A rhinoplasty is a very specific procedure that only addresses the structure and shape of the nose. While it can be combined with other procedures such as facial implants or other facial surgeries, a rhinoplasty alone does not interfere with other parts of your face. If you have other concerns as well, talk to your surgeon about your best options.
That being said, a rhinoplasty can drastically change your look. Facial symmetry centers around the nose, and working with a plastic surgeon to create a new nose that complements your other features can give your whole face a better sense of balance. Even small adjustments like narrowing the bridge or removing a bump can change the way you and others perceive your appearance.
However, we often caution our clients to remember that the perfect nose for your face may be different than the nose you imagine. It is a common misconception that a rhinoplasty can simply reconstruct your favorite nose shape or the nose of a famous person. While it may be technically possible to imitate these noses, your results will be better if your surgeon creates a completely original nose for you that is designed perfectly for your face. Some of the aspects of your nose that a rhinoplasty can change include:
- Bumps, protrusions or humps on the bridge of the nose
- Nostril shape and size
- A deviated septum
- A bulbous or otherwise large tip
- Visual width and length
A rhinoplasty or septoplasty may also be right for you if you have difficulties breathing through your nose due to a deviated septum or severe allergies. During a rhinoplasty, your surgeon can center your septum to maximize airflow through each side of your nose. In the case of severe allergies, nasal filtration structures called turbinates can swell and block the passage of air — these can be reduced in size during a rhinoplasty.