When people think about rhinoplasty (commonly referred to as a “nose job”), many assume that those who undergo the surgery do so only because their nose is simply too large. But while the size of your nose may be a target of the procedure, there are numerous reasons why it might be an appropriate choice.
In the first instance, a common reason for having a nose job is to change the size of a person’s nose in relation to his or her other facial features, with the goal of achieving facial balance. The procedure, however, can also be utilized to affect numerous other aspects of your nose. Rhinoplasty can change:
- The width of your nose at the bridge;
- The position or size of your nostrils;
- The profile of your nose, including eliminating visible bumps or depressions;
- The tip of your nose. Common complaints of those considering rhinoplasty include a bulbous tip, or a nose that is hooked or drooping;
- Nostrils that are upturned or that appear too wide; and
- Asymmetry of the nose, caused by crooked nasal bones and other factors.
So far, we’ve discussed the cosmetic reasons for rhinoplasty. But another common reason why people opt for this surgery is to correct breathing which is impaired due to structural defects in the nose. And one of the most common causes of nasal breathing impairment is a deviated septum. The condition occurs when the thin wall separating your nostrils (the septum) is “deviated”, making one passage smaller than the other. In these cases, rhinoplasty can correct the nasal structure, and lessen or alleviate the breathing impairment.
If you are dissatisfied with the asymmetry or another aspect of your nose, or if you suffer from a related breathing impairment, speak to a cosmetic surgeon. You may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty if your facial growth is complete, you are in generally good health, and you are not a smoker. As with other cosmetic surgery, the best candidates have realistic goals about the outcome of the procedure. Remember that everyone’s face is, to some degree, asymmetrical. The goal of the procedure is to correct any noticeable imbalance, and not to provide “perfect” symmetry.