What is a Nose Reshaping Procedure?

Rhinoplasty or ‘nose job’ is a cosmetic surgery procedure that reshapes the nose, altering the size of the nose to restore balance to the facial features. One of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, nose reshaping can completely transform the length, width and shape of your nose and get rid of any lumps and bumps you are unhappy with. Plastic surgery of the nose can also be a corrective procedure for those who have breathing problems, a birth defect or have suffered nose injuries. Although it is quite a complex procedure, the outcome of a rhinoplasty procedure is usually very pleasing.

Am I a Candidate? Cosmetic rhinoplasty procedures are the fourth most common surgical procedure and are ideal for people who want to change the shape or size of their nose.

Before Surgery – Your nose is the second most prominent feature on your face, next to your eyes, and its size and shape may be the most obviously defining characteristic of your face, so it is important to carefully consider the desired outcome of the procedure before surgery.

During Surgery – During a Rhinoplasty Procedure, an incision is made to separate the soft tissue of the nose from the bone and cartilage underneath the skin. The bone may then be broken and repositioned, and the cartilage reshaped to achieve the look you require. A splint will usually be applied and the nostrils lightly packed with medicated gauze.

Recovery – You can expect some swelling of the eyes, nose, and sometimes face, after a rhinoplasty operation.  Rhinoplasty recovery time may last for a couple of weeks so it is advisable to take a fortnight off for recuperation and recovery.

Benefits – The benefits of a rhinoplasty procedure are an alteration in the size and shape of the nose to bring this focal feature more in proportion to the other facial features, producing an appearance more pleasing to the patient.

Types – A Rhinoplasty can increase or reduce the size of your nose, straighten a lump on the bridge of the nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. A cosmetic surgeon will be able to talk you through the different types of rhinoplasty procedure and advise which one is right for you.


Am I a Candidate For Rhinoplasty?

Men and women of all ages can be suitable candidates for a nose job. The procedure is not usually performed on children or teenagers under 15 as their nose has not finished growing. An ideal candidate is someone who is unhappy with the way their nose looks but has realistic expectations of what surgery can achieve.

Whether you have always been unhappy with your nose, whether it has changed in size or shape as you are or whether you have some form of deformity as the result of an injury, then a nose job may be right for you.

If you have any of the following concerns then you may be a suitable candidate for a nose job:

  • A nose that is too large or too small in comparison with other facial features
  • A lump or bump on the bridge of the nose
  • An overly wide nose
  • A large, droopy, bulbous or protruding tip
  • Flared or pinched nostrils
  • A crooked, asymmetrical or misshapen nose
  • A broken nose or nose that has been injured in an accident
  • Breathing problems due to nasal structure

If you have broken your nose and the bones have been displaced then you will need to seek medical attention immediately. In some cases, where the nose has been fractured you can apply ice packs regularly and see the doctor after two or three days after the initial swelling has gone down as this helps the doctor evaluate the damage and make a more accurate assessment of whether or not you may need cosmetic reshaping.

Having realistic expectations is incredibly important when it comes to rhinoplasty surgery. Changing or improving the shape of your nose may give you a lot more confidence but it cannot solve all your problems. Even after surgery your nose may not be perfect however any change in size and shape of the nose can have a dramatic impact on the way your face looks.

The best candidates for a nose job are well adjusted and otherwise happy with their lives.

What Are The Benefits Of Rhinoplasty?

Even the slightest change to your nose can have a dramatic effect on the way you look. For the majority of people a nose job provides very satisfactory results. The most obvious benefit of rhinoplasty is renewed self-confidence in the way you look by improving the aesthetics of your nose.

Having a more symmetrical nose can make you look far more attractive. It is a well-established rule that facial symmetry equals how attractive a person is viewed to be by others. If your nose is off centre or asymmetrical it can make you look less attractive. A nose job can easily correct this and improve the balance of your face.

A large or overly prominent nose can distract from your other facial features and result in teasing or bullying. By changing the size and shape of your nose a rhinoplasty can give your other features a chance to shine. Many people feel physically and mentally better after having a nose job, especially if their nose has been the subject of ridicule in childhood and adolescence.

There are also a number of functional benefits of nose jobs for those who have suffered from breathing difficulties as a result of the shape of their nose. A nose job can help open up the nasal passages, allowing you to breath more easily. It can also help with birth defects such as cartilage deviation or nasal asymmetry and can alleviate symptoms that may affect the entire circulatory system.