The nose is the central and most prominent feature of the face. If the size and shape of the nose are out of proportion to other features, then cosmetic surgery of the nose, or Rhinoplasty, can be performed. Improving facial harmony with Rhinoplasty can greatly enhance a patient's self image and confidence. While Rhinoplasty primarily focuses on changing the external shape of the nose, it can also influence and be combined with other procedures to improve nasal airway breathing.
A Rhinoplasty is often performed with the patient under a general anesthetic and takes between 2 – 4 hours. The patient can usually go home the same day after the surgery. A splint is often placed over the bridge of the nose and remains in place for about 2 weeks. Packing is sometimes placed inside the nostrils and is usually removed after several days.
Problem areas of the nose are widely varied and therefore the surgery is highly individualized to the patient. Some of the concerns that might be addressed are:
- Overall size, especially in relation to the rest of the face
- Profile, including humps or depressions of the bridge
- Nasal tip; bulbous or enlarged, drooping, hanging, hooked or turned up
- Symmetry of the nose
- Width of the upper nose / bridge and or the nostrils
A complete consultation with your plastic surgeon is the best way to determine what is appropriate and a realistic expectation for you.
Learn more about the Rhinoplasty procedure from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.