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Pick your nose! Nose Nipntucks

April 5th, 2012

Plastic surgeons most often want to give you what you want.   I really think this stems from a profound sense of responsibility regarding patients placed in a  physician’s care.   This responsibility is firmly instilled in young residents during plastic surgery training.

Patients frequently bring in pictures saying, “I want my nose to look like this.”   Several factors dictate whether this nipntuck request represents realistic expectations.   It is  important to understand the possibilities and limitations presented by the anatomy of a particular nose, the aesthetics of the individual facial structure and  desires of the patient.

Modern rhinoplasty philosophy and techniques do give us a vast number of combinations with regards to nose surgery.   We are able to either increase or  decrease the size of any part of your nose.   For example, a surgeon might increase the height of the bridge of the nose, while decreasing the width of the tip.

Unfortunately, these techniques are not as precise as sculpting a piece of metal or clay.   In addition, your body will do some sculpting of its own while healing.  On occasion, carefully placed cartilage grafts will be absorbed (lost) by your body, perhaps requiring revision surgery.   Finally, complications can and do occur.  Several of my patients have shared their experience with having a rhinoplasty or nose job.

Photo is Lisa during her recovery.  Click here to  read Lisa’s blog and see some  film clips of actual surgery.

As the saying goes, “You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose!”

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October 17th, 2011

Mary writes:

I have recently moved to Minnesota and received a warm welcome from the Bashioum Cosmetics staff and surgeon when I was making decisions on having surgery. I was at ease during consultation because of the professionalism, friendliness, and confidence in Dr. Bashioum and all his nurses. The consults that I had at other centers prior to this one were the complete opposite where I felt out of place and the doctor’s portrayed arrogance. In  my decision making to have surgery, I had questions, concerns and fears, but these were all resolved when I received phone calls to answer additional questions from both Dr. Bashioum and Sandy. My husband and I were fully confident to proceed with the surgery.

The surgery preparation packet was very informative and detailed. It felt good knowing the whole process from start to finish with both the surgical process and the anesthesia portion. The nurses’ caring and calm demeanor helped ease my fears the morning of surgery. Dr. Bashioum was also calming the morning of surgery as he sat down to chat with my husband and myself. The surgical tech and nurse anesthetist were super friendly as the greeted me in the operating room. The surgery was a success and the nurses took excellent care of me in recovery.

My husband and I were sent home with a detailed discharge/home care instruction packet. That evening Dr. Bashioum personally called my husband to check up on me. Dr. Bashioum left us with his cell phone number and instructed us to call for anything at anytime. I did once I started back to work because I had numerous questions and he was there for me. He took a lot of time out of his evening to talk with me over the phone. Read the rest of this entry »

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