Rhinoplasty refers to reshaping of the nose, often referred to as a “nose job.” This can be done for the functional purpose of improving the ability to breathe through the nose, or for the cosmetic purpose of bringing the size and shape of the nose into better balance and harmony with the other facial features. Each nose is different and presents a unique challenge to the surgeon, which is why an individualized approach for each patient is critical to achieving an excellent outcome.
The procedure is typically performed by making small incisions within the nose, and depending on the deformities to be addressed, a small incision may be made on the columella, which is the portion of skin and soft tissue that runs between the two nostrils. This allows the skin envelope to be carefully lifted off of the underlying cartilage and bone, which gives the nose its shape. This cartilage and bone is then carefully reshaped to obtain the desired results. Cartilage taken from the patient’s own nose or ear may be used to help provide support and correct any deficiencies in the shape or function of the nose. Occasionally, for severe deformities, cartilage from the rib or small implants may be necessary to provide the desired result.
Dr. Cain and Dr. Richardson have both undergone extensive specialized training in rhinoplasty surgery, including complex revision rhinoplasty for patients who have new or persistent deformities following prior rhinoplasty surgery.
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