Comparing the Medical and Cosmetic Reasons for Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, more commonly referred to as a nose job, is one of the most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures in the United States. The reason it’s so popular is that the procedure addresses two major issues. 

The first issue is breathing, which is a medical issue, and the second is your appearance, which is a cosmetic concern. Fortunately, rhinoplasty can address both medical and cosmetic issues at the same time, if you would like. Are you thinking about undergoing rhinoplasty? Here, we at Foster Your Beauty discuss the medical and cosmetic reasons for the procedure.

Medical reasons for rhinoplasty

The most common medical reason people undergo rhinoplasty is to help them breathe better. Breathing problems can be the result a variety of issues, including chronic sinus problems, a deviated septum, or some other type of nasal blockage. 

Breathing problems can disturb your sleep, contribute to sleep apnea, and make exercise difficult. No one should have to live with breathing difficulties. If other treatment options fail to help clear your nasal obstruction and improve your breathing, surgery can help address the underlying issue, whether it’s related to the shape of your nose or your septum. 

Other medical reasons for rhinoplasty can include repairing a broken nose or other types of injury or trauma to the nose, such as a burn. Can a surgeon address cosmetic issues while they’re addressing medical issues? The answer is yes, and they often do. 

Cosmetic reasons for rhinoplasty

When it comes to your appearance, your nose is one of the first things people notice, especially if it’s misshapen or large. Rhinoplasty can help reshape your nose so that it is more balanced with the rest of your face and does not detract from your appearance. 

There’s a variety of cosmetic issues rhinoplasty can address. Some of the more commonly requested ones include:

Because your nose is a complex and vital body part, it’s important to choose an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Craig Foster, who can address both functional and aesthetic concerns regardless of whether you select rhinoplasty for medical or cosmetic reasons.

For more information about rhinoplasty for either medical or cosmetic reasons, or both, call for an appointment with double board-certified plastic surgeon Craig A. Foster, MD, at Foster Your Beauty. 

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