Types of Rhinoplasty
Many people think of rhinoplasty as a purely cosmetic surgery designed just to change the appearance of the nose. However, rhinoplasty has a much broader function than just improving the way that you look. It can also be used to improve your breathing and reduce symptoms associated with a restricted airway. In some instances, second or even third rhinoplasty procedures are needed to correct surgeries that haven’t delivered the results that you were hoping for.
Here is what you need to know about the different types of rhinoplasty currently available to patients here in the U.S.
Cosmetic rhinoplasty is the most well-known type of this procedure and is carried out with the intention of making esthetic improvements to the appearance of the patient’s nose. There are many different types of improvements and changes that can be made, including the following:
Enlarging the nose
Reducing the size of the nose
Eliminating a bump on the bridge of the nose
Altering the tip of the nose
Straightening out a nose that is crooked
Fixing a deviated septum
Changing the size of the nostrils
What you can expect to happen will of course depend on the physical changes that you wish to make to your nose. During your consultation you will be able to tell your surgeon will aspects of this facial feature make you uncomfortable and they will advise you what changes should be made to help you achieve satisfaction in its appearance.
Rhinoplasty is also often recommended for patients who are experiencing problems breathing due to the size, shape or position of their nose. Some people naturally have a very flat nose which can restrict airflow through it to the lungs. However, others experience medical problems or an accident that causes developmental problems or damage to their nose that make it hard to breathe easily. Rhinoplasty can be used to open up the nostrils and nasal cavity, making the flow of oxygen into and carbon dioxide out of the respiratory system much easier.
In cases of functional rhinoplasty, it is often necessary to build up the framework of the nose to facilitate airflow. The septum and the size of the nostrils may also need to be addressed. Your surgeon will talk to you about what changes will be necessary and how these will affect the appearance of your nose.
If you pick a trained, experienced and skilled rhinoplasty surgeon first time around then it is very unlikely that you will require a further procedure unless you are involved in an accident or suffer from a medical problem that affects your nose. However, a small percentage of rhinoplasties do require further surgical attention down the line.
Unfortunately, revision rhinoplasty can be more complicated than the initial surgery since there may be scarring, grafts and other elements that need to be taken into consideration. For this reason, it is recommended that you find a surgeon that has extensive experience and proven results in revision surgery if this is something that you require.
If you are considering rhinoplasty and would like more information about the different types of rhinoplasty procedure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and discreet staff. They would be happy to help you or arrange for you to attend a confidential consultation with our experienced and dedicated rhinoplasty team.