Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job,” is surgery to change the shape of your nose by modifying the bone or cartilage. The motivation for rhinoplasty can be to change the appearance of the nose, improve breathing or both. Birth defects and injuries are the most common reason for a crooked nose. Rhinoplasty aims to straighten your nose by reshaping the wall between your nasal passages and make it more contoured facial appearance. Rhinoplasty also fix other problems such as arched or long nose, low nose tip, large and uneven nostrils.

What Age is Appropriate for Rhinoplasty?

Having a rhinoplasty depends on the full formation of the nose rather than the age of the patient. It is not recommended to perform rhinoplasty until the facial growth is completed. Generally, the nose reaches its adult size between the ages of 18-20.

How Is Rhinoplasty Surgery Performed?

Rhinoplasty can be surgically done in two ways, open rhinoplasty, and closed rhinoplasty.

Open (External) Rhinoplasty: in this method, the process applied on cartilage tissue and nasal bone are almost the same as the closed rhinoplasty method. Unlike closed rhinoplasty, a small incision is made between the nostrils to provide an in-depth view of nose structures. This method is especially preferred for people who have an advanced deformity and who have gone through a rhinoplasty operation before. The advantage of open rhinoplasty it allows better visualization, its disadvantage is that the recovery time will be a little longer.

Closed Rhinoplasty: In this method, incisions are made inside the nostril. Although the process applied on the nasal bones is the same as open rhinoplasty, it provides limited access to the nose and visibility into nose structures. However, it may be preferred because it has no risk of external scarring due to doing the stitches inside the nose, the healing process is partially faster.