Cosmetic surgery of the nose, or rhinoplasty, is procedure to improve the appearance of the nose. Specific features addressed in cosmetic surgery of the nose, and strictly for appearance enhancement include:
- Nose Size, in relation to facial balance.
- Nose Width, at the bridge or in the size and portion of the nostrils.
- Nose Profile, with visible humps or depressions on the bridge.
- Nasal tip, that is enlarged or bulbous, drooping upturned or hooked.
- Nostrils that are large, wide or upturned.
- Nasal asymmetry.
These features are generally caused by heredity, however they can be caused by injury. In some cosmetic cases, the characteristics of the nose are not the only factors contributing to facial imbalance. The facial structure – especially a small chin, weak cheeks and/or lower jaw – may also contribute to imbalanced facial proportions. In these cases, surgery of the nose may be performed in conjunction with placement of facial implants or other procedures to achieve overall facial harmony.
When nose surgery is performed to improve breathing function, the cause is most commonly an obstructed airway. This procedure, whether performed alone or in conjunction with cosmetic surgery of the nose, is considered reconstructive and may be covered by insurance. This requires a detailed examination to verify the cause of your breathing impairment and prior authorization from your insurer.
Whether you have a personal desire to improve your appearance or you seek to improve breathing function, surgery of the nose is best performed when facial growth is complete, beginning around age 15. Good candidates are:
- Healthy individuals who do not have a life threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing.
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improvement.