The procedure won’t take long as it typically involves minor adjustments.
Myth number 4 – A nose job is very expensive and so it’s only for rich people.
The truth: Cosmetic rhinoplasty isn’t covered by the insurance, it’s true. But the price has become very reasonable in recent years as the number of plastic surgeons has grown and surgical techniques have improved. In addition, you can choose from many kinds of rhinoplasty surgery or non-surgical nose reshaping methods to enhance your nose. There are more and more people choosing to have a rhinoplasty, so it’s not way out of your league. Make a plan ahead and save up for a couple of years. Do your research and prepare a shortlist of clinics that you would consider for your rhinoplasty procedure. Always keep an eye on these shortlisted clinics because they will sometimes give away discount vouchers or offer seasonal promotions. Typically, a rhinoplasty at a good quality clinic in Thailand will range from around USD 2,000 to USD 3,000 and from around USD 3,500 to USD 6,000 in South Korea, which is considered the global mecca for facial plastic surgery, particularly Asian rhinoplasty.
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