Can rhinoplasty procedures cause a change in the patient’s tone of voice? The short answer to this question is no. The growing concern for rhinoplasty can be attributed to a recent study conducted in Iran, where the procedure has become increasingly popular. The study consisted of 27 patients, both men and women, who had rhinoplasty surgeries. Out of all the participants, twenty-two percent claimed to use their voices professionally. The results of the study were obtained using the patients’ self-assessments after the surgery, as well as the advice of trained listeners who found subtle differences in the patients’ tone of voice. Many facial cosmetic experts express skepticism for the study, claiming that researchers neglected to measure each patient’s nasal air flow before and after the surgery. Plastic surgeons in the United States find that change in tone of voice is not a common patient complaint, even among those who use their voice professionally. Though the study is controversial, it is has successfully garnered attention from both patients and plastic surgeons who specialize in rhinoplasty.
When considering a rhinoplasty, a change in your voice should not be a major concern. Most voice alterations are unnoticeable, if at all existent. For patients who already have a nasally sounding voice prior to the surgery, there is potential for subtle changes resulting from easier airflow through nasal passageways. Those who use their voices professionally, such as singers, often worry rhinoplasty will make their voices unrecognizable. Most facial cosmetic surgeons agree that the procedure can create only subtle changes to the voice, but will not affect vocal quality or resonance. If patients who use their voices professionally are concerned, they should consult their doctor about different techniques that can be used in surgery to avoid the issue.
The best way to ensure your voice remains unchanged after rhinoplasty is to choose the best facial plastic surgeons that specialize in the procedure. At Beverly Hills Profiles, Drs. Jason Litner and Peyman Solieman use surgical techniques that focus on providing each patient with their natural look that complements individual distinctions of the face. Operating in Los Angeles, California, they are widely acknowledged as two of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in the field. They often perform rhinoplasties and other facial cosmetic procedures on fellow surgeons, and take pride in their work lasting a lifetime. Do not make the mistake of choosing any plastic surgeon to perform complex facial cosmetic surgeries. Be sure to select a board certified surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty.