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.
You may notice that the structure of your nose changes slightly (mostly only millimeters); however, this can make a huge difference around how your nose looks. With that said, for the most part, the result of a rhinoplasty surgery offers a look that both doctor and patient can be pleased with.
In some instances, the slight change isn’t enough, and a second procedure may be warranted. It’s important to consult your surgeon to talk about whether or not this is needed; however, if the decision is made, a patient needs to wait a year for a follow-up rhinoplasty, as the nose can go through significant changes during this time.
A person’s nose can change tremendously throughout their lifetime; whether they have had surgery or not. This is why it’s hard to determine if one rhinoplasty truly offers the “end result” many people look for.