What Is Preservation Rhinoplasty?
Preservation rhinoplasty is a modern surgical technique that keeps more of the original nose structure intact than traditional rhinoplasty. This approach to cosmetic nose surgery offers many benefits to patients, including natural-looking results and shorter recovery times. With preservation rhinoplasty, bone and cartilage are removed from beneath the nose, thus reshaping the nose while keeping most of the outer structures in place. Preservation rhinoplasty is performed by members of The Rhinoplasty Society, a group of nose surgeons from all over the world.
Am I a Candidate for Preservation Rhinoplasty?
Preservation rhinoplasty is usually performed for cosmetic purposes. The most common reasons include:
- Lowering the height of a nasal bump
- Enhancing your side profile
- Improving a crooked nose
- Lifting a drooping tip
- Reducing a wide tip
Not everyone is a candidate for this type of surgery, particularly people who have had rhinoplasty in the past. To determine whether preservation rhinoplasty is right for you, you should discuss your goals with a qualified plastic surgeon.
How Is It Done?
Preservation rhinoplasty is performed while you are asleep under general anesthesia. A small portion of bone and cartilage will be trimmed from the lower region of the nose. This allows space for the dorsum to be pushed down to a lower position while maintaining the nasal bridge. Unlike traditional rhinoplasty, there is no need for sanding down bone from the top of the nose or reconstructing the nasal bridge. Ultimately, preservation rhinoplasty is more of a general approach than an exact technique. The specifics of the procedure will depend on your surgeon as well as your goals.
Preserve Your Nasal Structure
Preservation rhinoplasty represents a shift in the way plastic and reconstructive surgeons approach rhinoplasty. The approach has gained popularity in recent years for its ability to reshape the nose without altering the overall structural integrity. A plastic or reconstructive surgeon can help you decide on the best type of rhinoplasty for your goals. To connect with a Rhinoplasty Society surgeon near you, please use our Find A Surgeon feature.