Plastic surgery of the face is performed to create facial harmony, or the best possible relation between existing features. In certain cases, more than one feature is corrected to offer optimal refinement. One of the most common dual plastic surgeries is termed the “profileplasty,” or surgery of both the nose and chin. While any combination of alteration is possible, it is common for doctors to see patients who wish to lessen the prominence of the nose and slightly enlarge the chin. For this reason, some patients’ treatment plans include rhinoplasty and chin augmentation.
As with any facial plastic surgery, there are a number of ways for the doctor to perform each procedure. There are both non-surgical and surgical options in profileplasty, with the latter selection offering a permanent solution to aesthetic concerns, and therefore proving more popular. The two procedures can be performed during a single surgical session, or with two separate specialists working together to provide ideal results.
Rhinoplasty can be performed as a closed or open procedure, depending on the types of corrections the doctor needs to make. It is common for the dorsal hump to be smoothed, and the nasal bones cosmetically fractured and repositioned. The tip can be refined in a number of ways to decrease the nose’s size and structure. These are but a few ways the doctor can change the nose, but there are many other options during rhinoplasty.
Chin augmentation is performed through a chin implant, which are composed of a variety of materials made available in different shapes and sizes. Typically, men prefer a more square and pronounced jawline, while women ask for less noticeable changes with more delicate chin implants. This is, in part, due to genetics as sex hormones mimic these features’ designs in real life. The patient and doctor can discuss these options during the initial visit, or profileplasty consultation. The doctor can provide the patient with photo imaging to determine which chin implant and nose combination best suits his or her beauty ideals.
Non-surgical profileplasty is performed as a temporary solution to a patient’s displeasure for certain aspects of their nose and chin, but the doctor is limited in his ability to correct the issues. During the procedure, a patient is not sedated, but may be topically numbed for comfort. Using a hypodermic needle filled with a dermal filler, the doctor will inject the solution into the nose and chin. The injectable filler is able to even out certain imperfections, such as asymmetry or skin dimpling, but can only enlarge the features. By understanding the limitations of each version of profileplasty, patients can make the best decision for their cosmetic needs.
Interested potential patients in profile should contact Dr. Frankel at his Beverly Hills, California office at (310) 552-2173. While Dr. Frankel is board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Otolaryngology (ENT) and exclusively performs surgery in the face, head and neck regions, his specialty surgery is rhinoplasty. Patients interested in chin implants may be referred to other reputable facial plastic surgeons.