Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure performed on the nose.

Rhinoplasty is one of the most common facial surgeries being performed today, as our noses are front and center of our face, and performs essential tasks controlling airflow and assisting in our breathing. 

An aesthetic rhinoplasty seeks to enhance the overall appearance and harmony of the nose.

Many different techniques exist to achieve these goals.

Dr. Costa works with her patients to create a plan that is highly individualized to each specific person.

Reconstructive nasal surgery is often geared towards restoring the form and function to the nose.

This includes addressing any problems with nasal airway obstruction as well as reconstruction after cancer or trauma.

Reconstructive procedures such as a septoplasty for opening the airway are often combined with an aesthetic rhinoplasty.

A “nose job” is a broad term that refers to several types of medical procedures.

The two most common being septoplasty, which focuses on internal abnormalities of the nose, and rhinoplasty, which focuses on the external appearance of the nose.

In some cases, the two procedures are often combined in a treatment called septorhinoplasty, addressing a deviated septum and aesthetic appearance of the nose.

These two are often related and in many cases, visible irregularities are closely tied to internal issues.

Functional Rhinoplasty

  • Nasal Aesthetic Surgery
  • Nasal Reconstruction
  • Nasal Filler and Non-Surgical

What is the Difference Between Septoplasty or Rhinoplasty?

The septum separates the two sides of your nose. It acts as a divider between the two nasal cavities and provides support to the structure of the nose.

The septum plays a critical role in directing airflow and managing your breathing.

The septum is composed of cartilage and bone.

When not centrally positioned, it is a condition called displaced or deviated septum.

A deviated septum is usually due to an injury or arises from birth.

The results are uncomfortable and can include: Headaches, Difficulty Breathing, Nasal Stuffiness, Snoring and Sleep apnea.

Some people with a deviated septum never experiences problems.

For others, it causes constant discomfort.

If you find it too difficult to breathe during the day and sleep at night, if your septum is deviated, your doctor may recommend a septoplasty procedure to repair the deviated septum.

During a septoplasty procedure, Dr. Costa will make an incision in the nasal mucosa, the soft tissue that covers the septum and your nasal passages.

A space is made between the mucosa and the underlying cartilage of the septum.

Typically, the curved part of the cartilage is removed, and then the mucosa is repaired.

Rhinoplasty is most often pursued because individuals do not like the appearance of their nose for a variety of reasons.

These reasons include a hump on the bridge, a ball appearance to the tip, a flat or widened appearance, and a narrow appearance, all of which can be addressed with a rhinoplasty.

The nose is one of the most complex features on your face.

As a skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Melinda Costa considers the structure of your nose as well as its relationship to each of your other features when doing a rhinoplasty. Dr. Costa works with you during the consultation to achieve a plan that will provide a natural look that is harmonious with the rest of your facial features.

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From facial feminization, enhancement, and reconstruction to enhancement and reconstruction of the body, Dr. Costa has extensive experience using the latest surgical techniques.