Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a “nose job,” is a popular option for patients unhappy with the size or shape of their nose. In addition to the procedure’s well-known cosmetic benefits, however, rhinoplasty has evolved to have much more versatile applications, such as to improve nasal function after a traumatic injury or illness or to help with breathing problems that affect sleep and the ability to exercise.
The goal of rhinoplasty is to revise the nose to the patient’s desired appearance and functionality, keeping in mind skin type and the entire face architecture. Our plastic surgeons combine the science and art of rhinoplasty to give patients effective, lasting results.
In general, candidates for rhinoplasty should be done growing. Facial growth in teens and young adults, for example, can affect the look and function of the nose over time. The exception would be paediatric patients who have a facial birth defect, such as cleft palate. Additionally, patients should be in good overall health and should not smoke because smoking can lead to poor blow flow and increase the risk of tissue damage. Rhinoplasty is possible for teens who understand the procedure and have full parental consent. Ideally, girls should be at least 15 or 16 years old before having a procedure; boys should be at least 17 or 18. If combined with a septoplasty (straightening of the septum), this procedure can improve not only a patient’s self-confidence but also breathing.
Prior to rhinoplasty, the surgeon should ensure the patient fully understands the procedure and its risks and benefits. While rhinoplasty is a safe procedure, it’s important that the surgery is done by an expert. The plastic surgeon can print models of the nose as it looks before surgery alongside the expected appearance after surgery. This is an educational tool and not a guarantee of the results. However, it can help patients and the plastic surgery team better communicate the goals of surgery. We’ve found that the ability to visualize the anticipated results also helps patients feel more comfortable about going into surgery. We also have the option to provide 3D print models that can show before and after results.