Whether due to an old fracture, prior surgery, or simply genetics, some people are unhappy with the appearance of their nose. Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is a cosmetic operation designed to change the appearance of the nose. The rhinoplasty procedure is designed to minimally impact nasal breathing. Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of the nose, straighten the nose, change the shape of the tip, narrow the width of the nostrils, or change the angle between the nose and the upper lip. This operation can also sometimes help correct birth defects, old nasal injuries, and help relieve some nasal breathing problems.
There is not a universal type of rhinoplasty surgery that will meet the needs of every patient. Rhinoplasty surgery is customized for each patient, and will vary depending on the patient's wishes, goals, and existing nasal anatomy. The ideal nose should balance well with the entire face and lead people to focus primarily on the beauty of the eyes, not the nose. Incisions may be made within the nose or placed in inconspicuous locations of the nose as in the open rhinoplasty approach. Internal nasal surgery, also referred to as functional nasal surgery, is designed to improve nasal breathing. This includes procedures such as septoplasty and/or turbinoplasty, both of which can be performed at the same time as a rhinoplasty.
Pre- and Post-Op Photos of Rhinoplasties
The best candidates for this type of surgery are individuals who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the appearance of their nose. In addition to realistic expectations, good health and psychological stability are important qualities for patients considering a rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty surgery, being a cosmetic procedure, is not covered by health insurance. Financial arrangements must be completed with our office prior to surgery.
Consult your Otolaryngologist for more details on rhinoplasty customized to your individual needs.