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Reshaping the nose has become one of the most commonplace plastic surgery procedures. [In 2004, it was the second only to liposuction, with 305,000 performed.] The surgery can reduce or increase the size of the nose, change its shape at the tip or bridge, narrow the span between nostrils, or alter the angle between the nose and upper lip. In addition, rhinoplasty corrects birth defects and injuries, and helps relieve breathing problems.


The best candidates for nose surgery, other than those who suffer from any of the problems previously listed, are those who desire improvement, but not perfection, in their looks. They must be physically healthy and psychologically stable. Age is a factor; however, as most plastic surgeons will not perform nose surgery on teenagers until after they complete their growth spurt.


Whatever the reason one seeks to undergo nose surgery, the result will bring enhanced appearance and a boost in self-confidence. As with all procedures that are performed for cosmetic reasons, the patient must approach surgery with realistic expectations.