Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)

Learn More About Rhinoplasty Procedures at Aurora Health Care

What is Nose Reshaping?

Nose reshaping, also called rhinoplasty or, more commonly, a nose job, is a surgery to change the size, shape, proportion or profile of the nose, the span of the nostrils, or the angle between the tip of the nose and the upper lip. Sometimes nose reshaping is done for cosmetic reasons, and sometimes it’s done to treat birth defects, breathing difficulties or injuries to the nose.

Why consider Nose Reshaping?

There are many reasons people choose to have nose-reshaping surgery. Sometimes, a person may be bothered by the shape or size of his or her nose and wish to make it smaller or more symmetrical, or a person wants to reduce a dorsal hump along the ridge of the nose. Some people elect nose surgery to reduce the flare of their nostrils or to make unevenly sized nostrils more equal in size.

Surgeons perform many nose-reshaping procedures to correct misshapen noses due to birth defects or injury. Nose reshaping can also help improve function of the nose when the nasal structures are making breathing difficult, which can happen with conditions such as a deviated septum.

If you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose for any reason, nose-reshaping surgery may be for you. Nose reshaping can help if:

  • Your nose appears too large or is out of proportion with the rest of your face
  • You have a bump on the bridge of your nose
  • Your nose appears wider than you’d like
  • Your nose is crooked or not centered
  • Injury has caused your nose to appear asymmetrical
  • The tip of your nose is large, thick or out of proportion with the rest of your nose
  • The tip of your nose droops or angles down toward your mouth
  • Your nostrils are wide or disproportionately flared
  • You have certain conditions of the nose that make function difficult, such as a deviated septum

It’s not uncommon for children or teenagers to desire nose-reshaping surgery. However, nose surgeons do not like to perform cosmetic rhinoplasty on children or teens whose noses are still developing. If you have questions about whether or not you’re a good candidate for nose reshaping, contact Aurora Health Care to set up a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

How is Nose Reshaping Performed?

Before you undergo surgery, you will talk with your surgeon to discuss the size and shape you’re hoping to achieve with the nose-reshaping procedure. Make sure you are very specific about what you want, and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions about what type of results you will get.

On the day of surgery, before your nose-reshaping procedure begins, you’ll be given anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Your surgeon will determine the type of anesthesia based on what is best for you.

There are two major types of nose-reshaping procedures – open and closed rhinoplasty. During a closed procedure, incisions are made inside the nose only, and in an open procedure, surgeons also make an incision on the base of the nose between the nostrils.

Depending on the areas you wish to have changed, your surgeon may perform one or more of the following steps:

  • Removing cartilage from the bridge, tip or sides of your nose
  • Reshaping the cartilage in your nose
  • Removing small wedges of skin
  • Changing the position of the bone to straighten or reposition your nose
  • Placing nasal implants to help support the shape and structure of your nose

After your surgeon has done all of the work to shape your nose, he or she will close the incisions with stitches that will dissolve on their own. You will have bandages placed on your nose, and you may have nasal airway splints inserted into your nose to provide support and help it keep its shape while it heals. If your nasal bones were adjusted during surgery, your surgeon will apply a splint to the bridge of your nose to help it heal correctly.

Why Should I Choose Aurora Health Care for Nose Reshaping?

At Aurora Health Care, you’re not just another patient. Your health is our first priority, and we want what’s best for you – even if that means you choose not to have nose reshaping surgery.

When you choose Aurora for cosmetic surgery, you’re choosing more than just a surgeon. You’re choosing an entire health care system that offers you much more than surgery. We offer a multidisciplinary team of doctors who work together to provide you with care that stands above the competition.

  • Every procedure is performed by a surgeon

Every person who performs cosmetic surgeries at Aurora is a surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery. That’s not always the case at cosmetic surgery centers.

You can also count on Aurora’s rhinoplasty surgeons because:

  • We’re experienced experts

Cosmetic plastic surgeons at Aurora have years of experience in rhinoplasty. We understand what an important decision you have in front of you, and we will work with you to make the decision that is best for you. Once you’ve decided to go ahead with nose-reshaping surgery, you can feel confident knowing that an entire team of physicians throughout the hospital is in your corner to ensure you get the best care possible. And our staff will be with you every step of the way to help and support you through the process.

  • Success and safety are our goals

At Aurora Health Care, your safety is our first priority. We go to great lengths to make sure that every procedure we perform is both safe and successful.

Is Nose Reshaping Covered by Insurance?

In many cases, nose reshaping is considered an elective surgery and will not be covered by most insurance policies. However, there are exceptions. For example, if the shape of your nose is causing difficulty with breathing or is getting in the way of normal function, it may be covered. If you have questions about whether your surgery would be covered by insurance, contact your insurance company directly.

How Do I Find a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon at Aurora Health Care?

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