Posted: April 17, 2012
Rhinoplasty is the technical name for a nose job or cosmetic nose surgery. It comes from the Greek “rhino” from “rhinos” meaning “nose” and “plastikos,” meaning “molded.” In rhinoplasty, the nose is reshaped to give it a different and ideally more attractive appearance.
Rhinoplasty is often credited as being the oldest plastic surgery procedure. As a reconstructive procedure, it dates back to ancient India, where the surgeon Sushruta is credited with replacing noses that were cut off as punishment for various crimes. As early as 600 BC, he was utilizing a technique that involved removing skin and other tissue from the forehead and moving it to the nose and using small tubes placed in the nostrils to help the new nose retain its shape.
Modern rhinoplasty was born in the early 20th century and is generally used more for cosmetic than reconstructive procedures. Although implants are sometimes employed, most often work is performed using only your tissue.
If you are considering rhinoplasty, you can learn specifics about what your rhinoplasty procedure will be like in a consultation with Dr. Jon F. Harrell. Please contact the Weston Center for Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery in Miami for a consultation today.