Nose Reshaping Explained

Women and men frequent my Marietta plastic surgery practice with questions concerning facial sculpting procedures that can balance their facial features. I often recommend nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) for people with this concern, and also express the potential for this popular procedure to fulfill functional purposes.

The first step in a nose reshaping procedure is making incisions based on a person’s needs and goals. The two primary methods are:

  • Closed Rhinoplasty: Incisions are hidden interior of the nose, preventing any scarring on the outside of the nose.
  • Open Rhinoplasty: Incisions are made on the outside of the nose, including the strip of tissue that separates a person’s nostrils (columella), and the natural nose creases.

Once the incisions are made, surgeons will either reduce the nose structure through removal of cartilage, or augment the nasal structure by adding cartilage from other areas of the body. During this phase, surgeons can also improve a person’s breathing through correcting problems such as a deviated septum.

Doctors will complete the procedure by closing the incisions, and placing internal nose support to assist a person in breathing during recovery. Swelling will subside within a few weeks, and people should begin to see changes in their nose and facial appearance that will continue to emerge over a year.

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