“Do you think I should get my nose job during Libra season or Virgo season?” I asked my best friend and astrologer, Annabel Gat. It turned out that the properties of both signs have benefits when it comes to making big aesthetic changes. Virgo is commonly associated with details and perfection (think of Beyoncé or Freddie Mercury, both Virgos, in the recording studio until a track meets their standards), and obviously, you want attention to detail during plastic surgery. But I scheduled my nose job with Dara Liotta, a double board-certified plastic surgeon in Manhattan specializing in rhinoplasty, on Wednesday, October 10, smack-dab in the middle of Libra season.
“Libra is ruled by Venus, which is the planet of beauty,” Gat says. “It’s the sign of balance. What do people often look for in plastic surgery? A more symmetrical face. So any kind of makeover, including plastic surgery, can be a great thing to do during Libra season since it’s all about rebalancing.” Gat adds that every Libra season is different. For instance, Venus was retrograde during the 2018 Libra season, which typically isn’t the best time for makeovers. Gat gave me a pass, though.
“I was totally cool with you getting a nose job during this time because it isn’t something you came up with during the Venus retrograde or during the shadow period,” Gat says. “It’s something you had planned on doing for a long time, with a doctor who is very esteemed, responsible, and highly regarded.” She also tells me that I’m far from the first person to consult her about the astrology of a specific date when scheduling major life decisions, and that there’s an entire branch of astrology dedicated to that: It’s called electional astrology.
Indeed, my rhinoplasty is something I had planned on doing for a very long time, nearly a decade and a half. During high school, I was on the dance team and somehow managed to mess up a fall and break my nose. Since then my nose had been slightly crooked, and though I was the only one who really saw the change, it drove me crazy. I wanted a goddamn nose job.
During our initial consultation, Liotta examined the inside of my nose with a small camera and noticed a crooked septum, which may have affected how I was breathing, and possibly explained why I’d been prone to colds and sinus infections despite an otherwise healthy lifestyle. Because of this, technically, I had two procedures done at the same time: rhinoplasty and septoplasty, which corrected my deviated septum. I spent the rest of Libra reason recovering.
Liotta says it takes about 12 days of recovery and rest before you’re back to your regular self. You’re supposed to spend the first week or so relaxing, icing your pretty new nose, and allowing loved ones to dote on you. “If you have surgery on Wednesday, most people will take off Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and one more week,” Liotta explains. “Then, 12 days after surgery, black eyes are gone, stitches and the cast are off, and although the nose is still swollen and final results of surgery are not yet seen, you look good enough that no one would notice you had anything done.” She adds, “It’s normal to be stuffy, like a bad cold, for up to two weeks, and some people have a bit of a runny nose for a month or so after surgery.”
Though it was important to me to get my rhinoplasty during Libra season, I did consider factors other than astrology when scheduling my surgery. An October date gave me enough time to prepare for the time off, professionally and financially. “The most common factor is life schedule and when someone can get time away from work and life to recover,” Liotta says. “My busiest times of the year are the times right before the holidays and in the summer.” In addition to wanting to look cute in time for the holidays, I considered that I’d have to wait about six weeks after surgery before I’d be able to wear glasses; my eyes are extremely sensitive to sunlight, so I wanted the procedure done during the darker months.