Am I A Good Candidate For Rhinoplasty?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in rhinoplasty surgery. I have always hated my nose. It has a large bump on it and it slopes down at the tip. I have always wanted a smaller and more shapely nose. What type of rhinoplasty do I need?

A: Based on a review of your pictures, you are an ideal candidate a good rhinoplasty result. This is based on your pictures which show the type of nasal anatomy which is very favorable for surgical change to get near ideal nasal proportions and shape.

Patients with nasal nasal skin have the capacity after surgery to show quite quickly and completely the changes that have been done to the cartilaginous/bony framework. In addition, thinner nasal skin does not get as much swelling after surgery and it does not take as long for most of the swelling to subside. Such is the type of nasal skin that you have.

A very common and favorable type of nasal problem is the convex dorsum which patients know as a nasal hump or bump. This overgrowth of the cartilage always makes the tip of the nose look like it is pushed downward, even if it is not. Reduction of this hump completely changes the shape of the nose and the profile, which make the nose looks smaller and more proportionate. The tip of the nose can also be narrowed at the same time. The other consideration in your rhinoplasty is the potential benefit of a small chin augmentation at the same time. Your chin is naturally shorter which is common in a nose with a hump. Reducing the size of the nose (dorsal reduction) and bringing the chin forward creates a diametric change in the facial profile which makes it more balanced overall.

Computer imaging will demonstrate these rhinoplasty and chin changes and I will get those prediction to you tomorrow.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana