The Effect of Rhinoplasty on the Voice
When considering Rhinoplasty, it is natural to be concerned with all of the possible outcomes of the procedure. Though your main focus will be on how your new nose looks, you may have other questions, such as how the operation can affect your voice. Many facial reconstruction experts agree the surgery does not significantly alter the average patient’s tone of voice in regards to general conversation and speech. Prospective patients who rely on their voices professionally, such as singers and voice-over specialists, may want to consult their doctor about different techniques that can be used to avoid even subtle changes.
A recent study conducted in Iran resulted in the 27 observed patients experiencing only subtle changes to their voice five to six months after the operation. The potential for Rhinoplasty changing your tone of voice is related to the measurements of airflow through your nasal passageways. Significant changes to the construction of your nose can narrow these passageways, blocking airflow and causing a more nasal sounding voice. Conversely, if your voice is already hypo nasal or stuffy sounding, Rhinoplasty can open these nasal passageways and add resonance to your voice.
Rhinoplasty Generally Does Not Change the Voice
The concern for nose jobs affecting the voice is debated among plastic surgeons. Many experienced U.S. doctors have scrutinized recent research, arguing the results are inconclusive and cannot be widely adopted. Some veterans in the field claim having performed thousands of Rhinoplasties, with only a handful of patients noticing even a subtle change in their voice.
Choose a Rhinoplasty Surgeon with an ENT Background
Rhinoplasty is a delicate procedure. When pursuing a nose job, keep in mind the importance of choosing a doctor who specializes in facial plastic surgery who also understands the inner structures of the nose (ENT background is a plus). Dr. Richard Westreich has over 10 years of experience performing cosmetic and functional nose surgeries and has extensive knowledge of the effects Rhinoplasty can have on nasal function.
Overall, unless you are singing on Broadway or producing voice-overs for a new television commercial, Rhinoplasty affecting the tone in your voice is not a major concern. For those vocal professionals looking to improve the voice, increased resonance is often possible, provided internal deviations are present. Experienced doctors understand the importance of your unique voice remaining a part of your identity. Making the decision to change the structure of your nose does not mean you have to change what makes you who you are. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Westreich today for a Rhinoplasty tailored to your unique needs.