Surgery to reshape the nose is a very common plastic surgery procedure and it can both increase or decrease the size of nose. The shape of the tip, the bridge and also the nostrils can be changed as can the angle between the nose and the upper lip. Sometimes breathing difficulties can be corrected at the same time.
The nose is the central feature of the face, many people are self-conscious of shape which they may regard as too big, too small or have some other feature which they dislike. The characteristics of the nose are inherited from parents and develop during adolescent years. They continue until the age of 16, when the nose stops growing. It is, therefore, unwise to operate before this age.
In Augmentation rhinoplasty some additional framework is introduced underneath the skin to raise and straighten the bridge-line. Various materials are used for the additional framework such as bone, cartilage and a range of manufactured materials which are safe and well tolerated by the body eg silicone. Each has its advantages and disadvantages which are too complex to discuss in this fact sheet.
The additional framework is usually introduced into the nose through a cut either...