Question: What are some Common Changes Made in a Rhinoplasty?
No two rhinoplasty patients are like. Rhinoplasty patients can be of a wide range of ages, male or female, and any race. Patients’ goals for the procedure are just as varied as they are themselves. There are, however, some common threads among them.
The overall balance of the face is a common motivation, if patients feel that their nose is out of balance with the rest of their features. Rhinoplasty can correct both a nose that is too large or too small. An overly large nose can be corrected by removing some of the cartilage within the nose. If the nose is too small, implants or grafts can be added to increase its overall size.
Many patients find they have a hump on their nose, or are generally unhappy with the convex shape of their bridge and desire something closer to the ideal, slightly concave shape. This is achieved by filing down the cartilage and bone, reducing the hump and resulting in a flatter nose. The same process is used for patients unhappy with a bump or uneven shape left by an old break.
Other aspects of nasal shape can be changed as well. Some patients feel that the base of their nose is too wide. This can be adjusted through the removal of excess tissue and repositioning of the nostrils. The tip of the nose may be at issue as well. A tip that is droopy or too long can be corrected by removing underlying cartilage. Conversely, a tip that is too flat or a nose that is too short can be extended through the addition of cartilage grafts.
Whatever aspects of your nose you desire to change, it is important to discuss everything with your surgeon to be sure you have realistic expectations for what rhinoplasty can achieve. Your surgeon can evaluate your particular situation to recommend the best course for treatment.
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