The shape, size and symmetry of your nose can either complement the rest of your facial features or draw attention away from them. If you feel your nose does not quite “fit” your face, you might want to consider getting rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job.
Rhinoplasty surgically alters the structures of the nose to improve its size, shape or features. It can also correct structural abnormalities that impair breathing function.
When deciding whether to pursue rhinoplasty, it helps to familiarize yourself with the candidacy requirements. Read on as the team at The Plastic Surgery Center shares the qualities that make someone well-suited to rhinoplasty.
Desire for a Smaller, Straighter or More Symmetrical Nose
Rhinoplasty may be perfect for you if you wish you could improve the size, shape, angle or symmetry of your nose. Rhinoplasty can also improve a specific feature of your nose, such as the bridge or nostrils. Since your nose is a cornerstone of your face, it is understandable that you want it to exist harmoniously with the rest of your features.
Structural Abnormality That Affects Breathing
Not every rhinoplasty candidate wants a nose job for aesthetic reasons. You may have a medical need for rhinoplasty — i.e., perhaps you experience impaired breathing due to structural defects or an obstruction inside your nose.
Clear Goals and Reasonable Expectations
Rhinoplasty is a highly individualized procedure, and our plastic surgeons will tailor the operation to your unique needs and goals. It is crucial that you have a clear idea of what you hope to achieve from surgery, and that your goals are realistic.
For example, it is reasonable to expect that rhinoplasty will enhance what you already have and improve your nose so it balances out your other features. But it is unrealistic to expect that rhinoplasty will completely transform your face so that you look like someone else.
Good General Health
Rhinoplasty is a major operation and you should be in good health at the time of surgery. If you have any uncontrolled medical issues, such as diabetes or an autoimmune disorder, you may be advised to postpone surgery.
The Nose Is Done Growing
It is risky to operate on a nose that is still growing. For the safest procedure and best results, our plastic surgeons will want to confirm that your nose has stopped developing. In females, nasal growth usually stops around the age of 15 or 16; in males, it usually stops around the age of 17 to 18.
To discuss your candidacy for rhinoplasty in more detail with one of our plastic surgeons, please call or email The Plastic Surgery Center today.