“Rhinoplasty” is the surgical remodelling of the nose for either cosmetic or reconstructive purposes.
This procedure alters the nasal pyramid. If necessary, certain nasal respiration problems can also be corrected by operating on the nasal septum or the turbinates. In this case we call it combined septoplasty or “septorhinoplasty”. The aim of the operation is to change the shape of the nose cartilage and bone – these are what form the frame and give it its unique and personal shape. This is done via incisions made inside the nostrils.
The skin covering the nose is lifted and separated and has to be rewrapped onto the modified bone and cartilage. This skin has a great ability to adapt and retract thanks to its elasticity. An important factor in the final result is the quality of a person’s skin – its thickness has an effect on how well it follows the relief of the new shape. It is estimated that a nose does not finish growing before the age of 16 or 17 so it is best to wait until this age before contemplating rhinoplasty.
Before carrying out a procedure, the morphology of the face is studied through photographs (especially in profile) to see whether the chin needs altering as well. This joint procedure is known as “profiloplasty”.