The surgical procedure known as “rhinoplasty” in the medical field is an aesthetic operation performed to correct nasal deformities. It is the most preferred type of surgery in cosmetic operations in our country. It can be performed as a result of aesthetic concerns as well as due to trauma, health issues, and genetic reasons. Below are some commonly asked questions about rhinoplasty.

When should rhinoplasty be performed?

Women who have aesthetic concerns related to their nose can undergo rhinoplasty starting from the age of 17, while men can undergo this procedure from the age of 18 onwards. Additionally, nasal deformities resulting from injury or trauma are also among the reasons for rhinoplasty.

Is there an age limit for rhinoplasty?

The operation can be performed once the individual’s musculoskeletal system has developed sufficiently. Therefore, the decision for surgery is based on the development of cartilage and bone structure rather than a specific age limit. The minimum age limit is 17 for females and 18 for males, considering the development of cartilage and bone structure. The upper limit is determined based on the individual’s overall health condition.

What should an ideal nose look like?

The ideal nose can vary from person to person. The ideal nasal structure differs for each individual, as it is a concept that can vary depending on the person’s facial type and cannot be generalized. However, the concept of the “golden ratio,” which ensures harmony among the parts that make up a whole and is valid in nature and humans, can be considered in aesthetics. In fact, when the undesired and unwanted parts of the nose are corrected, the natural nose suitable for the person’s face typically emerges.

Before the planned nose surgery, the desired nose shape is shown to the patient via Photoshop. The main purpose of using Photoshop is to understand the person who wants to undergo aesthetic surgery. It helps determine if the individual has realistic expectations and what kind of nose they prefer. Based on the discussion between the doctor and the patient, the desired nose shape is determined. However, this shape is not a promise but rather a goal aimed to be achieved.

Is non-surgical rhinoplasty possible?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty does not exist. Non-surgical methods cannot be considered as rhinoplasty. Non-surgical interventions for the nose include procedures such as nose filler injections and botulinum toxin injections to the nasal tip.

Nose filler injections can be applied to patients with mildly prominent nasal bridges. It is ideal for those who do not wish to undergo surgery, but its effects are not permanent.

Botulinum toxin injections to the nasal tip involve injecting botulinum toxin into the muscle at the junction of the nose and upper lip. This causes the muscle to relax, lifting the nasal tip slightly. Like nose filler injections, this procedure also provides short-term effects.

How long does a rhinoplasty procedure take?

The duration of a rhinoplasty surgery can vary depending on the intervention required. If there are no health issues in the nose other than cosmetic concerns (such as deviated septum, etc.), it can take between 2 to 2.5 hours. Operations focusing on reshaping the nasal tip may take less time.

When should rhinoplasty be performed?

Nose surgery can be performed in cases of aesthetic concerns, deformities resulting from injury or trauma, or in cases of severe septal deviation to improve breathing, often in conjunction with septoplasty.

When does the shape of the nose settle after rhinoplasty?

After rhinoplasty surgery, interventions performed can result in swelling and bruising around the nose and eye area, affecting the appearance of the nose post-surgery. Typically, exaggerated swelling and puffiness subside within 1-2 weeks. After 1 year from the surgery, the nose fully achieves its appearance. Therefore, photographs taken after one year serve as criteria for rhinoplasty, while those taken earlier hold little significance.