There are many specific troubling features of the nose that can be treated with rhinoplasty. These issues rarely occur in isolation, more often occurring in various combinations from person to person.
Below are some of the most common features and problems of the nose that people get fixed during their Rhinoplasty.
Prominent Hump or (nose-bridge bump)
Removing a hump from the bridge is one of the most common things people want addressed during their rhinoplasty.
A disproportionately large nasal hump can be correct by removing excess cartilage from within. The specific pieces of cartilage affected by surgery will vary depending on the shape and size of your nose, but your surgeon should be able to demonstrate very clearly what specific changes will be made. The surgeon tunnels under the skin. Using delicate filing and shaving instruments, he shaves down the bump to a more satisfactory level. The “excess” skin is never removed; it naturally shrinks down to conform to the new architecture.
The desire to create a more refined, elegant nasal tip is another common request. Individuals may be dissatisfied with their nose if it is has a weak tip, a flat tip, a bulbous tip, or a pointed tip. Rhinoplasty can normalize its appearance so that your nose looks more natural, well-defined, and balanced.
That unattractive tip will be refined by using classic sculpture techniques to reshape and redefine the cartilage that comprises the tip, all with attention to symmetry and a natural look.
Nostrils that are too wide, too narrow, or too large may make the whole nose look odd. Rhinoplasty can adjust the nostrils so that they are well-proportioned with the rest of the nose and facial features.
Surgery to alter the nostrils can be fairly invasive, as the entire structure of the nose will need to be altered. Airflow restriction needs to be considered, and may limit the degree of alteration that is possible, so make sure you have a clear idea from your surgeon about what to expect.
A very common complaint about the appearance of the nose is that it is too wide. This could either be that you have wide nostrils and tip, or that you have a wide bridge. To decrease the width of your nose your surgeon will trim excess cartilage or shave down excess bone as needed.
The problem of having a too narrow nose is less common than that of a too wide nose, but nonetheless is something that can to be treated with a Rhinoplasty.Widening of the nose is done with the use of donor cartilage, most likely from your septum, which the surgeon will graft with your exciting cartilage to create a width you desire.
Long (over projected) nose
One of the features that can make a nose look too big, especially from the profile view, is having an overly long, or over-projected tip. Tip projection refers to how far forward the nose travels from the face. Rhinoplasty can be used to treat a long nose by repositioning or trimming the tip cartilages..
One of the most common medical functions of rhinoplasty surgery is to repair structural damage to the nose following a bad break. This may simply involve reshaping the cartilage that has been displaced or damaged, but may also require additional surgery to reset shattered nasal bones. The goal of this surgery is to restore a normal shape to the nose and maintain clear airways.
One of the most difficult things to do during a rhinoplasty is to straighten a crooked nose. Several factors make this more challenging. The first factor is that the deviated cartilage and bone has a certain level of memory such that unless this is addressed the nose tends to drift back towards its pre-operative position.
To create a straighter nose the underlying framework must be made as straight as possible. This includes repositioning the septum and nasal bones
If your nose is only slightly crooked you might only need to have a Septoplasty procedure. There are performed to straighten a slightly deviated septum and improve airflow dynamics through the nose.
A major difference between Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty is whether or not a person’s insurance policy will cover it. Many insurance plans will cover a Septoplasty if the surgery is deemed to be medically necessary. A Rhinoplasty procedure is considered cosmetic and is not usually covered.
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