Rhinoplasty, or more commonly called a nose job, is a surgery that changes the nose’s shape and size. Many people opt for rhinoplasty surgery to change the nose’s appearance, improve breathing, or both. The upper section of the nose is bone, and the lower section is cartilage. Rhinoplasty surgery can alter and change bone, cartilage, skin, or all three of these.
Reasons for rhinoplasty surgery
Rhinoplasty is one of the most common types of plastic surgery. For many people, a nose job is purely aesthetic because they want to straighten their nose, improve the size of their nostrils, and so on. Still, for others, it is because they have difficulty breathing, which might be affecting their sleep or due to medical conditions such as diabetes, heart problems, and even obesity, which can be a trigger for psychological troubles and even depression. So rhinoplasty surgery may be the last resort for some. Either way, your surgeon will want to see you beforehand to determine whether rhinoplasty surgery will be suitable for you.
Your surgeon will consider factors such as your facial features, as well as looking at the skin on your nose.
Why it’s done?
Rhinoplasty can change your nose's size and shape and can be used to repair deformities from an injury or correct a congenital disability. Your surgeon can make your nose smaller, this is called reduction rhinoplasty, or larger, this is called augmentation rhinoplasty. They can change the size and shape of your nose, from the tip to the bridge, including your nostrils, as well as the angle between your nose and top lip.
Besides cosmetic reasons, rhinoplasty surgery is also performed to restructure the nose after an injury and open up the nasal passageways. In some people, snoring is a real issue and the main contributor to conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea, which is a medical condition where the throat tissue sags while the person is asleep, and when this occurs, the person's airway is obstructed this can be corrected with rhinoplasty surgery.
Rhinoplasty can also be used to improve the nose's shape, which can help support drooping cartilage and thus open the nasal passages. This allows you to breathe better and will help reduce the occurrence of chronic sinus infections.
Generally performed under general anesthetic, and is usually done inside your nose or through a small external cut (incision) at the base of your nose, between your nostrils. Your surgeon will likely readjust the bone and cartilage underneath your skin. Recovery time will depend on the complexity of the rhinoplasty surgery you are undergoing.