Nose Surgery / Rhinoplasty Procedures and Information
If you're considering rhinoplasty (nose surgery)...
Rhinoplasty, or surgery to reshape the nose, is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures.
Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow
the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. It may also correct a birth
defect or injury, or help relieve some breathing problems. Contact us today to learn more about Rhinoplasty.
If you're considering rhinoplasty, this information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure-when it
can help, how it's performed, and what results you can expect. It can't answer all of your questions, since a lot
depends on the individual patient and the surgeon. Please ask your surgeon about anything you don't understand.
THE BEST CANDIDATES FOR RHINOPLASTY
Rhinoplasty can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won't necessarily change your looks to
match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully
about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look.
If you're physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate.
Rhinoplasty can be performed to meet aesthetic goals or for reconstructive purposes-to correct birth defects or breathing problems.
Age may also be a consideration. Many surgeons prefer not to operate on teenagers until after they've completed their
growth spurt-around 14 or 15 for girls, a bit later for boys. It's important to consider teenagers' social and emotional
adjustment, too, and to make sure it's what they, and not their parents, really want.
Nose surgery usually takes an hour or two, though complicated procedures may take longer. During surgery the skin of the nose is separated from its supporting framework of bone and cartilage, which is then sculpted to the desired shape. The nature of the sculpting will depend on your problem and your surgeon's preferred technique. Finally, the skin is redraped over the new framework.
Many plastic surgeons perform rhinoplasty from within the nose, making their incision inside the nostrils. Others prefer an "open" procedure, especially in more complicated cases; they make a small incision across the columella, the vertical strip of tissue separating the nostrils.
When the surgery is complete, a splint will be applied to help your nose maintain its new shape. Nasal packs or soft plastic splints also may be placed in your nostrils to stabilize the septum, the dividing wall between the air passages.