Purpose of rhinoplasty is to make changes in general appearance of nose, thereby making the nose congruent with face, and in the meantime, to resolve breathing problems, if any. By nose aesthetics operations, nose may be extended or shortened, or may be reduced or enlarged, and nares and nose dorsum or "bridge" may be reshaped. Nose tip may be changed to be more upturned or narrower or wider. In short, changes may be made to the extent permitted by anatomic features of nose and face, and nose skin.
In general, curvature of nasal bone is rather normal and is seen frequently. Degree, location and level of curvature, called deviation, may vary. If it is so heavy that it occludes airways, it may cause breathing difficulties. In this case, this curvature is corrected as a part of nose aesthetics, and this process is called "septoplasty".
- At least one of the following features is seen in a candidate fit for nose aesthetics:
- Nose is too wide or long in comparison to face.
- Nasal bone is broken or curved.
- Shape of nose has changed due to such a reason as accident or impact.
- Nose is visibly asymmetric.
- Nose tip is drooping when looked from side profile.
- Nares are not fit to overall shape of nose.
- Angle between nose and lips is too narrow or too wide.