When it comes to the nose, form follows function. However, the nose plays a cosmetic role as well. Located in the center of the face, it leads the eye naturally to the parts of our face they are considered beautiful and alluring, such as the eyes and the lips. However, if the nose is crooked or overly large for the face, it can distract from these features and call too much attention to itself. In addition, these noses are often functionally compromised as well.
Rhinoplasty, sometimes known as Septorhinoplasty, is a surgery that alters the shape of the nose and often improves the function of the nose. Some patients desire a smaller nose, a hump removed, smaller nostrils, or a decreased width in the nasal tip. Each person has a different nose and different desires that shape a successful outcome, and therefore rhinoplasty is one of the most individualized surgeries.
As physicians trained not only in facial aesthetic surgery but also nasal and sinus surgery, we are in the unique position of being able to treat both the cosmetic and functional issues of the nose. We understand the support structure and the dynamic nature of the nose and the resulting changes that can occur over time.
Many of our patients require surgery to repair a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, or nasal valve compromise. These surgeries are functional only, and may be covered by many medical insurances. Some patients also choose to discuss cosmetic changes that can be performed at the same time of the surgery.
The type of surgery to be performed is a result of an in-depth discussion between you and your surgeon. Photographs are taken, the nose is closely examined externally and internally. We may ask you to return for a second complimentary consultation to review your decision. We do not currently use imaging to depict what your nose will look like. The nose is a highly complex three-dimensional structure and we feel the relatively easy manipulation of a two-dimensional photo cannot provide an accurate depiction of the end result. Satisfied patients are in good health, do not smoke, and have reasonable expectations of the changes that can be made to their nose.
If you are having difficulty breathing through your nose, suffer from sinus infections or sinus headaches, snore, or are not satisfied with the way your nose appears, we invite you to make an appointment with one of our physicians to discuss whether rhinoplasty or a combination of rhinoplasty with functional nasal surgery is an appropriate option for you.