Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that alters the outward appearance of the nose without sacrificing its function. When performed by a skilled surgeon, it reshapes the contours of the nose in a manner which brings harmony to the other facial features. Overdeveloped ridges along the dorsum (more commonly known as a dorsal “hump”), which create a bump or hook along the nose when seen from the side, may be gently removed, and broad or misshapen nasal tips can be refined. Defects in the nose that are present after an accident, sports injury, or even at birth may be corrected. In addition, the tip of the nose often begins to droop as its structural support weakens with age. Rhinoplasty, or nasal reshaping, can assist in facial rejuvenation. Dr. Chow is well versed in both “open” and “closed” rhinoplasty techniques, and can discuss how refinement of the nose may best be achieved.
Because the shape of the nose is so central to how a face looks, it should complement the natural contours of the face. Some patients benefit from concurrent chin implants at the time of nasal surgery to achieve a balanced facial aesthetic. During a consultation session with Dr. Jen Chow at this Arcadia, California rhinoplasty practice, such options may be discussed and reviewed.