Rhinoplasty is the surgery that changes the shape of the nose. It is done to modify the appearance of the nose or to improve breathing. It should be known that the upper structure of the nose is bone whereas the lower part of the nose is the cartilage. Rhinoplasty tends to modify the skin, bone, and cartilage.
When a person plans rhinoplasty, the surgeon takes into account the features of the face, the skin and what would a person like to change. Sometimes part or all of this kind of surgery is covered by insurance.
This surgery can change the size, shape and proportion of the nose. It may also repair deformities from an injury or correct birth defects.
Just like many other surgeries rhinoplasty carries risks such as bleeding, infection and adverse effects of anesthesia. Other possible risks that are unique to rhinoplasty include the following:
• Recurring nosebleeds
• Hole in the septum
• Pain, discoloration or swelling that may persist
• Permanent numbness in or around nose
• Difficulty breathing through the nose
• Possibility of an uneven looking nose
Before the surgery of the nose is done it is imperative to meet a surgeon so that s/he knows the medical history of the patient, physical examination and discussion of the expectations can be made.