Rhinoplasty – Nasal Surgery

Rhinoplasty is a common procedure. It refers to any surgery that changes the nose’s shape, and it can improve nasal function or appearance.

How Can Rhinoplasty Enhance Appearance?

The nose is a defining facial feature. If you feel the size or shape of your nose throws off your facial balance or proportions, even a subtle change can greatly improve appearance by balancing your features. With rhinoplasty, we can improve:

  • The size of your nose in proportion to your face
  • Bridge width
  • Nostril size and position
  • Visible bridge bumps or depressions
  • A nasal tip that affects facial harmony (enlarged, hooked, drooping, etc.)
  • Large, wide, upturned, or asymmetrical nostrils


Am I a Good Candidate?

Skin type, ethnic background, and age are among the factors considered for surgery. Except in cases where there’s a severe breathing impairment, children under the ages of 15 or 16 are usually not candidates for nose surgery.

At your initial consultation, we will discuss the cosmetic changes you want, the techniques available, and the aftercare requirements that ensure the surgery is successful — for example, smoking can affect the success of rhinoplasty, as can certain medications. Your candidacy will be determined based on what you’re looking for, what techniques are available, and your level of commitment to the expected aftercare.

How Can Rhinoplasty Correct Nasal Function?

If birth deformities, injuries, allergies, or a virus result in obstructed breathing, surgery can help clear the nasal pathways so that breathing is easier. Nose surgery can improve or alleviate a number of conditions that make breathing difficult, including:

  • Deviated septum
  • Overgrowth of tissues that line the inside of the nasal passages
  • Aging
  • Broken nose
  • Swelling that blocks the nasal passages
What Are the Benefits of Nasal Surgery?

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic nasal stuffiness. Blockages that don’t respond to simpler treatments, such as nasal decongestants, may be best alleviated through surgery.

For example, surgery is the only fully effective treatment for a deviated septum because it’s a structural condition: The septum — the partition between the nostrils — becomes crooked or bent because of an abnormal growth or injury and completely closes one or both nasal passages. A deviated septum can be corrected with a septoplasty, which reshapes the septum and allows for enhanced airflow. Cosmetic changes may be performed at the same time, if the patient requests, or if the physician suggests that it would further improve breathing.


What Is the Process for Nasal Surgery?

The skin around the nose is lifted as the surgeon removes or rearranges bone and cartilage to reshape the nose. The skin is then draped across the new frame of the nose, while a nasal splint is placed on the outside of the nose to help retain shape during healing. Occasionally, absorbent material is placed inside the nose to stabilize the septum during healing. These materials, along with other nasal dressings and splints, are removed within five to seven days after surgery. Risk factors are generally minor.