Nose surgery (Rhinoplasty) is a procedure to reshape the nose in order to create a more pleasing appearance. Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. This procedure usually involves reducing the size of the nose, removing a “hump” in the nose, or correcting the shape after a broken nose. A rhinoplasty generally provides the patient with better facial balance and a pleasing result.
Reasons for choosing nose surgery
- Allow better proportion to the nose and bring facial symmetry.
- Remove an arch or “hump” in the nose.
- Reshape a broken or elongated nose.
- Help with breathing problems by rebuilding the nasal passages.
A rhinoplasty generally lasts two or three hours. This is usually done under general anesthesia, depending on the extent of surgery required. Small incisions are made to allow access to the underlying nose structures. Once these incisions are made, the cartilage and bone can be reshaped.
There are two common ways to perform this surgery. They are referred to “open” or “closed” rhinoplasty. The choice of surgery will be decided by the patient and physician on initial consultation.