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8 Common Reasons For Getting Rhinoplasty

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The nose is one of the most prominent features of your appearance, the cornerstone of the face. It can complement your eyes and smile when it is symmetrical with the rest of your facial features, or make you feel uncomfortable with your look if it is way too big, too small or misshapen.

People who feel insecure about the look of their nose, or a nasal deformity causes them breathing problems, often consider having a nose job (rhinoplasty). According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, facial cosmetic surgeons around the world perform about 220,000 nose surgeries every year.

If you are one of those people who feel that their physical and mental health will improve with a rhinoplasty, this article is for you. Here, we’ll go over the most popular reasons patients want to change the size and/or shape of their noses.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is plastic surgery that improves the nose’s shape, size, or proportions.

Nose surgery can change both the upper and lower portions of the nose, which includes bone, cartilage and skin. It is a challenging procedure as even some millimeters can make the difference between a well-shaped nasal structure and an average or poor nose look.

Why Get a Nose Job?

Nose surgery is the most effective solution for achieving facial harmony and looking more beautiful for many patients. Others choose rhinoplasty to correct a birth defect, improve their breathing difficulties or repair deformities caused by an injury. Here are the most common aesthetic and health-related reasons for getting a nose job.


1. Restore Nose after Injury

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A traumatic injury might damage the appearance and function of the nose. A car accident or an injury during a sports activity like football are the two most common causes of a broken nose. This type of nasal damage may lead to persistent headaches and chronic breathing problems for patients. Moreover, it can affect patients’ sense of smell. In this case, rhinoplasty is the right procedure for restoring the nasal function and improving the patient’s quality of life, while also giving the nose a beautiful shape.

2. Correct Birth Defects

Rhinoplasty can help repair nasal birth defects that affect the structure of the space inside the nose, the nasal cavity (sinus). Cleft palates and cleft lips are two common conditions where primary rhinoplasty is combined with other surgical treatments to repair the function and appearance of the mouth and nose area.

3. Fix Deviated Septum

A deviated nasal septum is one of the most common anatomical issues that make patients visit a plastic surgeon. A severely deviated septum usually causes congestion in the nasal passages (nasal blockage), leading to chronic mouth breathing. Patients who suffer from a deviated septum can’t breathe comfortably at night, have a dry mouth, nosebleeds, headaches, or even sleep apnea. This disturbing condition can be successfully treated with a functional rhinoplasty surgery (septoplasty) that straightens the cartilage. Cosmetic alterations to the nose’s external appearance are optional. However, most patients ask for small changes to correct the shape or size of their noses – all in just one surgery.

4. Alleviate Breathing Difficulties

Besides improving the look of your nose, a rhinoplasty can help you breathe better too. Just like in the case of a deviated nasal septum, a medical nose job can correct all kinds of malformations of the nasal structure, treating your breathing issues and improving your quality of life.

5. Improve Nose’s Size & Shape

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Patients with an overly prominent nose or a too-small nose can opt for a rhinoplasty to boost their confidence, feel more beautiful and be ready to take up new challenges. After all, aesthetic plastic surgery has been proven to help improve patients’ mental health and enhance their social life.

6. Fix Nose Asymmetries

Almost all people have some degree of asymmetry in their face, but for some the asymmetry is more noticeable than others. The nose is a prominent feature that plays an important role in how symmetrical the whole face looks. A crooked nose bridge or nostrils, a sharp, big or bulbous nose tip, or a nasal hump are typical conditions that disturb the harmony between facial features and make people seek plastic surgery. Corrective rhinoplasty is the most effective procedure with permanent results for a well-shaped nose, symmetrical with the rest of the face.

7. Treat Nasal Inflammation From Chronic Allergies

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Seasonal allergies affect nearly everybody at some point in their life. However, some people suffer from chronic allergies that don’t respond to regular allergy treatments, such as antihistamines or decongestants. Chronic allergies can lead to severe infections of the nostril’s turbinates. The most common condition of the turbinates due to allergies is turbinate hypertrophy.

A rhinoplasty helps alleviate chronic allergy symptoms by reducing the size of the turbinates, in addition to correcting the nose’s size and /or shape. After surgery, nostrils become less congested and patients find it much easier to breathe even when their allergies are in full force. Patients who only need to alleviate the symptoms of swollen turbinates can opt for turbinate reduction surgery without aesthetic or other functional alterations on their nose.

8. Treat Nasal Masses or Polyps

Nasal polyps are typically caused by asthma, chronic sinusitis or allergies. They appear along the nasal passages or inside sinuses and in a spherical shape. Small polyps do not cause any pain, so they often go unnoticed. On the other hand, large polyps block breathing, fester allergy symptoms, and may also lead to loss of smell, even though they are non-cancerous. Problematic polyps inside the nasal cavity can be treated with rhinoplasty as a standalone surgery or in combination with aesthetic alterations on the nose.

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Make An Appointment With Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Stavrou

When it comes to facial plastic surgery, experience the confidence of being in the expert hands of Dr. Demetris Stavrou. For Dr. Stavrou no two noses are the same; thus, no two rhinoplasties are the same too. The doctor has extensive experience in nose jobs and an artistic eye for reshaping noses in harmony, balance and proportion to the other facial features. Moreover, he uses the most advanced surgical technology and a combination of traditional and modern rhinoplasty techniques.

Book an appointment with Dr. Stavrou at the European Institute of Plastic Surgery in Nicosia, Limassol, Athens or Malta. The doctor will determine whether a nose job is right for you and work with you to develop a tailored plan to help you achieve your medical and/or aesthetic goals.


Dr Stavrou is a board-certified and highly experienced plastic surgeon in Cyprus, Greece and Malta, with a keen interest in informing patients about the latest updates on reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.

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