Many people are born with nasal bridges that are too wide or too thin. Bumps and indentations along the nasal bridge can be the result of genetic abnormalities or injuries. If you have an aesthetic issue with the bridge of your nose, you can undergo rhinoplasty to address it.
Rhinoplasty surgery is a procedure used to change the size, angle, shape, or proportion of the nose. It can be performed to address nasal deformities that were caused by injuries or present at birth. Breathing difficulties can also be fixed using this procedure.
Rhinoplasty can made the bridge thinner or wider, fill indentations, flatten humps, and create a smooth and defined bridge. Minor changes made to the bridge of the nose can have a huge positive impact on the facial appearance, as the nose is the most prominent feature of the face.
Rhinoplasty: Cosmetic vs. Functional
There are two types of plastic surgery: reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery. Reconstructive surgery restores the form and function of a body part or region, whereas cosmetic surgery improves its appearance.
Rhinoplasty can be reconstructive and/or functional. By modifying the bone, cartilage, and soft tissue of the nose, this procedure can be used to change the shape of the nose and/or improve its function.
Rhinoplasty is classified into two categories based on the plastic surgeon’s approach:
- Open Rhinoplasty: Also referred to as external rhinoplasty. In this procedure, Dr. Ceydeli makes a very small incision in the fleshy exterior end of the nasal septum, also known as the columella. This is the section of skin between the nostrils. The skin of the nose is then carefully lifted. The primary benefit of this approach is improved accuracy for reforming the structure of the nose to achieve desired contouring.
- Closed Rhinoplasty: Also referred to as endonasal rhinoplasty. There are no incisions made to the columella in a closed rhinoplasty. Instead, the procedural incisions are made exclusively within the nostrils. This approach creates no visible post-surgical marks, is less invasive, and results in slightly less swelling during recovery.
Are You an Ideal Rhinoplasty Candidate?
If rhinoplasty is being done to improve the appearance of the nasal bridge, one should wait until the nasal bones are fully grown. The minimum age to undergo surgery is 15 for girls and a little older for boys. Rhinoplasty can be performed at a younger age if the surgery is performed to correct breathing impairment.
If you are coming in for rhinoplasty surgery, it will be important to avoid NSAIDs in the time leading up to the procedure. Smokers are not ideal candidates, so you will need to stop smoking before your procedure in order to avoid post-surgical complications.
Contact Our Office and Set Up Your Rhinoplasty Consultation
People who are interested in changing the appearance of their nasal bridge can contact our office to schedule an informative consultation regarding rhinoplasty surgery.
When you meet with Dr. Adil Ceydeli, a board-certified plastic surgeon, the two of you will discuss your aesthetic goals, along with your medical history. He will then create a surgical plan to help you achieve your ideal nose.