An Introduction to Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty or “nose job” is an operation, which alters the shape of the nose. This is one of the most exacting operations in plastic surgery. It requires a lot of skill both in the analysis of the problem and in performing the operation. There is a high degree of dissatisfaction after having this operation, compared to other procedures. Choosing the right surgeon the first time is therefore very important.

Nose operations date back to ancient times in India, first being performed by Shushruta. Many techniques exist, and fashions in nasal shape change. There is no doubt that a more natural; “un-operated look” is most popular now. The new nose must be individually fashioned to suit your face. A harmonious appearance is important. The nose is an organ that needs to function in breathing in addition to being an important facial feature. Both structure and function are connected and need to be considered in this type of operation. Nowadays, the “open method” of operating the nose is gaining popularity as this gives good visibility of all the architecture, and gives very good control of the changes to be made.