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October 29, 2003

The Divine Nose!
Mehrad Vaezinejad  [info|posts]

nose_h.JPG"I want my nose back", she was crying. Less than three month after her second Rhinoplasty, Shabnam, a 23 year old Iranian girl, looked quite strange to other people waiting for the doctor to visit them. There was no such thing as nose in Shabnam's face, at least in the first glance. "Where else could she take her appeal to?" I was asking myself while the secretary tried to gently show her the way out!

Who was responsible? And who could she blame for her nose and apparently her face malformation? Simply, what had happened to the poor girl's nose?

Rhinoplasty or Nose Surgery is one of the most common procedures of Cosmetic Surgery. "Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient's appearance and self-esteem." According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Rhinoplasty is a specific procedure for "Reshaping nose by reducing or increasing size, removing hump, changing shape of tip or bridge, narrowing span of nostrils, or changing angle between nose and upper lip."

Although the account for first American Rhinoplasty was published around 1837, some evidence suggest that Hindu physicians before the time of Christ had made efforts for nose reconstruction! I, personally, do not know when it all began in Iran, but I think it gradually became epidemic during the last five years. Nowadays nose surgery is so common in Iran you could hardly find girls who have never took such an operation (at least) under consideration. It’s most frequent in 18-25 year old girls, although it is becoming more popular between those in their 30's.

Actually, cases similar to the one I mentioned in the first paragraph are not quite often. To be honest, I've seen that nose surgery, once successful, helps those who've done it a lot with their self confidence. Obviously, a successful operation brings with the changes in appearance, also the opportunity of being more in the spotlight. So, if it’s to the best interests of the one who takes the risk, and it doesn't harm others, there is no room for being opposed to it. However, there is a point about nose surgeries in Iran that I can not understand:

Some say Rhinoplasty is best explained in terms of seeking beauty by those who try it. I can understand that to some extent. But, how those girls/boys know, even after a successful surgery, if they’re closer to what they call beauty? I mean which beauty are they seeking? Why thousands of hugely different types of noses before surgery, become a single typical tip-up nose after the surgery? Do we have to believe in existence of some divine shape of nose which well fits to every face?

Kaveh Kh. at October 29, 2003 10:09 AM [permalink]:

My dearest Mehrad, what were YOU doing in the plastic surgeon's waiting room? Et tu brute?

AliS in Wonderland at October 29, 2003 10:48 AM [permalink]:

Last night there was a rerun of Seinfield (I am not sure but I guess on Fox) and the whole idea was based around George's girlfriend having a rhinoplasty. Besides Jerry made a very beatuful comment on why they call it Rhinoplasty. Did you see that show Mehrad ?

Mehrad at October 29, 2003 11:53 AM [permalink]:

My dearest Kaveh,
Good question! It was actually an E.N.T speciallist waiting room. So, one could be there for some kind of EAR problem. Ha?

And dear AliS,
Thanks god, we do not have that shitchannel here in UK. Consider it as a coincidence.

Somayeh at October 29, 2003 12:04 PM [permalink]:

I sort of don't understand how important the beauty is for those people to spend that large money and undergo the risk as well. fortunately, this is a by-product of imposing Hijab on the society, which forces girls to show off all their beauty in their faces.
This is also a sign of the gap between the poor and the rich in our society, the poor are struggling to survive, the rich are worried about their nose.
(I don't want to degrade anyone who underwent this operation by any means, I just don't understand their mindset.)

Somayeh at October 29, 2003 12:05 PM [permalink]:

I meant unfortunately in the second sentence of my comment!!

M.S at October 29, 2003 12:59 PM [permalink]:

1.After spending two years abroad, I went back home last year and the first thing that came to my attention at Mehrabad Airport where I had to wait for six hours for my flight to another city, was people's nose. It seemed to me that iranians' nose are on average twice as big as others'.

2. After six hours of staring at people's nose at Mehrabad airport, during the next flight to my home town, when I was watching the land below, I saw nothing green on the earth, no trace of water. I thought why on earth our ancestors chose this place to inhabit.

3. Spent one month in my home town and still obsessed with nose. Girls with nose job were visible minority (or majority! may I say). Boys nose-jober were also visible.

4. The morale: When God was distrbuting his LAND and WISDOM among its creatures, we iranians were in the NOSE line.

yahya at October 29, 2003 01:49 PM [permalink]:

Let's raise money to do something about the nose in your image.This guy badly need a nose job:)

Kaveh Kh. at October 31, 2003 09:53 PM [permalink]:

Spare some for me, I might want to get a piercing on mine to make it a bit more different.

Ali Mahani at November 1, 2003 06:00 AM [permalink]:

Oh come on, for Christ’s sake!!

Ain't you got anything more important to write about? You'll be well-advised to stop bothering about those snotty-nosed, blasted little upstarts. They aren’t worth it. They really aren’t, believe me.

Come to think of it, my own nose is quite shapely and remarkably small for a man of 34. But I'll be only too delighted to trade this "divine", beautiful snout of mine for a big, well-developed brain, in a good state of repair.

Anyone interested?

Mina at December 2, 2003 10:40 AM [permalink]:

hi. doese any one know an iranian cosmetic surgeon in london or UK? i want to have a nose job[rhinoplasty] if yes.please email me

Mina at December 2, 2003 10:40 AM [permalink]:

hi. doese any one know an iranian cosmetic surgeon in london or UK? i want to have a nose job[rhinoplasty] if yes.please email me

Mina at December 2, 2003 10:40 AM [permalink]:

hi. doese any one know an iranian cosmetic surgeon in london or UK? i want to have a nose job[rhinoplasty] if yes.please email me

Señor Græd at December 2, 2003 03:08 PM [permalink]:

Why must he be Iranian? Hmmm?

Rabey at January 31, 2004 10:46 PM [permalink]:

Does anyone know if they have laser hair removal surgery in Iran ???