Rhinoplasty can be performed for both cosmetic reasons, which are due to concerns about the appearance of the nose, and for medical reasons, such as after a nasal fracture or due to functional problems with breathing. It is a personal decision to undergo cosmetic rhinoplasty, and is often due to issues surrounding self-esteem and socialisation.
Some of the cosmetic problems which rhinoplasty aims to correct are discussed below.
Size of the Nose
Rhinoplasty can help to change the size of the nose. Some people feel as though their nose is too large and is disproportionate to other facial features. In this case, surgery is pursued to reduce the size of the nose and help it to fit in with other features of the face. Other patients may feel as though their nose is too small for their face and may want to increase the size of their nose.
Nasal Bridge Re-shaping
Some patients elect to have rhinoplasty to reduce the visibility of visible humps or bumps on the bridge of their nose. In general, this kind of procedure will involve shaving the bump to reduce the size and create a smoother nasal profile. Rhinoplasty can also help to improve the appearance of indentations in the nasal bridge, and may also be an option for people who feel as though the bridge of their nose is too wide. Rhinoplasty can also help to improve the appearance of a crooked nasal bridge. A crooked nasal bridge is usually the result of a previous nasal fracture or other type of injury.
Changes in the Angle of the Nose
Some patients seek rhinoplasty to address issues with the angle between the nose and forehead, or between the nose and the upper lip. Some may feel that these angles produce asymmetry, or that the angles are either too sharp or too flat. During the consultation, the surgeon will measure these angles to determine if there is a problem, and they will discuss the best options for addressing problems with the angle of the nose.
Nostril Size and Symmetry
Some patients elect to have rhinoplasty because they feel as though their nostrils are too large or appear uneven. Rhinoplasty may also be able to correct nostrils that are overly thick or too narrow. If one nostril is considerably larger than the other nostril, rhinoplasty can alter the size and shape to produce evenly sized nostrils that are an appropriate size for the face.
Reshaping of the tip of the nose is another reason that people might consider a rhinoplasty. This procedure can address a number of issues, including a large or bulbous tip, drooping, a hooked appearance, and an upturned nose tip. Surgery can correct these issues, with some of them requiring considerably less recovery time than those that can only be addressed with more invasive procedures. This type of procedure is also known as tip or partial rhinoplasty.
It is important to discuss your concerns about your nose with an experienced surgeon and thoroughly discuss the options that are available to you. It is also important to fully understand the potential risks and complications of rhinoplasty surgeon, including the chances of achieving the desired result. Rhinoplasty outcomes are influenced both by the experience of the surgeon as well as your body’s response to surgery, and in some cases, revision procedures may be required to achieve the desired results. Due to these potential risks and complications, it is important to discuss the pros and cons of the procedure and make an informed decision about whether or not rhinoplasty is an option for you.
If you have questions or concerns about rhinoplasty, see your local doctor who will arrange for you to see a rhinoplasty surgeon.