Rhinoplasty – also referred to as “Nose Refinement Surgery” or, more casually, a “nose job” – is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures performed today. There are many surgeons who also feel that it is one of the most intricate, and perhaps the most difficult, of cosmetic surgeries. Because the nose tends to be the most defining characteristic of the face, the desire to alter its appearance is not uncommon. Even the slightest of alterations can greatly improve upon one’s image.
Rhinoplasty surgery can alter the look of the nose by reducing or increasing the size, narrowing the span of the nostrils, changing the shape of the tip or bridge of the nose, or changing the angle between the nose and upper lip. Rhinoplasty can also correct a birth defect or injury, or help to relieve breathing problems.
- Too Narrow
- Too Wide
- Too Long
- Too Large
- Too Flat
- Too High
- Too Short
- Unattractive Shape
Rhinoplasty performed today is often referred to as “Natural Rhinoplasty”. The goal of Natural Rhinoplasty is to emphasize the positive features while subtracting the negative aspects. Because a beautiful nose has no set dimensions, but rather should fit the aesthetic proportions of the face while allowing the delivery of air to the lungs, the Natural Rhinoplasty aims to restore harmony in a person’s appearance by creating a natural-looking nose that best fits the face and other features without the obvious look of surgery.
The best candidate for rhinoplasty is a person looking to improve upon the way that they look and are in good physical health, are psychologically stable, and have realistic expectations. Rhinoplasty is not only about a patient’s wishes, but about what surgery can realistically offer as well. Many surgeons will not operate on children or teenagers, preferring instead to wait until after they have completed their growth spurt, which tends to occur around the age of 16 for girls, and after the age of 19 for boys.