Rhinoplasty for Narrow Noses

By dsherris on March 11, 2021


Woman in chair about to undergo rhinoplastyAre you worried that your nose is too thin? If you are interested in reshaping your nose, whether for cosmetic reasons or because you have trouble breathing, we suggest nose widening rhinoplasty. This type of procedure may be right for you and improve your quality of life and self-confidence.

At our practice in Buffalo, NY, we have a reputation for top-quality plastic surgery. We give our patients the utmost respect and attention to achieve their desired results. Below, Dr. David A. Sherris discusses the benefits and complications of a rhinoplasty for a narrow nose.

Problems Caused by a Narrow Nose

A narrow nose or narrow parts of the nose can throw off the balance of your facial features. Many people feel self-conscious about the look of their nose due to the excessive thinness. The narrowness of some structures of the nose may also cause some issues with breathing.

Which Section is Narrow?

Before outlining a treatment plan, your doctor will first examine your nose to determine which section of needs widening. For some, it may be the nasal tip. For others, their nostrils may appear too thin.

Many patients report that their bridge is too thin. Widening a nasal bridge is often the most complicated procedure, and therefore should be performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Sherris here in Buffalo. Whatever your issues are, we are here to assist you.

How Do Plastic Surgeons Widen a Nose?

Once your cosmetic surgeon has determined which sections of your nose need work, they can begin the procedure.

If you have an hourglass shape to your nasal bridge, your doctor can straighten it out using spreader grafts. They may also reduce what is known as the dorsal hump, a protruding lump on the bridge of the nose due to bone or cartilage irregularities. Sometimes removing this unwanted bump can help the nose appear wider without the need for grafts.

Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty

There are two ways to perform a nose job, open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty. The difference between them comes down to where the incisions are made. Closed surgery involves incisions inside the nostrils, and open surgery involves an incision made along the columella, the skin that separates the nostrils.

The Benefits of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty patients often report that they gain a newfound self-confidence with a new nose. They also are reported to have improved self-esteem and confidence in their appearance. This translates to numerous social benefits. You deserve to feel great about yourself.

For those having trouble breathing due to a narrow nose, rhinoplasty can help. By widening the nasal bridge, your plastic surgeon can improve airflow. This can lead to feeling healthier and more rested.

Potential Risks and Complications

Our Buffalo practice prides ourselves in minimizing the risk of complications. However, they can still occur. It is important to be well-informed on possible risks from rhinoplasty. Below are some common risks involved with surgery:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia

It’s important that patients follow all pre-op and post-op instructions carefully, and that they attend all follow-up visits for proper aftercare.

Join Us for a Consultation Today

Have we piqued your interest in a nose widening rhinoplasty? Come speak with our experts to find out if a rhinoplasty is right for you. Give us a call at (716)-884-5102 or send us a message online to schedule an appointment today.

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