A Life Changing Teenage Rhinoplasty Experience
There has always been a certain stigma surrounding the world of plastic surgery, especially teenage rhinoplasty. People write others off as being vain and impractical for spending thousands of dollars to change their appearance. What they don’t realize, however, is that in many ways plastic surgery is no more self-involved than a 30 day diet cleanse or the pursuit of an Eat, Pray, Love-esq self-awakening: the goal of all of these activities is simply rooted in improving overall health (especially mental), alleviating negative thoughts, and feeling the like your best self.
A Pearl Patient Journey – Teenage Rhinoplasty
A recent Pearl Recovery Retreat patient wants to share her story with you so you can see how her decision to undergo teenage rhinoplasty has positively impacted her life.
“Dating back to 7th grade, I can remember being self-conscious about my nose. Even now, eight years later, I am still cringing at the thought of openly expressing my biggest insecurity. Unfortunately for me, the area I grew up in was blessed with an impeccable gene pool, and in my eyes, I was placed there by mistake. Starting in middle school, I found myself to be the subject of countless jokes, and my self-esteem took a nosedive (no pun intended). Deep down, what I wanted more than anything was a nose job, but it would take me years to admit such a thing for fear of what people would say.
After years of discontent, however, the constant judgment I felt regarding my nose began to outweigh the impending judgment if I got plastic surgery, so I started making subtle comments to my parents about getting a nose job. Throughout the rest of high school, I continuously voiced this want to my family and closest friends. Most of my remarks were met with strong opposition; on the counts that plastic surgery was a shallow, impractical, egocentric thing to do. As my days left in high school began to dwindle, I pushed even harder, starting to get nervous about leaving the people who were used to my nose and going to college where I would meet new people and have to worry about their judgments.
My parents didn’t understand why I couldn’t wait until I was older, which was code for ‘let’s postpone the possibility of the procedure until she grows out of her self-conscious high school phase.’ They eventually, however, came to realize that this was not a phase I would grow out of. The emotional seeds of my shot self-confidence had been sown too deep, leaving no choice but reform.
Eventually, I persuaded my way to a rhinoplasty. I’m almost two years post-op and my life is immensely different, and better, than it was prior. I still haven’t gotten used to the feeling of being in public, taking pictures, and engaging in everyday life without worrying about my nose, but I get more and more confident as the days pass. I now actually find myself suggesting my friends and I take candid photos with our side profiles on full display, something that would have triggered deep unease and sorrow in the past. Overall, the experience transformed my life from one filled with anxiety and stress to one that I am excited and grateful I get to live, which is something I deeply hope everyone gets to feel.” -Katie
Why Plastic Surgery is Empowering
As you can see from reading Katie’s teenage rhinoplasty journey, plastic surgery can, and does, transform people’s lives. When someone is able to improve the part of their appearance that holds back their confidence, the outcome is empowering. And that is truly the ultimate goal of plastic surgery; to improve someone’s quality of life.
At Pearl Recovery Retreat we are honored to be part of so many life-changing journeys for our patients. Recovery can be difficult and uncomfortable, so we are here to make your aftercare experience as relaxing and luxurious as possible. Our promise is that you will leave Pearl feeling refreshed and rejuvenated so you are to begin the next phase of your self-love journey!