Cosmetic Surgery Rhinoplasty Nose Procedure Benefits

Nose surgery, known in the medical community as rhinoplasty, is one of the five most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States. Nose surgery can be done for cosmetic or medical purposes.

Benefits of Cosmetic Nose Surgery

Cosmetic nose surgery can have a number of benefits. Though the results can take quite awhile to be fully evident, the swelling after surgery will eventually go down to reveal a new look.

Many people feel self-conscious about the shape or size of their nose, which nose surgery can alter completely. Therefore, nose surgery can boost self-esteem and self-confidence.

Facial symmetry can also be corrected. In some people, the face is unequally divided by the nose, either because the nose is malformed or because it curves toward one side of the face. Nose surgery can correct birth defects or simply improve the balance of facial symmetry.

Nose surgery can correct or alter virtually any aspect of the nose, including the following:

  • Nose surgery can alter the angle of the nose to the face.
  • Nose surgery can alter the tip of the nose.
  • Nose surgery can increase or decrease the size of the nose.
  • Nose surgery can increase or decrease the size of the nostrils.
  • Nose surgery can lengthen or shorten the nose.
  • Nose surgery can smooth out any curves or bumps on the nose.
  • Nose surgery can widen or shrink the width of the nose.

After having nose surgery, many people feel more confident and see a difference in the way others look at them, especially if a defect is corrected.

Benefits of Medical Nose Surgery

While cosmetic nose surgery is a very popular procedure, not all nose surgery procedures are done for aesthetic reasons. In some cases, nose surgery can help people with breathing problems.

Many people are born with deviated septums. The nasal septum is the wall inside the nasal cavity of the nose that separates the right nostril from the left nostril. In most people, this wall is in the center of the nose and bisects the two nostrils evenly. However, in some people, the septum is not in the middle of the nasal cavity. This is called a deviated septum.

For some, deviated septums do not cause any problems. However, for people who have a septum that is situated drastically to one side, breathing problems can occur. A deviated septum can also cause:

  • frequent nasal congestion
  • frequent nosebleeds
  • frequent sinus infections.

Some deviated septums are present at birth, while others are the result of an injury. Medications such as decongestants, antihistamines and nasal sprays can alleviate symptoms of a deviated septum in some cases, but surgery is necessary to correct the condition. Nose surgery on the nasal septum is called septology.

Nose surgery on a deviated septum does not change the outer appearance of the nose. During the procedure, the septum is simply moved to the middle of the nose. This may require some cutting and repairing of the septum. Because this surgery is done only on the inside of the nose, swelling and bruising generally does not occur, as it does with most other types of nose surgery. This often means a quicker recovery time. Septology can make a person breathe easier for a lifetime.


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