Decrease size and reshape nose. May also aid breathing.

Nose shaping (rhinoplasty) is concerned with the external appearance as well as the internal function of your entire nose. Do have a bothersome bump or wide nostrils? Do you have a large tip? Do your nostrils droop? Do you experience trouble breathing? The purpose of this procedure is to enhance your looks and to maintain or improve your ability to breathe through your nose.

Your ability to breathe depends in part on the anatomical configuration inside your nose--including the condition of the nasal septum (cartilage that divides your internal nose into two chambers, a left and a right) as well as the nasal turbinates (tissue along the sides of the nasal wall that function as baffles). Your surgeon will examine the inside of your nose to determine the condition of your septum and turbinates. If your breathing may be improved by straightening your septum or reducing the size of your turbinates, your surgeon will let you know. Previous injuries, allergies, heredity, emotions and seasonal changes also influence your ability to breathe. If you have a breathing problem, your surgeon will evaluate these and other factors at the time of consultation.

Your surgeon's sense of aesthetics, understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the nose and technical abilities are the most important determinants of the final appearance and function of your nose shaping procedure. However, your final outcome is not completely under the control of the surgeon. It will be influenced by variables such as thickness and shape of your bones and cartilage, quality and thickness of your skin, your overall facial shape, age and heredity fac