The nose is the most prominent feature of the face. Unfortunately, not every individual is happy with their nose. Rhinoplasty surgery is the solution when a person would like to change the size, angle, shape, proportions, or overall look of their nose.
Rhinoplasty Surgery to Correct Nasal Issues
Commonly known as a nose job, rhinoplasty is one of the most common types of plastic surgery. It is used to change the shape of the nose or improve its functionality by modifying the bone, cartilage, and/or soft tissue.
There are two types of rhinoplasty. While cosmetic rhinoplasty improves the appearance of the nose, functional rhinoplasty restores the function of the nose (typically improving airflow and breathing).
When the surgery is to improve the appearance of the nose, one should wait until the nasal bones are fully grown. Usually, the nasal bones are finished growing around the age of 16 for girls and age 18 for boys.
Cosmetic rhinoplasty can address many aspects of the nose, changing its shape and proportions and making it look more defined.
For those who are dissatisfied with the look of the bridge of their nose, changes can be made to the bridge. It can be widened or narrowed, and these changes can have a huge positive impact on the nose’s overall appearance.
A nasal hump can be removed from the bridge of the nose. Nasal humps are often quite prominent and can feel embarrassing, and evening out the nasal bridge corrects this issue.
Cosmetic rhinoplasty can shorten a long nasal tip or lengthen a tip that is lacking, raise a drooping nasal tip, or address a tip that is too pointed or rounded.
A crooked nose can also be brought into better alignment, and nostrils can be reduced or enlarged in size as needed.
The Rhinoplasty Process
Rhinoplasty typically begins with the administration of general anesthesia. This will make the patient unconscious so that they do not feel any pain for the duration of the procedure. Incisions are then made to allow Dr. Feng access to the underlying structures.
Based on the location of the incision, the procedure is classified as either open or closed rhinoplasty. When the surgeon makes a small incision in the exterior end of the nasal septum (called the columella), it is classified as open rhinoplasty. When a surgeon makes the incisions inside the nostrils, it is classified as closed rhinoplasty.
After the incisions are made, the cartilage, bones, and soft tissue that make up the architecture of the nose are altered in precise ways to achieve the patient’s desired aesthetic goals. In some cases, grafts are used to strengthen and change the region.
Once all the changes have been made, the skin is redraped (in cases when it has been lifted) and the incisions are closed with sutures.
Choose Your Surgeon Wisely
Cosmetic rhinoplasty is one of the most complex procedures in cosmetic surgery. Because of this, it is vital that you choose the right plastic surgeon for the procedure. Dr. Lu-Jean Feng is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a high degree of skill and numerous satisfied rhinoplasty patients. To schedule your consultation, contact our office.