Individuality is a trait that is greatly admired in American culture, partially stemming from the diversity found in the 50 states. That emphasis on individuality has carried over to many industries, including the plastic surgery field. While once, surgeons worked toward a fairly universal standard for procedures such as rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery), today, customization is emphasized to help promote facial balance, a nose that complements the other features, and a unique appearance that helps retain the patient’s personal identity. To accomplish this goal, some patients are not looking for the typical solution to aesthetic nasal issues.
Many people are interested in having a more aesthetically symmetrical and balanced nose, but do not want that “perfect” look that other patients are seeking. Some patients, especially men are looking to retain their individuality following surgery by leaving some “quirks” in their nose, such as leaving part of a nasal hump. While it may seem like an odd request, preserving uniqueness in the nose is actually something many patients are looking for.
Family and ethnic heritage are important parts of a person’s identity. Preserving the original nose’s character is an important part of ethnic rhinoplasty, as most patients seeking this procedure are not looking for a wholly “Westernized” nose. Creating a nose that fits the face is a major goal of any rhinoplasty, but particularly ethnic rhinoplasty, since leaving the essence of the nose is essential to preserving ethnic identity.
Functional Rhinoplasty without Cosmetic Enhancement
For some people, breathing problems are the sole reason for seeking nasal surgery. While many patients do elect to undergo cosmetic changes as well as functional improvement, others simply want only the improvements to overall structure and function. This presents another challenge for surgeons, in changing the underlying structure, while maintaining the nose’s original character.
Know What You Want
When it comes to rhinoplasty, getting what you want out of surgery involves both knowing what you want and knowing how to communicate that goal effectively. Come to your surgical consultations prepared with examples and questions, and expect to take a look at a preview of your results with prospective surgeons, a tool that will help you solidify your vision. Of course, some expectations are simply not reasonable, and these issues should be addressed prior to surgery.
Discuss Your Needs with an Expert
If you are seeking rhinoplasty, then the most important pre-surgery step you will be taking is choosing your surgeon. A skilled rhinoplasty surgeon applies both science and art to nasal surgery, creating a beautiful, yet functional result that still looks very natural and captures the patient’s identity. As you can imagine, this is no easy task, and only the most skilled facial plastic surgeons have the skills to accomplish this goal for a wide range of patients.
Do your research before your start consulting with surgeons so you can start off on the right foot and set yourself up for success. An experienced, board certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Massachusetts will help you understand your options and help you meet your goals.
It is important to have rapport with and trust your surgeon, which is another reason consultations are a vital preparation step in choosing your surgeon. If you would like to meet with Dr. Bentkover and discuss your needs for surgery, call Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA to schedule your consultation today.