Nose surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, nose reshaping, or the by the common term of a ‘nose job’, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures on the market today. As the most central feature of the face, aesthetic issues with the nose can be some of the most noticeable, and can cause a considerable amount of distress for people who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their noses, or who suffer from more uncomfortable nasal conditions. Fortunately, cosmetic medicine has risen to the challenge of treating many of these problems with a combination of surgical procedures that can be customised to suit any individual, often resulting in increased self-confidence and satisfaction with one’s aesthetic appearance.
There are a number of common reasons to consider undergoing a surgical procedure on your nose. These might include the following considerations:
Nose surgery involves a number of different procedures that can be combined and customised to suit the individual. In general, the surgery will begin once the area has been numbed using a local anaesthetic (or, in more serious procedures, general anaesthetic may be used). The surgeon will then make the necessary incisions to access bones, cartilage, and other tissue that make up and support the structure of the nose itself.
Two general techniques for making the incisions are used: open and endonasal. In open rhinoplasty, the incisions are made on the outside the nose, in conjunction with a small access incision on the underside of the nose between the nostrils that is connected with other hidden incisions in the nose itself.
In the case of endonasal rhinoplasty, the incisions are made within the nasal passages, and are therefore more hidden than those used in open rhinoplasty. However, this option does require more technical skill and may not be suitable for all candidates.
Adding or removing bone and cartilage and making adjustments to the supporting structures can result in the the size of your nose being reduced or increased, while cartilage grafts can also be made to fill out certain areas (such as the tip of the nose.
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