Rhinoplasty is a surgery that changes the shape of the nose. The motivation for rhinoplasty may be to change the appearance of the nose, improve breathing or both.
The upper portion of the structure of the nose is bone, and the lower portion is cartilage. Rhinoplasty can change bone, cartilage, skin or all three.
When planning rhinoplasty, your surgeon will consider your other facial features, the skin on your nose and what you would like to change. If you’re a candidate for surgery, your surgeon will develop a customized plan for you.
Possible changes that your surgeon can make to your nose through rhinoplasty include:
- a change in size
- a change in angle
- straightening of the bridge
- reshaping of the tip
- narrowing of the nostrils
Rhinoplasty can be an “open” or “closed” procedure. Open rhinoplasty involves making incisions on the outside of the nose, while closed rhinoplasty only involves incisions within the nose. Whenever possible, surgeons will use a closed technique to avoid visible scarring, but open rhinoplasty may be necessary in cases of severe damage, or when the treatment area is located high in the nasal cavity. A skilled and qualified surgeon can create open surgery incisions within the contours of the nose to minimize visible scarring as much as possible.
In closed rhinoplasty and open rhinoplasty surgeries – an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist), an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (jaw, face, and neck specialist), or a plastic surgeon creates a functional, aesthetic, and facially proportionate nose by separating the nasal skin and the soft tissues from the nasal framework, correcting them as required for form and function, suturing the incisions, using tissue glue and applying either a package or a stent, or both, to immobilize the corrected nose to ensure the proper healing of the surgical incision.
Deciding on a Nose Job
If you are thinking about getting a nose job, set up an appointment with your surgeon to discuss it. During that meeting, talk about your goals and tell the doctor what bothers you about your nose and how you would like to change it.
Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a perfect nose. Surgery, though, can enhance facial features and emphasize your unique and natural beauty. A plastic surgeon can describe the facial features that make you unique and tell you how changes would enhance your appearance.