The size and shape of the nose can often have a significant impact on a person’s entire facial aesthetic. In addition, structural issues within the nose can lead to functional concerns such as impaired nasal breathing. At our practice, Dr. Stafford R. Broumand and Dr. Daniel Y. Maman offer rhinoplasty surgery to reshape and contour the nose for improved balance and harmony among facial features, as well as to correct any problems that may be negatively affecting nasal functionality. Using the most advanced, least invasive techniques possible, our board-certified plastic surgeons can employ this popular treatment to help you achieve a proportionally shaped nose with beautiful, natural-looking results.
What Can Rhinoplasty Do for Me?
Rhinoplasty can often be an excellent option for individuals interested in enhancing the appearance of their nose and/or improving their ability to breath properly. Depending on your unique needs, this procedure can:
- Increase/decrease the size of the nose
- Reshape the nostrils
- Reduce the size of the nasal tip
- Reduce the size of the nasal bridge
- Correct issues resulting from a deviated septum
- Improve nasal breathing
As an added benefit, many patients who undergo rhinoplasty report a significant boost in self-confidence and esteem following their procedure thanks to a more balanced, harmonious facial aesthetic.
*Results May Vary
3D Imaging Prior to Rhinoplasty
During the consultation process for rhinoplasty, our doctors utilize a state-of-the-art system known as VECTRA® XT 3D imaging to help patients better understand the anatomy of the nose and visualize potential results. With this technology, a three dimensional picture of the patient’s face is digitally uploaded onto a monitor right in our office. Once displayed on the screen, the ultra-high resolution image can be rotated in every direction and modified based on the unique needs and desires of the individual. For example, changes can be made to the bridge of the nose, the nasal tip, the projection of the nose, various reflective points, and more. The end result is an accurate representation of what can realistically be achieved through rhinoplasty, ultimately creating reasonable expectations for surgery and helping to improve postoperative satisfaction among patients.
Considerations for Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is an incredibly intricate procedure that can have a significant impact on one’s entire facial appearance. Below are a few factors that should be taken into consideration prior to moving forward with surgery.
How Rhinoplasty Influences the Rest of the Face
When conducting preoperative evaluations for patients interested in rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Broumand and Dr. Maman never look at the nose in isolation. In addition to outlining specific changes that can be made to the nose to achieve the desired outcome, our plastic surgeons also try to provide an explanation and description of how these changes will affect the anatomical balance and relationship the nose has to other features of the face, including the lips, chin, cheeks, forehead, etc.
While our doctors would never suggest additional surgeries for anyone who would not greatly benefit from them, there are instances in which the specific recontouring performed during rhinoplasty can create proportional issues between the nose and several of the aforementioned facial features. Should this be the case, they may recommend that another treatment be performed in combination with rhinoplasty to help ensure a harmonious facial balance is achieved following surgery. Common procedures that are often combined with rhinoplasty include chin augmentation, neck liposuction, and KYBELLA®, each of which can help create a better relationship between the lip-nose contour and the chin and/or neck.
Prior to surgery, these anatomical relationships and proportional changes will be diagramed based on your unique features. Using these diagrams, you can gain a full understanding of what to expect as well as determine whether or not you and your surgeon are on the same page in regard to the rhinoplasty results you are envisioning.
Will Rhinoplasty Change the Way I Look?
Throughout their years in practice, Dr. Maman and Dr. Broumand have often found that people who undergo rhinoplasty surgery without first being properly educated on the procedure tend to question their decision many months, years, and even decades later. Reason being, extensive alterations made to the nose will often shift and change over time, therefore affecting the aesthetic balance of facial features later down the road. For this reason, it is important for patients to consult a plastic surgeon who not only has an understanding of the transformation that happens to an individual’s nose and face over time, but who also has the foresight to be able to discuss the entire process of what to expect.
Our doctors’ philosophy for rhinoplasty is to provide a result that will achieve and maintain a harmonious facial balance for a lifetime. It is not simply transforming a patient’s nose, but rather improving the relationship and proportions of the nose to the rest of the face without dramatic changes or extensive reshaping so that years later the individual is not upset with what they did at an earlier stage in life. To do so, our surgeons’ approach is to get a sense of what you want done as well as what specifically bothers you, and then to achieve a result for the nose that balances harmoniously with your face and ethnicity without appearing drastically different.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Our board-certified plastic surgeons offer closed and open rhinoplasty techniques customized to address each individual’s unique needs and goals. Closed rhinoplasty is performed using tiny incisions made inside the nose, and open rhinoplasty involves an incision made discreetly along the outer vertical strip of the nose, the latter of which enables the skin to be separated from the nasal framework beneath. Once incisions have been made with either approach, cartilage and bone are meticulously recontoured until the desired result is attained. Though rare, a cartilage graft may also be needed to achieve an ideal outcome in certain instances. For the majority of patients, the entire rhinoplasty procedure generally takes approximately one to two hours, and most individuals are able to return home under the care and supervision of a friend or loved one shortly after surgery.
Following rhinoplasty surgery, some degree of bruising and swelling can typically be expected, but these symptoms should gradually diminish over time. A nasal splint placed after the procedure will need to be worn temporarily to help the nose maintain its new shape during the initial stages of healing. Unlike other surgeons, our doctors do not typically pack the inside of the nose after surgery (which will not affect the postoperative recovery or final outcome).
Most individuals look and feel well enough to return to normal, non-strenuous daily routines after about one week, though Dr. Broumand and Dr. Maman recommend that any vigorous exercise or physical activity be avoided for at least a few weeks. If an open rhinoplasty was performed, any potential visible scarring should fade with time and be relatively inconspicuous when it reaches its final appearance.