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What is a Rhinoplasty or Nose Reshaping?

Rhinoplasty is a procedure that sculptures the nose, changing its shape and/or size. It can be performed to meet cosmetic goals or for reconstructive purposes such as birth defects or breathing problems. Small changes in the nose can often have a significant, noticeable impact on your overall appearance. Therefore, our staff will work closely with you to learn how you would like the nose to look, to evaluate the structure of your nose and face, and to explain the factors that can influence the procedure and the results.

Understanding Your Nose's Anatomy

Before we delve into the techniques of rhinoplasty, it’s important to understand the nose’s primary structures.  It consists of an upper bony part and a lower cartilaginous part.  The septum, a thin wall of cartilage and bone, divides the nasal cavity into two nostrils.  Changes can be made to the bone, cartilage, skin, or all three, depending on the desired outcome.

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Techniques and Approaches

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Closed Rhinoplasty

Also known as endonasal rhinoplasty, this approach involves making incisions solely within the nostrils, thereby leaving no external scars. It offers the benefits of reduced operative time, less swelling, and quicker recovery. This technique is suitable for minor to moderate modifications.

Open Rhinoplasty

In this method, an additional small incision is made across the columella (the tissue that separates the nostrils). This approach provides the surgeon with better visibility and access to the underlying structures of the nose. It’s often preferred for more intricate adjustments and when significant reshaping is required.
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Reshaping the Nose

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Depending on the desired result, the following adjustments might be made:

  • Dorsal Hump Reduction: For those with a prominent bump on the bridge of their nose, the surgeon may shave down the bone and cartilage to create a smoother profile.
  • Tip Refinement: The cartilage at the tip of the nose can be sculpted, reduced, or occasionally augmented with cartilage grafts to achieve the desired shape and definition. The tip of the nose may be rotated higher or lower to create a more aesthetic nasal profile.
  • Narrowing the Nostrils: Wide or flared nostrils can be adjusted by removing small amounts of tissue.
  • Straightening the Nose: If a nose appears crooked or off-center, modifications can be made to the bone and cartilage to bring about a straighter alignment.

Rhinoplasty Frequently Asked Questions

Generally, rhinoplasty doesn't impact the voice, but significant alterations to the nasal structures might have slight effects, especially relevant for singers or vocal professionals.
Ideal candidates are those whose facial growth is complete, typically by the mid to late teens.  However, consultations can determine individual suitability.
While most rhinoplasty patients are satisfied with their results, a small percentage might seek a revision surgery for aesthetic refinement or functional improvement.

Many patients combine rhinoplasty with other procedures like chin augmentation, facelift, or eyelid surgery for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Your surgeon can advise on the best combination based on your goals and anatomy.

While there may be temporary changes in the sense of smell due to swelling and nasal packing, this typically resolves as the healing progresses. Permanent loss of smell is rare.

Typically, there is bruising that lasts 10-14 days. You may have a splint on the dorsum of your nose that stays in place for 10-14 days. There may also be splints inside your nose (depending on the techniques used by your surgeon) that often remain for 7-10 days. The vast majority of your swelling resolves in the first 4-6 weeks. Afterward, there is a slow resolution of the small amount of remaining swelling for the next few months.

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Wrapping Up: Rhinoplasty

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Rhinoplasty is a transformative procedure designed to enhance facial harmony.  Whether the goal is to reshape the bridge, refine the tip, correct a deviated septum, or repair breathing issues, our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons employ a meticulous approach to ensure natural-looking results that complement your unique features.  At Renaissance Plastic Surgery, we prioritize your safety and satisfaction, guiding you through every step of the journey from consultation to recovery.  Trust in our expertise and experience for a seamless and rewarding rhinoplasty experience.

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