There's something about blond singer-actresses named Ashley and surgical procedures of the nasal variety.

This time around, however, Ashley Tisdale is seeking to preempt tabloidal before-and-after schnoz shots, admitting that she underwent a rhinoplasty procedure in Los Angeles on Friday.

But the 22-year-old High School Musical star is adamant the procedure was not done for cosmetic purposes.

"Growing up, I always knew I had a deviated septum on the right side of my nose, which caused trouble breathing," she told People. "The older I got, the worse it got. I went to get it checked out, and the doctor told me the septum was 80 percent deviated and that I had two small fractures on my nose."

Still in bandages from the five-hour procedure, Tisdale took care to assure fans she hadn't gone under the knife for a more photogenic profile and should not be looked to as an advocate of the plasticizing of Hollywood.

"I didn't do this because I believe in plastic surgery," she added. "I did this to help my health. I literally almost could not breathe out of the right side of my nose."

The entertainer said she wanted to make sure her impressionable young fan base knew her motivation.

"I want my fans to know the truth. I'm not someone who is going to act like I had nothing done. I just want to be honest, because my fans are everything to me."

While the procedure went smoothly, Tisdale said she was all nerves leading up to the event.

"I was completely scared," she said, adding that her mother, Lisa, was by her side for the duration. "I wasn't looking forward to the surgery at all. I actually had trouble sleeping for a week before."

Tisdale should be fully recuperated in time to begin work on High School Musical 3, which begins filming early next year. The actress' rep told E! News Tisdale will be "recuperating and vacationing" for the next few weeks.

Last month, the actress inked a deal with Disney to reprise her role as supersnooty Sharpay Evans in the theater-bound flick.

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