The nose is one of the most important features of the face. Indeed in Hindi, the phrase ‘to have one’s nose cut off’ means to lose your dignity. Noses can come in all shapes and sizes, particularly in India with people from many races and walks of life. Most of us notice someone’s nose only when it is not in balance with their face, whether it’s too large, too wide, or misshapen. If you are dissatisfied with the shape or proportion of your nose, you are likely dissatisfied with your overall facial appearance.
Rhinoplasty or nose job is the name of the surgery used to aesthetically improve the features of the nose. Rhinoplasty is regarded as one of the more difficult cosmetic surgeries. It is important that the operating surgeon be well trained. With good planning and technique, pleasing results can be attained in nearly all cases.
There are basically three types of rhinoplasty procedures for patients
These are patients who have no functional problems and are looking to improve the look of their nose. This can involve any of the following:
- Reduce or increase the height of the nose
- Narrow or broaden the dorsum
- Make tip sharper, more prominent
- Correct hanging tip
- Narrow base of nose
- Reduce nostril size
These are patients who have issues with their breathing. This can involve several reasons
• Repairing damage caused by an injury- an old fracture
• Deviated nasal septum
• Hypertrophied tubinates
• Septal spurs
These patients need to be evaluated properly and often need a CT scan previously to properly diagnose all problems
Often patients have had a rhinoplasty previously with another surgeon. And aren’t happy with the result or have been left with functional problems. These are challenging cases which need specialised treatment.
Good candidates are usually young adults above 18 (though good results can be attained in older age groups). It is best if the candidate has a clear idea of what they are looking for with realistic expectations and positive goals.