Voice Change After Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, better known as a nose job, is a very common and safe plastic surgery procedure. Many people choose to get rhinoplasty to sculpt, and to improve the shape of, their nose. This can have many positive effects including improvement of facial symmetry, and increased self-confidence.

Rhinoplasty can dramatically change the look of your nose, and it’s important to thoroughly understand the procedure, including its limitations, before going through with it. During your initial assessment, your surgeon will evaluate the appearance and structure of your nose in order to help you define your goals. During this assessment, any structural problems, such as nasal allergies or a deviated septum, will also be examined.

Since the shape and structure of your nose directly affects breathing, many patients wonder about whether or not rhinoplasty will affect the sound and quality of their voice. Voice is an important asset for singers and performers. And for those who make a living off of their voice, it’s even more important to know they are not risking anything by having rhinoplasty.

Fortunately, it is rare for there to be vocal changes following rhinoplasty. In fact, many singers and actors have had rhinoplasty! That being said, there is a small chance that rhinoplasty may cause slight vocal changes. This is very dependant on the patient’s specific facial structure.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some people have rhinoplasty in order to open up their nasal passages in order to make breathing easier. This can have a positive effect on their singing voice, sometimes making it less nasal. Overall, the risks of rhinoplasty altering your voice in a negative way are small, but each case is specific and if vocal change is a concern you should discuss it with your surgeon.

Rhinoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia, which involves intubation. During intubation, a breathing tube is inserted through the nose, past the vocal chords. This carries the risk of damage to the vocal chords. Ensuring that your anesthesiologist is board-certified and experienced means that you can expect smooth intubation. If this is a major concern, you can also discuss different methods such as sedation anesthesia, which foregoes intubation.

During your consultation, it is important you raise any concerns about the effect of rhinoplasty on your voice. He will be able to outline the possible risks, and hopefully assuage any concerns. Before undergoing rhinoplasty, it’s very important to thoroughly understand any and all aspects and possible effects of the procedure. We will make sure all questions are answered, as well as letting you know of any possible risks, and working with you to create realistic goals and expectations.