Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a nose job, is surgery of the nose. While rhinoplasty surgery can be done to improve breathing in a nose that has been damaged by trauma, disease, or a birth defect, it is often done to improve the shape of the nose and bring a harmonious balance to the face. For many people, a rhinoplasty is done for both therapeutic and aesthetic reasons.
A facial plastic surgeon can thin, turn up, augment, shorten, elongate, or otherwise change your nose to make you look better. He or she can remove a hump off the bridge of your nose, narrow or widen your nostrils, or straighten your nose in a procedure that should be tailored to your physical and aesthetic needs.
Rhinoplasty is a very common cosmetic surgical procedure, but it is also one that can leave you dissatisfied with the results and in need of a revision surgery. Clear communication between you and your surgeon is absolutely imperative. If you are considering having cosmetic surgery on your nose, you have to clearly convey to the surgeon how you would like your nose to appear so that your surgeon understands your expectations.
Choosing the best plastic surgeon for your rhinoplasty is paramount in your transformation, but mental preparation is also very important. Changing how you look can bring on deep emotional changes. Recovery from rhinoplasty can be long and difficult for some.
Rhinoplasty may be combined with other types of cosmetic surgery to give you the face you've always wanted. Some people need chin augmentation in addition to rhinoplasty to achieve a proper balance to their face. Although every case is individual, consulting with qualified cosmetic surgeons can help you understand what you need to reach your goals.
To learn about other facial plastic surgery procedures, such as facelift and eyelid surgery, visit our sister website, All About Facial Rejuvenation. The site also includes comprehensive information about rhinoplasty, with answers to common questions like “How much does rhinoplasty cost?
I designed this site to help other rhinoplasty patients in their aesthetic quest. I had my rhinoplasty in November of 1998 and have been supporting other rhinoplasty patients ever since. If you are considering rhinoplasty or are looking for information about revision rhinoplasty, please visit our Rhinoplasty Patient Journals section to learn more from patients just like you.