Commonly referred to as a nose job, rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure for your nose. A rhinoplasty can change the shape of your nose, or it can improve its function that can get impeded due to injury or the presence of certain nasal and sinus conditions.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, approximately 352,555 surgeries were performed in 2020, making it one of the most common plastic surgery procedures carried out annually after blepharoplasty and a facelift.
Rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons changes the appearance of the nose. This can be achieved by:
- Reducing a nasal bump
- Reworking the tip of the nose
- Correcting the overall symmetry and shape
Is Rhinoplasty Right For You?
Scheduling an appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon can help determine whether rhinoplasty is right for you. Nose surgery can be used to treat several medical conditions, such as :
- Nasal deformities such as congenital cleft lip/palate
- Nasal injury due to trauma
- Nasal deformities due to diseases
- Nasal obstructions that result in sleep apnea or cause problems to your sleep and breathing quality
In addition to this, rhinoplasty can be a cosmetic surgery that's used to:
- Reduce the size of nostrils
- Reduce the size of the nose overall
- Change the shape of the tip
- Remove a bump in the nose
- Narrow the opening of nostrils
Treatment for Rhinoplasty is Safe When Performed by a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
The type of rhinoplasty you get will depend on the underlying problem at hand. Functional rhinoplasty is used to treat conditions that occur for medical reasons and is oftentimes covered by health insurance.
Cosmetic nasal surgery, on the other hand, is not covered by insurance and is used to improve physical appearances, such as nasal humps and nasal tip refinement.
If you're interested in rhinoplasty for both cosmetic and functional reasons, setting up a consultation with a board-certified surgeon is the way to go. They will help determine the severity of your symptoms and formulate an individualized treatment plan that's right for you and your desired cosmetic goals.