Getting the Nose You Want

Some things about our appearance that we don’t like we can’t do much about. If you’re shorter than you’d like to be, higher heels are about all you can do. Of, if you think your feet are too big. Not much to do about that, either.

But you don’t have to live with a nose that you don’t like. Whether there is a bulge on the bridge. Whether the tip is a little bulbous. Whether it just seems out of proportion on your face. Nose surgery with Dr. Smith can change it.

Nose surgery, clinically known as rhinoplasty, has been one of the mainstays of cosmetic surgery since the early days. It’s no secret why — the first thing you see in the morning when you look in the mirror is your nose. And if you don’t like it, you can’t get away from it. Rhinoplasty with Dr. Smith can reshape, reduce, or augment a person’s nose to achieve facial harmony and boost your self-esteem. Nose surgery can also be used to correct a congenital problem or repair an injury from awhile back.

What are the goals of nose surgery?

Rhinoplasty can be a very satisfying procedure. Here are some of the typical goals:

  • Balance the size of the nose with the other facial features
  • Modify the width of the nose at the bridge
  • Improve the nasal profile
  • Remove bumps or depressions on the bridge
  • Contour a nasal tip that is too large, “boxy,” drooping, or upturned
  • Change the angle between the nose and the mouth
  • Narrow and reshape the nostrils
  • Correct asymmetry or deviation

When can you have nose surgery?

To qualify for rhinoplasty, the patient must be at least 13 years old. Why is this? The nose must be fully grown and developed, and this takes at least 12 years.

Nose surgery

Dr. Smith will use one of two methods for your rhinoplasty. In closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made within the nostrils. In open rhinoplasty, the incision is made across the columella, the tissue between the nostrils. With both methods, Dr. Smith lifts the soft tissues up over the underlying cartilage and bone. Then he sculpts the bone and cartilages to the desired shape. If additional cartilage is needed to build up an area, it can be taken from the septum, or synthetic material can be used. After the underlying structure is completed, Dr. Smith re-drapes the soft tissues and stitches them into place. The entire procedure generally lasts one to two hours, depending on the amount of revision being made.

Ready to get the nose you’re happy to see every morning? Call Dr. Smith at 843-705-8940 for a consultation.


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