"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?