Before and after rhinoplasty: The cosmetic surgery changes the size and shape of your nose.

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a type of plastic surgery that changes your nose’s shape and size. Some people have cosmetic rhinoplasty to improve how their nose and face look. Others undergo functional rhinoplasty, which improves breathing and nasal function. Surgeons who perform this procedure are trained in plastic surgery or facial plastic surgery. Rhinoplasty is commonly called a nose job.

Who is a candidate for rhinoplasty?

A candidate for rhinoplasty should:

  • Be finished growing and in good physical health.
  • Not smoke.
  • Understand the limitations of nose surgery and have reasonable goals for the procedure.
  • Want the procedure for their own reasons, not because someone else thinks they’d look better.

What does rhinoplasty do?

Rhinoplasty reshapes your nose. The procedure can:

  • Correct a nose that looks bulbous, upturned, hooked or droopy.
  • Correct a deviated septum.
  • Fix nostrils that are too wide, too small, too large or turn upward.
  • Get rid of noticeable dips or bumps on the bridge of your nose.
  • Make a nose smaller or bigger to create facial balance.
  • Open blocked nasal passages.