Rhinoplasty is another name for plastic surgery of the nose. Reasons for rhinoplasty vary from the usual cosmetic reasons, to corrections caused by birth defects, accidents, or other obstructions in the nose that cause breathing and sinus problems.
If you are considering rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, your surgeon should evaluate your entire profile, assessing facial proportions, and taking the steps necessary to correct facial imbalance. To obtain ideal results, reshaping of the nose may be combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures such as chin augmentation or reduction, correction of sagging or fatty upper or lower eyelids or eyebrow repositioning. In some cases this may also involve trimming the upper gum, reducing fat in the neck area, or correcting protruding ears.
Reshaping the nose may also require assessment of breathing difficulties and often includes correction of internal anatomy along with the narrowing of the outside structures.
Surgery of the nose is best undertaken by a cosmetic surgeon whose training includes an ear, nose, and throat background. The procedure involves incisions being placed just inside the rim of the nostrils.
Occasionally, a very short incision across the skin between the nostrils is required also. The soft tissues of the nose are then carefully separated from the underlying cartilage and bone. The offending structures are removed and the remaining cartilage and bones are reshaped. Post operation, some swelling and bruising of the nose and eyelids can be expected.
Although significant improvement may be noticed as soon as a temporary splint is removed, it usually takes several months for the final results to be seen. Anyone interested in cosmetic or functional surgery of the nose should consult a competent facial plastic surgeon and one whose artistry and objectivity he or she respects.
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