The best rhinoplasty procedure is one that takes away all the extra skin around the nose, but doesn't change the tip of the nose. In fact, this is the only part of the nose that you can see when looking inside the nose. The bridge of the nose is also referred to as the tip of the nose. It's the bump on the bridge that is the most noticeable and what many patients are concerned about. Sometimes it can be quite a bit longer than it looks. In fact, some patients have actually discovered that their nose tip extends way past the bridge of the nose and extends down past the crease of the nose.
What many rhinoplasty patients do not know is that there is more than one option when it comes to correcting their nasal defects. The primary option, which is considered the safest one, involves taking out some of the tissue along the top of the nasal bridge in order to improve the shape of the nasal tip. Some potential disadvantages of this option include having the nasal tip of the nose permanently altered, having the nasal tip permanently changed, and having the nasal tip changed permanently only to find that the tip does not look corrected any longer.
Another option that can be used for rhinoplasty is altering the tip of the nose by bringing it closer to the middle of the face. For those patients who don't have an exceptionally large hump on their nose, this might be the most effective procedure. What many doctors refer to as a "hump and depression" procedure simply involves bringing the tip of the nose closer to the middle of the face so that a depression is created where the tip of the nose meets the nasal bone. This is a much less drastic procedure and can be accomplished with local anesthesia. However, some patients who have extremely large or bulbous nostrils sometimes opt for this procedure since it may create the appearance of a larger bump.
Many Seattle plastic surgeons also perform procedures like cheek implants and chin implants to improve the size and shape of the nose. Chin implants (aka coticogen) are actually made from synthetic materials that are similar to the look of human teeth. Chin implants will generally take patients about 6 months to heal, although they rarely require removal during that time. Chinstrap procedures are more common in the realm of nose cosmetic surgery and can produce excellent results. What are considered rhinoplasty alternatives are facial plastic surgery procedures like liposuction, facelift, and Botox injections.
One surgical procedure that has become increasingly popular over the past few years is the "bridge surgery" which involves replacing a problematic bridge with a smaller, less noticeable one. In general, a bridge is known to cause either a Nasal Congestion (which leads to an inflamed nose), a Tilt of the Nose (which can make the individual look older), or a hump on the bridge. Bridge surgery can help to remedy any of these problems.
If you are interested in this highly specialized form of cosmetic surgery, it's best to research all of your options before making a final decision. The cost of rhinoplasty can vary widely depending on the exact procedure that you choose as well as factors such as the surgeon's skill, experience, and location. It's important that you find a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty before committing to this highly invasive surgical procedure.