How Rhinoplasty can affect Your Voice

Rhinoplasty is the surgery of choice for patients seeking to correct or modify the shape and appearance of their nose. However, it is very seldom recognized for modifying the way one sounds.

Research recently performed at two hospitals in Iran showed that the voices of patients who underwent rhinoplasty had experienced moderate changes. The audible difference before and after the procedure was noticeable to patients as well as experts. However, the changes generally didn’t cause any difficulties with speech function.

The study was performed on 27 patients in Iran, a country where rhinoplasty is among the most popular cosmetic procedures. Of the individuals that underwent the study, 22 of them were women while 5 were men. The average age for the participants was 24 years old.

The results of the study, which were published in this month’s issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, show that there was a significant increase in the Voice Handicap Index score and its physical and emotional subscales following the nose procedure. The analysis suggests that the change may have been related to a narrowing of the nasal cavity following the patients’ rhinoplasty surgery. While voices changed, the procedure did not seem to interfere with the daily lives of the patients studied.

As with any surgery, it is suggested that you consult with your plastic surgeon before undergoing rhinoplasty in order to gain a better understanding of all possible outcomes. A Board Certified surgeon will be able to effectively go over the entire process with you and provide great detail on the possible outcomes for surgery. Contact Dr. Jhonny Salomon’s Miami office today to schedule your complimentary Rhinoplasty consultation.