What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that is done to change the proportions, shape, and size of the nose. A Rhinoplasty can be done for many different reasons; correct a birth defect, repair deformities from an injury, or improve breathing difficulties.
There are two general techniques for making the incisions: open, incisions are made outside the nose, and endonasal, incisions are made inside the nasal passages. After numbing the area, your rhinoplasty surgeon will make incisions to access the bones and cartilage that support the nose.
By removing or adding bone and cartilage and adjusting the supporting structures inside the nose, the size of your nose can be reduced or increased and the nose may be lengthened or shortened.
-Tip grafts made of cartilage can be used to remodel the tip of your nose, making it more uplifted, longer, shorter, or thinner.
-Your skin and other soft tissues will remodel to assume the shape of the underlying structure.
-In some patients, tissue fillers or fat grafts can be added to increase volume in desired areas.
When to Consider Rhinoplasty
The main reasons for considering Rhinoplasty may be:
- If you have breathing problems resulting from irregularities inside your nose
- If you have a nasal hump or a drooping nasal tip
- If you are not satisfied with the size, shape, or the angle of your nose
- If you would like improvement, not perfection, in the appearance of your nose.