Five Problems That Rhinoplasty Resolves

Commonly known as a “nose job,” rhinoplasty is a complex nose-reshaping surgery that can address multiple aesthetic and functional concerns in a single procedure.

As one of the top-five plastic surgeries in the United States, rhinoplasty aims to improve facial symmetry by refining the size, shape, or proportion of your nose. But the procedure isn’t purely cosmetic. It can also correct structural issues that interfere with normal breathing. 

Whether you’d like to change the appearance of your nose, repair deformities from an injury, relieve breathing difficulties, or all of the above, double-board-certified plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist Dr. Craig A. Foster, can help. 

Here are five common problems he can resolve with rhinoplasty:

1. Irregular nasal bridge

The upper portion of the nasal structure is bone, and the lower portion is cartilage. When the bone angles more outward than downward, it creates a prominent “hump” along the bridge of the nose. When the bone is angled more downward than normal, it can create a visible dip, or depression, along the bridge.

Rhinoplasty can flatten out a prominent nasal hump or fortify a dip to create a more perfectly angled contour along the nasal bridge. It can also thin out and redefine a wide nasal bridge that makes your nose look flat.

2. Overly wide nostrils

A broad nostril base can make a nose look extra-wide or large in proportion to a person’s face. This can cause the nose to appear more prominent, especially if the nostrils are also large, flaring, upturned, or asymmetrical.

Rhinoplasty creates better facial balance by reducing the nostril base and reshaping the nostrils. This usually entails removing and repositioning nasal cartilage to achieve the desired shape and proportion. Nostril base reduction and nostril reshaping is often done in conjunction with nasal tip reshaping.

3. Prominent nasal tip

As the most front-and-center feature of your nose, the nasal tip plays a major role in defining the shape and size of your nose as well as the overall appearance of your face. A conspicuous nasal tip — or one that’s enlarged, upturned, hooked, or off-center — is a primary concern for many rhinoplasty patients. 

Rhinoplasty can address any nasal tip incongruity to make your nose look more balanced and refined. Normalizing nasal tip appearance usually entails removing and reshaping cartilage to achieve the desired contour. 

Cosmetic augmentation via silicone implant can help patients who’d like a more prominent or projected nasal tip.

4. Severely deviated septum 

Your septum, which is the wall of cartilage that separates your nostrils, should be centrally positioned so that the air passage through each nostril is about the same size. When this cartilage midline is severely deviated, or pushed to one side, it can be difficult or impossible to breathe through the affected nostril.

Whether you were born with a severely deviated septum or you acquired it through a traumatic injury, rhinoplasty can correct the problem and support the inner structures of your nasal cavity with strategically placed cartilage grafts designed to keep the septum centered. 

5. Injury-related deformity

Corrective rhinoplasty is often used to repair tissue damage, improve appearance, and restore function following a traumatic injury like a broken nose. It typically involves moving nasal bones back into alignment, making sure the septum is centered and supported, and removing excess scar tissue.

If a traumatic injury has changed your nose, rhinoplasty can help you breathe easier and restore a smoother, more linear nasal bridge. 

If you have questions about rhinoplasty, we’ve got answers. Call 212-744-5011 to schedule a visit with Dr. Foster at our Manhattan office in New York City today.

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