Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery, is one of the most common procedures performed by cosmetic surgeons. Although the nose is a small facial feature, it can have a big effect on your appearance and how you see yourself. If you feel self-conscious about the size or shape of your nose or are experiencing difficulty breathing due to nasal congestion or allergies, rhinoplasty may be the right procedure for you. In this article, we’ll answer some common questions about rhinoplasty and what to expect if you’re considering this cosmetic surgery procedure.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can change the size, shape, and/or angle of your nose. Rhinoplasty procedures are done for both medical and aesthetic reasons, but not always for both at the same time. Your doctor will help you decide if surgery is right for you. If a person’s nose is too large for their face, it can be corrected by reducing the size of the nose. If a person’s nose is too small for their face, it can be made larger. The tip of the nose can be changed in many ways. It can be raised, lowered, or narrowed. Many times after surgery, people breathe easier because the cartilage and bones are fixed so they are not pressing on the inside of the nose.
Is Rhinoplasty Only for Big Changes?
No. Rhinoplasty can be done to make subtle changes or dramatic changes. It all depends on your aesthetic goals. Subtle changes can be made to the overall appearance of your nose. Minor rhinoplasty procedures are often done to correct misshapen noses, modify the angle of a nose that has been broken, or repair the nose after injury. Big changes to the nose are often done for those that are unhappy with the size or shape of their nose. Other times, rhinoplasty is done to correct breathing issues. Sometimes, rhinoplasty can be done for both reasons at once.
Why do People Have Rhinoplasty?
People have rhinoplasty for a number of different reasons. While some people want to change the shape of their nose to better fit their face, others have medical reasons for why they may want rhinoplasty. Many people choose to get rhinoplasty to enhance their facial features. For example, a person may have a nose that’s too big or crooked, so they may choose to have rhinoplasty to make it smaller or straighter. Other people may want rhinoplasty to correct breathing issues. If a person’s nose is too narrow, there may be a buildup of mucus in their nose due to poor airflow. The person may be unable to breathe properly and may develop a sinus infection as a result. Rhinoplasty may be recommended in these situations. People may even choose to have rhinoplasty to make an ethnic nose appear straighter or to look more like a certain celebrity. While some people have rhinoplasty for purely aesthetic reasons, others have it for medical reasons.
Who is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Anyone who feels dissatisfied with their nose or who would like to improve their appearance may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty. However, it’s important to note that the procedure isn’t right for everyone. Your cosmetic surgeon can help you decide whether or not rhinoplasty is the best option for you. The best candidate for rhinoplasty is someone who is healthy, realistic about their goals, and able to commit to rhinoplasty recovery. People who are generally healthy and in good physical health are often good candidates for rhinoplasty. Getting rhinoplasty when you are sick or have an underlying health issue is not recommended, as rhinoplasty recovery can take longer for people who aren’t healthy.
What Can Be Changed with Rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty procedure can change the size, shape, and/or angle of your nose. You and your surgeon should discuss your goals ahead of time and decide what can be changed with rhinoplasty. For example, if you want to make your nose smaller, you will likely have to also make the tip of the nose smaller. Similarly, if you want to make your nose wider, you’ll have to change the shape of the bridge. While rhinoplasty can change the overall appearance of your nose, it cannot change your ethnicity. It can, however, change the angle of your nose and make it appear straighter.
How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?
The cost of rhinoplasty varies depending on where you get it done, the complexity of the procedure, and the surgeon’s level of experience. The average rhinoplasty cost is $6,932. This is only an average estimate, so it’s important to get quotes from different surgeons to get an idea of what your procedure may cost. While rhinoplasty costs vary, you can rest assured that you’ll get what you pay for. It’s important to do your research and interview several surgeons to make sure you find a surgeon who is right for you.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed. While rhinoplasty can be done for both medical and aesthetic reasons, not always both at the same time, it can change the size, shape, and/or angle of your nose. People who are generally healthy are often good candidates for rhinoplasty. If you feel self-conscious about the size or shape of your nose or are experiencing difficulty breathing due to nasal congestion or allergies, rhinoplasty may be the right procedure for you.