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Cosmetic Rhinoplasty and Reconstructive Rhinoplasty - There Is A Difference

Oct 18, 2007
Cosmetic surgery is performed in order to "improve" the appearance and self-esteem. Even though it is not always deemed medically necessary it is most effective in improving and enhancing appearance. It always improves self-esteem as well.

Reconstructive Surgery is performed to correct abnormal structures of the body which are caused by congenital birth defects, trauma, developmental abnormalities, infection, tumors or disease.

Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgery A Brief History
Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns and disease. The word "plastic" comes from the Greek word plastikos, which means "to mold or shape."

This dates back to ancient Egypt around 3,000 B.C. and India since 800 B.C. Soldiers wounded in battle incurred many gaping wounds including facial wounds - that surgeons were forced to deal with. During the Renaissance, Rhinoplasty was studied for aesthetic purposes and by the middle 1800s doctors in Europe were using different surgical procedures to enhance the shape, appearance and functionality of the nose.

Two of the most noted pioneers were Jacques Joseph and John Orland who began to explore the benefits of "reconstructive" and "functional" repairs and developed successful surgical techniques to perpetuate this area of modern surgery. During World War I, surgeons were forced to create major advances, quickly, in technologies, reconstructive procedures, anesthesia and techniques. Rhinoplasty was one of the most common surgeries needed and wonderful advancements were made in technique and reduced risk.

So the "art" and "science" of plastic surgery was born out of necessity and has evolved into cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery as we know it today.

Common problems of the Nose
Rhinoplasty surgery is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed today. People choose to have their nose reshaped for many reasons. If you can identify with any of the following then lets talk about your needs:

Its too big is the most common problem
Its too wide - too broad between the eyes
Its crooked - from an injury such as a fracture
Its too large or "bulbous" at the tip of the nose
Its not well "defined" the tip is poorly defined
Its flaring in the nostrils the wings can be narrowed
Its too narrow the nostrils can be widened & elevated
Its rim is too thick the nostrils can be slimmed in this area
Its tip hangs down the tip can be trimmed to proportion
Its a "ski jump" or "Saddle" the middle appears caved in or crushed
Its crooked from injury (a fracture) you cant breathe well

Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose or change the shape of the tip or the bridge. It can narrow the span of the nostrils or change the angle between your nose and upper lip or correct a birth defect or injury to relieve breathing problems.
About the Author
Dave Stringham is the President of LookingYourBest.com an online resource for plastic surgery procedures. Learn more about nose surgery and other plastic surgery procedures.
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