Types of Rhinoplasty

There are many different types of rhinoplasty that can be used to change the way a nose looks or correct medical problems that relate to the nose. Nose jobs are one of the most popular kinds of surgeries for plastic surgeons to perform, both here in NYC and around the world. They are also very complex, and can be done for many different reasons using a variety of techniques. Here are some of the types of rhinoplasty surgery that are performed by plastic surgery specialists.

Reduction RhinoplastyThis is a very common form of rhinoplasty. It is used to make the nose smaller. Many people choose to get this type of surgery because they believe that the size of their nose is disproportionate to their other facial features. In particular, this type of surgery is often performed to remove a bump on the bridge of the nose, decrease the width of the bridge of the nose, or decrease the width of the nostrils and tip of the nose. In most instances, this surgery results in a slight concave curve on the bridge of the nose, which makes it appear slimmer from multiple angles. The best nose surgeon in New York will also open up the tip of the nose during this procedure to reduce cartilage. To make the nostrils and the base of the nose slimmer, they can remove cartilage from the area around the base of the nose to give it more definition. For the most successful results with this specific type of rhinoplasty, it is ideal for patients to have thinner skin, because if the skin is too thick, it will have trouble shrinking to fit the new structure of the nose.

Augmentation RhinoplastyThis is the next most common form of rhinoplasty. This involves making the nose larger by increasing the amount of cartilage on the tip and bridge of the nose and re-shaping that area. This is often used by patients whose noses are underdeveloped. Ideally, the surgeon will take cartilage from inside the nose to reshape it, but in some cases, they may have to take a cartilage graft from somewhere else in the body.

Revision RhinoplastyThis is rhinoplasty that is performed in order to correct an error from a previous rhinoplasty surgery, or to make further changes to the nose. This type of rhinoplasty can be very tricky, because at this point, the patient normally does not have much skin to work with and a cartilage graft may be required. The surgeon must be careful to make very subtle changes, because otherwise the surgery can be very obvious.

Ethnic RhinoplastyThis term is often used to describe nose jobs that are performed on people of Asian, African American, or Hispanic descent. These rhinoplasties must take into account the facial features of the patient that are derived from their ethnicity to create a nose that looks natural and flattering on their face. Each ethnic rhinoplasty procedure is different, but most patients are seeking a reduction in the bridge of their nose, a defining of the tip, and narrowing of the nostrils and base of the nose. This can all be done with subtle and careful changes.

Post-traumatic RhinoplastyThis type of rhinoplasty is used to correct a broken nose or other injuries and damage to the face. This will need to be done fairly quickly after the injury to prevent further health problems. The doctor will reset the nose, making it straight and symmetrical, and then will correct any issues with the sinuses or air pathways. Sometimes, a more extensive full face surgery may need to be done, which takes much longer to plan and perform.

Medical RhinoplastyThis is performed when the patient has a medical issue with their nose that needs to be corrected for easier breathing and to prevent health issues. Usually, this is done to correct a deviated septum, which blocks the nasal passageways. However, it can also be done to remove enlarged nasal turbinates or nasal polyps, both of which are a major cause of allergies. Unlike other types of rhinoplasty, medical rhinoplasty may be covered under your insurance plan.

These are the many types of rhinoplasty that we perform here at our rhinoplasty specialty center.