Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping — Achieve natural results and gain long-awaited confidence
Many people desire a nose that is more balanced with their other facial features. That’s why surgery to reshape the nose (called rhinoplasty), is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Morwood is dedicated to achieving a natural result using surgical techniques appropriate for the individual needs of each patient.
What is rhinoplasty?
Sometimes referred to as a “nose job” or “nose reshaping,” rhinoplasty enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose. It can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.
Rhinoplasty can treat the following:
- Nose size in relation to facial balance
- Nose width at the bridge or in the size and position of the nostrils
- Nose profile with visible humps or depressions on the bridge
- Nasal tip that is enlarged or bulbous, drooping, upturned or hooked
- Nostrils that are large, wide or upturned
- Nasal asymmetry
Through the chosen incision, Dr. Morwood will be able to access the structures of your nose, such as the cartilage, which gives your nose much of its shape. He will reshape the cartilage and skin to achieve the desired aesthetic results. Finally, your incision will be closed and surgical dressings will be placed over it. A splint may be placed on your nose to help it heal and protect it over the coming days.
Rhinoplasty is performed either using a closed procedure, where incisions are hidden inside the nose, or an open procedure, where an incision is made across the columella, the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. Through these incisions, the skin that covers the nasal bones and cartilages is gently raised, allowing access to reshape the structure of the nose.
An overly large nose may be reduced by removing bone or cartilage. Sometimes surgery of the nose may require the addition of cartilage grafts.
Once the underlying structure of the nose is sculpted to the desired shape, nasal skin and tissue is redraped and incisions are closed.
Correcting a deviated septum
Nose surgery that’s performed to improve an obstructed airway requires careful evaluation of the nasal structure as it relates to airflow and breathing. Correction of a deviated septum, one of the most common causes of breathing impairment, is achieved by adjusting the nasal structure to produce better alignment.
Good candidates for rhinoplasty
You may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty if:
- Your facial growth is complete
- You are physically healthy
- You don’t smoke
- You have a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance
Is it covered by health insurance?
When rhinoplasty is performed to improve breathing function due to an obstructed airway, the procedure — whether performed alone or in conjunction with cosmetic rhinoplasty — may indeed be covered by insurance.
This requires a detailed examination to verify the cause of your breathing impairment, along with prior authorization from your insurer.
Begin with a consultation
The process begins with a detailed, sit-down consultation with Dr. Morwood in his office. He will discuss your aesthetic concerns, review the unique characteristics of your face, and then a joint decision will be reached about which aesthetic goals should and can be realistically accomplished.
During your consultation be prepared to discuss:
- Your surgical goals, with regard to both appearance and breathing
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and previous medical treatments
- Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
- Previous surgeries
Dr. Morwood may also:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Discuss the options available to you for nose reshaping
- Examine and measure your face
- Take photographs
- Discuss likely outcomes of a nose surgery and any risks or potential complications
Call Dr. Morwood today
Dr. Morwood is a board certified plastic surgeon who will provide a custom-designed approach to help you achieve your aesthetic vision. Please call (831) 646-8661 to set up a consultation.