Most of the media love bad news. Most T.V. stations play on humans’ ancient fears of bad news by using a “If it bleeds, it leads” philosophy for which news stories are selected for airing.
Thus, the sad, sad story of the Oklahoma patient who emerged from nose surgery with no nose at all seemed to lead medical news everywhere.
But a close reading of the story reveals the patient already had 21 nose jobs before going in for yet another. That’s probably more nose job work than singer Michael Jackson ever had!
But there is always a lesson to be learned when a rhinoplasty surgery goes wrong. The lesson here? Probably poor choice of cosmetic plastic surgeon for the first nose job.
Unspoken truth: any rhinoplasty is very involved surgery that becomes increasingly more difficult by leaps and bounds after a first or second nose job.
Nose surgery involves different types of the body’s tissue – most notably bone, flesh, fat, nasal skin and cartilage, all wrapped tighter than the innards of a fine Swiss watch.
Surgeons adept at the procedure think in terms of less-is-more because the tiniest changes in millimeters inside the nose can make a huge difference in how a nose looks after surgery and healing.
So what does that mean to the consumer?
While missing an entire nose – due to an infection — is a larger than life mistake, somewhere between 20 and 25 percent of all first nose jobs leave patients unhappy with the results while many more set out looking for a Master Nose Surgeon to repair the damage in a revision rhinoplasty.
But by the time 21 surgeries had already been performed, skilled, knowledgeable nasal surgeons would probably turn down the opportunity to operate.
After all, only so many revision surgeries can be done on one nose.
(Read what happens before and after rhinoplasty.)
Why? They knew things would not turn out well.
It’s no secret among top nose surgeons that, after a certain, point Michael Jackson went from one nose surgeon to another until he found somebody, anybody who would do yet another rhinoplasty.
Do you suppose that final cosmetic surgeon had the best qualifications and the most skilled hands?