Nose surgery or rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that produces changes in the appearance, structure, and function of the nose. A rhinoplasty can:

  • reduce or increase the size of the nose
  • change the shape of the tip
  • narrow the width of the nostrils
  • change the angle between the nose and the upper lip

Rhinoplasty surgery is customized for each patient, depending on his or her needs. Incisions may be made within the nose or concealed in inconspicuous locations in and around the nose in the open or closed rhinoplasty procedure.

At times, cartilage grafts taken from within the nose or from other areas of the body may be recommended in order to help reshape the structure of the nose.

The best candidates for this type of surgery are individuals who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the appearance of their nose.

In addition to realistic expectations, good health and psychological stability are important qualities for a patient considering rhinoplasty surgery. Rhinoplasty can be performed in conjunction with other surgeries.

Alternative treatments

Alternative forms of management consist of not undergoing the rhinoplasty surgery. Certain internal nasal airway disorders may not require surgery on the exterior of the nose.