Perhaps your dissatisfaction with your nose is that it doesn’t match your face in balance and proportion. Perhaps you simply don’t breathe as well as you know you should. In the first case, you may lack self-confidence and feel less attractive than you’d like. In the second, naturally, you want to breathe more easily. For whatever reason, be it self-consciousness or a case of medical necessity, you can find relief in rhinoplasty, also known as septoplasty or septorhinoplasty when dictated by a deviated nasal septum. With a shapely and finely contoured new nose, you’ll be looking good and breathing easily.
Rhinoplasty, also called nose-reshaping surgery, nasal surgery or a “nose job,” is a cosmetic plastic surgery to correct and reconstruct the form and functions of the nose. Septal reconstructions to improve the function of the nose are often called septoplasty or septorhinoplasty as the procedure is intimately connected with traditional rhinoplasty.
Originating from the Greek words “rhis,” meaning nose, and “plassein,” meaning to mold, rhinoplasty is a procedure during which the bones and cartilage of the nose are shaped, rearranged, repositioned or removed to create a more attractive form, one that matches the rest of the face in proportion and balance. Rhinoplasty surgeons literally sculpt the nose, enhancing the symmetry of the face and correcting impaired breathing caused by structural defects.
Recently, with advances in nose-shaping techniques, surgeons can perform what is called “reorientation,” which keeps the existing structure of the nose. Rather than removal of cartilage, which tends to weaken the skeletal support, reorientation demands more sculpting and reshaping.
Additionally, this reorientation helps to maintain a strong, well-proportioned nasal skeleton, which is key to the nose’s improved and lasting function and appeal. Those undergoing nasal surgery today experience less pain and bruising than they did just a few years ago.