A long nose is a common concern for many patients considering rhinoplasty. At THE SKIN CENTERx, plastic surgeon William C. Cohen uses the most advanced rhinoplasty techniques to correct many aspects of the nose, including length, to create a more refined, proportionate profile. By shortening the length of the nose with rhinoplasty, Dr. Cohen helps patients enjoy improved facial balance and enhanced features. To find out if rhinoplasty for a long nose is right for you, contact our practice in Orange County, CA to schedule a consultation.
Rhinoplasty for a Long Nose
Reducing the length of the nose is a possibility with reduction rhinoplasty. Through reduction rhinoplasty, the nose may be shortened, bumps on the bridge smoothed, and flared nostrils may be minimized. There are two approaches, closed or open, that may be used to perform reduction rhinoplasty.
With closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made inside the nose to eliminate visible scarring. Internal incisions are then used to access structures within the nose; unwanted cartilage is removed to reduce the length of the nose and enhance its overall appearance.
With open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made along the columella, the tissue separating the nostrils. Through this incision, the skin is lifted to provide access to the cartilage of the nose. The cartilage is then shaped and adjusted to the desired appearance. The skin is then replaced and the incision at the columella is closed. Residual scarring is generally hidden beneath the nose.
The Risks of Rhinoplasty
As with any surgery, there are some potential risks to be aware of when considering rhinoplasty. Although most patients experience no complications after surgery, it's important for patients to be aware of the risks associated with rhinoplasty, as well as their personal risks factors. Some potential risks include:
- Nerve damage
Candidates for Rhinoplasty
Candidates for rhinoplasty include those who are unhappy with the length, shape, size, or overall appearance of their noses and wish to address these issues through surgery. Ideal candidates should be in good general health and free of such conditions as uncontrolled diabetes or cardiovascular disease. In addition, candidates should have realistic expectations about the results of rhinoplasty and be non-smokers.
Other candidates for rhinoplasty include those who:
- Have a bulbous tip
- Have a protruding nasal tip
- Have a bump on the bridge of the nose
- Have a crooked nose
- Have breathing issues from such issues as a deviated septum
Find out if You're a Candidate for Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty offers many benefits to those who wish to enhance their facial features. If you are unhappy with the length or overall appearance of your nose, you may be a candidate for rhinoplasty. To find out if you're a candidate, or to learn more about your treatment options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cohen.