There is no single structure that can be more readily noticed that one’s nose. I’m sure practically everyone has looked in the mirror and thought about altering their current shape. For some people, they are freaked out by the thought of looking “different” and yet others want a drastic change.
Rhinoplasty is the procedure that we perform to reshape the nose and make it more proportionate with the rest of the face. For some it is removing a large hump and for others it is refining the tip to be less bulbous and more defined. It requires a careful analysis of the overall structure and how the current proportions relate to the rest of your face. I tell patients that it is not “Mr. Potato Head” surgery. You can’t just take an existing nose and make it look like some celebrity of the month photo. Most of the time we are addressing several subtle things that when added up give the patient the nose they have always wanted.
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient. Depending on how involved things are, it can take anywhere from 1-3 hours. The procedure is often combined with functional problems that can affect breathing. Addressing a crooked nose typically reveals a deviated septum that can also be corrected. The finished product is one that is more attractive and proportionate as well as one that allows much improved breathing.