Many people feel self-conscious about their nose. An unusual shape, whether inherited, or as a result of previous injury, may adversely affect your self-confidence and your looks.
A 'nose job', or rhinoplasty, is a procedure designed to reduce, enlarge or alter the shape of the nose.
The upper half of the nose is made of bone while the lower half comprises several cartilages. To correct a nasal deformity, your surgeon may need to change the shape and size of any or all of these structures. Typically the skin of the nose itself is unaffected and its natural elasticity allows it to conform to the new underlying shape of the bone and cartilage. Occasionally, however, it may be necessary to remove a piece of skin and the base of the nostrils to reduce their size.
If the nose needs to be built up (augmented), you surgeon may use either natural materials such as your own ear, rib cartilage or bone, or use artificial implant materials.