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Can I Get a Nose Job Before Jaw Surgery

Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
A person holding their jaw in painRhinoplasty, often known as a nose job, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to reshape the nose. The primary goals of this surgery are to enhance breathing functionality and overall facial aesthetics. During nose jobs, surgeons can work on either the bony upper structure or the protruding muscular cartilage toward the tip. If the surgery involves the upper jaw, the nose job should come after a jaw surgery. However, if only the lower jaw is being operated on, then a nose job can come before.

Why Jaw Surgery Should Come First

You are probably wondering why you cannot do a nose job before a jaw surgery, as the nose and mouth are separate organs. The answer is that nasal and jaw structures are intricately linked. An upper jaw surgery can significantly alter your facial profile and most likely necessitate a nose job to correct any distortions in the nasal envelope.

However, if your jaw surgery involves only the lower jaw, then this cannot affect the nasal envelope. In this case, a nose job can come before the jaw surgery. However, you should be careful with surgeries that alter the length of the jawbone, whether it is the upper or lower jawbone. Such alterations impact the entire maxillofacial envelope and necessitate nose jobs to balance the face. A smaller jaw can make the nose look bigger, while a larger jaw can make the nose look smaller. 3D imaging can accurately capture these distortions and help your oral surgeon establish if another nose job is necessary to harmonize the jaws and nose better.

Though some surgeons consider conducting nose jobs and jaw surgeries simultaneously, this approach is not recommended, considering the extensive swelling that might be involved. Breathing can become a major problem post-operation, and outcomes are not guaranteed since so much is happening at the same time.


In case you need jaw surgery, do not hesitate to consult our expert surgeons. We will analyze your situation and advise accordingly on how to proceed with the procedure.

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