Patients get “nose jobs,” scientifically known as rhinoplasty, for any number of reasons. This surgery can result in a dramatic change to the appearance of your nose and face. But did you know that you might also shed some extra pounds as a positive side effect?

Many people are unhappy with the appearance of their nose for cosmetic reasons and elect to have it surgically altered. In addition, there are several medical conditions that can be relieved by rhinoplasty. These include deviated septum, breathing difficulties and nasal asymmetry. Even so, electing to have this procedure should only happen after careful research and a thorough consultation with a rhinoplasty surgeon like Dr. Kulick to determine if this intervention is right for you and will help you to achieve your goals.

Once all of your questions have been answered during the consultation, you will have a very good idea of how you will appear once you have fully recovered. However, you may be less aware of some of the other positive byproducts that rhinoplasty can furnish. Many patients report that they feel much better about themselves once their nasal issues have been corrected. Patients with breathing problems can finally live their day-to-day lives without the discomfort that comes from breathing difficulties. Finally, many people even report that they lose weight after their procedure.

What is the correlation between a nose job and weight loss? First of all, patients are given post-surgical dietary recommendations by their plastic surgeon that are designed to aid in the healing process. After months of eating nutritious fruits and vegetables, many patients feel so much better overall that they choose to continue the lifestyle, which eventually can lead to healthy weight loss.

Pound-shedding can be even more dramatic in patients who had rhinoplasty to correct breathing problems. For a lot of these patients, nasal issues cause an ongoing inability to get a good night’s rest; in fact, many suffer from snoring and sleep apnea. These conditions don’t just compromise the quality of their sleep; they can actually lead to overeating during the day and the release of the “hunger hormone” ghrelin that only leads to more overeating and weight gain. Take away the breathing problems, and many of these side effects vanish as well. Getting a good night’s sleep can also help one to exercise, which can also reduce one’s weight.

Whether you are discontented with your nose for purely cosmetic reasons or have legitimate medical concerns, rhinoplasty may be the solution you have been seeking. Take as much time as you need to find a rhinoplasty surgeon with whom you feel comfortable and at ease. Should you choose to go ahead with the procedure, you just might find that you look better, breathe more clearly and perhaps even weigh less.