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What realistic changes can be made to the nose in a typical rhinoplasty?

The nose is the focal point of the face. A nose that synergizes with the rest of the facial features can create symmetry and a pleasing facial aesthetic, whereas a nose that is asymmetrical or out of proportion relative to the rest of the face can create disbalance.

One of the most effective techniques for aligning the nose with the rest of the face is a rhinoplasty.

Colloquially known as a ‘nose job’, a rhinoplasty is one of the five most popular aesthetic procedures in the U.S., with over 220,000 procedures being performed each year.

There are two primary elements for patients to take into consideration when looking to optimize their results from a rhinoplasty:

  • Selecting an expert facial reconstructive plastic surgeon to perform the procedure, and
  • Managing their own expectations for what the procedure can realistically do for them.

Here, Dr Derrick Gale of Gale Facial Plastics in Utah discusses the changes patients can realistically expect to see from a rhinoplasty procedure.

What can a rhinoplasty do?

Improve your breathing

Rhinoplasties are performed for either medical or aesthetic reasons. A medical rhinoplasty focuses on the internal structure of the nose and can fix health issues such as snoring and sleep apnea – and the procedure requires specialist expertise and training to perform.

Change the size and shape of your nose

An aesthetic rhinoplasty addresses the shape and size of the nose.

The most common aesthetic issues patients have with the appearance of their nose are the size of the nose tip, and the bridge of the nose, or the dorsal hump.

Bring your nose into better alignment with the remainder of your face

Aesthetic rhinoplasty can achieve incredible results for patients in manipulating the shape, size, contour and definition of the cartilage and bone of their nose.

An aesthetic rhinoplasty can smooth over a prominent nose bridge, enhance or reduce the appearance of the nose tip, pull the nose into greater symmetry and proportion to the rest of the face, and adjust the angle of the nose to better suit the rest of the faces’ features.  

What a rhinoplasty won’t do for you

The possibilities of a rhinoplasty surgery are bountiful. The surgery can significantly change almost all aspects of the nose, and even change birth defects or trauma incurred during an accident. A rhinoplasty can even be helped with the aid of dermal fillers and other aesthetician services.

Of course, the procedure can not provide you with an entirely new nose, and you must discuss the realistic outcomes with your rhinoplasty surgeon before committing to the procedure.

Rhinoplasty in Salt Lake City and Riverton, UT

Rhinoplasty can improve your appearance and your quality of life, sleep, and sense of confidence. Ensure you consult with experienced specialists when considering your rhinoplasty options. Reach out to Dr Gale at the Ear Nose and Throat Center of Utah on 801 758 0428 or fill in his online form to arrange your appointment now.

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