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Bulbous Nose Surgery

Nose surgery, medically referred to as rhinoplasty, is the most common form of cosmetic surgery and is designed to reshape a nose to give it a different appearance.  Noses are the most prominent feature on the face, which is one of the reasons why many people are likely to be unhappy with theirs individually.  Noses come in a variety of shapes and sizes and surgery can really make a difference.  However, it is very important that a cosmetic surgeon takes into consideration the ethnic origin of the patient, as the new nose does have to continue to fit in with the overall ethnicity.

What is Bulbous Nose Surgery?

Bulbous nose surgery is meant to change the shape of a bulbous nose.  Bulbous noses are also known as red noses or alcoholic noses, although their medical name is rhinophyma.  Many people with a bulbous nose are very embarrassed by it and often become even more so when others automatically assume that they are heavy drinkers.  Science, however, has demonstrated there is actually no link between rhinophyma and alcohol consumption.

Benefits of Bulbous Nose Surgery

Having bulbous nose surgery will improve the overall appearance of symmetry in the face, as well as reduce the bulbous part of the nose.  This is why many people think nose surgery is not just a medical practice, but an art as well, as surgeons are able to design a new nose that still looks natural on the face.

Some of the issues that can be solved with bulbous rhinoplasty include:
  • Producing a more symmetrical nose by reducing and enhancing the shape of the original nose, for example by changing the contour of the nose itself.
  • Correcting the width of the nose and nasal tips, including bulbous nasal tips.
  • Improving the full nasal profile by removing or filling any odd nose shapes, such as depressions or humps.

What is the Perfect Nose?

Any plastic surgeon should tell you immediately that there is no such thing as the perfect nose – not even the perfect nose for a specific face.  There are, however, imperfect noses, including bulbous noses.  Furthermore, reshaping a nose the wrong way can create an imperfect nose.  Having an imperfect nose can lead to severe psychological consequences, including low self esteem and depression and bulbous nose surgery can help in relieving this.

Risks Associated with Bulbous Nose Surgery

As with all types of surgery, there are risks involved.  Although bulbous nose surgery – or any other form of rhinoplasty – is not classed as major surgery, complications can always occur and a patient should be fully informed about this.  Some of the most common risks include:
  • Infection
  • Frequent and recurrent nose bleeds
  • Allergic reaction to the anaesthetic
  • Breathing problems
Almost everyone will have some bruising and swelling following surgery, but this should go within a few weeks.  Following bulbous nose surgery, the plastic surgeon will be fully involved with the patient’s aftercare, ensuring that the healing process is on track and no complications are taking place.

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