Problems with picking your nose

Posted on February 15th, 2014 by Gina

Who knew that the nose played such an important part in a person’s psyche?  Awhile ago, New Beauty Magazine’s online edition, Daily Beauty, reported that a study conducted on people who had rhinoplasty came to one big bummer of a conclusion:  they are psychologically abnormal.  Yes, you read correctly – abnormal, as in NOT normal.  New Beauty has run the story before (verbatim in 2008), but it is still true.  The report they cited, and subsequent reports over the years, claim that as a group, nose job “patients exhibited a range of personality disorders, with 23% rating as obsessive and 20% qualifying as hypochondriacs. “ Other reports conclude that “it also is the most requested aesthetic operation by patients with body dysmorphic disorder”, the condition of excessive preoccupation about a perceived defect in one’s body (see Heidi Montag.)  On top of that, only about half of them are happy with the results!  And the ones who are happy?  According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, “Those who were satisfied with their new noses were found to fall into the categories of depressed or “good faking” (stating untruths that make one’s situation seem better).”

It gets worse.

Noses play a central role in many people’s self esteem. It is the focal point of our faces, second only to the eyes.  But you have to get beyond the nose to even get to the eyes, and if yours is larger than life or crooked as a creek, it is going to draw attention and probably affect the outcome of your psychological growth.  So the person gets a little obsessed – big deal?  But hypochondriacs, they say?  Well, if your nose is the size of Wyoming or the shape of a left-hand turn sign, a simple cold is going to be much, much worse, don’t you think?  And if you’re already obsessed with the damned thing and it doesn’t work right…well, you know what I mean.

But as I said, it gets worse.  As LookinGood went nosing around for more information on this peculiar psychological phenomena, we discovered that one of the side effects of rhinoplasty – aside from the pain and expense – is depression.  No one knows why nose job patients experience uneasiness or a slump after surgery.  Some say it’s the side effects of anesthesia, but I’ve never heard of a person getting depressed after an appendectomy, have you?  Others say it’s because of sleep deprivation – patients have to sleep sitting up for a couple weeks after surgery. A recent report from Pharmacology & Physiology in Anesthetic Practice, has a physiological explanation:  “Disrupting the sensitive receptors … which moisten and control the temperature of the air which you breathe … can lead to minor disorientation and depression for several weeks and sometimes months after rhinoplasty.”

Whatever the reason, it just seems plain unfair.  And at the risk of pointing out the obvious – why the hell did they name it “rhino”- plasty, anyway?  Conjures up the image of circus animals, for heaven’s sake!

All plastic surgery comes with some price, but this seems a bit much, I think.

So I say to to those people suffering the snide remarks and self-consciousness about their schnozzes; the mental anguish of making a decision about plastic surgery, along with the depression that might come as an after-effect, just remember these important words:

“It’s not the size of a nose that’s important. It’s what’s in it that matters.” (Steve Martin)  I hope that helps.

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