Rhinoplasty: Does it Change your Singing Voice?
Rhinoplasty comes with a bucket load of benefits. It can help improve your confidence if the shape or size of your nose impacts your self-esteem.
Rhinoplasty can also improve your breathing if it is affected by congenital defects or injuries, for example, a deviated septum. Other than changing the shape or size of your nose, rhinoplasty can also change your nose’s angle, narrow the nostrils, reshape the nose tip, and even straighten the bridge.
Even though it comes with these benefits, just like any surgical procedure, it comes with some limitations you would need to be aware of before consenting to the procedure. For example, if you’re a musician, you may want to know if it can affect your singing voice.
How Rhinoplasty may affect your Voice
To begin with, your nasal passages and the nose play a pivotal role in your singing voice. Nonetheless, rhinoplasty isn’t designed to change your singing voice in any way.
Therefore if your singing is only for recreational purposes, rhinoplasty won’t change your singing voice. If you are an active performer, though, and your livelihood relies on a specific tonality, rhinoplasty may change your singing voice.
The biggest determiner, in this case, is the severity of your nasal obstruction before the procedure. If it’s too severe and this procedure opens your airways, you may realize that you become less nasal sounding after the operation.
Not any rhinoplasty will change your singing voice and nasal characteristics significantly. The only notable instances where you are more likely to experience a change in your voice is if you have a major surgical operation done on your nose like turbinates fracturing, sinus alteration, or deviated septum correction.
Other factors that would affect your voice include radical changes of your nasal bone position to improve the shape or positioning of your nose on the face. Bearing in mind that there is a chance this procedure may affect your singing voice; it is advisable that you only proceed after understanding the potential side effects.
For instance, it may be safe to avoid surgery if you are highly concerned about how your voice may sound after the procedure, so you do not end up being disappointed. This is essential because you cannot undo a surgery, and repeat procedures are always riskier.
Depending on your needs, a qualified plastic surgeon will evaluate your nose and the results you hope for from this treatment. They will then use this in creating an effect that will balance and maintain your singing voice while still bringing out the aesthetic qualities you wish for, provided that your expectations are also realistic.
How Long After Rhinoplasty can I Sing?
Depending on the purpose of your treatment, you may not be able to perform any music play immediately after rhinoplasty. Ideally, the plastic surgeon will want you to avoid any element that may disrupt your natural healing process or add pressure to your nose as you heal.
With the newer techniques, you will be able to sing after around 7 to 15 days. This may vary depending on your surgery since you will mostly need about 15 days to get proper healing.
Therefore, you will need to get the green light only from your surgeon before engaging in music activities. If you wonder how long you will need to wait to sing naturally, it will depend on how you sing.
According to a study in Iran, you may sound more nasal for up to around five months following your surgery. Note that the North Iranian singers mostly sing from their noses, so this may not apply to you if you sing from your throat or chest, as is the case with North American singers.
Therefore, the results from this treatment may vary depending on your training in music. During the healing process, you may notice a change in your singing voice.
This would mostly be caused by swelling, which is normal during recovery, so you can expect that the final change that may occur on your voice may only be minor. It is also worth pointing out that even though you may experience some changes, it is not easy to predict outright that your singing voice will change after rhinoplasty.
The changes that are likely to occur will most likely be subtle and may even be beneficial to some extent. For some singers, improved breathing after rhinoplasty makes singing even easier.
Ideally, if you are well-trained, you shouldn’t find a lot of difficulties when you adjust to singing with your new nose after this operation. Perhaps your concern would be the risks of complications during or after the treatment or your appearance after the procedure.
As mentioned early, the surgeries cannot be undone, and a repeat procedure after this treatment may only come with unnecessary complications. Therefore, to avoid risks of complications or get the results that would only impact your self-esteem, you should only choose a fully qualified plastic surgeon.
Who is the Best Nose Surgeon for Rhinoplasty?
The best surgeon for rhinoplasty is a board-certified rhinoplasty surgeon. This means that you will need to take time to do some background research on your plastic surgeon’s qualifications and experience.
It is highly recommended that you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with specialty in maxillofacial and oral surgery or Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) surgery, otolaryngologist. It would also help if you choose a plastic surgeon that performs rhinoplasty surgeries regularly.
It is also advisable that you take time to read the reviews from previous patients or clients to know the surgeon’s reputation. Knowing how skilled your plastic surgeon is would also help.
Therefore, be keen to look at the surgeon’s before and after photos. Before consenting to the procedure, be sure to ask any questions you may have about rhinoplasty and the potential changes to your singing voice.
Ensure that the plastic surgeon understands your concerns about the treatment and, most importantly, your needs. Finally, do note that rhinoplasty procedures for cosmetic purposes aren’t covered by insurance. Therefore, you will need to make early arrangements for this treatment, so you do not get disappointed at the last minute.
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