One of the main concerns patients often have about rhinoplasty, AJA a nose job, is a fear that the results will not look natural. They want to make sure that any alterations or enhancements that are made to the look and shape of the nose will not be noticeable by family, friends, and the general public. This concern should not bother patients who want to change the size, shape, or look of their nose as rhinoplasty is able to provide natural looking results that can last a lifetime. Let’s examine how rhinoplasty is performed as well as discuss the type of results patients can expect to see.
In general, rhinoplasty is performed on the nose of a patient to make changes or alterations to the appearance of the nose as well as its size and shape. The changes are made by addressing issues with the cartilage, bone, and skin of the nose in order to balance the facial features so they are in proportion with the nose. In addition, rhinoplasty can also improve the ability of a person to breathe on a daily basis.
Some of the common reasons patients want to have rhinoplasty include gaining a narrow look to the bridge of the nose, straightening the appearance of a crooked nose, and marking alterations to the angle located between the upper lip and the nose.
There are two main techniques that are used to perform rhinoplasty:
Open rhinoplasty is when the surgeon needs to perform a significant amount of work in order to reconstruct the nose or make changes to the tip of the nose. During open rhinoplasty, the surgeon creates an incision on the outside of the nose. The incision is normally made in the columella which is the skin located just below the tip of the nose. The surgeon will also elevate the remaining skin over the cartilage. Open rhinoplasty is the ideal choice for patients who are trying to gain a significant change to the tip of their nose as well as for patients who need a large amount of reconstruction work after they experience trauma to the nose.
Closed rhinoplasty is when the surgeon places all of the incisions inside the nose so they will not be visible to others. Even though the position of the nasal tip is able to be raised with this technique, any changes will not be as obvious as those made during open rhinoplasty. Closed rhinoplasty is ideal for patients who want to simply make minor adjustments as the surgeon does not have as much access to the nasal structure, or as much visibility when making changes to the nose, due to the fact that the incisions are made inside the nose.
During the consultation appointment with a surgeon, the patient should ask which technique will be used on their nose and the type of results they can expect to see.
The final results should be natural in appearance but this was not always the case in the past. The techniques and equipment used to perform a nose job in the past were not as advanced as current technology. The result was sometimes a nose that looked too pinched or had a “ski slope” look which is when too much tissue is removed from the nose. It is called a “ski slope” nose because the bridge of the nose would curve and indent before it turned upwards at the tip of the nose.
In addition, there is a chance that the nose will look bigger after the procedure if a significant amount of grafting material is placed on the normal structure of the nose.
The surgeon that you choose should be experienced in performing both main rhinoplasty techniques. Successful rhinoplasty requires an artistic eye and precise skills to attain a nose that is natural in appearance. Be sure and ask the doctor to see photos of patients they have treated in the past. These “before and after” photos will show the skill level of the surgeon and also give you a much better idea of what a nose can look like after rhinoplasty.
The best choice of a doctor to perform the surgery is a board-certified facial plastic or plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty procedures. This type of bord-certified doctor will be properly trained in understanding the anatomy of the nose as well as how to balance the new look of the nose with the facial features of the patient to maintain a natural and aesthetically pleasing look.
Patients need to properly communicate with the surgeon and let the doctor know the type of results they want to achieve from the surgery. This will help clear up any confusion between the doctor and the patient and ensure they are both on the same page. The final results of rhinoplasty will be natural in appearance in the hands of an experienced surgeon and the results should also last a lifetime.