(surgery to reshape the nose)
Rhinoplasty, or surgery to reshape the nose, is one of the most
common of all plastic surgery procedures. Rhinoplasty can reduce
or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip
or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the
angle between your nose and your upper lip. It may also correct
a birth defect or injury, or help relieve some breathing problems.
Rhinoplasty can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence,
but it wont necessarily change your looks to match your
ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before
you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations
and discuss them with your surgeon.
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people who are looking
for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If youre
physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in
your expectations, you may be a good candidate.
Age may also be a consideration. Many surgeons prefer not to
operate on teenagers until after theyve completed their
growth spurtaround 14 or 15 for girls, and a bit later
for boys. Its important to consider a teenagers
social and emotional adjustment, too, and to make sure its
what they, and not their parents, really want.