Rhinoplasty (Nose)

Your nose endows your face with character. It offers clues to your identity. But it can also upstage your other features in an unappealing way. It doesn’t matter how dazzling your eyes or how flawless your skin, if your nose is stealing all the attention. Your nose is a defining feature of your face, so it’s difficult to feel confident if you dislike its shape or size.

As with all facial surgery, the goal of rhinoplasty, better known as nose reshaping or “a nose job,” is to bring all of your features into balance, so that you look like the best version of yourself.

Is Rhinoplasty for Me?

Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic procedures. Interestingly, even a small alteration can have dramatic results. With a rhinoplasty, you can remove a bump, reduce the size of your nose, improve the angle of the nose or straighten a crooked nose. Some people have the procedure to fix an issue that was cause by trauma to the face, or one that is due to genetics.

Rhinoplasty can be performed for reasons of aesthetic refinement, for reconstructive purposes, to correct trauma, to address genetic anatomic variants, and to address breathing problems. The chance of complications is minimized by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience in performing rhinoplasty. With Dr.Sunder’s exceptional accolades, patients can rest assured that they are in the greatest of hands.

A nose job can correct many undesirable attributes including:

  • High nasal bridge (also called a hump)
  • Low nasal bridge
  • Drooping tip
  • Wide tip
  • Bulbous tip
  • Long nose
  • Short nose
  • Wide nostrils
  • Over or under projected tip
  • Large nose
  • Small nose
  • Crooked nose
  • Any combination of the above features

Rhinoplasty can also correct disfigurements due to an injury or anatomical defects that impair your breathing.

The Nasal Surgery

Rhinoplasty literally means shaping the nose. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure generally takes about 3-4 hours, although this can vary depending on the complexity of the operation and whether you are having additional procedures done at the same time. There are two general classes of rhinoplasty external (“open”) and endonasal.(“closed”). At your consultation, Dr.Sunder will decide which type you will need based on your concerns and anatomy.

What can I expect during my consultation?

At your initial consultation, we will evaluate the soft tissue and bony architecture, as well as the form and function of your nose. An overall assessment of the face provides the basis for what to expect from rhinoplasty. Skin type, ethnic background and age, along with any cosmetic irregularities and function are important factors influencing the outcome of surgery. As with all facial plastic surgery, a thorough health assessment and realistic expectations are prerequisites.

Things to Consider when Choosing a Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Of all the surgeries performed on the face, rhinoplasty is the most complex. Even to produce the subtlest change, the surgeon needs to have a thorough understanding of the intricate nasal anatomy, including how the skin, cartilages and bones of the nose are inter-connected. Altering the cartilage in one part of the nose will inevitably change the appearance in another part.

Often, when changes are made to the appearance of the nose, it can negatively affect function and breathing. Only a properly trained rhinoplasty surgeon can effectively improve the appearance of the nose while preserving or improving nasal function.

Finally, your nose changes as you age. A good rhinoplasty surgeon should be able to anticipate changes to your nose as you age and adjust for those changes during your rhinoplasty.

Most importantly, your surgeon should be able to refine your nose so that it is in harmony with your face, rather than in competition with your other features.

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