4 Common Reasons for Rhinoplasty
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:
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 issue 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.
Septoplasty can be performed to enlarge and correct the nasal airways. During a septoplasty procedure, your surgeon will attempt to straighten the cartilage and bone that have led to the deviation of the septum. Depending on the extent of the procedure, internal splints or (rarely) soft packing material may need to be inserted into the nose to stabilize the septum as it heals.
Finally, some prospective patients will turn to rhinoplasty as a way to enhance the aesthetics of the face. These individuals choose to enhance the appearance of their nose but do not suffer from functional issues or self-esteem concerns.
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.