What is a Primary Rhinoplasty?
Our eyes are programmed to focus on the things that stand out the most. Since the nose is the centermost feature of the face, it's what our eyes are typically drawn to. Primary rhinoplasty is a cosmetic treatment that aims to improve the size and shape of the nose in relation to facial harmony. "Primary" indicates that the procedure is the first nose surgery performed for individuals. When making the decision that rhinoplasty is the right choice for you, it's important to choose a board-certified surgeon with experience in rhinoplasty procedures.
Am I a Candidate for Primary Rhinoplasty?
You could be a candidate for rhinoplasty as long as you are 18 or older and in generally good health. There are many reasons why a person would consider rhinoplasty. These include:
- Improve the overall shape of the nose
- Reduce nostril size
- Refine nasal tip
- Reduce nose projection
- Address breathing difficulties
Making the decision to get rhinoplasty is a big deal, so it's important to trust your care to only the best.
How is it Performed?
The goal of primary rhinoplasty is generally to improve the appearance of the nose. Nose surgery is performed by lifting the skin from the underlying structures and then altering the bone and cartilage that make up the structure of the nose. Once the desired result has been achieved, the skin is then put back in place and the nose is left to heal. Surgeons all have their own unique techniques when it comes to performing rhinoplasty, which varies depending on the needs and goals of their patients. Some prefer to perform primary rhinoplasty by making tiny incisions inside of the nostrils and working on the underlying structures through these incisions. Others prefer a more external approach by making an incision in the columella, which gives the surgeon a clear view of the structures of the nose by lifting the entire skin envelope.
Achieve Better Facial Harmony
The results someone can expect to see from their rhinoplasty will depend on the surgeon who performs the surgery and their goals. It's up to a plastic and reconstructive surgeon to listen to the patient's desired outcomes and provide realistic expectations. To locate a Rhinoplasty Society member who offers nasal surgery in your area, please consult our Find A Surgeon feature.
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Primary Rhinoplasty FAQs
Will my insurance cover functional nose surgery?
Although rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons is not covered by insurance, functional rhinoplasty that is medically necessary to improve your breathing may be covered. If you may be using your insurance, please tell your surgeon in your consultation. Our office will help you submit the needed paperwork and information to your insurance to process your claim.
What about ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty focuses on improving the appearance of the nose while still keeping your cultural identity. This may be a concern if you are Asian, African-American, or Middle Eastern. In your consultation, you can talk about what you want to keep and what you would like to change. This will allow your surgeon to customize your treatment plan to give you the best results.
Can I combine nose surgery with other facial surgeries?
Many patients consider combining rhinoplasty with another procedure. Having multiple surgeries for a more dramatic result can be discussed during your consultation. Rhinoplasty can help make your whole face look more balanced, so you should wait to see your results before getting another procedure.