Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What is a Rhinoplasty?

What is a Rhinoplasty?

Many people are unaware that the medical terminology for a “nose job” is in fact, a rhinoplasty. Do not worry – you are not the only one.

A rhinoplasty procedure is the cosmetic reshaping of the structure of your nose. While some nasal procedures are for cosmetic reasons, others may need the procedure for breathing problems like a septoplasty. If you are interested in a rhinoplasty, it is important to note that they are only advised if your facial structure has been fully established. Therefore, nose jobs are only intended for those who are finished growing completely. Generally, in females this is about 16-years-old and for males, around 17-years-old.

Procedure Details

The procedure itself greatly depends on what is being done, which will determine the scope of work. This can range from an hour to an hour and a half.  Depending on the facial plastic surgeon, some work from the inside of the nose and makes their incisions within the nostrils. This is closed rhinoplasty.  However, if you have a complicated procedure, you may be the subject to an open surgery, meaning an incision may across the columella, as is known as open rhinoplasty.  Due to the complexity of these surgeries, you may wear a small splint to maintain the new shape of your nose.


After a rhinoplasty, your bone, skin and cartilage of your nose will be reshaped. The cartilage may be grafted from inside the nose in order to achieve a desired shape. This can change the size, angle, width, and narrow the bridge of the nose.

Talk to your Doctor

Most facial plastic surgeons use general anesthesia for the septoplasty and rhinoplasty. Look for a board certified anesthesiologist to perform your anesthesia.

If you are curious about a rhinoplasty, click here to see before and after photos of several surgeries. Seattle facial plastic surgeon Dr. William Portuese is well-known in his field, specializing in rhinoplasty procedures. Call The Seattle Rhinoplasty Center at (206) 624-6200 and set up your appointment today.

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