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What a 400-Year-Old Botched Nose Job Can Teach You

young woman with a highlighted nose.

young woman with a highlighted nose.Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. This is true when it comes to toxic relationships, waging wars you cannot win and, yes, nose jobs

In fact, the field of plastic surgery is filled with botched procedures you most definitely want to avoid. 

Let’s Take a Trip into the Past

Picture it: Bologna, 1500-something-or-other. Gaspare Tagliacozzi is a renowned surgeon, famous throughout Europe for his reconstructive procedures that could reportedly rebuild faces. Into his practice walks a Belgian man without a nose.

Sounds like a horror film, right? Oh, just wait.

Nose jobs are a lot better than they were in the 1500s, and aren’t you lucky that’s the case?

According to the man, his nose was cut off in combat. Swords — they’re dangerous, kids. Tagliacozzi promises that he can make him a new nose that looks and feels natural. All he needs is some extra skin and it will be good to go. 

The patient, not keen on cutting off more body parts, hires a random porter to cut off his skin and donate it for the procedure. Tagliacozzi installs the new nose with the foreign skin and voilà — all is well.

Until a year later when the tissue turns cold, putrefies and then fully falls off the man’s face.

The Moral of the Story?

To start with, don’t pay random porters to cut off their skin for your nose job. It’s not kosher. 

Second? Pick a surgeon with better skills than the leading guy from 400 plus years ago. Yes, he was cutting edge back in the day, but that was about half a century ago. And when you find the right surgeon, follow their advice. 

How to Pick a Nose Job Surgeon

You want those amazing nose job benefits? You gotta pick the right guy (or gal) for the job. Here’s what to look for:

  • They are board-certified, preferably by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • They have significant experience with facial plastic surgery and nose jobs in particular
  • They have lots of documentation showing their results
  • They practice at a reputable hospital or surgical center 

Chances are you will find multiple doctors who meet these requirements, and that means your work will need to focus on narrowing down the options. Here are the steps to take.

  1. Read Reviews: The best way to get a feel for a doctor outside of a consultation is to see what other patients have to say. Try to ignore reviews that seem a little too perfect and those that are purely negative, unless those negative reviews are the overwhelming majority.
  2. Speak in Person: If the qualifications are all the same, the deciding factor will likely be who you most mesh with. You want a doctor you are comfortable with and who is receptive to your goals and questions.
  3. Look at Photos: Ask for before and after photos of patients who started similar to where you are and ended up with results in line with your goals. This will help you feel confident in their abilities. 
  4. Make Your Choice: At this point, you should be able to feel confident in selecting a surgeon. Schedule your surgery, work out the payment details and get ready for your new nose.

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