Noses are very individual and their shape and appearance can reflect your heritage or be the result of an injury. If your nose does not fit your face, rhinoplasty, one of the most common plastic surgery procedures, can:
These better physical proportions can have a dramatic impact on how you feel about yourself. A rhinoplasty can be purely cosmetic or can correct injury, birth defects, or other problems that affect your breathing.
A full Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure performed under light general anesthesia. We no longer do this, but do perform minor modifications and correction of acute deformity from broken noses in the office under local anesthesia. Insurance may cover some of these procedures if done for reconstruction, or if the procedure, including internal airways remodeling, is performed to correct breathing problems, but not when done for cosmetic purposes.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons provides more general information and 3-D Animation, though the procedures described are not generally the same as our more modern one.