In simple terms, rhinoplasty is surgery of the nose, this procedure can be performed for a variety of reasons including: the desire to reshape or improve the appearance or size of your nose, correcting trauma that has been inflicted on the nose, correcting congenital defects and other medical issues such as a deviated septum which may hinder one’s breathing and respiratory functions. 

Effective rhinoplasty has the potential to change the overall size of your nose, change the width of your nose at its bridge, correct nose profile bumps or other bridge abnormalities, and fix nasal tips that are too large, bulbous, or droopy, as well as correcting noses whose tips are too upturned. Nasal surgery can fix nostrils that are seen as too large or wide. Another reason people may want to undergo this type of procedure is after the removal of cancerous skin on the nose which can lead to loss of skin and inner cartilage that supports the nose, in this case surgery will not only improve the nose aesthetically but will also improve its functionality.

Not everyone is a good candidate for rhinoplasty, it is important to seek the counsel of a reputable surgeon to determine if it is right for you.

To be considered you must be over the age of 13, it is imperative that your face has achieved complete growth. A good candidate must also be healthy, a non-smoker, and have specific but realistic goals for the outcome of their appearance. 

After you have made the decision to consider undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure it is imperative that you choose a reputable and trustworthy surgeon who has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, by doing so you are ensuring that your surgeon is experienced and one of the best in his field.

When discussing the procedure with your doctor or surgeon it is important that you are prepared to discuss why you want the surgery, as well as what your expectations are for the outcome of the surgery.

Pictures will be taken throughout the process to document your nose before and after surgery. Additionally, you will want to discuss any medical conditions, drug allergies, or previous medical treatments or surgeries you may have gone through. The procedure itself can be performed in a surgical center, an outpatient center, or at a hospital.
There are two basic approaches to nasal surgery, either an open or closed method. The main difference is in how the doctor or surgeon approaches the incision. In an open procedure a small incision is made in the column that separates your nostrils. Making this incision allows the skin of the nose to be lifted off the tip to provide for easier access into the nose. In a closed procedure the surgeon makes all of th incisions within the nose itself and the column between the nostrils is never cut.

While it may take several months to a year to fully assess the results of your procedure, the good news is that your outcome is most likely permanent, and although there is always the possibility that cartilage and tissue in the nose can change its shape over time, that is not likely. 

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