A nose job is an everyday occurrence now. Open a magazine, and gracing the pages there will be at least a couple of celebrities who have had their noses ‘done’ in an effort to look better. For some, it’s almost as natural as changing their hairstyles. But the truth about nose jobs are not that well-known and there is a lot of information that you must process before you decide to go ahead with a nose job.

What does a nose job entail?

Though nose job is how we know it, the proper term for the surgery is Rhinoplasty, also known as nose reshaping. Sometimes, a medical condition may prompt a doctor to advise a person to reshape their nose. For example, if one has difficulty in breathing, there is an obstruction in the nose, or if an accident disfigures the nose. However, many people prefer to go ahead with the operation for purely cosmetic reasons.

Given below is a list that includes most of the common reasons for people to consider nose reshaping:

* The nose being too large or prominent
   * A distinct deformation of the nasal bridge
   * A long nose that corrupts an otherwise normal profile
   * The nose being too wide for the face
   * A drooping tip or thick nasal bridge
   * Excessive flaring of the nostrils
   * A crooked nasal bridge

Often, aging also affects the contour of the nose. In older people, the support structure of the nasal bridge loses its firmness and causes the nose to lose the shape and form it originally had. The nose may appear bulbous and have a prominent droop at the tip.

With advancement in surgical techniques, a cosmetic surgeon has several options at his disposal to decide how to change the shape of a patient’s nose. Earlier, procedures were limited to shortening or increasing the length of the tip of the nose.

For different faces, different procedures and distinct reshaping techniques are required to produce the best results that make the face more attractive.

In the present surgical age, advanced procedures have made it possible to obtain a natural result after surgery. A decade or two ago, a nose job made the cosmetic surgery very evident.

Consequences of Rhinoplasty

A nose reshaping procedure generally requires a person to be placed under general anesthesia. An incision is made inside the edge of the nostrils, or on the tip of the nose, to reduce the size of the nostrils.

There is a procedure known as Open Rhinoplasty where the incision is made at the bottom of the nose to facilitate separation of tissues from the support structure. This procedure is carried out in cases where the bone and cartilage within the nose need reshaping.

For a size reduction, the surgeon intentionally causes a fracture in the nasal bones. Subsequently he can reset them in a more favorable and compact position so that the nose appears smaller than it was.

In case of enlargement procedures, cartilage is borrowed from other areas on the patients body and grafted on to the nasal structure. The donor areas include the nose itself, the ear, ribs, and even the hipbone. The surgeon discusses such procedures in detail before the operation.

In such a case, the grafted tissue and skin arranges itself over the nasal bones to give the final shape.

When a patient has medical conditions that make breathing difficult, these issues are rectified by removing or correcting the obstructions within the nasal passage to free the airway. Different techniques involve different approaches to the surgery. Sometimes a splint is attached to the nasal bridge to prevent obstruction by grafted tissue and to protect the nose form injury.

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