Things to know about rhinoplasty

Reduction rhinoplasty in rhinoplasty is performed to reduce the size of the nose. Patients undergo it for aesthetic reasons where they feel the nose is disproportionate to the rest of the features. A bumped bridge that gives the appearance of a ‘hooked nose’, wide nostrils or a wide bridge are some of the more common reasons reduction rhinoplasty is sought.

During consultation, doctors use a simulation software where patients are shown images of what their nose will look like post-op and are told what to expect along with the risks. Depending on what part of the nose has to be reduced, surgeons may lower and reshape the cartilage, and thin the skin of the tip of the nose.

Augmentation rhinoplasty Where reduction rhinoplasty reduces the size of the nose, augmentation rhinoplasty increases it. The demand for the procedure is usually a result of a previous failed rhinoplasty, damage to the cartilage resulting from injury or congenital underdevelopment of the nose.

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