To Change the Size of the Nose
When it comes to the nose, size matters a lot. A nose that is very small can make the rest of the person’s facial features look oversized. A larger nose can make the mouth, eyes, and chin all look tiny in comparison.
Changing the size of the nose can help to bring the face into better harmony. When all of the features are in proportion, a person tends to look more balanced and symmetrical.
During a rhinoplasty consultation, a facial plastic surgeon examines the patient’s facial aesthetics and makes custom recommendations. These recommendations often include changing the nose in ways that will bring balance to the features. Interestingly enough, in some instances, changing the nose’s size isn’t the best way to make it look smaller or larger. Some people get similar results by changing the size of their chin instead. Chin augmentation can make a large nose look smaller, for example.
To Correct an Issue with the Nose’s Function
People often assume that rhinoplasty is a purely cosmetic procedure. They think that nasal surgeries such as septoplasty are reserved for correcting breathing issues only. This is not always the case. In some cases, a functional rhinoplasty can correct issues such as obstructions that interfere with breathing or other nasal issues.
With a functional rhinoplasty, the goal is typically to correct a structural problem within the nose. That doesn’t mean that the surgery can’t also change the external appearance of the nose. Everything depends on the scope of the changes that take place inside of the nose and on the patient’s wishes.
To Fix a Nose That Didn’t Heal Properly
Fractured noses can sometimes heal on their own without issue, but that isn’t always the case. Occasionally, the bone in the bridge of the nose doesn’t fuse back together quite right, resulting in a crooked nose or in a noticeable bump on the bridge of the nose. A nose that’s been broken or otherwise injured can also cause breathing problems, as there may be blockage inside the nasal cavity. Rhinoplasty can help to reconstruct a nose that was once injured and didn’t heal correctly.
How a surgeon corrects the nose depends on the type of damage. If the nose is crooked, the rhinoplasty might focus on straightening the bridge. If there’s a visible bump or a divot in the bridge of the nose, the surgery will usually focus on filling the dip or flattening the bump.
To Improve a Person’s Self-Esteem
In some instances, a person decides to have rhinoplasty because they aren’t happy with the way their nose looks. If you don’t like your nose, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try to change it for the better if that’s what you want to do.
Although rhinoplasty won’t necessarily solve all of a person’s problems, some patients find that once they have recovered from the surgery, they feel more confident overall and get more joy out of their lives. The surgery isn’t a magic bullet fix, but for some people, it can be just what they need to get a brighter outlook and to jumpstart the rest of their lives.
No matter what your rhinoplasty reasons happen to be, one of the most important things to do is to find a surgeon who specializes in the procedure and who has ample experience in performing complex nasal surgeries. In West Palm Beach, Dr. Michael Schwartz is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with more than two decades of experience performing rhinoplasty and other facial procedures. To learn more about what to expect during nasal surgery and find out what your options are, call 561-288-5888 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz today.