Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, improves the shape, size, and symmetry of a person’s nose, bringing it into better proportion with the rest of the face. When performed by our skilled, qualified cosmetic surgeon, rhinoplasty can be a rewarding and life-enhancing procedure—patients often notice that their overall appearance has improved, as the nose they see now looks natural, like the nose they have always thought they should have.
Nose Reshaping Surgery
The goals of nose reshaping are as individual as the patients who choose to have rhinoplasty. By reshaping the nasal structures, including bone, cartilage, and skin, our cosmetic surgeon can help achieve one or more of the following:
Straighten a crooked nose
Smooth a prominent bump in the bridge of the nose
Reduce the length of an over-protruding nasal tip
Refine the size of a bulbous nasal tip
Narrow a nose that is too wide for the face
Reduce the size of a nose that is too large
Restore symmetry to the nose following injury
Correct breathing problems by opening up blocked nasal passages
Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Men and women of all ages benefit from rhinoplasty. Nose reshaping is one of the more popular cosmetic surgery procedures for teenage patients too, although our surgeons take special care when evaluating whether or not a younger patient is ready for rhinoplasty. Physically, the nose must be fully developed—typically by around age 14 for girls and 16 for boys. Younger patients also need to demonstrate emotional maturity and understanding about the cosmetic surgery process.
Types of Rhinoplasty
Nose surgery is highly individualized, and the exact techniques our cosmetic surgeon will use during a procedure will look a little different each time, depending on a patient’s anatomy and desired changes. In general, however, our cosmetic surgeon’s techniques will fall under one of the following procedural approaches.
For an “open” rhinoplasty, a small incision is made under the nasal tip, between the nostrils. This approach allows the surgeon more complete access to the nasal structures, where he or she can then sculpt the nose into the desired shape. Because of this increased access, Dr Nikhil will typically use the open rhinoplasty approach for patients requiring more extensive reshaping. The resulting scars are well-hidden in the natural contours of the nose so they are as inconspicuous as possible.
For a “closed” rhinoplasty, incisions are made inside the nostril. This approach is most commonly used for patients who need more minor adjustments to the nasal structures to achieve their desired improvements. The advantage of closed rhinoplasty is that there is no visible scarring after surgery; however, this approach may not be suitable for more extensive rhinoplasty procedures.
Improving of nose
While you will be able to see the improvements our cosmetic surgeon made during rhinoplasty after the initial bruising and swelling dissipates, it is normal to have some slight residual swelling present for up to a year. This is usually not noticeable to others, though.
The results of rhinoplasty surgery are permanent. While this means your new nose will be with you for a lifetime.