The motivations for undergoing rhinoplasty can vary significantly from person to person. However, throughout my years performing rhinoplasty here in Chicago, I’ve heard a handful of concerns more frequently than others. If any of these 6 requests resonate with you, know you are not alone!
- Smooth a hump on the nose. Concern about a “dorsal hump” is quite common. The approach I take to smooth away a hump depends on whether the hump is comprised of bone, cartilage, or a combination of both. Although a dorsal hump is not typically visible from the front, it can have quite an effect on an individual’s profile.
- Lift a drooping nasal tip. A nasal tip that points downward can make the entire nose look as if it’s descending down the face. Like a dorsal hump, a downward pointing nasal tip can also have a significant impact on the way the nose looks in profile, changing the character of the entire face.
- Reduce the size of a nose that is too big or too long. A nose that is over-sized in relation to other facial features can be disheartening. Many times the nose itself isn’t overly large, but its projection makes it appear that way. Reducing the visual size of the nose is often achieved through similar techniques used to lift a nasal tip. When addressing this concern, it’s important to consider the dimensions of the other facial features to ensure a harmonious result.
- Refine a bulbous tip. A large, round nasal tip can make the face appear more aged than it is. A bulbous tip can be particularly distressing for female patients who usually prefer a more refined, “dainty” nasal appearance. Refining the nasal tip is one of the cornerstones of rhinoplasty, and most rhinoplasty procedures include adjusting the tip of the nose.
- Correct a deviated septum. Yes, a deviated septum actually is a common reason that people undergo rhinoplasty. While most individuals have some degree of septal deviation, a significantly deviated septum can affect respiration, cause chronic snoring, and be the source of many other problems. In some cases, a deviated septum results in an external appearance of a crooked or asymmetric nose, and it is necessary to correct the deviated septum in order to optimize the external appearance of the nose. While correcting a deviated septum generally doesn’t necessitate altering the appearance of the nose, some patients choose to make slight adjustments since they are already undergoing nose surgery.
- Contour a wide or flat nasal bridge. A careful, meticulous technique can add needed projection to a flat nasal bridge or reduce the dimensions of the bridge for a smooth, attractive contour that complements the entire face.
You can see the types of results I’ve created for a variety of patients in my gallery of before-and-after photos.
During your own rhinoplasty consultation, I’ll listen closely to your specific concerns and help you choose a surgical approach that’s likely to give you your desired results. We’ll discuss the techniques that will likely be best for your situation, and we’ll dive deeper into the nuances of surgery, from the type of incision I’ll use to details about recuperation.