Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape the nose, improve breathing, or both. Also known as a “nose job,” it’s one of the top 5 cosmetic procedures in the U.S., per industry estimates. Over 207,000 rhinoplasties were conducted in 2019, part of the 18.1 million cosmetic procedures performed overall during that period.

Why Is Rhinoplasty Done?

Rhinoplasty may be elected or recommended for cosmetic or medical purposes:

  • Cosmetic

If you feel the size or shape of your nose is out of balance with the rest of your face, even a small change can make a big difference. Rhinoplasty can improve elements such as nostril size and position, bridge width, visible bridge bumps or depressions, asymmetrical nostrils, or the proportion of the nose to the face.

  • Medical

In cases of a birth defect, facial trauma, or a nasal problem that affects your ability to breathe, rhinoplasty can repair damage from the deformity or injury or help clear obstructions or blockages — a deviated septum, for example — to improve breathing.

 

How Is Rhinoplasty Performed?

The exact steps depend on the nature of your procedure, including factors such as the amount of bone or tissue being added or removed, the structure of your nose, and the source of the added material — for example, cartilage from another part of your body.

Typically your surgeon will be able to perform the procedure inside the nose or through a small incision between the nostrils. During this time, you will be under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the complexity of the surgery.

Can Rhinoplasty Help Sinus Problems?

Rhinoplasty itself doesn’t specifically address sinus problems but can be combined with sinus surgery to treat chronic sinusitis. You and your surgeon would discuss and decide whether this approach is right for your individual needs.

Are There Risks to Getting Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is quite common and generally considered safe, but any procedure can have potential risks. Possible complications vary per person but could include issues such as postoperative bleeding, an infection, swelling, or an allergic reaction to anesthesia. Your physician would discuss potential risks or complications before performing any procedure.

If you’re wondering whether rhinoplasty is right for you, our highly trained team of board-certified doctors can answer your questions and address any concerns. We’re committed to helping you look and feel your best, so don’t wait. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.