If you’ve ever been dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose, you may have thought about surgery. Rhinoplasty, better known as a nose job, can subtly alter the shape of your nose to eliminate focal points and bring it into proportion with the rest of your face. It’s also a procedure that can correct problems with breathing caused by structural issues.
Regardless of the work you may want or need on your nose, rhinoplasty is a complex procedure due to the anatomy of the nose, sinuses, and passageways. It’s generally regarded as one of the most difficult plastic surgery procedures.
Raymund J. Llaurado, M.D., is trained in both otolaryngology and reconstructive surgery, so he has a thorough understanding of facial construction as well as years of practical experience. Read on to see what rhinoplasty involves and find out if you’re a candidate.
Appearance issues addressed by rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is versatile and can change many features about your nose. Many patients are surprised to learn how little needs to be done to change the look of their nose. Rhinoplasty can perform the following modifications:
Overall nose size and symmetry Width at the bridge of your nose Profile changes to humps or depressions Changes to the shape of your nose tip, both reductions and augmentations Size and position of your nostrils
The amount of change to any aspect of your nose may be limited by functional considerations. Your breathing passages must not be compromised by the surgery. In fact, rhinoplasty is occasionally performed for noncosmetic reasons, such as to correct a deviated septum.
Health considerations for rhinoplasty
Dr. Llaurado and his team will make sure you’re clear about what you can expect from rhinoplasty. You should be in good overall health before your surgery. Men and women with diabetes, heart disease, bleeding disorders, or high blood pressure may not be good candidates for cosmetic surgery. And since nicotine interferes with blood circulation, you’ll need to stop using tobacco products before and after your procedure.
To see if you’re a candidate for rhinoplasty, book an appointment online or over the phone with Raymund J. Llaurado M.D. today.