Many people are unhappy with some aspect of their looks, such as a nose that is too large for their facial features. An unbalanced nose can reduce your self-esteem and self-confidence to the point that many seek out a facial plastic surgeon to reduce the size of the nose and/or enhance other facial features for better facial balance.
Reduction rhinoplasty, or nose reduction surgery, is a common cosmetic surgery that decreases nose size by decreasing the amount of cartilage and bone in your nose. This surgery has become more advanced in recent years, providing custom results for every patient. While rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries, it is also the most challenging. Facial plastic surgeons receive specialized training to create the ideal facial balance based on your unique facial contours, so it’s best to see a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with a focus on rhinoplasty surgeries to get the best results.
A reduction rhinoplasty surgery reduces the size of your nose’s framework. If you have difficulty breathing through your nose, the surgeon can perform a septoplasty during the rhinoplasty procedure to adjust your septum, which is the part that separate the sides of your nose. The nose surgery is completed using incisions on the alar (wing) area of your nose. Bone and cartilage are removed and reshaped, and the skin is repositioned on the reconstructed area. Alarplasty surgery can also be performed during the surgery, which will reduce the width of your nostrils.
Prior to the surgery, you will consult with your facial plastic surgeon to discuss your medical history and psychological profile. The consultation helps ensure more positive results because the surgeon will have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve, and you will have realistic expectations of the outcome. During the consultation, the surgeon will analyze your nasal and facial characteristics, including skin category, scars, and nasal alignment. He will also discuss specific preparations you should make prior to the surgery, such as avoiding certain medications that could increase your risks of bleeding (with your regular doctor’s approval).
During your surgery,tiny incisions in your mucous membrane directly behind your nostrils will be made, which prevents any visible scars. Through these incisions, your rhinoplasty surgeon will be able to restructure the bone and cartilage. After the surgery, your skin will naturally realign to the new shape over time.
The surgery requires about two to three hours and is usually performed under general anesthesia. After the surgery, you may be able to return home the same day, but overnight hospitalization might be recommended. Recovery takes about one week, and the bruising and swelling subsides on a daily basis. Recovery is relatively easy, but you must refrain from strenuous activities such as sports or any activity that will jar your nose. In a few weeks, your nose will be in harmony with the rest of your face, allowing you to be more confident in social interactions and in photos.