Rhinoplasty, the plastic surgery procedure done to reshape the nose, is gaining popularity in the U.S., with more than 200,000 processes done in 2013 alone. Men and women who are unhappy about the size and shape of their nose undergo nose reshaping surgery to achieve the look they desire and enhance overall facial appearance.
What Nose Surgery can Accomplish
People who go in for this surgical procedure have different goals. The treatment can help accomplish vary objectives:
- Reduce or increase the size of the nose
- Alter the shape of the tip
- Reduce or widen the size of the nostrils
- Restructure the angle of the tip of the nose
- Create a larger or smaller gap between the nose and upper lip
- Correct a hooked or crooked nose
- Remove a hump from the bridge of the nose
- Make the nose more proportionate to the rest of the facial features
Both Health and Aesthetic Benefits
Altering the shape or structure of the nose offers both health and cosmetic benefits:
Improved Appearance: Sometimes the nose can be a distracting feature on a person’s face, creating imbalance between the face and nose. Rhinoplasty corrects this issue and improves overall facial symmetry and appearance.
Improved Nasal Airflow: The structures of their nose including a deviated nasal septum can cause difficulties in breathing and airflow. The nasal septum, the thin wall that separates the nostrils, could become displaced due to trauma from accidents, sports, or altercations. This would block airflow and cause breathing issues. Cosmetic nose surgery combined with a septoplasty can straighten the crooked nose and septum and help resolve these medical issues. In addition, the procedure can also be performed along with turbinoplasty to shrink the size of the turbinates and improve airflow.
Better Sleep: Breathing problems can affect sleep. Obstruction in sleep may also occur due to sleep apnea, which is characterized by partial or complete obstruction in the upper airway during sleep. Functional rhinoplasty may be the best alternative to correct this issue.
Self-image and Confidence: By improving facial balance, changes to the appearance of nose can improve self-confidence and self-esteem.
Are You the Right Candidate?
The selfie trend is reported to be fueling the demand for nose shaping surgery and other cosmetic procedures, according to a study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). AAFPRS members surveyed reported a 10 percent increase in rhinoplasty in 2013 over 2012. However, before you decide to go in for the procedure, you need to know if you are the right candidate.
Age-wise, experts recommend that its best to have the surgery only when the facial bones have stopped growing, which is around 18 in women, and 19 in men. Likewise its not advisable to wait too long as young skin adapts to the changes better than older skin.
Its very important that you are healthy and have realistic expectations about the outcome. With an experienced plastic surgeon, you can expect an optimal outcome a nose that blends better with the rest of your facial features. A reliable surgeon will explain the risks as well as the benefits of the treatment and help you take an informed decision.