Most people have heard of a rhinoplasty (nose reshaping),
and it is a procedure that is associated with many celebrities who are looking to improve their appearance.
However, here are a few things that you may not know about the procedure.
Ancient cosmetic surgery
It’s thought that the first rhinoplasty was carried out in India about 2,500 years ago! In the 18th century, a book was discovered that explained how a similar technique to those used today was used to repair noses that were cut off or damaged in battle. As a result of the discovery, the rhinoplasty was brought to England and has been carried out ever since.
Rhinoplasty is the most popular form of cosmetic surgery of the millions of procedures carried out worldwide. Other cosmetic treatments in the top five include breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, and eyelid surgery.
It’s not ‘plastic’
A nose reshaping procedure is often referred to as ‘plastic’ surgery; however, skin and cartilage from other parts of the patient’s body are commonly used in order to carry out reconstructive work. Skin is usually taken from the forehead, whilst cartilage is removed from the rib area.
The term ‘plastic’ is actually derived from the Latin, ‘plasticus’ and the Greek, ‘plastikos’, meaning to shape or mould. The term was in use long before plastic was even invented!
Rhinoplasty – not just for cosmetic reasons
Although rhinoplasty is most commonly used for cosmetic reasons, it is also a technique that is employed to repair noses that have sustained damage due to accidents, birth defects or cancer. Medical issues, such as deviated septum, which can cause breathing difficulties, can also be corrected by rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty is also used to help in cases of low self-esteem and depression where someone’s body image is crucial to their mental health and wellbeing.
Most people have rhinoplasty to correct the appearance of their nose, for example, cosmetic surgery can be used to make a short nose longer, to straighten a crooked one, or to flatten a pronounced Roman nose. However, the ancient procedure can also be used to treat some medical problems and to repair noses damaged as a result of disease or trauma. Contact us today if you’re considering rhinoplasty yourself.