Rhinoplasty, also called a nose job, is a common plastic surgery procedure that can improve your appearance and self-image and even correct impaired breathing and other functional concerns. Read on to learn about who would make a good candidate and benefit from a nose job.
There are a variety of functional and aesthetic reasons why someone will get a nose job. If you don’t have an aesthetic concern, nose surgery doesn’t always have to affect appearance. If you have breathing problems, a previous injury or birth defects that affect the function of your nose, a nose job may be right for you. A deviated septum is one of the most common causes of breathing impairment and why people seek rhinoplasty.
Often, patients want to change the size and shape of their nose, to make it more symmetrical with their face. A rhinoplasty can change the width of the nose at the bridge or the size and position of the nostrils. It can correct a nasal tip that is bulbous, enlarged, hooked, drooping or upturned. Nose surgery can correct visible humps or depressions on the bridge of the nose.
If you are at least 13 years old, physically healthy and don’t smoke, you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty. It’s crucial to have a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind for what a nose job will do to your appearance. As with any plastic surgery that alters your appearance, you should be doing it for yourself, not to fit anyone else’s desires.
Dr. Derek Steinbacher uses one of two methods for nose surgery. During a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made inside the nostrils. In an open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made across the two nostrils. During both techniques, the soft tissues that cover the nose are lifted away, while the bone and cartilage are sculpted to the desired shape. If additional cartilage is needed to augment the nose, it is usually taken from the septum.
For a patient with a deviated septum, the septum and inner structures of the nose will be adjusted to improve breathing. After this, the tissues are re-draped and incisions are closed with stitches. If nostril reshaping is done, it is performed during the final stage of surgery.
Dr. Derek Steinbacher has devoted his life to aesthetic and life-changing surgery. He is an artistic and meticulous surgeon who draws patients from around the world due to his perspective, unmatched skill, and exceptional results. He is able to uniquely address the face (facelift + rejuvenation), jawline (orthognathic; chin; contouring; implants), nasal (rhinoplasty), eyelids, profile, neck, breast, and body with one-of-a-kind results.
He is a multiple Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Plastic, Cosmetic, and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon. He is Fellow of the most prestigious surgical organizations, including the Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, Societies of Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Aesthetic Society, and the Rhinoplasty Society. He has served as Full-Professor of Plastic Surgery at Yale, including Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program, and Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Steinbacher has unparalleled training at premier institutions, including Harvard and Johns Hopkins. His perspective brings together the best aspects of many distinct – but related fields – and it is this intersection of scope and expertise, in addition to an artistic eye, which enables excellent comprehensive results.
Dr. Steinbacher's approach: technical acumen, meticulousness, and penchant for combining art and science, together with his eye for balance, beauty, and harmony, helps achieve outcomes that greatly improve a person's confidence, health, and overall quality of life. Patients can trust that they are always in good hands!