Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure that reshapes and restructures the nose. While this procedure is often used to correct deformations present at birth or caused by injuries, it is also a popular cosmetic option for those who dislike the aesthetic appearance of their nose and how it relates to their face. Amazingly, the concept and use of rhinoplasty has been in use for centuries; the modern-day availability of cosmetic surgery has simply enhanced public knowledge and popularity of this procedure.
The Earliest Forms of Rhinoplasty
Surgical rhinoplasty was first performed as early as the year 3000 BC; rhinoplasty was often used to reconstruct the nose following injuries, religious ceremonies, or punishments in ancient India and Egypt. During these early rhinoplasty procedures, skin from the cheek was used to cover the nose and tubes from the castor oil plant were inserted into the nostrils during the procedure to keep the shape and function of the nose. This technique was enhanced and expanded upon throughout the centuries, and sometimes included the use of the biceps muscle or a wax plate to aid with reconstruction.
20th and 21st Century Rhinoplasty
Following World War I, plastic surgery was often used to correct the damaged facial features of wounded soldiers, including the nose. Many historians believe this helped to facilitate the popularity of plastic surgery in the United States, both for reconstructive and cosmetic purposes. Today, rhinoplasty is widely used to cosmetically reshape the nose, improving its shape and relationship with the facial features for improved confidence and facial balance.
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