Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)
Rhinoplasty is what is commonly referred to as a nose job. Simply, it is any surgery procedure designed to reshape the nose, whether for cosmetic or for reconstructive purposes.
Rhinoplasty procedures vary significantly from patient to patient, and any individual cosmetic procedure may consist of one or more of the following:
- Reduce and/or reshape the bridge, nostrils, or tip of the nose
- Better define the nose
- Reshape and straighten the nose
- Change the angle of the nose, either for cosmetic purposes or to resolve breathing problems
Depending on the individual factors involved in any given cosmetic nose surgery, the surgeon may choose either a closed or open procedure for rhinoplasty.
A closed rhinoplasty is a procedure in which an incision is made on the inside of the nose. This limits the applicability to procedures that can be effectively performed via a small incision with limited access. Benefits of closed rhinoplasty are that it is less invasive, bruising and swelling are minimized, the scars are completely hidden from view, and the recovery times are shorter.
An open rhinoplasty is a procedure in which incisions are made, both on the inside of the nose, as in the closed rhinoplasty, and on the columella, the small area between the nostrils. Because open rhinoplasty procedures offer greater access to the nose, it is frequently more applicable for complicated or precise procedures. Because open rhinoplasty is a more invasive procedure, however, bruising and swelling are greater and the recovery period is a bit longer than with a closed procedure.