Rhinoplasty Overview and Patients Perspective

Rhinoplasty or otherwise popularly known as ‘Nose Job’ or “Nose Reshaping” is a surgery that changes the shape of the nose and enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose. The reason for rhinoplasty may be to change the appearance of the nose, improve breathing or both. Thus it is not exclusively a cosmetic procedure. The surgery also aims to maintain nasal function or improve it, if the patient has reduced airflow due to an obstructive process. This adds to the complexity of the operation as internal nasal structures have to be modified in order to correct functional issues.

Positive effects of Rhinoplasty

Many patients become more confident in their social, professional, and personal lives. Their mental and emotional health can also benefit from this. So, this procedure can truly make all the difference in persons breathing, sleeping, and confidence.

How popular is Rhinoplasty?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 220,000 rhinoplasties are performed yearly, making this the most common facial plastic surgery procedure. And in Indian scenario since last one decade has seen a phenomenal increase in demand for the nose job.
Is Rhinoplasty necessary – May be a medically necessary procedure for a person, if he or she suffer from such breathing problems. The most common medical reasons for getting a nose job include: A deviated nasal septum or Cleft palate.

Who invented rhinoplasty in India?

Even today, Rhinoplasty described by Shushruta in 600 BC is referred to as the Indian flap and he is known as the originator of plastic surgery. And though it was more described and practiced in western and European countries, since a decade the Indian surgeons are doing a commendable job in this field.

What are the limitations of Rhinoplasty

The biggest limitation with rhinoplasty is thick skin, as this is difficult to shrink and conform to the underlying framework of the nasal structure. A surgeon can only do so much with a large nose if the skin will not contract.

In our KLE’s Hospital Belagavi, this nose job is being done since a more than a decade in the department of Otorhinolaryngology and HNS.

The following are the common deformities of nose which may be require the nose job.

Following are some deformities which are corrected with Rhinoplasty surgeries showing preoperative and postoperative photos.

Dr. B P Belaldavar​

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