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4 Different Types of Nasal Surgery

Are you looking to enhance the appearance of your nose? Learn more about the different types of cosmetic nasal surgery at our Kelowna clinic. 

A rhinoplasty, also referred to nasal surgery, is a cosmetic procedure designed to enhance facial harmony and the proportions of your nose.

This plastic surgery is a safe and effective way to address a number of concerns including:

  • nasal asymmetry
  • a nasal tip that is bulbous, enlarged or hooked
  • nostril position and bridge width
  • nostrils that are wide, large or upturned
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Different Types of Nasal Surgery

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is a general term to describe any kind of plastic surgery that is carried out with the aim of enhancing or modifying the look of a patient’s nose.

However, there are a number of different nasal surgeries available. Working with your plastic surgeon can help you determine which option is best for you, depending on your unique anatomy and aesthetic goals.

1. Reduction Rhinoplasty

A reduction rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery that is designed to reduce the size of your nose. During this procedure, your nose may be reshaped as well. Patients can either opt to reduce the overall size of the nose or concentrate on specific areas including a large tip, hump or bump.

How is it performed? During this nasal surgery, the resizing is often done by removing cartilage and/or bone from the nose to achieve the desired shape and size. 

2. Augmentation Rhinoplasty

The purpose of this type of nasal surgery is to increase the general proportions of the nose. It is performed for patients whose noses are too small either as a result of unique genetics or an injury in which the cartilage has been damaged.

How is it performed? During this plastic surgery, the underlying nasal framework is exposed through small incisions. The nose is then augmented using either the patient’s own cartilage (if available) or a synthetic nasal implant.


3. Post-Traumatic Rhinoplasty

After a patient has had an injury or been in an accident that has affected their nose, it might be necessary to use a nasal surgery to return the nose to its original shape and appearance.

In some cases, patients opt to take advantage of this situation and choose to have cosmetic enhancements performed during the procedure as well. 

4. Corrective Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty refers to a secondary (or sometimes tertiary) rhinoplasty operation that seeks to correct any problems or corrections that arose after the initial cosmetic surgery.

This can include a reduction or augmentation, but generally, the aim of this plastic surgery is to restore the anatomy of a nose that doesn’t look right or is causing difficulty breathing.

Common problems requiring a corrective rhinoplasty:
  • Nasal airway obstruction
  • Overdone nose job
  • Worsened asymmetry
  • Incomplete shaping (not enough of a cosmetic change)
  • Excessive or inadequate tip projection
  • Excessively narrowed nasal tip
  • Thickened scar tissue
  • Over-reduction or inadequate reduction of the bridge height


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To find out more about our wide range of nasal surgeries and how our board-certified plastic surgeons can help enhance your facial appearance, contact our Kelowna clinic at (250)-868-9290 or fill in the online contact form.

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