A large nose with a deviated septum and an unsightly hump can make us very self-aware in social and professional situations, not to mention that it could be associated with breathing issues.
The surgery that aims to change the aesthetics of the nose is called rhinoplasty. This surgery also often has a functional aspect, solving a couple of important medical problems such as nose trauma, septal deviation, or weak cartilages.
The basic principles of rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a surgical intervention to correct or change aesthetic or functional aspects of the external nose. The surgery can correct deviations in the nasal pyramid, it can also change the shape and size of the pyramid. A nose that is too long or too wide can be corrected; a nose hump can be reduced, a tip that is too bulky can be refined, a "saddle" in nose bridge can be restored, and complex breathing disorders can also be addressed etc.
The purpose of this surgery is to obtain a natural-looking nose that is in line with the other facial structures and the patient's personality. In other words, we are trying to achieve harmony and balance at the level of the facial features.
The basic principle of this surgery is to change the shape of the nasal cartilages and nasal bones with the help of incisions mostly hidden inside the nostrils. The skin in the area will then be re-drapped on the new architecture of the nose. If there is an associated nasal obstruction, it will also be treated during the surgery (e.g., correction of septal deviation and other issues).
The rhinoplasty intervention is performed to help create a more pleasant nose. This often means a smaller and contoured nose which is more in harmony with other features of the face. The procedure delivers permanent results, so you won’t have to worry about undergoing further intervention at a later date.
To make the most out of your rhinoplasty intervention, discuss your desires and expectations with your facial plastic surgeon during the initial consultation. It’s also important to follow the surgeons’ recommendations for after surgery care to avoid complications and minimize the risks associated with the procedure.