what is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure typically performed to reshape the nose in order to create facial harmony. The operation may also be performed to correct structural defects that interfere with breathing, eating or sleeping.
Candidates for Surgery
Once a patient’s facial features have reached maturity, usually about one year after puberty, the patient can be a candidate for rhinoplasty. Ideal candidates for the surgery are healthy adults between the ages of 15 and 80 who do not smoke and who are realistic in their goals for the procedure.
Reasons for Surgery
There are two primary reasons for nose surgery, aesthetic and functional, although in many cases both sets of reasons are addressed.
The procedure can correct existing imperfections or deformities by altering the size and/or symmetry of the nose so that it is in balance with the patient’s other facial features. During the procedure, the surgeon can remove bumps or depressions, widen or narrow the nostrils or bridge, alter an enlarged, bulbous, upturned, hooked or drooping tip, correct flaring or pinched nostrils, alter the angle of the nose relative to the upper lip.
Because of structural defects, a nose may require a reshaping in order to function properly. Patients may be born with, develop, or acquire through an accident or physical confrontation, nasal defects that that interfere with breathing, eating, or sleeping. For example, Septoplasty is a procedure to correct a deviated septum.
Benefits of Nose Surgery
For those who need the surgery, there are a great many benefits to having a rhinoplasty performed. The benefits of structural changes that will improve nasal function are self-explanatory, including easier breathing, less mouth breathing, less difficulty eating or swallowing.
Patients who have undergone the procedure for cosmetic reasons express numerous emotional benefits as well, including feeling:
- More physically attractive
- Less self-conscious
- More self-esteem
- More comfortable with one’s physical image
- More at ease in social situations
- Greater ease communicating
It is no coincidence that surgery can provide such a wide range of emotional benefits.
After all, the nose is the most prominent feature of the face and, as such, can detract from other beautiful features, such as the eyes or lips, or even interfere with spoken words, if it is enlarged or misshapen.