As one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed in the U.S. today, rhinoplasty or nose reshaping surgery has garnered plenty of attention. Unfortunately, not all the information circulating about this procedure is accurate. To help you decide whether rhinoplasty is a good choice for you, we have listed a number of basic facts about the procedure you should know.

Rhinoplasty can be functional as well as cosmetic.

You make think of a “nose job” as a primarily cosmetic endeavor, but some surgeries are also performed to enhance the function of the nose as well as its appearance. These procedures may open up exceptionally narrow nasal passages or repair a deviance in the cartilage that runs down the center of the nostrils, known as the septum.

Rhinoplasty can affect your voice and your sense of smell.

Nose surgery can indeed impact your sense of smell, but the good news is that side effect is nearly always temporary. While you may not be able to smell as well immediately following your surgery, your sense of smell will return once the nose heals completely. However, changes to the voice, while extremely subtle and rare, are likely to be permanent.

Rhinoplasty may use grafts from other parts of the body.

Rhinoplasties may require additional support for the internal structure of the nose, which is commonly taken from the patient’s own body rather than using a synthetic implant. If insufficient cartilage is contained inside the nose, common donor areas include the ear or a rib. Using the patient’s own cartilage minimizes risks and ensures the most natural results possible.

Rhinoplasty is highly customizable to each patient.

Rhinoplasty is not a “one-size-fits-all” procedure. In fact, there are many techniques that can be used to perform a rhinoplasty, which allows the surgeon to tailor the surgery to the specific needs and desired outcome of each patient. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Hall will talk to you about the best technique to address your concerns and what you can expect before, during and after your procedure.

Rhinoplasty is one of the most complex plastic surgeries performed today.

Although rhinoplasty is a very common procedure, it is also one of the most complex surgeries. It is imperative that you select a plastic surgeon that is both trained and highly-experienced in rhinoplasty procedures. Seek out a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to ensure the highest level of experience and care.  Keep in mind that your new nose will be permanent, and revision surgery is even more complicated than the original procedure. Get it right the first time by choosing a surgeon that is qualified in this type of plastic surgery.

Dr. Jeffrey Hall brings years of experience (board certified since 1995) performing rhinoplasties to the operating table. He and his staff, many of whom have worked with Dr. Hall for over 20 years, will walk you through every step of the process to ensure your comfort and a successful outcome. To learn more about rhinoplasty options, contact Hall Plastic Surgery at 855-851-4832.