Patients who have had rhinoplasty, or nose job in layman’s term, were rated higher in terms of facial attractiveness and perceived health and success, as suggested by a web-based survey published by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
Rhinoplasty, also referred to as nose-reshaping surgery, was the third most commonly requested cosmetic plastic surgery in 2016, with more than 223,000 procedures performed, according to a survey conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The study, which was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, involved 473 ordinary observers who were asked to rate before-and-after photos of 13 rhinoplastic patients. To prevent confirmation bias, the respondents were shown only one photo of the same patient.
Most of the respondents were women, Caucasians, and four-year college graduates.
The survey has shown the rhinoplasty effects or “after photos” of patients were rated higher in terms of average attractiveness, average perceived success, and average perceived health.
Despite auspicious results, the authors of the survey have pointed out some limitations because of the small number of respondents and patients. Furthermore, it did not include the patients’ self-perceived changes and satisfaction.
Also, the patients only represented optimal outcomes, which could be the main reason for higher scores in perceived attractiveness, health, and success. Simply put, the after photos did not reflect the wide spectrum of nose surgery results.
However, the survey’s authors said the findings could “help improve physician-patient discussion by providing a reference for an optimal outcome.”
Leading Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smiley, who was not part of the study, said creating an attractive nose with surgery boils down to how natural it looks.
“We have to create a nose that looks like the patient was born with it. Thus, factors such as gender, ethnicity, facial features, age, and even body frame are all taken into account to deliver results that look both natural and attractive,” says Dr. Smiley.