Do I Need Rhinoplasty?

There are elements of every face that we might like to change. Perhaps we’d like our eyes to be larger, our lips to be fuller or our nose to be smaller. But does the vague desire for a button nose really translate into a need for full rhinoplasty surgery? How do you know if you’re really ready for rhinoplasty surgery to reshape your nose?

Among the many reasons patients seek out the rhinoplasty procedure, you’ll find many considerations for the shape of the nose. It may be that your nose appears too large for your face or in some cases, too small for your face. Some rhinoplasty patients dislike the shape of your nose as it might have a bump that appears in profile.

The nose may appear especially wide when you look at yourself in the mirror. The tip of your nose may turn a different direction or be extended. A nasal tip that droops down creates a hooked nose effect. The tip of the nose may appear to be extra wide or thick as well.

It’s not just the shape of the nose that makes a difference for some patients. You may be concerned not only about the shape of your nose, but the size and shape of your nostrils as well. Nostrils that are excessively wide can be repaired in rhinoplasty as well as nostrils that are narrow and constrictive.

The nose may show signs of previous injuries as well. If your nose has been broken at any point, it may appear to be off-center or crooked. The crooked nose may also have resulted in a deviated septum, or off-center membrane down the center of the nostrils. This makes it challenging for patients to breathe well at times and would lead to a medically-necessary rhinoplasty, or rather septoplasty, procedure.