Monday, January 16, 2006

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a type of plastic surgery that is used to improve the function or appearance of a person's nose. Rhinoplasty is also commonly called a "nose job" or a "nose surgery."

There are generally three types of "nose jobs" - nasal bridge augmentation and reduction, nasal tip augmentation and reduction, and alar plasty. Nasal bridge augmentation (popularly known among Filipinos as "nose lift") is the one usually requested by Asians, which entails changing the height the nose bridge. Aar plasty is a procedure wherein the base of the nose is altered or reduced to reveal a narrower nostrils. Finally, nasal tip augmentation and reduction enhances the tip of the nose. These procedures may be done singly or in combination to achieve more flattering results.

Rhinoplasty is usually done on outpatient basis and can be performed under a general anesthetic or with local anesthetic, depending on patient or doctor preference. The surgeon may shape a small piece of the patient's own cartilage or bone to add to, strengthen, or increase the structure of the nose. However, here in the Philippines, the more commonly used material to augment the nasal bridge is the silicone L-shaped implants.

Cost here in the Philippines:
25,000-50,000 pesos
depending on the type of anesthesia and procedures (nasal bridge augmentation, alar plasty, nasal tip, or combination)


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