Rhinoplasty can enhance the shape, size and general appearance of your nose. A natural-looking nose achieves a harmonious balance with your other facial features. If you feel that your nose is not a good fit, you may benefit from cosmetic surgery of the nose, also called rhinoplasty.
Is rhinoplasty right for me?
Rhinoplasty can be performed on men and women of almost any age. However, it’s usually recommended that young people wait until facial growth is complete – about age 13 or 14 for girls and 14 or 15 for boys. If you are a teenager, having the procedure should be your own idea.
You may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty if you have any of the following conditions:
- Your nose appears too large for your face
- There is a bump or depression on the nasal bridge when viewed in the profile
- The nose seems too wide when viewed from the front
- The nasal tip droops or plunges
- The tip is thickened or enlarged
- The nostrils are excessively flared
- Your nose if off-center or crooked
- A previous injury has made your nose asymmetrical
- You have an airway obstruction that impairs breathing
To correct breathing difficulties:
A septoplasty can correct a deviated septum, a condition in which the dividing wall within the nose shifts from the middle to block the air passages.
Surgical treatments of nasal injuries is performed to repair soft tissue and damaged structures such as broken nasal bones, or displaced nasal septum. Nasal injury surgery is intended to minimize potential deformities due to abnormal healing of displaced nasal structures, but often needs further surgical repair after healing occurs.
How is rhinoplasty performed?
The technique used for your surgery depends not only on your surgeon’s preference, but also on your desired results. Alterations may be made to increase or decrease the nasal bridge, reduce the size or width of the nose, narrow the nostrils, reshape the tip, or change the angel between the nose and the upper lip.
Plastic surgeons may perform rhinoplasty from within the nose, making the incision inside the nostrils. This is called a “closed rhinoplasty.” Other times, a surgeon prefers an “open” procedure, in which a small incision is made across the columella, the vertical strip of tissue separating the nostrils, as well as within the nose.