Rhinoplasty does more than just change the appearance of the nose. The nose is an extremely prominent facial feature, and it has a huge impact on the overall look of the face. Facial balance is not the same as facial symmetry, but they do affect one another, and a change in one feature can change the balance and facial harmony of the entire face. Rhinoplasty is a great way to help bring balance to the face, by making the nose look more consistent with the rest of the face, but sometimes it is not enough on its own. In some cases, patients may want to consider combining rhinoplasty with other procedures for a more balanced overall look.
Common Procedures to Combine
While there are many facial procedures available, the most common to be combined with rhinoplasty are those that affect the shape and contour of the face. Rhinoplasty is most often performed on younger patients who do not need procedures focused on anti-aging. Here are some of the surgeries that can be combined with nasal surgery.
By far the most common combination procedure, the rhinoplasty and chin augmentation combination has greatly increased in popularity over the past few years. Studies have shown that a chin augmentation performed alongside rhinoplasty can help improve patient satisfaction with the rhinoplasty results. Both the nose and the chin are prominent facial features, so it makes sense that enhancing both features at once helps to greatly improve facial balance.
Many people struggle with ears that stick out too far, fold over, or have other cosmetic defects. Otoplasty, often referred to as “ear pinning” is a type of ear reshaping surgery to reduce protruding ears or improve ear deformities. Many people experience bullying as a child for protruding ears, and wish to have them fixed as an adult. Combining this with rhinoplasty can be a good idea in some cases.
For other patients, cheeks with poor contour are more of a concern than the chin or the ears. Small implants are a great way to improve the appearance of the area and enhance the results of rhinoplasty and balance out the face.
Maintaining Personal Identity
If you are planning on making major changes to the appearance of your face, you may not expect the impact doing so can have on your personal identity. You may feel like a different person after your rhinoplasty, especially if it is combined with another procedure. With this in mind, you should be ready to process some emotions following surgery and give yourself time to get used to your new look. A skilled plastic surgeon will help preserve your own personal style and personality after surgery, but the changes can still come as a shock.
Practical Aspects of Combined Procedures
While having more than one facial surgery at once is more expensive and does involve a more extensive recovery period than a standalone procedure, it is a much more convenient option than having two separate surgeries. Only one procedure and round of anesthesia are required, and you will not have to miss additional time at work for a second procedure. Additional discomfort should be minimal, and can typically be controlled with medication. Your surgeon will also be able to balance your facial features more easily, since all the work can be completed at once.
Finding a Qualified Surgeon
If you are considering rhinoplasty with another procedure, you need to be especially careful when choosing your surgeon. Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult procedures available, and it takes a surgeon with exceptional skill, artistry, and experience to create good outcomes for a wide range of patients. Adding extra procedures to the mix increases the complexity of the process and necessitates the skills of a board certified surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery. Do not skimp on the research phase of choosing your surgeon, and do not try to choose a provider solely on price. Value is based on a balance of quality and price, not on price alone.
Dr. Stuart Bentkover is passionate about the art of rhinoplasty, and has devoted many years of practice to honing his skills. He is widely known for delivering custom and successful results. Dr. Bentkover is double board certified and ready to advise you on your options. Call Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA, today to schedule your consultation.