-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Feb. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having a "nose job"
might not just change your profile, it could also change your
voice, according to a small new study.
Researchers examined voice changes among 22 women and five men
who had nose plastic surgery (rhinoplasty) at two hospitals in
The patients and "trained listeners" noticed voice changes after
surgery, but these changes generally didn't cause problems with
speech function, according to the report in the February issue of
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
However, people who are considering this type of surgery should
be aware of potential voice changes, particularly those who use
their voice professionally, noted Dr. Kamran Khazaeni and
colleagues at Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, in Iran.
The voice changes may be related to narrowing of the nasal
cavity after surgery, the study authors pointed out in a journal
"The changes in surface area of nasal cavity may increase airflow resistance and cause an increase in sound absorption and a decrease in passing sound amplitude," the researchers wrote in the study.
They noted that rhinoplasty is an increasingly popular surgery
in Iran and a number of other countries.
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