The History Of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a “nose job,” is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is meant to correct and/or reconstruct the nose. This can include reforming the shape of the nose, restoring the nose’s functions or correcting nasal trauma or congenital defect. 

Despite seeming like a modern medical advancement, rhinoplasty, in one form or another, has been around since ancient times. One of the first instances of rhinoplasty development was in India by the Hindu surgeon Susrata around 500 BCE. He used skin from the forehead of a patient to form a new nose. This reconstruction method was later translated into Arabic and English and further developed. Other methods were also developed in Italy by Gaspare Tagliacozzi in the 1500s. Throughout history, rhinoplasty was used to reconstruct the nose after an accident or punishment. However, in 1898, rhinoplasty was first used for cosmetic purposes. The patient was a young man whose nose caused him so much embarrassment that he would not leave the house. His surgeon was able to perform a successful rhinoplasty and the first cosmetic ‘nose job’ occurred. Afterwards, this unique cosmetic procedure was further developed and became common among Hollywood actors and actresses from the 1930s onwards. Today, this type of procedure is considered the second most popular type of cosmetic surgery, directly after breast augmentation. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 217,124 nose jobs conducted in 2014 alone.

Types of Rhinoplasty

There are many different types of rhinoplasty procedures, depending on the desired result. Some of the most common include:

•Revision Rhinoplasty - This type of nasal surgery is performed when problems develop or persist after a previous rhinoplasty surgery.

•Reduction Rhinoplasty – Patients who wish to reduce the size of their nose typically opt for reduction rhinoplasty.

•Tip Rhinoplasty – Patients whowant a more refined, elegant nasal tip can opt for this type of procedure.

•Augmentation Rhinoplasty – This type of surgery increases the dimensions of the nose.

•Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty – There are non-surgical procedures that can be used to alter the shape and appearance of the nose. This is achieved with injectable fillers like RADIESSE®

Dr. Kevin Sadati at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery is an ENT Specialist and board certified facial plastic surgeon with over a decade of rhinoplasty experience. His natural artistic talent, coupled with his extensive experience, helps him create natural looking rhinoplasty results for each of his patients. If you are unhappy with the look, shape or size of your nose, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Sadati in his Newport Beach office today. Learn about all your options. 

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. All "Before and After" Images are patients of Dr. Sadati. Other Images may contain models. This website is designed for general information only. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal medical advice nor the formation of a doctor/patient relationship.