Rhinoplasty (RIE-no-plus-tee) is surgery that changes the shape of the nose. The motivation for rhinoplasty may be to change the appearance of the nose, improve breathing, or both.

The upper portion of the structure of the nose is bone, and the lower portion is cartilage. Rhinoplasty can change bone, cartilage, skin, or all three. Talk with your surgeon about whether rhinoplasty is appropriate for you and what it can achieve.

When planning rhinoplasty, your surgeon will consider your other facial features, the skin on your nose and what you would like to change. If you’re a candidate for surgery, your surgeon will develop a customized plan for you.

Sometimes part or all of a rhinoplasty is covered by insurance.

Undergoing nose surgery requires that you are a healthy individual both mentally and physically. The best candidates for nose surgery fall into three categories:

  • Appearance — Most people, both men, and women, opt to have nose surgery to change the look of their nose. These are the most common reasons:
    • Your nose appears too large for your face
    • There is a bump on the nasal bridge when viewed in profile
    • Your nose seems too wide when viewed from the front
    • The nasal tip droops or plunges
    • The tip is thickened or enlarged
    • Your nostrils are excessively flared
    • Your nose is off-center or crooked
    • The previous injury has made your nose asymmetrical
    • In these types of cases, patients generally feel increased self-confidence after having their surgery.
  • Injury — Sports injuries, car wrecks, and other trauma — can all leave your nose disfigured. Vobe Clinic will work with you to restore your nose to its pre-injury condition.
  • Breathing — Individuals with constricted nasal passages find that rhinoplasty or septoplasty increases the ease of breathing through the nose.

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