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Can Rhinoplasty Affect Your Voice?

If you are interested in rhinoplasty surgery, you will undoubtedly have many questions. One of the most common things that surgeons are asked is whether or not rhinoplasty will affect the patient’s voice. For some people, a slight change in their voice is no big deal and may even be welcome. However, if you have a very distinctive voice or you rely on your voice for your work (such as if you are a singer or voice-over artist), then it is important that you understand if there is any risk to your voice before you sign on the dotted line for your rhinoplasty procedure.


Types of Rhinoplasty and their Effect on Your Voice

Whether or not your voice may be affected by your rhinoplasty will largely depend on the type of rhinoplasty you have. Different procedures address different aspects of your nose and it is rhinoplasty that affects the airflow through your nose that is most likely to have an impact on your voice. This is because it is the resonance of the nasal cavity that helps to create the sounds we make when we talk or sing.

If you have had rhinoplasty to correct a flattened nose or a deviated septum, you will find that the bone and cartilage is positioned in such a way that it allows for a clearer passage of air through your nose. This makes it easier to breathe and may affect the pitch and sound of your voice.


Post-operative Voice Changes

After rhinoplasty your nose may be swollen, blocking the airway and affecting the sounds that you may when you speak. However, this effect is usually temporary and within 3 to 6 weeks most of the initial swelling should have subsided. This means that the way that your voice sounds at this stage is likely to be a permanent outcome.

Rhinoplasty Success Stories

There are many professional singers who have undergone rhinoplasty surgery. These include:

  • Adele
  • Britney Spears
  • Celine Dion
  • Courtney Love
  • Fergie
  • Janet and Michael Jackson

If you are concerned about the effects that rhinoplasty may have on your voice, you should speak to our surgeon about this at your consultation appointment. Our surgeon will be able to advise you how likely it is that your voice will change, which will allow you to make an informed decision about your rhinoplasty procedure.


Our experienced and dedicated team have extensive experience in delivering exceptional quality rhinoplasty procedures and we would be delighted to discuss your concerns with you. Contact us and make an appointment to discuss your case.