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Top 4 Reasons for Rhinoplasty

Loeb Staff | July 15, 2021 | Posted in Rhinoplasty Surgery
Young lady before and after rhinoplasty. Reasons for Rhinoplasty

As the focal point of the face, the nose draws a great deal of attention. If you’re dissatisfied with its appearance, you might consider having a rhinoplasty, also called a nose job. Plastic surgeons often perform them purely for aesthetic purposes, although these procedures can also improve the function of the nose if the patient is having breathing problems.

To fix an abnormal bump on the nose

It’s not uncommon for a person to have a bump on the bridge of the nose. These are called “dorsal humps” or “dorsal bumps.” Caused by irregularities of bone or cartilage, dorsal bumps are most visible when the nose is viewed from the side. Some people are born with it, but it can also develop during puberty. In other cases, people develop a dorsal hump later in life due to physical trauma, such as a broken nose.

It does not usually interfere with the proper function of the nose. However, it can cause emotional distress and poor self-esteem. Removing the dorsal hump is one of the most common reasons people consider getting rhinoplasty. A plastic surgeon can remove any excess bone or cartilage and reshape the nose so that the bridge is uniform.

To correct a disproportionate nasal tip

Dissatisfaction with the tip of the nose is another common reason. Some people want to reduce the size of it– if it is bulbous or wide. This can be accomplished by reshaping the cartilage. A plastic surgeon can also correct a “tension tip,” which is defined as a protruding nasal tip paired with a high nasal bridge.

Two other common issues with the nasal tip are over-projection and under-projection. These terms refer to the degree to which the nasal tip protrudes from the face. For instance, if you look at a person from the side, you can easily see how far their nasal tip extends out from the face.

An over-projected tip extends outward a great deal, whereas an under-projected tip does not extend outward enough—it looks flattened. With the former issue, the plastic surgeon can remove excess cartilage. For the latter problem, the plastic surgeon can perform a cartilage graft to add greater projection.

To restore a broken nose

Often, people who decide to have a rhinoplasty are dissatisfied with the noses they were born with. But in other cases, the nose sustained physical trauma and became misshapen. A plastic surgeon can repair the damage caused by a fracture by realigning or repositioning the nasal bones.

To correct breathing problems

Unlike purely aesthetic plastic surgeries, rhinoplasty can have functional purposes as well. If you have breathing problems, you may opt for a rhinoplasty to restore normal breathing by fixing a deviated septum, repairing collapsed nostrils, or removing nasal polyps. A plastic surgeon can effectively correct the nasal airways to improve patients’ quality of life and overall health.

Consult Dr. Loeb about having a rhinoplasty in NYC

Regardless of your reasons for having a rhinoplasty, the most important consideration is the plastic surgeon you choose. It is one of the most difficult of all plastic surgeries, and it’s crucial to choose a surgeon who has a superb sense of aesthetics and finely tuned technical skills.

In New York City, patients choose Dr. Loeb because of his board certification, years of experience, and longstanding track record of satisfied patients. Call 212-327-3700 to request a confidential consultation with Dr. Loeb.

Additional resources on rhinoplasties:

  1. Healthline, Rhinoplasty,
  2. Mayo Clinic, Rhinoplasty,
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