As the nose has the highest aesthetic value in the making of a good face, nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) is the most sought after aesthetic procedure by the common man. Rhinoplasty is made up of two words, RHINO meaning NOSE and PLASTY meaning SHAPING.
This procedure was performed for the first time by Sushruta (father of Indian plastic surgery) in 800 BC. Rhinoplasty improves the harmony of the face and the proportions of the nose. It can also correct breathing difficulties caused by structural defects of the nose. Rhinoplasty surgery uses the reduction, enhancement or refinement of the patient’s nose to give a balanced and proportionate nose. Reduction rhinoplasty usually involves removing a nasal bump with re-breaking the nose to reduce the width.
The tip of the nose can be asymmetrical, depressed or the nose itself may need to develop. Increase that can be achieved using tissue from another part of the patient’s body, such as skin or cartilage, located in the ear or rib. Alternatively, a synthetic material can be used (gortex, silastic) but the risk of rejection or infection is greater.
When It Is Done?
Rhinoplasty is most often performed for aesthetic reasons. A nose that is too big, twisted, misshapen, malformed at birth, or deformed as a result of an injury or operation of a cancer may seem more pleasant. If breathing is impaired because of the shape of the nose or injury, it can often be improved with rhinoplasty. The majority of people who undergo a nose remodeling operation are not satisfied with the appearance of their nose and wish to improve the proportions of their features.
A lower percentage of rhinoplasty candidates are patients who experience discomfort or difficulty breathing due to structural abnormalities or anterior injuries to the nose. Optimal candidates for rhinoplasty are generally healthy, understand the risks associated with surgery and have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery.