Nose surgery or rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a prominent, unusual, asymmetric or irregular nose. Rhinoplasty also can be used to correct an undesirable nasal tip or to reshape the span of the nostrils.
The University of Michigan is a nationally recognized leader in reconstructive surgery. Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons and medical specialists guides our patients through every step of the rhinoplasty process to ensure the best results possible.
Is rhinoplasty right for you?
This surgery can help with your self-image if you are self-conscious about your nose. There are also many medical reasons for having a rhinoplasty, including complications stemming from a broken nose, recurring sinus infections, a deviated septum or major snoring problems.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures.
Rhinoplasty is best for patients who are otherwise in good health without active diseases or serious, pre-existing medical conditions. In general, rhinoplasty should not take place until after the nose approaches adult size. Usually, this is after age 14 for girls and 15 for boys, because boys tend to have their growth spurt later than girls. Not every teenager who dislikes his or her appearance is a good candidate for rhinoplasty. Many teens will outgrow their dissatisfaction with their nose. Roughly 10 percent of all rhinoplasties are performed in people younger than 19.
In adults, the aging process causes skin to lose its elasticity, resulting in the nose becoming longer and drooping. Surgery to elevate the nasal tip may give the patient a younger look.
About the Procedure
There are two typical rhinoplasty techniques:
- Open rhinoplasty – In the open technique, an incision is made in the skin between the two nostrils (the columella). This technique allows the surgeon to see the internal structures of the nose and reconstruct precisely. The disadvantage is that it will take longer to heal. The scar from the procedure is most often quite small and will fade rapidly.
- Closed rhinoplasty – Closed rhinoplasty does not require an external incision. This does not disturb the tissues as much as the open technique and the patient will heal more quickly.
Your procedure will be based your anatomy and desired results, which will be discussed during your initial consultation.
Options to Enhance the Procedure
Some patients who want a rhinoplasty may also want to alter the shape of their chins or cheekbones. In these cases, your surgeon may recommend implants as a part of the operative plan during your initial consultation. View all of our facial surgeries.
Call us for a private consultation with a surgeon who specializes in nose surgery. Together, you can discuss your expectations and the possibilities. You will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and the results you'd like to achieve. Your surgeon will work with you to reach an understanding about what you can expect from this procedure and the long-term benefits. Every patient is different, and your surgeon will choose the surgical technique and treatment plan that is right for you.
We conduct your consultation and all pre-operative and post-operative visits at Domino’s Farms where our patients enjoy personalized care in a private office atmosphere.