When it comes to a beautiful face, the answer could be in the nose. Maybe yours is too skinny, or too wide, or perhaps it’s just doesn’t match your face. You’re not alone. Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping, is the second most popular plastic surgery procedure in the U.S.
Rhinoplasty came about to restore the nose to a proportional shape, or to correct breathing restrictions caused by a birth defect or accident. Today, nose jobs, as they are most commonly known, are performed to improve symmetry in the face.
Rhinoplasty can make your nose bigger or smaller, in addition to reshaping the bridge and tip of the nose. A nose job may be for you if you’re unhappy with the shape of your nose. Besides doing it for aesthetic reasons, rhinoplasty can also fix deformities and repair changes caused by aging. Remember, nose reshaping will not completely transform your appearance or turn you into someone else. It will improve your nose, making it match better to your face.
Here’s how it works. Your surgeon will make appropriate incisions to remove or relocate cartilage, or to change the shape of the nostril, tip or bridge of the nose. If extra cartilage is needed, it can be taken from other parts of the body, or artificial implants can be used. Once reshaped, the doctor closes the incisions, packs the area with gauze, and puts on a protective splint. You can expect some bleeding, soreness and swelling, which may persist for some time. However, it’s well worth it. A nose knows! A balanced nose can dramatically alter your appearance for the better.
So at what age can you get a nose job? Most people should wait after the teenage years, because there’s still some growing going on during that time.