Some people consider rhinoplasty to correct an underlying medical problem, and others consider the surgery for aesthetic reasons. In both situations, it is important to have a realistic idea of what can and can’t be accomplished by a rhinoplasty procedure. The following information will provide you with general information about the potential benefits and limitations of rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty, informally referred to as a “nose job,” is a surgery that is performed to change the size or shape of your nose, or to address issues with the internal structures that are causing chronic breathing problems or obstructing the airway. The procedure does require general anesthesia, as well as proper post-surgical care to achieve the best results. Rhinoplasty is indicated for both men and women. It is an elective surgery and insurance providers generally do not cover the costs of the procedure unless it is deemed to be medically necessary.
What It Can Do
People opt for plastic surgery and rhinoplasty procedures for a number of reasons. Rhinoplasty surgery can achieve the following:
- Creating a more balanced appearance of the face
- Removing bumps or humps on the bridge of the nose to create a smoother profile
- Altering the shape or size of one or both nostrils to achieve greater symmetry
- Addressing issues related to deviated septum
- Minimising the size of the tip of the nose
- Changing the proportion of the nose in relation to the rest of the facial features
- Addressing issues related to cleft lip, aging, and other issues
- Improve self-esteem issues that are related to a large or misshapen nose
- Bring the appearance of the nose in harmony with the other facial features
Some people who choose rhinoplasty want to achieve perfectly symmetrical facial features. It is important to understand that while rhinoplasty generally creates a more symmetrical appearance, there is no guarantee that the procedure will result in absolute symmetry.
Improving the appearance of the nose is a common reason as to why people choose to have rhinoplasty. However, it is important that you have realistic expectations of the outcomes and understand what can and cannot be achieved by the surgery. The most important point is that rhinoplasty can’t do is make you look like someone else. We all have different facial structures and your facial structure is an important determinant of which nose size or shape will work best for you.
The size and shape of your preferred nose may not work with your facial structure. It is recommended that you bring photos of the noses you do and don’t like to your consultation. This will help the surgeon gain a better understanding of what you are hoping to achieve with the procedure, and help you understand if it is the best choice for your facial structure. Your surgeon will be able to discuss the best options for your situation and help you get a better understanding of what to expect from your surgery.
If you are considering rhinoplasty, it is important to research what the procedure can and can’t do. Rhinoplasty will not completely alter your appearance. Your goal should be to make one aspect of your face look different and this is what rhinoplasty does – you should not expect to wake up from surgery looking like an entirely different person.
Rhinoplasty is a good option for those with reasonable expectations. Once you understand what the surgery can do, as well as its limitations, schedule a consultation with an expert rhinoplasty surgeon to discuss which options are best for you.
If you have questions or concerns about rhinoplasty, contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a nose surgeon.