What is a Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a type of surgical procedure that generally alters the shape of the nose. There are two main reasons why people consider nose reconstruction procedures – to change their nose appearance, improve the quality of breathing, or both.
The upper part of the nose structure is made up of bone, while cartilage comprises the lower portion. Nose reconstruction procedures change the structure of the cartilage, bone, skin, or all of them. As you talk with your plastic surgeon, you’ll be able to know whether rhinoplasty is ideal for you. Additionally, you will also be informed of what results are achievable.
During the planning process, expect your surgeon to study your facial features and nose skin. It is essential to do this to determine whether you are a good rhinoplasty candidate or not. If a nose reconstruction surgery is possible, your surgeon will create a customized plan for you.
How Long Do the Results of a Rhinoplasty Last?
The result you’ll get from the rhinoplasty procedure depends on the type of correction you want. It is also important for you and your surgeon to agree on the surgery goals. If your goals and expectations are realistic, your plastic surgeon will likely be able to provide them for you.
When it comes to the results of rhinoplasty, it is permanent. However, if other factors such as a subsequent injury occur, it can alter the nose appearance. Nose reconstruction surgery is also done only on fully-developed noses.
Complete nose development occurs around age 15-16 in females and around 17-18 in males. If a rhinoplasty procedure is done before the recommended time, the continued nose development might alter the results and even cause complications.