Lisa Kudrow, best known as “Phoebe” on the hit TV series Friends, recently opened up about her early experience with plastic surgery. She told TV Guide reporters that getting a nose job when she was just 16 years old was one of the best decisions she ever made.
“That was life-altering,” she said. “I went from, in my mind, hideous, to not hideous. I did it the summer before going to a new high school. So there were plenty of people who wouldn’t know how hideous I looked before. That was a good, good, good change.”
As a teen, Kudrow was often made fun of for her appearance and she had a difficult time making friends. She made the decision to go under the knife after two close friends turned on her and started bullying her relentlessly. “It was just mean,” the actress recalls, “and all of junior high felt upside down to me…. It was the meanest people who were popular.”
Thanks to her new nose, Kudrow approached high school with confidence and had no trouble making new friendships.
This year, a report released by Dr. Joseph F. Sobanko from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania reviewed 16 studies regarding patients’ quality of life after a nose job. He found that quality of life improved significantly after a nose job, with renewed confidence and higher self-esteem reported across the board. People who feel more confident pursue more opportunities, he concluded.
Data from the American Society of Plastic Surgery published in May 2013 confirms that nose jobs were the most popular procedures for people under 30 last year. They found that many younger patients like the appearance of a new nose, while others may have more practical reasons to pursue rhinoplasty. Functional problems like a deviated septum can cause breathing problems, sleep apnea and chronic stuffiness – all of which can be corrected by the best plastic surgeons in New York.
During the initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss how to correct prominent nasal bumps, large tips, overly wide noses, injury-related damages, or structural issues like deviated septums. The procedure is done under general anesthesia and includes incisions made inside the nostrils to reduce scarring. Bumps are removed, nasal bones are re-positioned, underlying cartilage is refined and the tip of the nose is reshaped. A nose job is performed in about two hours.
Small nasal pads are used to prevent initial bleeding and the stitches will dissolve on their own over the coming week. Recovery includes a few hours of observation, keeping the head elevated and nasal passages iced to reduce swelling. A plastic cast protects the nose for 5-7 days, at which point most people are cleared to return to work. Patients are advised to avoid contact sports, blowing the nose or stooping for at least three weeks. All in all, the recovery is minimal, but the positive effects of a nose job in NYC last a lifetime.
Dr. Thomas Loeb is renowned for his natural rhinoplasty outcomes and has been sought out by some of the nation’s top celebrities for his artistry and skill in facial plastic surgery. Call 212-327-3700 to schedule your private consultation.