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Could Weight Loss Affect Rhinoplasty Results?

When patients decide to undergo nose surgery (rhinoplasty) to resize or reshape their nose, they usually do not have in mind how future body weight fluctuations might affect the plastic surgery results. However, gaining or losing a significant amount of weight might change the facial harmony achieved with nasal surgery.

Find out more about what to expect from your Rhinoplasty.

The Impact of Weight Changes On The Face

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When the body gains weight, it stores it in fat cells in the jaw and neck area, particularly under the chin. Another site where fat cells love inhabiting is the cheeks. Both men and women can get puffy cheeks after weight gain. Therefore, fat storage in the cheeks and chin blurs the definition of facial features, altering the whole face’s appearance and symmetry.

On the other hand, losing weight makes our facial characteristics, such as the nose, look more prominent, even though the actual size does not change. Some patients may also experience sagging skin after fat cells in the cheeks and neck have shrunken. This is more common to older people whose skin has lost elasticity and volume.

The Impact of Weight Changes On The Face


In contrast to the cheeks and chin, the human nose has no fat cells. It is made of bone, cartilage and skin. Hence, losing or gaining weight does not have a direct impact on the nose or on the results of nose surgery. In other words, fatty tissue does not affect the bose. With that said, the nose cannot get smaller when you lose weight, or bigger when you put on a few kilos/pounds.

What changes with weight fluctuations is facial proportions and the balance between the features, including the nose. A successful rhinoplasty means that the new nasal structure looks proportionate and in harmony with the rest of the patient’s facial characteristics. But if the chin and cheeks become more “puffy” or saggy, the side profile and balance between facial features will be affected.

Thus, even though the nose surgery results remain the same, maintaining a healthy weight after surgery will keep your facial features in harmony and balance.

Nose Surgery Promotes Weight Loss

Many patients tend to follow a healthier lifestyle after their nose surgery. Their self-esteem has improved, their confidence has increased and they feel more beautiful than ever. Because of these feelings, patients who had a few extra pounds before rhinoplasty, often try to follow a healthier diet and exercise to lose weight. That is great, but should occur at a safe pace – not with extreme diets. It is important to talk openly to your doctor about your plans and goals before and after rhinoplasty.

Do you need Plastic Surgery after weight loss? 

Planning Your Nose Surgery With Plastic Surgeon Dr. Stavrou in Cyprus, Greece & Malta

Learn more about the positive effects of rhinoplasty on your appearance and discuss your concerns and expectations with board-certified plastic surgeon in Nicosia, Limassol, Athens and Sliema, Dr. Demetris Stavrou (MD, MSc, EBOPRAS, ASPS).

Dr. Stavrou has extensive experience in nose jobs and an artistic eye. He uses the most advanced surgical technology and a combination of traditional and modern rhinoplasty techniques. He is compassionate and always by the side of his patients to make them feel comfortable, confident and secure before and after the cosmetic procedure.


Dr Stavrou is a board-certified and highly experienced plastic surgeon in Cyprus, Greece and Malta, with a keen interest in informing patients about the latest updates on reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.

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