Stephen Pincus, M.D., of the Morrow Institute in Rancho Mirage, California, discusses how cosmetic surgery can improve the appearance of the nose. Dr. Pincus explains ways the shape or the length of the nose can be altered in a procedure called a rhinoplasty. He also looks at other cosmetic procedures available to improve facial features.
Rhinoplasty is a facial cosmetic procedure, usually performed to enhance the appearance of the nose. During rhinoplasty, the nasal cartilages and bones are modified, or tissue is added, to improve the visual appeal of the nose. Rhinoplasty is also frequently performed to repair nasal fractures. When rhinoplasty is used to repair nasal fractures, the goal is to restore pre-injury appearance of the nose. Septorhinoplasty is a related procedure performed for patients who also have nasal obstruction. Septorhinoplasty not only improves the appearance of the nose, but it removes any internal obstructions that may be blocking nasal breathing.
Cosmetic concerns and expectations should be fully discussed prior to surgery. The surgeon's recommendations and any particular limitations set forth by the structure of your nose, face, and skin are important to understand and have explained. Photographs are usually obtained before surgery to help with preoperative planning and after surgery to document postoperative results.
Common medical conditions associated with the nose include nosebleeds, a deviated septum and breathing obstructions. Cosmetic surgery to change the appearance of the nose is also common.
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