Rhinoplasty (Surgery of the Nose)

Rhinoplasty is surgery of the nose which involves the resculpting of the bone and cartilage in order to correct structural abnormalities or improve the nose aesthetically, balancing it with other facial features. Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of the nose, correct asymmetry and deviation, alter the profile of the nose, narrow the span of the nostrils, change the angle between the nose and upper lip, and/or change the tip or bridge of the nose.

Your surgeon will examine the structure of your nose, both externally and internally to suggest what you can expect from surgery. It is important for the patient to work closely with their surgeon to set realistic expectations and create a plan together for a natural looking result that fits well with the rest of the face.

Your surgeon will explain how the nasal structures, including bone and cartilage, can be redesigned by removing excess tissues, or correcting insufficiencies to improve overall nasal contour and function. A joint decision will be made by you and your physician to proceed with rhinoplasty; the surgeon will then take photographs of you and thoroughly explain expected results along with the risks involved in surgery.

After surgery it is very important that you follow your surgeon's directions as close follow-up care is vital to monitor healing.

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