Reasons to Consider Having Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is one of the oldest and best-known cosmetic procedures. The fact that it has been around for so long is perhaps just one reason for its widespread acceptance. And it’s not just about aesthetics either. Nose surgery can often be required to alleviate breathing issues and other health problems. Below are the main reasons why you might consider having rhinoplasty.
So what exactly is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is designed to repair or modify the size or shape of the nose including the bridge, nostrils and tip. In some instances (such as a severely broken nose or in secondary rhinoplasties where too much tissue was removed by previous surgeons), cartilage and or bone may be grafted from other parts of the body, including the ear and the olecranon or elbow area. Surgery is usually performed with a light general anaesthetic.
Why have it?
Nose plastic surgery is commonly used for both medical and aesthetic reasons. People may require or choose nose surgery to fix a broken nose, clear a nasal obstruction, alleviate structural problems, or reshape a nose they are unhappy with.
And the benefits?
For those considering rhinoplasty, there are a few main benefits.
- Appearance – many people who opt for rhinoplasty do so because they are unhappy with the shape of their nose. A successful nose operation isn’t about acquiring perfection, it’s designed to modify your nose shape to one you are happy with and that best suits your face. A misshapen or prominent nose may also detract from your other features. Some find that after rhinoplasty, people are much more likely to notice other positive qualities including eyes, smile and cheekbones. Successful rhinoplasty should leave a person feeling much better about their appearance.
- Self-Confidence – feeling better about your appearance can boost self-esteem, and leave you feeling happier and more confident all round.
- Breathing – rhinoplasty may be used to treat obstructed airways that are causing breathing issues. The most common cause is a twisted or deviated septum which is the tissue that separates the nostrils. Symptoms of an obstructed airway include nasal congestion, dry mouth, tendency to breathe through the mouth and a reduced sense of smell. Nosebleeds, regular sinus infections and headaches may also result from blocked airways. Nose surgery may help clear a blockage and promote regular breathing. An effective nose surgery might both improve the appearance of the nose, and breathing.
- General Health – a blocked airway that is affecting breathing may also be linked to sleep issues. One form of sleep apnoea for instance occurs when airway blockages cause normal breathing to stop for a few moments at regular intervals throughout the night, resulted in interrupted sleep cycles. Rhinoplasty might assist in some cases by reshaping the nasal cartilage to clear blockages and promote regular breathing. And we all know that good sleep is vital for good health.
The next step
It’s a good idea to speak to a qualified and trusted cosmetic plastic surgeon if you are unhappy with the look or function of your nose. The right surgeon will be able to provide you with all the facts. And do ask about computer imaging, as this can be a valuable tool in helping you see the potential outcome, and decide if rhinoplasty is for you.