Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly requested procedures at my Chicago practice, but people seek it for a lot of different reasons. Below, I’ve listed 6 of the most common reasons men and women seek rhinoplasty.
Common Cosmetic Concerns
If you know there’s something you don’t like about the look of your nose, but you can’t pinpoint what it is, review the following 6 common concerns and see whether any seem familiar:
- Dorsal hump: This appears as a bump on the bridge of the nose that may be caused by bone or cartilage. It’s easiest to see from the profile view.
- Long nose: Research shows there are specific proportions and angles that represent the aesthetic ideal for noses. When a nose is too long, it can detract from an attractive appearance.
- Tension tip: Sometimes called a “tension nose,” this refers to a nose with a high bridge combined with a protruding tip.
- Bulbous tip: A bulbous, or wide, tip can be caused by the shape of cartilage in that part of the nose or the skin’s thickness.
- Over-projected tip: An over-projected nasal tip extends too far from the face and is especially noticeable when the bridge of the nose is a normal height.
- Under-projected tip: If the tip isn’t the highest point of the nose, it is considered under-projected. An under-projected nasal tip is also one of the most common reasons for revision rhinoplasty.
Review my online gallery of before & after photos to get a better idea of what can be done. In each case, changes to the nose’s internal framework can make a big cosmetic difference.
While these are among the most common concerns, they are not the only reasons for rhinoplasty. Patients also often get nose surgery to correct asymmetry and issues that make it difficult to breathe through the nose. This is called functional rhinoplasty. In some cases, functional rhinoplasty results in aesthetic changes, as well.
The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty — either cosmetic or functional — is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in the procedure and has a proven track record of excellent results. Review this blog post or contact us online for answers to questions about rhinoplasty. You’re welcome to give us a call at (312) 788-2560 as well.