A rhinoplasty, known informally as a nose job, is often seen as being purely cosmetic. However, while many cases of rhinoplasty are cosmetic, there are medical reasons for the procedure as well. With help from your Ware, Northhampton, and Springfield, MA ENT doctor at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, you can determine if a rhinoplasty is right for you.
What is a rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty changes the shape, appearance, or proportion of the nose and nasal cavities. The surgery itself consists of altering the bone and cartilage in the nose. Your Ware, Northhampton, and Springfield doctor achieves this by making incisions inside or around the nose to reach the underlying layers. When the framework of the nose is reworked, the skin tissue goes back into its original place and the incisions closed.
Are there different types of rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is performed one of two ways: opened or closed. Closed rhinoplasty, also referred to as endonasal rhinoplasty, hides all the incisions inside of the nostrils. Though this method avoids visible scars, access to the inner framework of the nose is limited. External, or open, rhinoplasty allows your surgeon to lift the skin and have direct access to the nose’s inner framework. There is the risk of a scar with open rhinoplasty, but the procedure gives your doctor more control and greater options. The best way to determine which method is right for your situation is to consult with your doctor.
What conditions can a rhinoplasty treat?
The most obvious reason to get rhinoplasty surgery is for cosmetic changes. However, there are medical reasons for a rhinoplasty as well. A deviated septum occurs when the cartilage which separates the two nostrils is crooked or off-center. This condition causes difficulty breathing, nasal congestion, headache, and nosebleeds. Rhinoplasty can also repair a nose damaged by trauma or an accident. Broken noses often do not heal correctly and require surgery to improve their appearance.
For more information on rhinoplasty, please contact your doctor at Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Ware, Northhampton, and Springfield, MA. Call 413-732-7426 to schedule your consultation today!