The aesthetic balance of the mirror reflection is significantly affected by the size and shape of the nose as the central facial element. In short, the nose must suit the face. An eye-catching nose may be perceived as charming occasionally; oftentimes it is a burden for the individual concerned however. The harmony of the appearance may be impaired by a predominant hump, a broad nasal bridge, a tuberous tip of the nose or a distortion resulting from a broken nose.
First of all the functionality of the nose must be preserved. Distorted nasal cartilage may constrict the nasal respiration and may thus have a negative impact on the quality of life. The goal of a nasal corrective surgery (rhinoplasty) is to establish a balance between facial proportions and to ensure or restore unrestricted nasal breathing by gently altering nasal cartilages and bones.
The spectrum of rhinoplasty varies – depending on the initial situation – from a rather uncomplicated correction of the tip of the nose to an extensive straightening of nasal bone and cartilage (nasal septum surgery) with hump removal and cartilage reduction. A rhinoplasty requires an enormous amount of experience and should only be done by an accomplished surgeon. Depending on its extent a rhinoplasty may take between one to three hours. Generally the incisions will be carried out invisibly within the nose to make sure that as few scars as possible remain visible.