Rhinoplasty (more commonly known as nose job) is the more popular name for a plastic surgery procedure to alter the shape, size, and proportion of the nose. It can be considered cosmetic or reconstructive depending on whether it’s done to improve self-esteem or fix structural damage. Although many people refer to rhinoplasty as “nose job”, this term is technically incorrect since rhinoplasty actually entails extensive reshaping of tissue in addition to rearranging the nasal bones and cartilage which contribute to both structure and function of our noses. This has led many doctors to use other terms such as “reshaping” or “recontouring” when describing what they do during rhinoplasty surgeries.
This is by no means a complete list of medical terms with their meanings. However, if you’re looking for the exact term to describe what you want done or wish to know what your doctor is talking about during the consultation, this list should be useful. You may notice that some terms are used interchangeably (e.g. reduction rhinoplasty vs cosmetic nose job). This is because many of them serve the same general purpose (e.g. changing proportions, reshaping) even though their exact definition might vary slightly depending on usage.
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