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Will Rhinoplasty Change My Voice?

Will rhinoplasty (aka a nose job) a change your voice? It’s a common question, especially for people who use their voices frequently at work. The answer for most patients is “No.”  However, there are a few notable exceptions.  Mostly it depends on the nature of your specific procedure and your sensitivity to the sound of your voice. Let’s first review rhinoplasty itself, and then we’ll explain what effect it can have on your voice.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgery designed to correct a multitude of different challenges you may face with your nose. For some patients, it purely cosmetic. They’re looking to reshape or decrease its size.

Other patients want to correct airflow issues and the problems they cause with sleep or breathing during sports.  Septoplasty, for example, is a procedure related to rhinoplasty that straightens the nasal cavity. Sometimes, patients will seek to correct both the look of their nose and deal with respiration issues with a single surgery.

Purely Cosmetic Procedures

If your rhinoplasty is purely cosmetic, you probably shouldn’t expect much change in your voice. Yes, immediately after surgery, your nasal tissues will be swollen and you’ll sound like you have a cold.  However, this will gradually dissipate as your swelling subsides.

When healed, the air passage that your voice travels through will not have changed much, so neither will the sound. Real changes to the voice can occur when the tissues inside the nose are reshaped.

Rhinoplasty With Other Corrections

Some patients combine rhinoplasty with other corrective procedures like correcting a deviated septum (Septoplasty) or removing turbinates, which are small bones that protrude into the nasal cavity. People who decide to have these additional procedures often seek better nasal breathing and the benefits that come with it.

For example, better nasal breathing can decrease snoring and provide a better quality of sleep.  Taking in more air is also beneficial to endurance athletes like runners and cyclists. Although we may not associate these benefits with a nose job, patients often seek out surgeons that can employ these techniques to get them.

Additional procedures can improve the way air travels through the nose. Therefore, they can change the sound of your voice. It’s like the difference between someone speaking to through a closed-door versus an open one.

How Well Do You Know Your Voice?

Most of us are startled (and disappointed) to hear the sound of our voice in a recording.  

Singers, however, are not. Someone who trains and listens to their own voice frequently is the most likely among us to notice a change after nasal surgery.

If you are a singer, rest assured. The tone quality of your voice may be less nasal sounding after a rhinoplasty.  And if you’re surgery improves your breathing, you’ll have even more air to help you hit the high notes.

Teachers, salespeople, and other frequent talkers may also notice a slight difference.  But again, they, too, could benefit from the added breathing ability the surgery provides.   Finally, anyone who has always felt their voice sounded nasal may notice a difference.

The Bottom Line

In general, voice changes after rhinoplasty are neither frequent nor drastic. Most likely, you will continue to sound like yourself.  Improvements in appearance or breathing are your best reason for choosing the procedure.

To learn more about rhinoplasty, schedule your consultation with the HKB physicians today at (704) 659-9000.