Rhinoplasty
is surgery that changes the shape of the nose. The motivation for rhinoplasty
may be to change the appearance of the nose, improve breathing or both.

Rhinoplasty can change the size, shape or proportions of your
nose. It may be done to repair deformities from an injury, correct a birth
defect or improve some breathing difficulties.

The upper
portion of the structure of the nose is bone, and the lower portion is
cartilage. Rhinoplasty can modify bone, cartilage, skin or all three. Talk with
your surgeon about whether rhinoplasty is appropriate for you and what it can
achieve.

When planning
rhinoplasty, your surgeon will consider your other facial features, the skin on
your nose and what you would like to change. If you are a candidate for
surgery, your surgeon will develop a customized plan for you.

Sometimes
part or all of a rhinoplasty is covered by insurance.