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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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New Nose Look Younger

April 4th, 2012

Rhinoplasty is one of the most common elective plastic surgery procedures, second only to breast surgery in popularity.   Nose surgery is most often used to reduce the size of the nose, to change the shape or angle of the tip or to straighten the nasal bridge.  According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), almost 245,000 patients had elective nose re-shaping surgery. Some of my happiest patients are those that have had rhinoplasty surgery.  Jesse is one of those patients we followed on our blog.   We filmed her surgery and she wrote all about her experience.   She cried with happiness as I took off her splint and showed her the result.   You can check out her video, just click here. A recent study revealed that getting a “nose job” might do more than improve someone’s looks.  The study, which appears in the February issue of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, suggests that the procedure may make patients appear younger on average. Dr. Michael Olding, chief of plastic surgery at George Washington University School of Medicine, questioned whether it’s the remodeled nose, or the patient’s new outlook. “Patients usually come back happier, with more of a smile on their face,” he said.   I happen to agree with Dr. Olding.   I have observed that my patients often experience a boost in self-confidence after undergoing cosmetic surgery nipntucks.  I believe that self-image is powerful in forming the conception that one has of oneself, to include assessment of qualities and personal worth.   The saying, to look good…is to feel good, does seem to have some validity here.

Watch Jessie’s  surgery: click here Read more of Jessie’s story: click here

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