When one area of the face is not balanced with the other features, it can interrupt someone’s facial harmony. Among the most eye-catching facial characteristics is the nose. This isn’t surprising, as the nose is at the center of the face. Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, can be performed to change the size or shape of the nose. Many people don’t want a nose that stands out but would rather that it blends in with the other facial features. Rhinoplasty can correct specific characteristics of the nose caused by heredity, injury, or previous surgery.
A More Defined
The nose is the most prominent feature of the face, and when it is disproportionate with the other facial elements, it can be unflattering and distracting. By undergoing rhinoplasty, a patient can have the nose altered to their desired size and shape. They can achieve a nose that is aesthetically pleasing and that provides definition to the entire face.
A More Harmonious
Many people notice their entire face has been transformed with rhinoplasty. By improving the nose and having the nasal appearance blend with the other facial attributes, a patient can achieve an overall more harmonious facial profile.
Although popularized as a cosmetic procedure, rhinoplasty is also commonly performed for functional reasons. Many people suffer from a deviated septum, which is a condition in which the septum (the partition of cartilage that separates the two nostrils) is crooked. A deviated septum can cause obstructions in breathing that often prompt more threatening conditions such as sinus problems, snoring, or sleep apnea. Septoplasty can be combined with rhinoplasty to correct a deviated septum while also improving the aesthetics of the nose.
Before rhinoplasty, many patients might have steered away from taking photos or interacting at social events. Some people felt their nasal appearance was affecting their ability to excel in their career. Once the nose is reshaped and resized to create a more defined and harmonious appearance, patients can return to everyday life with more confidence, ready to show off their rejuvenated, improved facial presence.
Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Before nose surgery, medications will be administered to provide comfort during the procedure. An incision will be made across the narrow strip that separates the nostrils (columella) and on the undersurface of the nostrils hidden from sight. Through the incisions, bone or cartilage can be removed, tissues can be reshaped, and a deviated septum can be straightened.
- Incisions are hidden inside the nose
- No scarring will be visible
- Special tools are used to reshape the nose from the inside
- Allows for limited visibility and limited dissection of the nasal tissues
- An incision across the columella leaves the only visible scar
- Incision on the undersurface of nostril is not noticeable
- Columellar scar typically heals well
- The skin and cartilage are gently raised to allow access to reshape the structures of the nose
- This allows the nose to be fully open during the procedure for better visualization of the nasal structures