No two patients are alike. The same goes for their noses, the results they desire, and their motivations for rhinoplasty surgery. Reasons that patients seek rhinoplasty surgery can vary greatly, from a simple cosmetic concern to a major functional problem. If you’re considering rhinoplasty surgery for yourself, you’ve likely considered your own reasons and weighed the pros and cons. Maybe your own motivation ranks as one of the eight most popular reasons men and women give for seeking rhinoplasty surgery.
#1 – A Problem with Symmetry
A crooked nose is hard to miss, especially if it’s your own. Many patients cite their crooked nose as the compelling factor behind their choice for rhinoplasty surgery. Because facial symmetry is something we all instinctively look for in the faces of others, an asymmetry like a crooked nose is blatantly obvious. These can include noses that are off center, have a crooked bridge, or uneven nostrils. Slight corrections that restore symmetry to the nose, and therefore to the face, can make a dramatic impact overall. Patients with asymmetrical nasal features are amazed at how much the corrections can balance their entire face and let their other facial features stand out for once.
#2 – You Hate Your Nose and Always Have
Some people just can’t make peace with certain body parts and the nose is a popular target. Because it is the central part of your face, where most eyes land when they look at you, a nose can make a person very self-conscious in pictures, videos, out in public, and at work. Many patients walk in hating their noses, a hatred that extends all the way back to their childhoods. After all that time, it becomes very hard to ignore it and find a way to co-exist. Most of these patients also have a specific characteristic of their nose that they want to fix, if not more. Consult with a facial plastic surgeon to get to the real problem you might have with your nose so you can guarantee your best results.
#3 – You Have a Deviated Septum
The septum is a flap of cartilage beneath the bridge of the nose that separates the nostrils. Some prospective patients are born with a deviated septum, one that is slightly tilted one way or the other. Others might have suffered some form of nasal injury that shifted the position of the septum out of balance. Regardless of how it happened, fixing a deviated septum is a job for a credentialed facial plastic surgeon to perform. When the septum is deviated, it can affect your breathing and even block one nostril completely. Sinus troubles, snoring, and other breathing-related issues can result if a deviated septum is not corrected.
#4 – You Have Trouble Breathing
Beyond a deviated septum, there are many other conditions that can lead to difficulty breathing. This is, of course, a vital part of human life so resolving any breathing troubles is essential. Other conditions such as enlarged turbinates, nasal collapse, sleep apnea, nasal polyps, and other troubles can greatly impair a patient’s ability to breath. Removing nasal blockages can make a huge difference for any patient who has been struggling to breathe.
#5 – The Shape of Your Nose
Some people are born with noses they don’t like, whether it’s the shape or size of the nose or something totally different. Rhinoplasty surgery can be used to change the shape of a patient’s nose into the desired results, whether that means reshaping the bridge, widening or narrowing the nostrils, or changing the tip of the nose. Reshaping the nose can give the entire face a new look.
#6–The Size of Your Nose
Would you rather have a big nose on a small face or a small nose on a big face? Most rhinoplasty patients would prefer to choose option three: a well-proportioned nose on the appropriate face. By seeking rhinoplasty, you can work with your facial plastic surgeon to create the changes you want most and achieve the surgical results you have been wanting. Size-based changes to the nose can include reshaping to make a nose smaller or bigger. Adding or removing even a small amount of tissue can make an enormous difference in a patient’s appearance.
#7 – Past or Current Nasal Injury
Nasal injuries can happen to almost anyone, but taking proper action can make the difference between lasting damage or a complete recovery. Trauma to the nose can cause broken bones, damaged cartilage, and internal injuries as well. A reconstructive rhinoplasty offers you the chance to recreate the nose you had before sustaining trauma or designing something close by slightly different. Bring a photograph of yourself pre-injury to help your facial plastic surgeon design the right surgical approach for you.
#8 – Realistic Expectations
If you’re entering into the rhinoplasty process with a realistic goal and expectation from your surgery, you will most likely be pleased with your results. Aiming for the “perfect” nose is impractical and wastes time—after all, there is no such thing as a perfect nose. Rather, keeping a level head and looking for improvement over perfection is a great way to enter into your consultation, day of surgery, and early recovery period. Good candidates for rhinoplasty must possess a realistic set of expectations for their procedure and what can be achieved. If you’re looking for a rhinoplasty to improve upon the nose you already have, rather than create a perfect one from thin air, then you’re already on the right track.
Make the Choice for Rhinoplasty Today
Dr. ShervinNaderi, MD, FACS is a facial plastic surgeon located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure and want to consult with an experienced Washington, D.C.-area facial plastic surgeon, call the theNaderi Center for Rhinoplasty& Cosmetic Surgery.
For the convenience of his patients he has two office locations, one in Herndon, VA (703 481-0002) and the other in Chevy Chase, MD (301 222-2020). Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The doctor can also be reached by email by clicking here.