4 Common Reasons for Rhinoplasty

Written by Minas Constantinides, MD, FACS, Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon on August 23, 2017 3 Comments

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The decision to undergo rhinoplasty is a significant one. Prospective patients should strive to understand why they want to enhance their nose and then communicate their motives to their plastic surgeon during their consultation. The chance of attaining the desired end result is heightened when both patient and provider understand the underlying concern.

Here are 4 common reasons for undergoing a nose surgery:

Boost Self-Esteem

Since the nose plays a prominent role in determining the overall aesthetics of the face, counteracting self-esteem issues is a common reason for undergoing rhinoplasty. Living with an overly prominent, crooked, or humpy nose can make a person feel insecure and affect their overall quality of life.

Rhinoplasty procedures can add or reduce the overall volume of the nose, correct asymmetry issues, straighten the profile, improve the shape or size of the nostrils, and/or enhance the nasal tip.

Repair Nasal Fracture (Broken Nose)

Accidents happen. Whether caused by a fall, car crash, or some other trauma, the nose is one of the most common areas to experience fracturing. Nasal fracture (i.e., broken nose) is a crack in the bone over the bridge of your nose, usually caused by some form of facial trauma. Unfortunately some nasal fractures heal improperly resulting in a visibly misaligned nose. Depending on the severity of this misalignment, patients can suffer issues with both the appearance and functionality of their nose.

Reconstructive rhinoplasty is a procedure that corrects a nasal fracture by realigning and repositioning broken nasal bones to restore or enhance the nose.

Correct Breathing Issues

It’s estimated that nearly 80% of all people have some form of a deviated septum (narrowing of the nasal passage).  In some cases, the nasal passage is so narrow that it causes a significant breathing problem. Additionally, other deformities such as nasal polyps, turbinate dysfunction, or collapsed nostrils can restrict normal breathing.

Functional rhinoplasty with septoplasty can be performed to enlarge and correct the nasal airways. During the procedure, your surgeon will work to straighten and support the cartilages and bones that have led to your obstruction. Depending on the extent of the procedure, internal splints may be needed to stabilize the septum as it heals. No packing is needed inside the nose after today’s functional rhinoplasty with septoplasty.

Enhancing Aesthetics

Rhinoplasty today always enhances the overall aesthetics of the face. In fact, after rhinoplasty the improved appearance of the nose will automatically make the eyes and smile look better.

A skilled plastic surgeon can perform a rhinoplasty procedure to focus on enhancing the facial balance of the patient, improving the overall look of the face. During preoperative photo imaging, done on a computer with your surgeon, you will not only see the improvements on your nose but also how much better your eyes and face look. When rhinoplasty does this, those that see you afterwards simply think you look better usually without knowing why. Rhinoplasty enhances your natural looks without leaving you looking different or like someone else.


Minas Constantinides, MD, FACS

Dr. Minas Constantinides is a board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon at Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Austin, Texas. He is on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and is a Senior Advisor of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).

3 Responses to “4 Common Reasons for Rhinoplasty”

  1. Avatar David says:

    My nose has fracture, is there other treatments available?

  2. Avatar Austin says:

    I used breathing problems as a cover lol. Really I just wanted to get rid of my hump. worked for me!!!

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