Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
If you are one of the many people who dislike the shape and/or size of your nose, it can be incredibly frustrating to live with. In the very center of our face, no hairstyle can hide it, and while cosmetics may be able to make minor improvements to its appearance, these are rarely successful enough to counteract the way that your nose might make you feel. For many patients who consider rhinoplasty, their nose causes feelings of embarrassment, self-consciousness and even shame. In the worst cases, these emotions have so much influence that the patient starts to see their dislike of their nose impacting on their professional and personal relationships.
However, not all rhinoplasty patients choose surgery purely because they are unhappy with the appearance of their nose. If your nose is particularly flat, either naturally (which is almost certainly a genetic trait passed on by your parents or grandparents), or because you have suffered from an accident or trauma, you may find breathing difficult. For example, boxers often find that they experience breathing problems as a result of having had their nose broken, often repeatedly. If your nose is compromising your breathing, rhinoplasty can help.
Types of rhinoplasty
Before deciding if you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty, our surgeon will first need to determine which rhinoplasty you need to address the specific problems you have with your nose. The most common types of rhinoplasty are:
During reduction rhinoplasty, the bridge and tip of the nose is reshaped, as well as the nostrils, in order to make the nose smaller. In some cases, some bone and cartilage may need to be removed.
This is the most common type of rhinoplasty for correcting flattened noses. By rebuilding the framework of the nose using bone and cartilage from another part of your body, our surgeon can open up your airway and help you breathe more easily.
A septorhinoplasty focuses on improving the septum as well as the external appearance of the nose.
This type of rhinoplasty involves altering the tip of the nose and nostrils only.
Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Before you can be approved for any type of cosmetic surgery, including rhinoplasty, you will need to attend a consultation appointment where our surgeon will assess your candidacy. Whether or not you are deemed suitable will depend on a range of different factors. These include:
It is essential to be in reasonably good health and medically fit enough to go through a surgical procedure. To establish if you are suitable, our surgeon will ask you about your general health and medical history, as well as whether you have any allergies or are taking any ongoing medications.
Rhinoplasty procedures are performed using general anesthetic, so our surgeon will need to be satisfied that you will not be at any considerable risk from the anesthetic.
The nose stops developing at around 15 to 16 years of age, so rhinoplasty cannot be performed before this time.
Your expectations for your surgery
When it comes to any cosmetic improvement, it is important that our surgeon discusses your expectations with you. Some people have unrealistic expectations as to the outcome of their surgery. Our surgeon should be able to explain to you exactly what is possible and give you an indication as to how your nose will look after your procedure.
Your emotional wellbeing
Another important part of the consultation process is assessing your emotional wellbeing. This can include ensuring that you are considering the procedure for the right reasons, and because you think that it will enhance your confidence and self-esteem, not because you have been pressured or convinced you need surgery by someone else.
Our surgeon will want to ensure that the decision to undergo surgery is not an impulsive one, and that you are not in the midst of a personal or professional crisis that may be affecting your judgement. If our surgeon is under the slightest impression that your desire to have surgery is in any way impulsive or influenced by a negative time in your life, then you will not be approved for rhinoplasty.
If you are interested in finding out more about rhinoplasty, our experienced and professional team would be delighted to advise you. Please feel free to give us a call for an informal chat, or to schedule a consultation.