Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that alters the size, shape, or proportions of the nose to achieve cosmetic or functional goals. Since the nose is such a central part of the entire face, it’s only natural that people would want to address aspects of it they don’t like. However, more often than not, patients come in with very specific, sometimes unachievable, expectations due to their anatomy.
Did you know that it can take 12 months to see final results after a rhinoplasty? This is because it takes months for the nose to “settle” after a rhinoplasty. Patients who understand what a nose job entails upfront, will be much happier with the end results.
Read on to learn more on what to consider and what to expect before and after a rhinoplasty procedure!
Reasons for Rhinoplasty
An appealing feature of a rhinoplasty for many patients is that it can be done in a subtle, elegant manner that preserves the other natural features of the face. For some patients, a rhinoplasty may be a way of correcting a birth defect, repairing a facial fracture, or fixing a medical problem that is causing breathing difficulties. For others, rhinoplasty may be done purely for cosmetic reasons, such as to address an aging, drooping nose, or restore a younger-looking appearance.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons offer considerable rhinoplasty experience and have the skills to provide an in-depth analysis of all internal and external parts of the nose.
Whatever the reason, it is important for patients to know what they can accomplish with nose surgery. It’s always best to discuss your goals and expectations with your plastic surgeon at the time of your consultation. They can best explain what’s possible and talk to you about how they can address your concerns!
The most common irregularities or concerns patients seek to improve with a nose job include:
- Dips or bumps on the nose bridge
- A nose that projects too much
- Bulbous or asymmetrical nose tip
- Nostrils that are too wide, too large or turn upward
- A nose that’s proportionally too large or small for the face
Read on to learn more about what a rhinoplasty can accomplish.
What a Rhinoplasty Can Accomplish
Rhinoplasty can straighten a nose that’s crooked
An injury to the nose can sometimes cause crookedness, bumps, indentations, or other aesthetic problems, which can all be repaired with a nose job. A crooked nose is the result of the nasal bones or septum not sitting in the center of the face, normally due to trauma or genetics.
Keep in mind that it may not be possible to get the nose completely straightened in one surgery, especially if the tissues have been severely damaged by one or more broken noses over time. Your plastic surgeon should inform you on what to expect from a single rhinoplasty surgery at the time of your consultation.
Fix the nose angle
If you notice that the angle of your nose in relation to the forehead or upper lip is “off” in some way, the resulting lines can make the nose appear too long or too short. Adjusting the angle can restore a more proportional appearance. Adjusting the angle of a nose can be challenging! It requires a knowledgeable and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. There are a wide range of desirable degrees of angles for women and men. Our board certified surgeon will take your unique anatomy, as well as your aesthetic goals into consideration when adjusting the angle of the nose.
Smooth out dips and bumps on the bridge of the nose
Like a crooked nose, a nasal bump may develop due to an injury, or you might have always had it due to genetics. There may be an overdevelopment of bone and cartilage that causes a bump to form, or it may be the result of scar tissue growing after trauma. This is often referred to as a dorsal hump, and it is the most common reason patients opt for rhinoplasty surgery. Our board-certified plastic surgeon can flatten the bumps, “raise” dips and create a smoother, more “regular” nose profile without dramatically altering your facial appearance and ensuring you still look like you!
What can’t a rhinoplasty do?
Although rhinoplasty can certainly improve the balance of the face and allow the nose to blend more seamlessly with the other features, it does have a very specific focus.
A nose job won’t change the basic structure of the nose. It can’t alter genetics, which will influence how the nose changes with age. Nose surgery also focuses on contours, not the quality of the skin itself, so it won’t address spots, redness, and similar cosmetic issues.
Additionally, even if you have seen a nose shape that you like on someone else, it may not mean that that shape will be a good fit for your own face. In other words, a rhinoplasty can’t “recreate” someone else’s nose for you. It’s better to have an idea of how you would like to alter your own features, instead of aiming to recreate those of someone else. Our board certified plastic surgeons ensure that your aesthetic goals are met while still preserving your unique features and natural results!
Are you considering rhinoplasty surgery in Austin, TX?
One of the most important steps in assuring a satisfactory rhinoplasty result is selecting the right surgeon. Rhinoplasty ranks among the most challenging of all cosmetic procedures. Our board-certified plastic surgeons offer genuine rhinoplasty expertise, considerable rhinoplasty experience, and a resume of consistently favorable results!
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