Rhinoplasty, better known as nose plastic surgery, is one of the most common types of plastic surgery procedures. When a nose job is done for cosmetic reasons, it is considered “elective.” In many cases, rhinoplasty is not elective, but is carried out for medical reasons. For instance, a person with significant breathing problems may benefit from this procedure.
Depending on the nature of the procedure, the surgery may be performed under either general or local anaesthesia. When local anaesthesia is used, the nose and area around the nose are numbed, and the patient will be under a light sedation. During procedures using general anaesthesia, the patient remains is not awake at all during surgery.
Individuals who undergo cosmetic nose surgery usually review nose job before and after photos to get an idea of the changes they will be able to make to their own features. Today’s rhinoplasty surgeons are able to increase or decrease nose size, narrow the nostrils, change the nasal bridge shape, change the shape of the tip of the nose, change the angle between the upper lip and nose, and much more depending on what a patient desires.
Patients with breathing problems, a birth defect or injury that has affected their nasal passages, a deviated septum, or other related issues may benefit from nose surgery. For example, the nasal septum is the thin wall that separates your left and right nostril. If the septum is significantly off center, it will not allow proper air flow, which can lead to a number of health issues. A rhinoplasty surgeon will be able to assess whether or not deviated septum surgery will benefit patients with this problem. When considering any type of nose job surgery, whether for cosmetic or medical purposes, it is important to talk with a facial plastic surgeon who will be able to answer all of your questions and concerns.