Importance of Understanding Basics of Rhinoplasty
Cosmetic nasal surgery (Rhinoplasty) is one of the most demanding and complicated procedures in a plastic surgeon’s skill set. Therefore a patient considering nose surgery should always approach the situation equipped with knowledge and a healthy measure of realism.
Cosmetic nasal surgery is often the best answer to droopy or bulbous nose tips, nasal humps and bumps, wide nostrils, a crooked nose, and many other hereditary and non-hereditary nasal flaws.
The procedure is best made for people who are not casual or frivolous about their desire to improve or change the appearance of the nose. In most cases, it’s to correct a legitimate nose flaw that is causing the patient personal discomfort or emotional distress. The cause of these feelings may be a bully at school, an overbearing, hypercritical boss, or a higher degree of self-consciousness that is just too uncomfortable for the patient to bear indefinitely.
Less likely, candidates are those patients who have an all-too-common desire to be a celebrity look-alike. There may be absolutely nothing cosmetically wrong with the nose – only the patient’s unrealistic negative impression of it. Minus a real nasal flaw, cosmetic surgery most definitely is not for you.
In many other legitimate cases, a plastic surgeon will recommend Rhinoplasty to correct a functional nasal flaw. That flaw could be a deviated septum or asymmetry in the nasal architecture which may be interfering with the patient’s normal breathing patterns.
For these patients, functional Rhinoplasty has been nothing short of a miracle.
Rhinoplasty, both cosmetic and functional, is a common surgical procedure during which great care must be taken by the patient to ensure optimal results.
Post-surgical pain, discomfort, and swelling or bruising is to be expected. The patient should be a willing partner is his or her own recovery and should be prepared to be off their feet for up to 10 days or longer following surgery, to prevent complications or damage or injury to the incision areas.
A qualified cosmetic surgeon must take a holistic approach during the initial consultation with the patient. The doctor must take into account the patient’s facial features and profile, nose structure and perceived flaws relative to other facial structures, and even the patient’s personality makeup. Most plastic surgeons now provide digital photographic mapping of a cosmetic nose procedure; providing the patient with a before-and-after preview of the surgical results.
The candidate for nose surgery likewise must be prepared to endure the effects of the general anesthesia required for such a complicated procedure to be done successfully.
Knowing what to expect is half the battle. The other half is acting on your sincere desire for an improved appearance with the tool of cosmetic nasal surgery.
The best way to get started is to meet in consultation with a facial plastic surgeon.
Dr. Andrew S. Frankel is a board certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty at the Lasky Clinic, 201 South Lasky Drive, Beverly Hills, Calif. Call (310) 552-2173 for a consultation.