Summary: One of the most famous personal trainers in the world, Jillian Michaels (who you can see on the The Biggest Loser on NBC) recently told Extra that she underwent a rhinoplasty procedure when she was 16. Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a “nose job” is procedure in which the size or shape of the nose is altered. Generally, this procedure is performed to bring the nose into alignment with the overall balance of the face. Plastic surgery is necessary because it’s not as though you can simply change your nose through diet and exercise.

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How to Change Your Nose

When it comes to your face, your nose has an important role to play. It’s true, most people are attracted to your eyes (being the window to the soul and all that), and after that, most people think about their lips. That’s why lipstick has been fashionable for ages, and that’s why people often see their plastic or cosmetic surgeons about a lip augmentation procedure. But the nose is kind of like the unsung hero of your face. Or, maybe better yet, it’s your face’s special effect. If you ask any special effects artist working in Hollywood, they’ll tell you: the best compliment they can receive is if no one notices their work.

Now, Hollywood is a long way from say, a New Jersey rhinoplasty specialist. But they’ll probably tell you the same thing. After all, the nose is what holds together the face—it’s that one little thing that offers proportion to the whole. This means that when your nose doesn’t look quite the way you want it to look, it can be like a bad special effect: it can draw attention to you in a bad way. But this is also true of, for example, a bad nose job. It can draw attention to your face in a bad way.

The Importance of Proportion in the Face

A good rhinoplasty procedure, however, can make your face much more harmonious. There are many people who feel their noses are not quite in balance with the rest of their face, or they have a look that the patient doesn’t quite like (a bump or a droop, for example). And many patients can feel helpless to change their nose without a little help, meaning that a patient may feel “stuck” with a particular look that he or she does not like. And this can cause quite a bit of discomfort.

That discomfort is understandable. The face presents a couple of unique challenges. First, it’s not something you can really cover up. If you have a mole or a skin mark on your arm, for example, that’s relatively easy to cover up using clothing. However, you can’t really do that with your face. And as your face is among the first things people will notice about you, this can leave many rhinoplasty patients feeling as though they’re meeting the world at a disadvantage. It’s not a great feeling, and it can be very difficult to shake the sensation that the first thing people notice about you isn’t your smile or your personality, but the nose that’s throwing off the proportions of your face.

Diet and Exercise Have No Power Here

The second difficulty the nose presents is that it’s not really something that diet or exercise can help you mitigate. Just ask Jillian Michales, one of the trainers on the wildly successful television program, The Biggest Loser. When she was 16, Michaels told Extra, she underwent a rhinoplasty procedure. According to Michaels, who herself warns against anything like “plastic surgery addiction,” her nose job changed her life for the better. And that’s coming from a world-renowned personal trainer. Your nose cannot be changed by diet, exercise, or sheer willpower.

Your nose must be changed by a plastic surgeon. Luckily, rhinoplasty is one of the safest procedures around, and—when performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon—one of the least bold. Generally, surgeons will make an incision towards the very bottom of your nose (that little piece between your nostrils), then pull the tissue up and out of the way so they can begin changing the structure of your nose. Once the surgeons finish up, they remove any excess tissue and, more or less, put everything back together. You may have some minimal scarring, but it’s in such a subtle place that likely no one will ever notice it.

A Happy Nose for a Happy Face

Patients who undergo rhinoplasty are almost always satisfied with the results. In fact, according to plastic surgery social media website, RealSelf.com, rhinoplasty has a satisfaction rating right around 85% “worth it.” It’s important with this procedure, however, that you find a plastic surgeon who is experienced—perhaps, even who specializes—in these procedures. There’s a lot to pay attention to with rhinoplasty. We don’t just mean the size and shape of your nose, but also how the nose works with the rest of your face.

After all, your entire face needs to be well proportioned. Otherwise even the best-looking nose in the world will draw attention to itself. In order to get the true result you’re after, you need a surgeon who understands balance and proportion.

So if you’re in the market for a new nose—and make no mistake, a rhinoplasty can change your life for the better—make sure you find a plastic surgeon who understands just how important the nose really is.