A rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as a “nose job”, is a procedure used to improve the shape of the nose. Patients considering rhinoplasty often feel that that their nose is too large, too small, too short, too long or crooked. Sometimes, structural changes within the nose that impact breathing will accompany a patient’s cosmetic concerns. Correction of breathing through the nose may require straightening of the partition or septum dividing the right and left halves of the nose.

Straightening this septum is called a septoplasty and may be covered by insurance. Similarly, bony structures within the nose called turbinates shrink and swell as they serve to humidify air traveling through the nose. Surgical correction of the turbinates may also accompany a rhinoplasty to improve breathing and may also be covered by insurance. A rhinoplasty can be performed through a closed or an open approach.

The appearance of the nose is influenced by ethnicity, gender and other pre-existing facial features such as the position of the chin and upper jaw. Rhinoplasty requires a careful assessment of functional and cosmetic goals, a clear understanding of a patient’s expectations and how they relate to what surgery can reasonably achieve.


Browse a photo gallery of Washington University Physician patients' before and after photos of rhinyplasty procedures here.

To learn more details about rhinoplasty, review photos, or learn when we are having a free seminar please visit us online at westcountyplasticsurgeons.wustl.edu.

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