Put simply, rhinoplasty (sometimes called a nose job or nasal reshaping) is the process of permanently enhancing nasal contour by means of plastic surgery. Rhinoplasty is a procedure that can improve the appearance of your nose, as well as its structure and function. It is celebrated for its ability to bring balance to the face and enhance patients’ lives by increasing their confidence and self-esteem. Rhinoplasty can enhance the look of your nose in a variety of ways; it can reduce or increase your nose’s size, change the shape of the tip, narrow the nostrils’ width, remove a bump, or change the angle or distance between the nose and the upper lip.
Although a well-executed rhinoplasty can create significant and sometimes even dramatic cosmetic improvement for most patients; there is a finite limit to how much the nose can be safely altered. In addition to anatomic considerations such as skin thickness, skeletal size, and available blood supply; functional limitations and long-term durability may limit the extent of cosmetic change. Although you may want a specific look, for example an ultra-slender nose, rhinoplasty can seldom transform a nose from one extreme to another, and attempting to do so may lead to complications. On the other hand, a better proportioned nose with elegant lines and a more pleasing contour is possible for just about any healthy young patient.
Breathing problems can be surgically addressed at the same time as cosmetic nose surgery is being performed.
It is extremely common for rhinoplasty surgery to be performed at the same time as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), facelift surgery, or another facial rejuvenation procedure. If there is something you don’t like about your nose, you don’t have to live with it. Today’s rhinoplasty techniques are highly refined and can give you a look you love.
Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
The ideal candidate for rhinoplasty is healthy, mentally stable, and expects an improvement — not perfection — in the appearance of their nose.
Rhinoplasty is not recommended for:
- Individuals with unrealistic expectations
- Individuals that have not completed their growth spurt – Surgeons generally wait to operate on girls until they are 14 or 15, and boys a little after that.
- Individuals suffering from certain medical conditions
- Individuals with substance abuse problems that involve cocaine or other vasoconstrictive drugs – Use of these drugs puts patients at risk for major complications, including poor wound healing and nasal septal perforation.