The Different Types of Rhinoplasty Explained

  • August 6, 2021

Many experts consider rhinoplasty surgery to be one of the most intricate plastic surgeries to perform because everyone’s nose plays a central role in form and function. Changing your nose’s structure can not only help correct respiratory problems, but may significantly affect the harmony among all your facial features.

In performing a rhinoplasty, Dr. Jeffrey Schmidt can remove cartilage or add tissue to reduce an overly large nose, straighten a crooked nose, correct a bumpy or flat nasal bridge, and reshape your nose’s tip. Read on to learn about various rhinoplasty options.

1. Revision Rhinoplasty

As its name suggests, a revision rhinoplasty is a “do-over” surgery for people who previously got a rhinoplasty and were dissatisfied with the results. When selecting a surgeon to perform a revision rhinoplasty, it is essential to choose wisely. Revision rhinoplasty surgery is often more challenging than the original procedure. For example, Dr. Schmidt may have to work around scar tissue or replace damaged cartilage left from the earlier surgery, both of these scenarios may  increase the degree of difficulty.

2. Functional Rhinoplasty

With his extensive training in head and neck surgery, Dr. Schmidt often performs nose reshaping with the express goal of correcting breathing problems. These may be congenital or the result of an injury, like a broken nose. Some patients with respiratory issues may struggle with snoring or sleep apnea. They may have trouble breathing through their nose, recurring sinus infections, and a limited sense of smell and taste. For these people, a functional rhinoplasty can restore their quality of life. If you choose to have a rhinoplasty for solely practical reasons, your insurance provider may cover your surgical costs.

3. Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Ethnic rhinoplasty is the term used for any nose surgery performed on a race other than Caucasian. Dr. Schmidt understands that his patients of color want to preserve their family roots and honor their heritage while obtaining the most aesthetically pleasing result. That’s why he considers each person’s distinctive appearance and facial anatomy when performing an  ethnic rhinoplasty procedure . Dr. Schmidt takes care to produce results that complement his patients’ facial features.

4. Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Dr. Schmidt often works with patients who want to change their nose’s appearance but who do not want to undergo anesthesia, stitches, or a potentially lengthy recovery time. In a non-surgical rhinoplasty, Dr. Schmidt uses injectable fillers to correct imperfections such as a crooked nose. These fillers do not carry any of the risks of surgery. Following a non-surgical rhinoplasty, the patient is cleared to resume his or her  typical daily schedule immediately after the procedure.

Since your body will eventually metabolize the biocompatible fillers, the results of a non-surgical rhinoplasty are not permanent. That means non-surgical rhinoplasty patients will  want to return for periodic touch-ups to maintain their new appearance. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is also an excellent way to “try on” nose surgery. If you love your new look and want to commit to it long term, you can opt to undergo a surgical procedure later.

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If you are considering nose surgery in the greater Denver area, please contact us to schedule your virtual or in-person consultation today. By focusing solely on facial procedures, Dr. Schmidt uses his talents and training to create outstanding, natural-looking results for all his patients. We also offer cutting-edge 3D imaging and simulation, so you can envision the rhinoplasty outcomes Dr. Schmidt may be able to provide you.

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