What are the benefits of a rhinoplasty?

In short, there are many benefits of rhinoplasty.  These benefits can be either aesthetic or functional, or often both. 

The nose is a central feature of the face. It is often a signifier of ethnicity and heritage and contributes greatly to our sense of identity.  It also serves a critical role as the opening to the airway, and as a special sensory organ allowing us to smell.  It gives us the ability to run a marathon, get a good night’s sleep, or smell delicious cookies baking in the oven. 

Various issues with the nose can occur, sometimes with significant impact on our daily quality of life. These can include aesthetic problems that reduce or diminish our sense of identity or serve to distract others from meeting our eyes in conversation, leaving us with a lingering feeling of self-consciousness.  Breathing issues can present in various forms, from snoring at night that disrupts our or our significant other’s sleep, to impairment during athletic activity or even daily life.  Traumas can disfigure our nose and lead to breathing problems and anxiety over an altered appearance, which often serves as a constant reminder of an unpleasant experience from which we would rather move on.  

Rhinoplasty surgery can address all these issues if done correctly.  Common changes performed during rhinoplasty include reducing a hump on the bridge, narrowing the bridge of the nose, refining the nasal tip, and rotating the nasal tip to a more aesthetically pleasing position.  Functional changes that can be accomplished in a rhinoplasty surgery include correcting a deviated septum and repairing the nasal valves.   Modern rhinoplasty surgeons are highly attuned to natural looking, ethnically appropriate, individually tailored results that do not compromise breathing.  Innovations in the field of rhinoplasty surgery have allowed more and more patients to experience the benefits of rhinoplasty without the problems of years past. 

The benefits of rhinoplasty can be significant and in fact life changing.  Whether rhinoplasty is right for you should be determined in consultation with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. 

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