Rhinoplasty is commonly known as a ‘nose job’, is a delicate operation that changes the shape and size of the nose. It is one of the most common plastic refinement procedures carried out in the world.

Rhinoplasty is considered one of the most delicate and complex procedures to master, given the complex structure of the nose and the balance it provides to a face.

Rhinoplasty is frequently performed in combination with Septoplasty (called Septorhinoplasty) to correct a deviated nasal septum (the cartilage in the nose that separates the nostrils) causing a blocked nose and/or to harvest septal cartilage and use it as a graft to improve nasal support or shape.

The nose is at the very centre of the face and is the key to facial harmony and balance. Therefore, it has a great impact on how a person looks in addition to an all-important function, breathing.

It is a common misconception to think that the nose can be sculpted as if it was a piece of marble, or that one can choose a “perfect” celebrity nose from a magazine. In reality, a consultant must take account of the underlying nasal structure, which ultimately determines what is available to work with, what is possible and what is right for each patient. Therefore, rhinoplasty is about making improvements and not achieving perfection.

Many people feel their confidence and self-esteem is undermined because the shape of their nose detracts from their overall appearance.

Only you can know the impact of having a nose that you feel is not the right shape. If your nose is making you feel self-conscious and holding you back in life, it may be time to consider nasal refinement procedure.

Rhinoplasty is not a procedure that you must have but an operation that you wish to have to improve your nasal appearance and confidence. Therefore, it is paramount that you have a realistic expectation before proceeding with this facial refinement treatment. You must trust your consultant and feel comfortable and confident with your treatment plan.

LHCSC feel that an honest and confidential consultation is the key, and this should provide a clear treatment plan and understanding of the likelihood of achieving them. He will also discuss the option of having a non-invasive rhinoplasty treatment if appropriate. The use of manipulated (morphed) digital clinical photography provides a platform for discussion as to the patients’ desires and realistic expectations. Such images are not a guarantee of exact results, but a great tool to ensure that you and your doctor are on the same wavelength.

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