Rhinoplasty is still one of the most common types of plastic surgeries in America, with 213,000 nose jobs performed in 2018 alone. If you’ve been wondering if rhinoplasty is right for you, it’s best to consult the professionals.
Dr. Joseph Tamburrino and our expert team at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery can help you understand the benefits and risks of rhinoplasty and decide whether it’s a good choice for you. Our patients are each unique and have their own reasons for choosing rhinoplasty. As you may have guessed, the primary motivating factor is aesthetics. Here are five ways rhinoplasty can improve the way you look.
1. Make it bigger or smaller
If you feel like your nose is too big, rhinoplasty can fix it. It’s a fairly simply procedure. We make an incision inside your nostrils so you won’t have a scar to deal with afterward. Then we remove bone and cartilage to reduce the size and length of your nose.
If your nose is too short or small, the procedure, called derotation, is a bit more complicated and requires a specially skilled and experienced professional. Dr. Tamburrino is double board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, so your nose is in good hands.
2. Change the angle
You may have inherited your father’s downturned hook nose or your mother’s flipped-up pixie nose. Either way, if you’re not happy with what you got, we can alter the angle easily. Once you’ve healed, you’ll notice a difference in the angle of your nose as it relates to the top of your lip.
3. Reshape the tip
A common complaint people have about their noses is that they don’t like the shape of the tip. If yours is too round or too narrow, too sloped or too angular, rhinoplasty can change the shape to your liking.
4. Straighten a crooked bridge
The bridge of your nose is simply the bony structure that (usually) runs in a vertical line from the top to the bottom. Several things can cause a crooked bridge, including:
- Birth defects
- Chronic infections
Rhinoplasty is ideal for straightening a crooked bridge and getting your face back into symmetry.
5. Adjust the nostrils
The size of your nostrils makes a big impact on your aesthetic appearance. You might feel like your nostrils are too large, and that may or may not be true. The size of your nostrils can appear bigger or smaller depending on the upturn of the tip or the length of your bridge. Dr. Tamburrino can give you expert advice on exactly what’s causing the trait you don’t love and help you decide on the best way to treat it.
Rhinoplasty is not just for cosmetic issues
Although changing your looks might be at the top of your reasons-for-rhinoplasty list, health concerns should be up there, too.
Because you need your nose to breathe, if you have malformations or disfigurements that interfere with airflow, rhinoplasty can open up those passages and help you breathe easier.
In fact, while most insurance companies don’t generally cover rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, they may cover the cost of the procedure if it’s medically necessary or needed to repair injuries caused by an accident. Check with your carrier to determine exactly what your policy covers. Some possible medical conditions for rhinoplasty include:
- Cleft palate
- Broken nose
- Chronic allergies
- Chronic infections
- Deviated septum
In some medical cases, such as if you have a deviated septum, you may need septoplasty, rather than rhinoplasty. In this procedure, Dr. Tamburrino repositions the cartilage in your nose to help you breathe better.
If you’ve been considering rhinoplasty and have more questions, give us a call at either of our locations in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, or Cherry Hill, New Jersey, or book a consultation online.