Rhinoplasty, Much More Than An Aesthetic Intervention

Rhinoplasty or nose surgery is, according to its traditional definition, the surgical technique in charge of improving the appearance and proportions of the nose, with respect to the patient’s face.

Now, rhinoplasty does not only pursue an aesthetic improvement, but it is also much more than that.

It is a surgery that is designed exclusively for each patient, taking into account their morphology and their specific needs. Changing the size of the tip of the nose is not the same as correcting a deviation of the nasal septum, for example.

Rhinoplasty acts on each and every one of the structures and parts of the nose.

What Can Be Achieved With A Rhinoplasty?

  • Modify the size of the nose to balance it with respect to the face.
  • Modify the width at the nasal bridge.
  • Correct deviation of the nasal septum.
  • Fix nasal asymmetry.
  • Minimize a prominent “trestle” (nasal hump).
  • Act on the tip of the nose to make it larger if it is too narrow, lift it if it is droopy, or narrow it if it is too big.
  • Correct birth defects and nasal injuries.
  • Correct deviations in the nose and some respiratory problems (septorhinoplasty).
  • Correct breathing problems caused by structural defects in the nasal area. Nose surgery is very effective in opening the nasal passages. It can be combined with sinus surgery to solve respiratory problems and chronic sinusitis.
  • Stop or reduce snoring, as long as it is caused by the poor nasal structure. It is also useful for solving other sleep-related problems.
  • Repair fractures in the nose. With rhinoplasty, the bones are repositioned and immobilized with bandages and splints so that they are properly welded.

Does The Technique Vary According To Sex?

Although the technique used is similar if a man or a woman is operated on, it is true that there are differences in both the aesthetic criteria and the anatomy of the nose.

Ethnicity is another aspect that makes rhinoplasty vary. Between the different races, important differences can be observed in the nasal, dorsal width, or in the positioning of the hump, for example.

Rhinoplasty in Men

Men’s noses are more prominent than women’s. They have a higher nasal bridge and more rigid and wide cartilage. The skin of the man’s nose is thicker and has stronger bone support, which is related to the size of his facial skeleton.

When it comes to surgery, most men opt for a nose that has a straight nasal back, which gives character and strength to the face.

When operating the tip of the nose, a bet is made on a less fine and thin appearance than in women. The tip is placed at an angle between 90 and 95 degrees between the upper lip and the nose.

Rhinoplasty in Women

The woman’s nose is usually more refined and delicate than the man’s. In addition, it has a fine, upturned, and short tip. The length of the nose is also less than that of the man. It usually starts at, or slightly below, the crease that forms the upper eyelid.

Women prefer a small nose; that has a slightly upturned tip. It is customary to make a subtle notch along the bridge, just above the tip.

In addition, they bet on a more curved nasal back than that of men, to give the face a delicate and feminine appearance.