Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, is performed to improve the appearance of the nose so it balances out the rest of the facial features. How the surgery improves your nose is very personal and tailored around what you hope to look like after surgery. Rhinoplasty can make your nose look straighter, softer or more feminine by reducing the hump; it can help your nose “fit” your face for a more harmonious facial appearance.
To help clarify when rhinoplasty is appropriate, Dr. Robert Graper and Dr. Garrett Harper reveal signs that indicate you might be ready for the surgery.
You Dislike the Appearance of Your Nose
Your nose is one of the primary features of your face, and if you aren’t happy with its appearance, rhinoplasty is a worthy consideration. Perhaps you feel very self-conscious that your nose is oversized or crooked. Or, maybe you wish your bulbous or droopy nasal tip looked more refined, or your nostrils were less flared. Rhinoplasty can improve all of these imperfections, giving you a more attractive nose and a boost of confidence.
You should postpone rhinoplasty until your nose is done developing (this is usually around the age of 16 in girls and 17 in boys). If you are at or around the age of 16 or 17, you should demonstrate that you are emotionally mature enough to understand the magnitude of elective cosmetic surgery.
You Have Reasonable Expectations
Maintaining reasonable expectations is extremely important. Our surgeons like to set treatment goals, not guarantees. Here’s what a well-performed rhinoplasty can achieve:
- Improve the appearance of your nose (i.e., straighten a crooked nose, smooth a bump on the nasal bridge, reduce an oversized nose, refine the tip)
- Improve breathing function (open up blocked nasal passages)
- Improve the balance and proportion of your nose to the rest of your facial features
- Boost your confidence
You Understand the Risks of Surgery
Like any surgery, there are risks involved with rhinoplasty. You should understand and accept the (small) chance that something could go wrong. Working with a board-certified plastic surgeon and nose surgery specialist can help reduce these risks, but will not eliminate them completely.
Book a Rhinoplasty Consultation
To discuss rhinoplasty in more detail with Dr. Graper or Dr. Harper, please contact us and request a consultation today.