A surgery that alters the shape of a person’s nose, rhinoplasty is conducted for those that want to enhance breathing, or simply help change how their nose looks. The lower section of a person’s nose is cartilage, while the upper part is bone. The rhinoplasty procedure can change the skin of the nose, cartilage, bone, or all three of these, depending on what needs to be achieved. It can change the proportions, shape, or size of a person’s nose, too; ultimately helping to improve breathing issues, repair damage from injuries, or correct a birth defect.
For those planning on undergoing rhinoplasty, a surgeon will consider a patient’s facial features, as well as the skin on their nose, and what needs to be changed. If you are a successful candidate for the procedure, a customized plan will be developed by your surgeon to ensure success.
It’s important to note that depending on your insurance plan, all or some of rhinoplasty surgery is covered. Before the procedure, a patient will meet with their surgeon to talk about some important things to think about, and whether the surgery will work well for you. Below are 10 other things you should consider about rhinoplasty.
As already mentioned, having a discussion with your doctor about motivation, goals, and expectations is a must. Your surgeon will be able to explain what the procedure “can” and “can’t” do, as well as potential results. It’s completely fine and normal for patients to feel a bit self-conscious when talking about their appearance, and how they feel about their nose, but it is critical that you are upfront, honest, and open about what you have in mind when it comes to the reason behind your rhinoplasty surgery.
For patients with a smaller chin, a surgeon could also recommend augmented chin surgery, as a smaller chin might make it seem as if a patient has a larger nose. It’s not required; however, it may be something some people may consider to ensure their facial profile is balanced.