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Potential Effects of Rhinoplasty on the Voice

Profile of a female model with hair in a blonde bunAs one of the most popular procedures performed in 2013, rhinoplasty can drastically improve the appearance and function of the nose while typically improving a patient’s quality of life in the process. But even with all of the benefits that this surgery offers, some individuals still have questions about the procedure. For instance, a number of people wonder if rhinoplasty will affect the sound of their voice.

An article published in the February 2014 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) addressed this very issue. Along with colleagues of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Dr. Kamran Khazaeni conducted a study to determine if changes occur in a person’s voice after undergoing rhinoplasty.

“Changes in voice after rhinoplasty are perceptible to patients as well as to experts, but generally don’t cause problems with speech function.”

The study was performed on 27 people (22 women and 5 men) in Iran, where rhinoplasty is one of the most frequently performed procedures. After patients underwent rhinoplasty surgery, researchers made each person answer a questionnaire about how they thought their voice sounded. Trained listeners were asked to listen to random before-and-after audios of each patient to determine if there was a significant change in the patients’ voices. According to the article, “changes in voice after rhinoplasty are perceptible to patients as well as to experts, but generally don’t cause problems with speech function.”

These listeners determined that any change in a patient’s voice after surgery was likely due to an increase in hyponasality. Hyponasal speech is a term used to describe the voice when there is an inadequate amount of air moving through the nasal cavity. This condition commonly occurs when a person has a stuffy nose. However, they noted that although the rhinoplasty may have slightly changed a patient’s voice, the change in sound would barely be noticed by the untrained ear, if at all. More importantly, the researchers concluded that any alteration in the voice did not negatively affect the patient’s lives in any way.

If you think a rhinoplasty can be beneficial for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Mesbahi Plastic Surgery. Call our Virginia practice at (703) 287-8277 or conveniently fill out our online contact form to get started today. Dr. Alex N. Mesbahi is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), and has extensive experience in performing nose surgery for men and women of all ages. He looks forward to meeting you soon and is dedicated to providing you with the best results possible.