A Rhinoplasty is the medical terminology used to describe the cosmetic surgery that reshapes one’s nose. This surgery involves manipulating the cartilage, fat and bone of one’s nose in order to alter it. The end result is a more attractive nose that appears more youthful and less pointed. In essence, this procedure lessens the jowl bulge that can develop after one gets older. It also reduces the prominence of the nasal bump known as a ‘hump’.
When doing a rhinoplasty, a rhinoplasty surgeon will make an incision along the base of one’s nose. Next they will use dissolving sutures to seal up the incisions. Once this is done, they will sculpt the cartilage. Finally they will cover it with a special nasal plastic membrane called cusps.
In most cases, a rhinoplasty will be performed on an outpatient basis. In this case, the patient will be kept sedated while the anesthetist works on the skin. An anesthetic is used because it makes one feel unconscious during the entire operation. While this can sometimes hinder someone from having a normal social life, most people who have had rhinoplasty say that it is worth the sacrifice.
Rhinoplasties can enhance one’s appearance by getting rid of unsightly skin flaps. These are small pockets of skin located on the bridge of the nose, between the nose and the lips. Some are caused by a birth defect that cannot be corrected; others are the result of the natural aging process. No matter what the cause, these flaps can mar an otherwise pleasant face. In some cases, the skin can even sag down in areas where it is not supposed to, creating an ‘icepick’ effect.
Another benefit of rhinoplasty is a reduction in the size of the nasal tip. This can be caused by a hump in the bridge of the nose, enlarged nostrils, or other structural abnormalities. In order to balance out this effect, a rhinoplasty can be done to ‘tune’ the nose, making it smaller in profile. This can be done using skin grafts from other areas of the face or from the neck. The altered size can also be made adjustable at a later date.
One of the advantages of rhinoplasty is that it can improve the appearance of the skin underneath of one’s nose. This is especially true for those with droopy skin around the area of the nose. Some Houston plastic surgeons combine rhinoplasty with liposuction to remove excess fat from the chin area. This can help balance out a more heavily padded face that has lost elasticity over the years.
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