Depending on the unique needs of the patient, a rhinoplasty surgeon can recommend an appropriate technique. At the time of the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will establish the patient as a candidate for a specific type of rhinoplasty procedure.
Reduction rhinoplasty is a common nose reshaping cosmetic surgery technique. It allows the nose to be more harmonious and proportional to other facial characteristics. This procedure can effectively address nasal issues such as an elongated nose tip, wide nostrils, and a nasal bump.
The surgeon will eliminate tiny fragments of cartilage and bone to attain an aesthetically desirable shape. They may use a technique called alar base reduction to shrink the nostrils. This procedure involves removing tiny amounts of tissue from the area where the nostrils connect to the cheek.
Another major nose reshaping procedure is known as augmentation rhinoplasty. This procedure involves the surgeon grafting bone or tissue to develop the nasal tip and/or bridge.
Sometimes the surgeon uses cartilage sourced from other locations in the nose, such as the septum. However, if there is insufficient availability of tissue in this area, the surgeon may use cartilage from other parts of the body, rib bone, synthetic material, or other forms of biological tissue.
Post-Traumatic rhinoplasty surgery is an effective solution for patients with nasal injuries. This procedure can improve the functionality as well as the appearance of the nose. Post-traumatic nose surgery can address a crooked nose and correct problems in the nasal septum.
Many post-traumatic rhinoplasty patients suffer from fractured noses. In such cases, the surgeon may need to re-fracture the nose. After that, they will reset the nose to attain desirable outcomes. A surgeon can usually set a basic nose fracture within a 10-day period following the fracture.
Reconstructive rhinoplasty can help patients who have lost their full nose or a portion of it to accidents, skin cancer, or another serious disease. The nose surgeon uses various processes such as skin grafts, flap technique, and other innovative techniques to rebuild the nose. This procedure is complicated and may require multiple surgeries over several months.
The techniques used in ethnic rhinoplasty are the same as those used in other types of nose reshaping procedures.
People from ethnicities such as African American, Afro-Caribbean, Middle-Eastern, Hispanic, and Asian usually seek ethnic rhinoplasty. In performing ethnic rhinoplasty, the surgeon must make sure that they maintain the integrity and identity of the ethnic face.
Most surgeons recommend that teenage patients wait until their nose is completely developed before seeking rhinoplasty surgery. Exceptions may include patients with breathing difficulties or those who have undergone trauma. In addition, the surgeon must ensure that the teenage patient is mentally and emotionally ready to undergo a nose surgery.