Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is reshaping the nose to increase or decrease the size, reshaping the tip or bridge, removing a hump, narrowing the nostril span, or changing angle between the nose and upper lip.
is a rhinoplasty right for me?
The majority of individuals who undergo nose reshaping surgery are dissatisfied with the appearance of their noses and wish to improve the proportions of their facial features. A smaller percentage of rhinoplasty candidates are patients who deal with discomfort or breathing difficulties due to structural abnormalities or previous nose injuries. The optimal candidates for rhinoplasty are in good general health and have realistic expectations regarding the surgery results.
common questions and concerns
What is the difference between a cosmetic rhinoplasty and a functional rhinoplasty? A Cosmetic Rhinoplasty is performed for the purpose of improving the appearance of the nose. A Functional Rhinoplasty is performed to improve breathing. A rhinoplasty can also be cosmetic and functional at the same time. There are many additional terms that have been used for rhinoplasty, but the main objective of any nose surgery is to have a nose that you find attractive, with breathing functioning as well as or better than before surgery.
What is the difference between a closed and open rhinoplasty? With a Closed Rhinoplasty, an incision inside the nostrils is made to provide access to the internal structures of the nose. With an Open Rhinoplasty, an incisions is made across the underside of the nose and inside the nostrils to provide access to the same internal nasal structures.
what are my surgical options?
Nose reshaping surgery is highly individualized and varied, and the type of change or correction desired will determine the surgical technique used.
During the procedure, incisions may be made on the ridge separating the nostrils, or inside the nose. Nasal structures can then be re-set, repositioned, sculpted, and reshaped to create the desired result. Your surgeon will use a gauge package or a stent or both, to immobilize the corrected nose to ensure the proper healing of the surgical incision. In most cases, the incisions used for nose reshaping can be hidden inside the nose or placed inconspicuously outside it. Minimal scarring fits in with the overall goal of improving appearance and maintaining a natural look.
Rhinoplasty surgery has a fairly high revision rate because they are very complicated and complex procedures and patients have a high demand for outcomes. Even in the best of hands, Rhinoplasty may require a minor or major correction after a year or two.