The nose is one of the most prominent features on the face. Therefore, if you are unsatisfied with the look of your nose, rhinoplasty may be an ideal option for you. The objective of rhinoplasty is to create a more balanced and proportional nose of natural form, look, and feel, depending on the patient’s wishes and aesthetic goals. Some patients prefer a more defined, slender nose, while others want a smaller, less-distinct nasal appearance. In order for prospective patients to have clear expectations and understand what rhinoplasty can accomplish, I provide them with detailed digital photographic planning of their nose prior to their surgery.
When it comes to rhinoplasty, it really is up to the patient’s individual needs and desires that determine how I will perform the procedure. In general, I begin rhinoplasty by making the incisions on the underside of the nose or within the nostrils. The number and location of incisions are determined by the patient’s needs. Through the incisions, I manipulate the nose cartilage and bone to produce the preferred shape. Once the nose is shaped and symmetrical, I carefully close the incisions.
Post-surgical side effects generally include swelling and bruising, which usually ceases in about two weeks. Within a week, rhinoplasty patients can resume normal activities. Though results may not be easily seen immediately after surgery, patients are ultimately pleased with the look and feel of their nose.
Please feel free to schedule a rhinoplasty consultation at my plastic surgery office in Pasadena. During this time, we can go over your target aesthetic goals and decide whether rhinoplasty is right for you. This is the perfect opportunity for me to address your concerns and answer any questions you may have. If you have persistent breathing difficulties, I can discuss how rhinoplasty may improve the functionality of your nose.