Rhinoplasty is an ancient art that has been performed for thousands of years. Today, though basic techniques have been slow to change, rhinoplasty still plays an important role in the field of plastic surgery.
It is one of the most popular major cosmetic surgeries performed worldwide, particularly among young people. However, it is a highly complex procedure that can produce a poor outcome that requires a second surgery.
So why is rhinoplasty so popular? Read on for some of the reasons people consider nose surgery a must.
The Nose’s Role in Facial Aesthetics
The nose is a dominant facial feature that can affect the look of the entire face. One of the major ways rhinoplasty can improve facial aesthetics is by balancing out the nose in proportion to other facial features. The goal of cosmetic rhinoplasty is facial harmony, and creating a nose that fits the face.
Rhinoplasty & Nasal Function
One of the major reasons people elect to have nasal surgery is to improve nasal function and breathing. Many issues can be addressed with rhinoplasty, including problems related to a deviated septum, narrow turbinates, and sleep apnea. Many patients also undergo cosmetic rhinoplasty at the same time as functional rhinoplasty.
The Age& Gender Link
The 2012 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) show that rhinoplasty was the most popular cosmetic surgery for people under the age of 30 in the United States. Many patients have hated their nose for years and are finally able to seek treatment as young adults. In addition, plastic surgery is often more accepted among young people, and rhinoplasty is one of the few procedures people under 30 undergo routinely.
While many more women than men seek plastic surgery, rhinoplasty is one of the more common surgeries men choose. It has universal appeal because of its ability to help the patient breathe and balance out facial features for a more attractive look.
Sometimes, trauma or nasal breakage can result in aesthetic deformities and decreased nasal function. Reconstructive rhinoplasty can help make the nose more aesthetically pleasing and re-set any bones that did not heal properly. Reconstructive surgery can also improve nasal function in many patients.
Rhinoplasty & Bullying
Bullying is unfortunately a widespread problem, and many children with crooked, large, or otherwise “imperfect” noses often suffer cruel taunts from their peers. While rhinoplasty should not be performed on children younger than the age at which the nose stops growing, which is 15 or older, many children who suffered bullying for their nose seek rhinoplasty treatment later in life.
Because the nose is such a prominent facial feature, the results of a rhinoplasty can change the look of the face quite dramatically. For patients who aren’t happy with their appearance, a rhinoplasty could make a huge difference in the look of the face. However, it should not be used as a cure-all for dissatisfaction in the facial features, as patients with expectations like these are likely to be dissatisfied with the final results. Realistic expectations are a big key for a successful rhinoplasty. Those who are happy with their results usually experience a dramatic boost in confidence and self-esteem.
Safety of the Procedure
Safety is paramount when it comes to any surgery, but particularly for cosmetic surgery, since there is no reason to take risks with a patient’s health. Rhinoplasty has come a long way since its beginnings, and the procedure has gotten safer and more comfortable for the patient; resulting in a low-risk procedure that has an initial recovery period of about 1-2 weeks. In the past, many patients were wary of the post-rhinoplasty procedure of “nasal packing”, but the need for this has largely beeneliminated in modern nasal surgery. The superior safety of modern rhinoplasty has made more patients feel comfortable undergoing the operation.
What Can Rhinoplasty Accomplish?
Rhinoplasty is an extremely versatile surgery that can address many aesthetic and functional problems in the nose. Some of the issues that can be addressed include:
- Nasal hump/bump on the bridge
- Flaring nostrils
- Flat nose
- Large nose
- Small nose
- Nasal asymmetry
- Polly beak deformity
- Flaring nostrils
- Saddle nose deformity
- Deviated septum
- Enlarged turbinates
- Nasal polyps
Because of this versatility, it is a highly custom procedure that should be designed to fit each patient’s face. Just because a nose looks good on one person does not mean it will look good on another. The surgeon must analyze the patient’s nasal skin thickness, bone structure, and more, as well as plan for a result that will complement the other facial features.
An Expert Surgeon
Because rhinoplasty is such a complex and versatile procedure, room for error is large, and the surgery should only be performed by an experienced rhinoplasty specialist. Only those who have dedicated years to learning about nasal function and the art of rhinoplasty can create an optimal outcome for a wide range of patients.
If you’re looking for an accomplished surgeon who emphasizes natural results, then come to Revesse for a consultation with the surgeon Robert A. Mounsey. Dr. Mounsey is renowned for his skills in rhinoplasty, ethnic rhinoplasty, and revision rhinoplasty. For more information, call Revesse at 416.438.2499 to schedule your consultation today.