What is a nose job exactly?

A Nose job is the surgical reshaping of the nose. The medical name for a nose job is 'rhinoplasty.' During a nose job, the cartilage and bone in the nose are reshaped, giving the nose a new appearance. More than 300,000 patients undergo this plastic surgery procedure every year, making it one of the most frequently performed types of facial surgery. Nose job results can be dramatic or subtle, depending on the wishes of the patient.

Aesthetic and structural

Rhinoplasty is performed for a variety of reasons to correct both aesthetic and structural issues. Sometimes, the procedure is performed to treat medical conditions such as a deviated septum (a common cause of sleep apnea and other breathing problems) or to repair cosmetic or structural damage due to a birth defect, accident, or injury.

In other cases, nose jobs are performed solely for cosmetic reasons. These patients often feel that their nose is not shaped “just right” for their face. They might feel that it is too wide or too thin, or want to shape the tip or remove a bump. Nose job surgery can completely reshape the nose or focus on a specific aspect, such as the bridge or tip. Because the nose is such a central feature on the face, slight changes in its appearance can significantly change the facial appearance.

Once the surgeon has created an incision inside the nostrils, the dorsal bone is re-set. Both the size and shape of the nose can be adjusted during a nose job through the removal of bone or cartilage, or the adding of donor or synthetic tissue. Often, subtle changes in the underlying structure of the nose are able to produce dramatic visible results. Most nose jobs take about one to three hours to perform, followed by several weeks of recovery time.

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