What are the limitations of rhinoplasty?

I have a log, thin nose and would like to change the same. It's unsymmetrical, and sort of goes of to one side. Can this be treated? Also, can the nostrils be shorted and the bridge of the nose changed to a more feminine shape, that curves instead of being straight? Can the overall nose be shortened? I just want to know what can and can't be done as I would really love a shorter and more curved nose, if this is possible.

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Rhinoplasty Limitation

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It sounds like you have a deviated nasal septum that is causing your nose to bend to one side. Straightening the septum will help correct that. The shape and size of the nostrils can also be changed based on what bothers you. Smoothing out and shaping the dorsum (or bridge) of your nose can also help get that slightly curved look. As far as shortening your nose, one way this can be done is by giving the tip a slight rotation upwards. Going into your surgeon's office for imaging can be quite helpful to see how these changes will make you look!

Las Vegas Facial Plastic Surgeon

Rhinoplasty vs Expectation

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Based on your info, it is possible for you to get a shorter and more curved nose. Your nose tip will be turned up for a shorter nose shape and your nose will be fixed to get a more curved-shape. Your requirement and expectation can be absolutely achieved. You may check with a highly qualified plastic surgeon in your area for a personal consultation to discuss more details about surgery and your expectation.

What are the limitations of rhinoplasty?

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There are different kinds of rhinoplasty operations however we can divide them as the one that requires bone excision and the one that does not need bone excision. The main fact that we classify the rhinoplasty operations like that is that the results and postoperative period is associated closely with this fact. In the operations like “nasal tip correction”, “simple rhinoplasty” there is no need for a bone excision however these minor operations cannot be beneficial for everyone. The operation type is need to be determined by the surgeon according to needs of the patient. In these minor operations the rhinoplasty is performed with closed method. The bone and the cartilage tissues are not involved in the surgery directly. Small nasal bumps can be removed in these operations.

In the operation that needs the bone and cartilage tissues to be involved; open approach is used. In the procedures with open approach, the size, shape and functionality of the nose can be improved. The big nasal bumps can be removed and septal deviations can be corrected providing a better nasal airway.

Bulent Cihantimur, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
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Limitations of Rhinoplasty

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Please submit a full set of pictures as described on my website for nasal evaluation or consult with a rhinoplasty specialist so you can establish reasonable goals and expectations. The problems you describe are typically addressed with this procedure.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty candidate

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A full set of facial photographs are required to make a determination about what may be needed for a very difficult surgical procedure such as a rhinoplasty. Digital computer imaging would be helpful to understand what can and cannot be accomplished with your nose on your facial features. For many  before and after examples of rhinoplasty and more information, please see the link and the video below 

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty limitations

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The biggest limitation of rhinoplasty is the unpredictability of eventual result because of soft tissue scar formation that pulls soft tissue in different directions.Achieving a smaller nose as you suggested can be done and the dorsum can be made mildly curved as opposed to being straight.  A deviated nose can be straightened as well.  In essence, all you have asked for can be achieved with the understanding that nothing can be guaranteed.


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Tanveer Janjua, MD
Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
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