The nose has a prominent place on the face. Therefore, if it is bumpy, crooked, too big or too small, the nose can make a person feel self-conscious about his or her appearance. For this reason, thousands of people every year elect to enhance their looks by having nose surgery; it is the second most popular cosmetic procedure performed. While electing to have rhinoplasty surgery to change a person’s looks is a great reason to undergo this procedure, there are several medical reasons for someone to have a nose job, such as breathing issues, deformities and reconstruction.
People who have chronic sinus infections, nosebleeds, loud breathing, snoring or sleep apnea may have a deviated septum. A deviated septum is a condition where the bone and cartilage that divides the nasal cavity of the nose in half is off-center, which makes breathing difficult. It is estimated that 80% of men or women have some misalignment to their nasal septum without even knowing it. In severe cases, though, the offset can cause breathing problems. Sometimes medication can treat these issues, but other times, nasal surgery is required.
Rhinoplasty is a simple fix for birth defects such as cleft lip or cleft palate. This surgery can also correct a crooked nose that hasn’t healed properly after being broken. Cosmetic rhinoplasty is an ancient art that has become a safe and effective modern procedure that can change a person’s appearance which can hugely impact their confidence, self-esteem, and quality of life.
Sometimes rhinoplasty surgery is performed to reconstruct the nose due to an injury. Sports injuries immediately come to mind—catching a softball in the face, taking a nose-dive off a bicycle or a hockey puck to the nose—just to name a few. Maybe a person suffers a broken nose from the air bags deploying in a car accident, or bumping into a door, or simply tripping and falling on their face while walking. Accidents are going to happen and having nose surgery can fix broken noses in a snap.
Having a nose job sounds very involved and even scary for some people, but it is a fairly straightforward procedure. For vanity, or for a medical necessity, having rhinoplasty surgery can drastically improve a person’s quality of life. If you have any of these issues, consulting a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty is the first step to putting a new nose on your face.