Types of Nose Surgery: Which One Will Work for You?

Types of Nose Surgery

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Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is one of the most popular types of plastic surgery. It is performed to balance the overall shape of the nose so that it is in harmony with the facial features. In addition, it is performed to correct various medical conditions and deformities associated with the nose.

Both men and women can consider rhinoplasty to make their noses smaller, straighter, or free of other imperfections like a hump or a septum deviation. 

Different Types of Nose Surgery

Although several people may decide on rhinoplasty, not everyone knows the range of possibilities open to them. 

There are various types of nose jobs, which we will discuss in this blog post.

To choose which option is best for you, talk to an experienced and suitably qualified facial plastic surgeon about the various options available. 

Everyone has their own specific set of requirements. Therefore, knowing the various alternatives to modify the nose’s appearance is crucial.

  • Augmentation Rhinoplasty

An augmentation rhinoplasty is usually performed to increase the nasal bridge projection on the profile or side view.

During the procedure, the surgeon uses grafting to build the bridge and/or nasal tip. Usually, surgeons harvest cartilage from the nasal septum and other body parts (ear or rib) for grafting.

If the person doesn’t have enough tissue, other materials are available to build up the nose. Here are some of the materials used to add volume to the nose:

  1. Synthetic gel implant: Filler injections (Restylane®, hyaluronic acid)
  2. Synthetic solid implant: Silicone, ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene, Gore-Tex®)
  • Reduction Rhinoplasty

As the name implies, this type of rhinoplasty is performed to make the nose smaller. Through this procedure, a patient can reduce the overall size of the nose or any specific area size, like a hump or bump, tip, and more.

During the procedure, the surgeon often removes the bone and/or cartilage from the nose to provide the patient with the desired result. 

  • Reconstructive Rhinoplasty

Nose jobs are typically performed for cosmetic reasons but can also treat various medical conditions. 

One such type of rhinoplasty is reconstruction rhinoplasty, which focuses on treating defects caused by disease or trauma.

Reconstructive rhinoplasty is performed to repair the nose damaged during any medical or surgical treatment. It is also commonly performed for deformities following trauma.

This is accomplished by utilising skin or cartilage grafts harvested from other body parts to reconstruct the nose after injury or tissue loss. Due to the complex nature of this type of nose job, a patient may need to undergo several procedures. And also, look for a nose job surgeon with extensive experience performing reconstructive rhinoplasty.

  • Post-traumatic Rhinoplasty

A post-traumatic rhinoplasty is great for patients who have suffered facial trauma due to stressful events. The procedure helps them to improve the shape and size of their nose.

When the nose sustains an injury a number of structures can be damaged including damaged cartilage, asymmetry of the nose inside and out, visible changes to the nose, broken bones, trouble breathing, and internal deviations. Post-traumatic rhinoplasty is used in such cases. It can address all these injuries to the nose.

  • Ethnic Rhinoplasty

In ethnic rhinoplasty, the patient’s nose is reshaped to create a symmetrical, appealing nose that complement’s face without masking the patient’s ethnic characteristics. During the process, the ethnic characteristics of the patient’s nose (both externally and internally) are considered. Choosing a plastic surgeon specialising in Non-Caucasian Rhinoplasty is crucial if you are Hispanic, Indian, Asian, or African American to get the best result.

  • Refinement Rhinoplasty

It is one of the most performed rhinoplasty procedures. This type of rhinoplasty helps patients refine the shape, size, and appearance of their noses. 

The specifics of a refinement rhinoplasty depend on the individual’s goals. So, it’s good to book an appointment with Mr Raj Lakhani, one of the most trusted and experienced UK rhinoplasty surgeons. After conducting several physical and laboratory tests, he will have an honest and open conversation with you. Mr Lakhani will brief you about possible results and how he and his team will perform the procedure.

A refinement rhinoplasty helps in:

  1. Lifting a droopy nose
  2. Reducing the size of wide-looking or bulbous nose
  3. Rebalancing asymmetrical nostrils
  4. Reducing nostril flaring
  5. Refining a previous rhinoplasty
  6. Straightening a hooked tip
  7. Smoothing an upturned tip
  • Turbinoplasty

One surgical option for correcting nasal obstruction is a turbinoplasty. When nasal congestion causes discomfort, this procedure is typically performed to provide relief.  

One of the bones that helps you breathe through your nose is the turbinate or nasal concha. The turbinate bone appears like an elongated seashell because of its long, thin, and curved shape.

The turbinate bone may enlarge due to allergies or other nasal problems. Nasal congestion and breathing difficulties are common symptoms of inflammation of these bones. Patients who experience nasal congestion or obstruction can consider a turbinoplasty if nasal medications fail to help the symptoms. 

During the procedure, surgeons reduce the size of the turbinates so that the patient can breathe properly.

  • Alarplasty

In Alarplasty, a little piece of nasal soft tissue in the shape of a wedge is taken from the area where the nostril attaches to the cheek at the alar base. This is performed to create a more pleasing appearance. In most cases, Alarplasty is performed to reshape or narrow the nose to balance it in relation to the base and other nose structures. 

  • Septoplasty

If you’re having trouble breathing through your nose, a septoplasty can help you. Usually, patients with a deviated septum are advised to undergo this treatment. 

During the procedure, the surgeon creates an incision in the nasal mucosa and straightens the crooked structures so you can breathe normally. Moreover, you can also alter the shape of your nose during this treatment to enhance its aesthetic and your ability to breathe.

  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

In endoscopic sinus surgery, tiny telescopes (endoscopes) are used to access the sinuses. Using these telescopes, the surgeon can see more clearly into the nasal cavity.         

The procedure aims to remove all the blockages and widen the sinus passages to improve airflow through the nose.

The term “functional endoscopic sinus surgery” (FESS) is often used interchangeably with “endoscopic sinus surgery.” FESS is actually a group of several small procedures. Your surgeon may elect to perform a single or multiple of these procedures if he or she has determined that one or more of your sinuses are the source of symptoms. Since endoscopic sinus surgery is carried out through nasal passages, there will be no visible scarring.

  • Polypectomy

Patients who complain about persistent nasal congestion and blockage may have nasal polyps. Sense of smell is usually affected too. Nasal polyps appear as small, soft, greyish lumps inside the nose. Patients with nasal polyps typically don’t complain about headaches, facial pressure, or discomfort unless there’s an underlying infection present.

Nasal polyps can develop alone or in conjunction with chronic rhinosinusitis, Kartagener syndrome, cystic fibrosis, the Samter triad, or other conditions. In order to remove nasal polyps, a nasal polypectomy is performed. 

  • Balloon Sinuplasty

This minimally invasive procedure is an excellent option when conventional medical treatment has failed to alleviate chronic or recurring sinusitis or sinus infections. In this procedure, surgeons insert a tiny balloon in the patient’s nose to widen the sinus passages. No implants or other temporary fixes are needed to maintain the outcomes.

Want to Correct Your Nasal Function or Refine Its Shape? Contact Us Now!

The nose is the central feature of the face. A slight change in its shape can improve its overall appearance.

Rhinoplasty is an excellent option to improve the shape and size of the nose to make it aesthetically more pleasing. However, before opting for the procedure, it’s advised to consult with Mr Raj Lakhani. You can ask him various questions about the procedure, like the Nose job cost, duration, and – ‘am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty’?

Mr Lakhani will advise you on the best possible route. Contact us now to book an appointment with Mr Raj Lakhani.