Plastic surgeons typically encourage patients to be active participants in their care for their Rhinoplasty Procedure, and they will work together to develop a treatment plan. Among other things, they will discuss:

  • What type of Rhinoplasty Procedure will work best for you!
  • The technique that most suits a patient’s needs.
  • The preferred type of anesthesia.


Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is any cosmetic surgery to the nose. Most commonly, the procedure reshapes and resizes the nose. In some cases, a nose job may also correct breathing problems.

The procedure often alters nose size in relation to the rest of the face, the width of the bridge, the appearance of humps or depressions, the position of the nasal tip, the size of the nostrils, and asymmetry.

Reduction Rhinoplasty Procedure

Reduction rhinoplasty is one of the most common types of nose reshaping surgery. This procedure can give a patient a nose that is more proportionate to the other facial features. In particular, it can address bumps on the bridge of the nose, an elongated nasal tip, or excessively flared nostrils. The doctor removes small amounts of bone or cartilage to achieve the desired results. To reduce the size of the nostrils, the doctor may need to use a technique called alar base reduction. During this process, he or she removes small wedges of tissue from the area where the nostrils meet the cheeks.

Augmentation Rhinoplasty Procedure

Augmentation rhinoplasty is another popular type of nose reshaping surgery. During this treatment, the doctor performs bone or tissue grafting to build up the nasal tip and/or bridge. In many cases, he or she uses cartilage from other parts of the nose, usually the nasal septum. However, if a patient does not have enough tissue in this area, the doctor may use rib bone, cartilage from other areas, synthetic material, or other biological tissues.

Post-Traumatic Rhinoplasty Procedure

If a patient has suffered an injury to the nose, he or she may benefit from post-traumatic rhinoplasty. This procedure can address both appearance and functionality. Doctors may use this procedure to straighten the nose and correct the nasal septum. Often, post-traumatic patients have suffered a broken nose. In these cases, a doctor may have to re-fracture the nose and re-set it to achieve the desired results. A doctor can usually set a simple broken nose within 10 days of the fracture. However, if a patient has suffered a serious nose injury, he or she may have to wait several months before undergoing extensive surgery.

Reconstructive Rhinoplasty Procedure

Patients may require reconstructive rhinoplasty if they have lost all or part of their noses to an accident, skin cancer, or another serious illness. During the treatment, a surgeon rebuilds the nose using skin grafts, flap techniques, and other advanced methods.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty Procedure

Ethnic nose job uses the same methods as other forms of nose reshaping surgery. Typically, ethnic rhinoplasty refers to procedures performed on individuals of African American, Afro-Caribbean, Asian, Hispanic, and Middle Eastern descent. These patients typically have softer nasal contours, and the doctor takes special care to preserve the unique features of a these patients’ faces.

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