Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures and is used to address a wide range of issues, whether health related, or cosmetic. Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job”, can change the shape, size, or function of the nose. Common reasons for having rhinoplasty include:

Health vs. Cosmetic Reasons For Rhinoplasty

  • Changing the shape of the nose: If your nose has an unsightly bump, is crooked, or you are otherwise unhappy with its shape, rhinoplasty can address these issues.

  • Change the size of the nose: Rhinoplasty can make your nose smaller by removing cartilage and bone, or larger by adding cartilage. If you are augmenting your nose, cartilage is usually grafted from other parts of the body.

  • Change the angle between the nose and the top lip: this can make your nose more upturned, or more straight over the top lip.

There are two main kinds of rhinoplasty procedure: open rhinoplasty, and closed rhinoplasty. In an open rhinoplasty, incisions are made across the top of the nose. This gives a better view of the cartilage, but makes for a longer recovery time. In closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made inside the nostrils. This give more limited access to the nasal structure, but results in a faster recovery time with less visible swelling. Whether you have an open or closed rhinoplasty depends on the kind of work you are having done.

While rhinoplasty is often associated with cosmetic reasons, correcting the appearance of a large, unshapely nose, for instance, many patients also get rhinoplasty for health reasons as well. An injury to the nose, or a genetic defect, may make it difficult to breathe. Many people who have broken their nose have trouble breathing through their nose after, or experience more general pain and discomfort. Rhinoplasty can be incredibly helpful for those who have nasal defect, whether congenital, or injury-related.

Rhinoplasty that is performed to help a patient breathe better through their nose is usually referred to as a Septoplasty. However, the two are often combined to address both the medical issues, and the cosmetic issues in what is called a septorhinoplasty. For example, a broken nose could leave a patient with trouble breathing, as well as a bump on the ridge of their nose. A septorhinoplasty would help the patient breathe easier, as well as correcting the appearance of their nose.

Whether for health or cosmetic reasons, it’s important that your rhinoplasty is performed by an experienced, board-certified surgeon in order to get you the best possible results!