The appearance of their nose is an area of concern for some men and women. The nose is often considered our most prominent facial characteristic.
A flatter nose bridge, which is common in some African American and Asian patients, may create the illusion of wide-set eyes and cause anxiety for some. Cosmetic surgery can increase the height of the nose bridge and create the impression of a more refined and slightly longer nasal tip.
Rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery can enhance a patient’s self-confidence significantly, by contouring the tip, bridge, or nostrils so that they are more harmonious with other facial features. In the hands of a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, rhinoplasty can offer beautiful outcomes in the creation of a high-bridged nose.
Cosmetic Surgery to Achieve a High-Bridged Nose
Noses with a more prominent bridge, such as the Romanesque nose, usually look slimmer when seen from the front. But a high nasal bridge does not equate to universal beauty for every person.
The nasal contours have to be harmonious with the shape of the eyes, chin, and the rest of the face. The ultimate goal of any rhinoplasty involving bridge augmentation is to develop a nose that blends seamlessly yet remains ethnically balanced with other features of the face.
To raise or elevate the nasal bridge, the surgeon may use a continuous fragment of cartilage or an implant. Experienced nose surgeons often use autologous cartilage grafts, which is taken from the patient, to create a high nasal bridge.
This may involve using rib cartilage that allows the surgeon to augment the bridge without the need to join multiple smaller grafts. The cartilage is meticulously reshaped to cover the full span of the bridge, improving the chances of a beautiful surgical outcome.
Another alternative is nasal implants. In this case, the surgeon will use a biocompatible material that is individualized in length and width, depending on the patient’s anatomy.
Some of the more cutting-edge nasal bridge implants are made of materials such as Goretex, which has been proven to be quite safe and rapidly stabilized by adjacent tissue.
Surgeons will try to perform this procedure using the closed rhinoplasty technique in which the incisions are made inside the nose, causing no external scarring. In case open rhinoplasty is required, extreme care is exercised to make sure that the scars remain properly hidden.
Healing and Recovery Process
Similar to any facial cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty also involves some downtime for healing. A majority of patients are back at work or their routine activities within ten days of the procedure.
By this time, most inflammation and bruising have diminished, but the patient can expect to see significant outcomes within three months of the procedure when the bulk of the residual swelling has resolved.
The entire healing process for any type of rhinoplasty takes up to a year, though many small changes occur in the last few months that are not perceptible to most patients.