Rhinoplasty at University Hospitals Center for Facial Aesthetics Helps Build Self-Confidence

Surgeons at the Center for Facial Aesthetics at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Department of Plastic Surgery in Cleveland, Ohio, specialize in rhinoplasty. This type of nose surgery improves the appearance and proportion of the nose, enhancing facial harmony and boosting self-confidence.

Significant Benefits of Nose Surgery

Rhinoplasty can affect the shape of the nose in many different ways, including:

  • Reducing or increasing the size of the nose
  • Changing the shape of the tip or the bridge
  • Narrowing the span of the nostrils
  • Correcting congenital or traumatic deformities
  • Improving breathing in some patients
  • Straightening a deviated septum

Rhinoplasty involves remodeling and manipulation of the nasal bone and cartilage framework as well as the overlying soft tissue. Depending on the start point, changes achieved by rhinoplasty may be subtle or dramatic. However, as long as the nose matches the face, which is the goal of a successful rhinoplasty, even with significant changes it will not be obvious that the patient had a nose surgery.

The goal of aesthetic rhinoplasty is to create a natural improvement in the appearance of the nose so that it is in balance with the rest of the face. Septal surgery to improve nasal breathing may be covered by insurance.

Patient Examination and History

Before undergoing rhinoplasty surgery, our expert team at the Center for Facial Aesthetics will perform an extensive evaluation of the patient's nose that includes taking photographs. The balance between the patient's chin and nose is also evaluated. For those who experience headaches a CT scan would be ordered.

The available surgical options and the referring doctor’s recommendations will be reviewed, including the limitations and risks of surgery. Additional material is given to the patient for review at home.

Ideal Candidates for Rhinoplasty

Patients who are physically healthy and realistic in their expectations are usually good candidates for rhinoplasty. The best candidates are those individuals who are looking for improvement -- not perfection -- in the appearance of their nose.

Performing Rhinoplasty

In most cases, rhinoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure in the surgical center or hospital under general anesthesia. Specific procedure details are based on each patient’s specific needs.

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