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Rhinoplasty: Cosmetic and Function Correction

RhinoplastyRhinoplasty is one of the top five plastic surgery procedures performed each year, which isn’t surprising considering how drastically the nose can affect the harmony of the face. When the nose is disproportionate to the rest of the face, it can distract from your beauty rather than enhance it. Of all the plastic surgery procedures available, rhinoplasty is one of the few procedures that can correct function as well as form. At Timeless Plastic Surgery, we have extensive experience performing rhinoplasties to address both cosmetic issues of the nose and functional problems.

Cosmetic Correction

Rhinoplasty is typically performed to alter a cosmetic deformity of the nose. This deformity can either be naturally occurring or the result of an injury. It is advised that patients be at least 16 years of age before undergoing rhinoplasty to allow for complete facial growth prior to surgery. Patients seeking rhinoplasty often desire to correct one or more of the following:

  • A wide bridge
  • A drooping or upturned tip
  • A hump or indentation in the bridge
  • The sloping angle of the nose
  • The shape or size of the nostrils

Rhinoplasty can be performed using one of two techniques. The incisions are made inside the nose when utilizing a closed technique, which prevents visible scarring. However, depending on the nature of your correction, an open technique may be necessary. If this is the case, a small incision is made at the base of the tissue that separates the nostrils.

Function Correction

The alternative reason people seek out rhinoplasty is to correct a deformity that affects the function of their nose. This often occurs in the form of a deviated septum. The septum is an internal structure of the nose made of cartilage that separates the nasal passageways. In some patients, this structure becomes crooked and may block one or both nasal passages. If this occurs, it can greatly affect one’s ability to breathe. A septoplasty can be performed
to straighten the septum and restore normal breathing function.

Combining

In anatomy, there is a saying that form follows function. This is why functional issues often result in cosmetic deformities. Combining rhinoplasty and septoplasty procedures kills two birds with one stone. You gain a nose that enhances your beauty as well as a nose that functions as it should. In the end, combining the procedures will also save you money and recovery time.

If you are seeking to correct a cosmetic or functional deformity of the nose, schedule your consultation at Timeless Plastic Surgery today. Contact our office by calling (281) 242-8463 (TIME), or fill out our online contact form here form more information.