Types of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a restorative and correctional cosmetic surgery which is performed for enhancing the aesthetic features of the nose, relieving nasal trauma, healing respiratory impediments, correcting congenital birth defects or treating a failed procedure of primary Rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is also known as ‘nose reshaping’ and having a consultation session with an expert is always recommended. The following are the different types of Rhinoplasty procedures –

Reduction Rhinoplasty – As the name suggests, this kind of Rhinoplasty is meant for those patients who think that the size of their nose is not proportional (too big) with the rest of their face and want to get it reduced. The procedure involves dealing with excessively wide nostrils, bridging the tip of the nose and removing bump (if any) on the bridge of the nose. An open tip approach is used for this kind of procedure.

Augmentation Rhinoplasty – This kind of Rhinoplasty is meant to augment or increase the size of the nose and is meant for those patients who think that the size of their nose is too small as compared to the rest of their face. The procedure involves dealing with underdevelopment of the nose (mostly congenital), loss of tissue due to injuries, loss of support post-surgery, damage to the supporting cartilage and similarly related issues. Rib cartilage or other sources could be used for the procedure.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty – Strictly speaking, all Rhinoplasty procedures can be grouped under Ethnic Rhinoplasty because facial proportions, skin, and nasal shape are given ethnic considerations during the procedure. However, this kind of Rhinoplasty is specifically meant for those groups of the population whose nasal contours are softer. For instance, Pacific Rim, far eastern or Afro-Caribbean populations. Silicone implants or the tissues of the patient can be used for this type of Rhinoplasty.

Post Traumatic Rhinoplasty – When a person sustains serious injuries on their nose during an accident or injury, Post Traumatic Rhinoplasty is performed for restoring the shape of the nose. Injuries include damaged cartilage and bone support, airway problems, asymmetrical shape, and deviations in the appearance of the nose. Cartilage and bone related deviations enjoy a great success rate with this procedure, showing improvement within 7 to 10 days of the accident.

Rhinoplasty can be both surgical and non-surgical. While surgical Rhinoplasty can deal with most issues, non-surgical Rhinoplasty is more suitable for defects of a small nature. It makes use of inert fillers and injections and the results are also short-living, as compared to surgical Rhinoplasty.