A recent study published in the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s medical journal found that patients who have a rhinoplasty procedure may notice that their voice sounds differently after recovery. Trained speech analysts listened to 27 patients’ voices before and after surgery to judge the quality of their voices for perceptible changes. Patients were also asked to fill out a questionnaire about any differences they may have noticed themselves.
The most notable difference detected by the experts was an increase in hyponasal speech. This occurs when there is an increase in air resistance through the nasal passage. To the trained ear, it sounds like a person has a slightly stuffy nose.
This could be the result of a change in the surface area inside the nose. If the nasal passages are narrowed, for example, air will encounter more resistance as it moves through a smaller space, thus causing the patient to sound slightly congested. The actual voice isn’t changed or altered in any way, since the doctor doesn’t go near the vocal cords during the procedure. Any variation in voice quality is related to how air moves through the nasal cavity.
The good news is that this change is not likely to be noticed on an everyday basis, even by the patients who undergo the surgery. The patient questionnaires revealed that the actual function of the nose after surgery does not alter the patients’ daily lives and conversations. In fact, to those without trained ears, these voice alterations may not be detectable at all. Remember, this study used voice experts and the patients themselves to judge the voice quality; the experts are obviously trained to find even the minutest alteration, and the patient knows better than anyone what their own voice sounds like.
If anything, voice quality alterations are more likely to occur from functional rhinoplasty surgery. Repairing a deviated septum, for example, will improve the flow of air through the nasal passages. Since air will be moving through more easily, this could result in a perceptible change in voice. Regardless of the type of rhinoplasty procedure being performed, however, it is highly unlikely that any alterations will be detectable by untrained ears and anyone other than the patient.
For those considering Asian rhinoplasty surgery, it’s very important to speak with your doctor about possible side effects from the procedure. Since every patient has different needs, the results and side effects will vary. However, since those seeking Asian rhinoplasty have noses that are generally thinner than Caucasian noses, patients undergoing Asian rhinoplasty surgery will not have to be concerned with having a hyponasal speech pattern after surgery. Hyponasality occurs when the nasal cavity surface area is reduced, not expanded.
During your consultation with your doctor, you can discuss any concerns you may have regarding the side effects of the surgery. Dr. Nassif is a well-respected and renowned Asian rhinoplasty expert. His years of experience guarantee the skills to cater to an individual patient’s needs and answer any questions you may have about any part of the procedure, the recovery process, and how rhinoplasty can improve the way you look and feel about yourself. Call us at our Beverly Hills, CA, office at (310) 275-2467 to schedule an appointment today!