16th July 2015

Rhinoplasty patients avoid social activities 76% less after a nose job, new study finds

Researchers at The Nose Clinic in Guildford working with the Centre for Appearance Research asked 90 patients about how often they avoided activities in their social life, because of their nose on a scale of from 0 (not at all) to 10 (all the time). Before the operation, patients rated their level of avoidance of social life as 2.04 out of 10. After the operation, patients rated their avoidance of social life as .48 , a significant decrease in avoidance of  76%.

The recent study, led at The Nose Clinic by rhinoplasty specialist, Julian Rowe-Jones, revealed that patients having cosmetic nose surgery (rhinoplasty) also found their noses less noticeable and were less self-conscious after their surgery. The patients worried less about the appearance of their nose and checked their appearance less.

The study’s findings are consistent with many other studies that claim rhinoplasty patients feel an improvement in their self esteem and quality of life and subsequently worry less.

Rhinoplasty patients have less avoidance of social activities after a nose job

For the majority of rhinoplasty patients, rhinoplasty outcomes are favourable and patients are very happy with their new nose. In response to whether their nose surgery matched their expectations on a scale of 0 (not at all) to 10 (totally), 84.2% of patients in the study reported that that their nose job rated 7/10 or higher 12 months after their procedure.

One of Mr. Rowe-Jones’s younger patients said after rhinoplasty surgery: “Everyone at the clinic is really happy for me and I have been on holiday since the surgery and did not mind having my photograph taken at all, even sky diving!”

Self consciousness before rhinoplasty is common: “Before surgery I was very conscious of my nose having been bullied at school. I hated eating out in restaurants and would not have my photograph taken if I could possibly avoid it.” Rhinoplasty can help patients to feel more confident and worry less about their nose.

When people find themselves avoiding social activities because of their appearance, it might be advantageous to talk to someone about their anxieties. However, it is important to note that the results of the study do not suggest that nose job procedure caused less nose noticeability among patients, but there is certainly a very positive association with those having the nose job procedure and the positive benefits that followed.

“The nose is one of the most noticeable features of the face”, said Mr Rowe-Jones, “and so it is understandable that if you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, your self-confidence and sense of inner well-being may suffer.”


About Julian Rowe-Jones

Julian Rowe-Jones founded The Nose Clinic in 1998 with a clear mission to deliver world leading standards of cosmetic nose surgery (Rhinoplasty) in Guildford, and now in Harley Street, London. His aim is to provide a level of friendly and professional consultancy, advice, support and patient care that complements and enhances these standards. His expertise as a rhinoplasty surgeon is central to the success of his patients; and you can read more about his background and experience in specialising.