noun An operation on the nose to change the appearance of the nose usually for cosmetic reasons.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to produce aesthetically pleasing changes in the outward appearance of the nose. A rhinoplasty may be designed to reduce or increase different parts of the nose, change the shape of the tip or bridge area, narrow the width of the nostrils, or change the angle between the nose and the upper lip. A “corrective” rhinoplasty is designed to improve the appearance of a nose affected by birth defects such as cleft lip or traumatic nasal injuries such as nasal fractures or burns. If parts of the nose are lost due to cancer or similar circumstances, the more appropriate terminology would then be nasal reconstruction. There is not a universal type of rhinoplasty surgery that will meet the needs of every patient. Rhinoplasty surgery is customized for each patient, depending on his or her needs.
The eyes and mouth are the communication centers of the face, and convey emotion, intellect and personality. Poets and songwriters do not write about noses! Eyes and lips maybe, but not noses. The nose must be in proportion and harmonize (but not compete) with the eyes and mouth. This I believe is a very important concept. Therefore, regardless of age, the nose is one of the more important cosmetic features of a person’s face only in the sense that the nose must be of a sufficiently “normal” size and proportion that it does not distract attention away from the eyes and mouth.
Teenagers, men and women who are dissatisfied with the shape or size of their noses can improve their appearance through a procedure called rhinoplasty.
Nasal reconstruction, (rhinoplasty), is one of the oldest cosmetic/reconstructive surgical procedures ever developed and is among those most frequently performed today. It has of course evolved from a reconstructive procedure using skin from the arm to replace a missing nose to modern era rhinoplasty which is a surgical procedure in which deformities of the nose are corrected by removing, rearranging augmenting or reshaping the bone or cartilage of the nose. The nose is three dimensional, and to harmonize with the face, must have proper width, symmetry, size and projection. If not, the nose then becomes a distraction, something we don’t want.
Typical reasons for rhinoplasty include improvement of angles and tip angularity, reduction of the width of the nose, or removal of humps on the bridge. These conditions may be the result of natural growth or external trauma to the face. Both profile and frontal face views can be altered through rhinoplasty. The surgery can be performed in conjunction with procedures designed to relieve nasal obstructions, or any of many other facial procedures. Rhinoplasty is usually not performed until a person has reached the mid-teenage years when growth is nearly complete. The exception would be correction of a cleft lip related nasal deformity.