Why is a nose job called rhinoplasty?

The term rhinoplasty stems from the latin root rhino which refers to the nose and plasty, which means to shape. Just like many terms such as blepharoplasty, genioplasty, or platysmaplasty mean to shape these areas. I have found that those most people interested in rhinoplasty and have done some research on the topic, know to refer to the term “rhinoplasty”. However, people who are not well-versed, may refer to the surgery as the proverbial “nose job”. There is such a thing as functional rhinoplasty where you are changing the airway by utilizing a rhinoplasty approach. However, the majority of the time, rhinoplasty is in reference to changing nasal shape.

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