Rhinoplasty and Cosmetic Surgery

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What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty commonly referred to as a nose job is a form of plastic surgery which gets its name from the Greek words for the nose and to shape. Used for either aesthetic or corrective purpose, rhinoplasty is, in simplest terms, used to reshape the nose.

What is the Difference between Cosmetic and Functional Rhinoplasty?

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty is used to correct imperfect characteristics of the nose, enhancing its appearance to compliment the facial structure.

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty may be used to:

  • Straighten a crooked nose
  • Blend or remove bumps
  • Correct the rotation of the tip of the nose
  • Adjust projection (distance between tip of nose and lip)
  • Reducing width of tip or nostrils
  • Angle adjustment between lip and nose

In many cases, a combination of nasal adjustments will be used to achieve the desired results.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty Human beings come in all sizes and shapes. Likewise, noses come in all sizes and shapes and may have certain features that are particular to their ethnic group. Ethnic Rhinoplasty focuses on correcting and reconstructing form, restoring function, and enhancing the aesthetics of the nose for the patient’s specific ethnic background. More about Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Functional Rhinoplasty

Functional Rhinoplasty, also known as reconstructive rhinoplasty, is used to correct abnormalities caused by congenital defects or physical trauma that impact appearance and most often, breathing.

Functional Rhinoplasty is used to correct a number of conditions like:

  • Deviated Septum: When the septum shifts to one side of the nasal cavity resulting in uneven passageways which can block airflow and damage soft tissue in the nose. The process that a plastic surgeon uses to correct a Deviated Septum is called Septoplasty.
  • Enlarged Turbinates: turbinates are internal structures on the sides of the nose that intrude into nasal passages as ridges of tissue. These ridges help to moisturize air as it passes through the nose; enlarged turbinates can block airflow.
  • Nasal Fractures: can occur anywhere along the pyramid-shaped bony ridge that extrudes from the skull just below the eyes. Without treatment, fractures can obstruct breathing and cause the nose to be crooked or misshapen.

Common Rhinoplasty Procedures

Permanent Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a procedure which uses injectable fillers to alter and shape the nose without the need for invasive surgery. This cosmetic procedure is used to augment the appearance of the nose by filling in depressions, changing the angle of the tip or leveling the appearance of bumps. Non-surgical Rhinoplasty has fewer risks of complications, has no recovery time, is quick, and costs a fraction of surgical rhinoplasty. And unlike surgical Rhinoplasty where the changes to the appearance of the nose can settle and shift over time, the use of permanent fillers in non-surgical rhinoplasty have the added benefit of not requiring touch ups after the procedure is completed. More about Permanent Non-surgical Rhinoplasty

Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty can address complications or undesired results following an initial nose job. The procedure may involves harvesting cartilage from the nasal septum or the ear or rib to correct the defect. The unpredictability of secondary scar healing may make revision rhinoplasty more complex and less predictable then the primary rhinoplasty procedure.

In many cases imperfections after a primary Rhinoplasty or even second or third Rhinoplasty may lend themselves to correction using the Permanent Non-surgical Rhinoplasty technique

More about Revision Rhinoplasty

Surgical Rhinoplasty

Closed Rhinoplasty
Closed (Endonasal) Rhinoplasty is performed inside the nose which hides the surgical incisions, decreases operative time, reduces swelling and recovery times. Self-dissolving stitches are used, so that they dissolve by themselves and do not have to be removed.

Open Rhinoplasty
Open rhinoplasty involves a small incision to the columella (the area between the nostrils above the mouth) on the outside of the nose and may require additional incisions inside the nostrils. Open rhinoplasty improves the surgeon’s ability to visualize and manipulate nasal structure but generally requires visible stitches which are removed at some point after surgery.