Rhinoplasty, or corrective nasal surgery, is designed to reshape, reduce or augment a person’s nose to achieve facial harmony and enhance self-confidence. Though often performed as a cosmetic procedure, rhinoplasty may also be a reconstructive endeavor for correction of deformity from previous injury or birth defect.
More than any other facial feature, teenagers are most keenly aware of their noses. Its there in the mirror everyday, front and center. The embarrassment of a big or distorted nose extends into adulthood, distracting from an otherwise glowing personality. Rhinoplasty or “nose job” was originally designed for reduction of nasal hump and projection, and straightening deviation. The operation today is directed toward both appearance and strength. Providing cartilage support of the nasal tip is extremely important for long lasting results, as important as size, shape and position.
Specific Features addressed include:
- Balance the size of the nose with the other facial features
- Modify the width of the nose at the bridge
- Improve the nasal profile, including removing humps or depressions
- Contour a nasal tip that is too large, “boxy”, drooping or upturned
- Change the angle between the nose and the mouth
- Narrow and reshape the nostrils
- Correct asymmetry or deviation
Rhinoplasty is best planned for after completion of facial growth, normally age 15 for girls and a few years later for boys. After surgery, as swelling resolves over several months, the nose will continue to improve in size and shape. A good rhinoplasty should not bring attention to itself, but rather allow the nose to blend naturally with the other facial structures.
Will I like the results of my nose surgery?
Patients with realistic goals for rhinoplasty are generally very happy with the new shape of their nose. The exact results depend on the patient’s nasal bone and cartilage structure, facial shape, skin thickness and age.