Rhinoplasty was developed primarily as a cosmetic surgical procedure to correct the shape or size of a truly out-of-proportions nose or, as was more common, to correct breathing problems caused by birth defects or due to some later trauma. However, along with procedures involving a major reconstruction of the nose, Rhinoplasty is also being used and increasingly so, to perform subtle aesthetic changes that can refine the structure and thus the appearance of the nose.
Rhinoplasty is now one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States and is used to reshape or resize the nose for corrective as well as aesthetic purposes. This procedure can increase or reduce the size of the nose, change the shape of the nose tip as well as the bridge of the nose.
If you have been suffering from a deformity of the nose because of an accident or injury or simply a birth defect, Rhinoplasty may be an obvious choice for you. However, if you are concerned about the way your nose looks or how it affects your entire appearance, you may be considering Rhinoplasty. If the way your nose looks is making you extremely self-conscious to the extent that you are unable to lead a normal social life, then you may be a good candidate for the procedure.
In fact, even some subtle changes in just the tip or the bridge of your nose may alter its appearance dramatically, making a world of difference to you and having a positive impact on the way you interact with people. Rhinoplasty is also an excellent option if you are thinking of combating signs of aging though cosmetic surgery or have minor nasal deformities that you would like to get rid of nevertheless.
Good candidates for these kinds of plastic surgeries do not have unusually high expectations but are realistic about what the procedure can achieve. It is easy for the surgeon to sit down with them and explain the benefits and risks of the surgery as also to come to an understanding on what the procedure can be expected to deliver. These candidates are not looking at Rhinoplasty as a solution for other problems in their lives but are looking at it as a practical solution for a practical problem.
Of course, with so much hype surrounding Rhinoplasty, there are many teenagers who want to reshape their noses to give themselves the perfect appearance. However, most surgeons would not consider surgery for very young people. They would advise them to wait until at least after the period of teenage growth which usually happens around the ages of fourteen and fifteen for girls and much later for boys. If you have teenagers who would like to have this procedure, it is best to consult the surgeon on when he thinks will be the best time for the young person to have it.
Finally, your surgeon is the best person to advise you on whether you are a good candidate for the procedure or not. Listen to what he has to say before you take any decision on having Rhinoplasty.