What is flat nose rhinoplasty?

Flat nose rhinoplasty is a type of nose surgery that aims to increase the projection and definition of the nasal bridge and tip. A flat nose is a common trait among some ethnic groups, such as Asians and Africans, but it can also be caused by genetics, trauma, or aging. A flat nose can make the eyes look too far apart, the face look too wide, or the nose look too short.

How is flat nose rhinoplasty performed?

Flat nose rhinoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia or sedation, and it takes about one to two hours. The surgeon makes a small incision on the columella (the strip of skin between the nostrils) or inside the nostrils, and then inserts an implant or grafts of cartilage or bone to augment the nasal bridge and tip. The implant or grafts can be made of synthetic materials (such as silicone or Gore-Tex) or autologous materials (such as cartilage from the ear, rib, or septum). The surgeon then reshapes the nasal bones and cartilages to create a more harmonious and natural-looking nose.

1. Improve the nasal bridge

2. Improve the nasal tip

3. May need to improve the nasal wig (alar reduction) too

If the tip is relatively high, but the bridge is slightly low compared to the height of the tip, only the bridge augmentation using an implant (Silicone or Goretex) or autologous materials can be done.

However, in case both the tip and bridge are low and flat, it is necessary to reshape both of them to bring a better look.

For tip plasty, septal cartilage is used to rebuild a framework, if not sufficient, rib cartilage can be used instead of or together.

Silicone and Gore-Tex implant used for bridge augmentation.

But Silicone and Gore-Tex are artificial implants. (Foreign materials)

If the patient doesn’t want to use it, can use their own cartilage, bone, fascia, periosteum, etc.

rhinoplasty without implant

Autologous materials: self-rib cartilage, ear cartilage, nasal septum cartilage, fascia, periosteum, dermis etc)

Flat nose rhinoplasty

This is a case of flat nose rhinoplasty by Dr. Hong-Ryul, Jin

flat nose rhinoplasty
flat nose rhinoplasty

What are the benefits and risks of flat nose rhinoplasty?

Flat nose rhinoplasty can have many benefits for people who are unhappy with their nose shape. It can:

– Enhance the facial profile and balance
– Create a more refined and elegant nose
– Improve breathing and nasal function
– Boost self-esteem and confidence

However, like any surgery, flat nose rhinoplasty also has some risks and complications, such as:

– Infection
– Bleeding
– Swelling
– Bruising
– Scarring
– Implant displacement or extrusion
– Asymmetry
– Numbness
– Allergic reaction
– Dissatisfaction with the results

Therefore, it is important to choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who can perform flat nose rhinoplasty safely and effectively. It is also essential to follow the pre-operative and post-operative instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery and optimal outcome.