According to a new study, there are 14 different ‘types’ of noses that a person may have. So it should come as no surprise that there are different ‘types’ of nose jobs as well, each being more appropriate for the type of nose the patient has and the type of nose the patient wants.
Here are the top four most ‘popular’ ( most common in usage) types of rhinoplasty as performed by plastic surgeons in both the US and the UK.
Reduction rhinoplasty is the most commonly performed nose job on both men and women all over the world. As the name suggests, this surgery aims to reduce the overall size and volume of the nose. Many people with larger noses feel like the nose is disproportionately large to the rest of their facial features and so the aim of this surgery is to make the patient feel like everything is more uniform. Within reduction rhinoplasty, there are specific areas that can be focused on depending on the patient’s concerns and goals. These include reducing the size of the tip of the nose, reducing the size of the nostrils and reducing the size or any bumps on the bridge of the nose.
Augmentation rhinoplasty refers to any type of rhinoplasty in which the patient wants to alter the actual shape of the nose, and not just reduce it in size. This is common in patients who feel like their nose lacks definition, or who find their nose has an unappealing overall shape to it. While beauty is, of course, subjective, there have been some scientific tests to determine the ‘ideal’ shape/size/structure of the nose in proportion to the rest of the face, and in augmentation rhinoplasty, the surgeon is generally striving to have the nose better meet those expectations.
Post-trauma rhinoplasty is the term used in instances when a patient has suffered trauma to the face and has experienced damage to their nose as a result. This sometimes leads to changes in shape or asymmetry. The surgeon will, therefore, do whatever it takes to restore the nose back to its original appearance as much as possible.
Patients who feel their nose lacks any definition at all may opt for implant rhinoplasty, in which implants are inserted in the area of the nose that would benefit from more volume and shape. Silicone implants are the most commonly used implant for any type of cosmetic surgery, and rhinoplasty is no exception. However, some patients also opt for cartilage implants taken from their own bodies as this method poses no risk for rejection.