I have specialized in rhinoplasty in the Virginia Beach area for many years, and I can tell you with certainty that there is no such thing as the perfect nose. Attractive noses suit a person’s face, but they come in all different shapes and sizes. In the same vein, there is no single complaint across the wide swath of people who want to change the look of their noses. Some of the more common reasons a patient might choose rhinoplasty are to correct a crooked, humped, or wide nose.
- The crooked nose: The crooked nose could be inherited, the result of trauma, or even from a previous surgery. Often, the crooked nose is more than a cosmetic concern because it can cause breathing problems. With careful analysis, we can determine the issues causing the crookedness. A crooked septum is usually a major factor and can affect breathing as well as appearance. Symmetry and breathing are frequently improved through rhinoplasty.
- The humped nose: This type of nose is often inherited. The hump is made up of bone and cartilage. Contrary to what most people think, the nose doesn’t continue growing past adolescence. Instead, the fibrous connections to the tip begin to weaken, which creates changes in the dimensions of the nose. These changes become more pronounced as we age. To reduce this difference in size, the prominence of the nasal hump is taken down. To reduce the age-related lengthening of the nose, the tip is repositioned to a more youthful shape.
- The wide nose: A wide nose or one with a bulbous tip can either be caused by excessively wide cartilage or thick skin. If the skin is thin, the problem can be rectified by narrowing the cartilage for noticeable change. If not, extra measures are needed to narrow the tip, compensating for the thick skin.
There are many other reasons that motivate patients to seek rhinoplasty, and each is as unique as the individual. More than 20 years of experience have helped me come to recognize several major categories of nose concern in rhinoplasty patients. Please visit my specialized rhinoplasty website for more information and to view photographs of my actual patients, selected to help illustrate the most common concerns I encounter.