If you have ever heard the term “ski jump nose”, you may not know what the term refers to. Typically, it describes a nose that dips down through the bridge, then rises up at the tip, a look that is often thought of as desirable for women. However, a scooped bridge can dip down too low, and many patients are looking for a straighter profile, especially men. Some people find that following a rhinoplasty procedure to take down a nasal hump, a scooped bridge results, compromising the results of the procedure overall, and creating an overly-feminine appearance. If you are considering rhinoplasty for a pronounced nasal hump, here is what you need to know about avoiding a scooped bridge.
The Cause of Scooped Bridge
A scooped bridge most often occurs when a patient comes to a plastic surgeon and requests that a nasal hump be removed from the nose, which often makes the nose appear larger than it is from the front, as well as affecting the profile. While this request is often very straightforward for plastic surgeons, involving the cutting and filing of the nasal bones (and sometimes breaking and re-setting the bones), rhinoplasty is an inherently complex procedure, and occasionally, too much tissue is removed from the bridge. This is what causes a slight scooped dip in the bridge that results in the “ski jump” look.
Setting Yourself Up for Success
Because a scooped bridge is caused by surgical technique, it is important for patients to know the potential pitfalls of their requests, and do everything possible to ensure positive results from the procedure. If you are considering a nasal hump reduction and are worried about ending up with a scooped bridge, there are three main steps you should take to set yourself up for a successful procedure: choose the right surgeon, communicate clearly with your surgeon about your goals, and care for yourself properly after rhinoplasty.
Choose the Right Surgeon
Your surgeon will be the most important factor in the success of your rhinoplasty, of course. Because of the complexity of the procedure, it is important to choose a board certified facial plastic surgeon who focuses on rhinoplasty and has experience with a variety of surgical techniques. Rhinoplasty specialists have dedicated significant time and effort to honing their skills, and are often double board certified in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). It is important to choose a surgeon who not only has the necessary skill and artistry to create good outcomes, but a surgeon with whom you can develop rapport and trust.
Communicate with Your Surgeon
Communicating what you want (and what you do not want) from your plastic surgeon is essential to meeting your plastic surgery goals. You will need to be specific about your goals for how you want your nose to look, and what you would like to avoid. Digital imaging software can help doctors and patients get on the same page, but these are no substitute for clear communication.
Taking Care of Yourself
Once the surgery is over, the journey is not over. Proper aftercare according to the plastic surgeon’s instructions could mean the difference between a successful result and revision surgery, so be sure to take care of yourself after your procedure and get plenty of rest.
For patients who are coping with a scooped bridge following primary rhinoplasty, there is an option for fixing the problem: revision rhinoplasty. While a second surgery may seem unthinkable, many people undergo the surgery each year to fix problems following their initial surgery, and typically find that they are much happier for doing so. However, revision rhinoplasty is an even more difficult procedure than primary rhinoplasty, and choosing a specialist to perform the treatment becomes even more essential to good results.
A Revision Specialist
Whether you are seeking your initial rhinoplasty surgery or you are hoping to correct issues with a prior procedure, finding a specialist who can help you reach your goals is intimidating. Luckily, there are many talented surgeons in the United States, offering beautiful, custom results to patients of all demographics.
Dr. Stuart Bentkover is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with passion and expertise for the rhinoplasty procedure. Dr. Bentkover has been helping patients achieve natural-looking results with rhinoplasty for over 25 years, and would be happy to discuss your goals for surgery with you. Call Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery today in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA to schedule your consultation.