Rhinoplasty – the cosmetic surgery commonly known as a “nose job” can deal with a number of different aspects regarding your nose. Your surgeon can change the width of your nose, reduce the hump of the nose, and fix a crooked nose, and finally, there’s the tip of the nose.
The surgery can be customized depending on what results are sought, so it’s important to have a clear conversation with your doctor about what you’re looking for and what can realistically be achieved. It’s helpful to bring pictures of noses that you like, but you should keep in mind that a nose that looks good on someone else won’t necessarily fit your face. An in-depth conversation about the specific maneuvers that the surgeon will use and what can be accomplished is essential at your consultation.
There are two different methods of performing a rhinoplasty procedure: open and closed. Open rhinoplasty exposes the nasal bone and cartilage structure of the nose by peeling back the skin of the nose. Closed rhinoplasty is done more by a surgeon’s feel, and the skin is not removed from the cartilage and bones. Rather, a small incision is made inside your nostrils, and modifications are made through this incision.
Whether you have an open or closed procedure depends on the extent of the surgery you need to make the changes you want. If you want extensive changes, your doctor will probably do an open rhinoplasty. However, if you just want a little work done on the tip, you will probably have a closed rhinoplasty. The incisions for a rhinoplasty are generally well hidden at the bottom of your nose and inside your nostrils.
Learn more about what to expect from a rhinoplasty procedure in my book, “Making the Cut” available for purchase on Amazon.