15th July 2015

Rhinoplasty patients avoid work 74% less after 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 avoid work 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 work avoidance as 1.48 out of 10. After the operation, patients rated their work avoidance as .38, a significant decrease in avoidance of 74%.

The recent study at the Nose Clinic, led by rhinoplasty specialist, Julian Rowe-Jones, revealed that patients having cosmetic nose surgery (rhinoplasty) also found their noses less noticeable, and had less appearance anxiety after their surgery. The patients were less likely to avoid work, social and sexual interactions. They also felt less self-conscious after their rhinoplasty surgery.

Patients found that they avoid work less after rhinoplasty surgery

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.

The study’s findings are consistent with other study results that claim rhinoplasty patients feel an improvement in their self-consciousness and self-confidence and subsequently avoid work less.

One of Mr. Rowe-Jones’s patients said after rhinoplasty surgery: “I took a look in the mirror. (Really don’t like mirrors, reminds me of the past) I cried with joy! WOW – what a transformation. The nose looked like a nose; it was straighter and built up like how a real nose looks. Mr Rowe-Jones really did under promise but OVER delivered.”

It is important to note that the results of the study do not suggest that the rhinoplasty procedure caused patients to avoid work less than before, but there is certainly a very positive association with those having the procedure and the positive benefits that followed. Reductions in avoiding work are of course not guaranteed.

“When we embark upon considering rhinoplasty together I want you to be able to tell me what you hope the benefits are going to be for you.” said Mr. Rowe-Jones. “Rhinoplasty is a highly complex technical exercise, we will together be determining what the aesthetic goals are, but we need to think beyond that. You need to be able to tell me, in advance how you’re going to measure the success of rhinoplasty for yourself. If your defined benefits I think will follow from surgery then it’ll be a pleasure to recommend it.”


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.