Rhinoplasty is a popular procedure worldwide, but this is not at all surprising. Many people feel that aesthetic issues with their nose compromise their appearance overall, which can lead to self-esteem issues and other problems.
Aside from cosmetic reasons, others seek rhinoplasty due to the results of nasal trauma or trouble breathing. Whatever the reason for surgery, rhinoplasty is known as one of the most complicated and difficult surgeries to perform, as it involves various types of tissues and structures, as well as a high level of customization.
This customization is essential to a good result the patients are happy with, as no one style of nose is going to suit each patient. An individualized approach is necessary for achieving facial harmony with rhinoplasty.
Your Facial Features
You may covet a certain celebrity’s cute button nose, but if you have strong features, it could look completely wrong for your facial structure and throw off your facial aesthetics. This is true for each and every patient—depending on your other features, a certain style of nose may look entirely inappropriate for you. In the early days of cosmetic rhinoplasty, the same approach was used for nearly every patient, and these “cookie cutter” noses were completely wrong for most patients. Because of this, you should move forward with the knowledge that the styles you like may not be a good fit for you. Keep an open mind when discussing your procedure with potential surgeons. A seasoned rhinoplasty expert will have the experience to help you design the nose that will set you up for beautiful facial aesthetics and harmony.
Facial balance is a big part of making the nose fit with the other facial features. The nose is an extremely prominent and important part of overall facial balance, and even small adjustments can make a big difference in the final results. This balance is a big part of why rhinoplasty is so difficult. The surgeon must design and predict the final results to complement the rest of the face. As the swelling from surgery will not fully resolve for a year or more, the ability to predict these with reliable accuracy takes a trained and experienced eye.
Today, digital imaging technology is highly advanced and extremely useful for helping doctors and patients plan procedures and communicate with one another. A surgeon may be extremely talented, but if the patient is not able to communicate his or her goals for surgery effectively, the results can be very different from those the patient expects. This is when digital imaging is most valuable. The image is taken of the patient’s nose and digitally manipulated to form a preview of the final results, which allows the surgeon and patient to discuss the surgical techniques to be used and the expected results. It is important to remember during your consultations, however, that this preview is just that—a preview. The final results will never exactly match the preview, and you should always maintain realistic expectations about your procedure to avoid potential disappointment.
Expect Big Changes
Many patients are surprised by how much rhinoplasty affects their overall appearance. Before you move forward with your preparations, you should keep in mind that it will take some time to get used to your new look after surgery, and you should not worry about defects in the first few months. The nose will look worse before it looks better, and it takes many months for swelling to resolve. While the majority of swelling will resolve within 4-6 months, when you will see the approximate results, residual swelling is much more persistent and can take over a year to resolve. Be patient and give yourself time after rhinoplasty—you do not want to rush into seeking revision surgery for a problem that is not actually a problem.
A Surgeon-and an Artist
When it comes to rhinoplasty, the facial plastic surgeon is not just a surgeon. Rhinoplasty is an art and requires an unparalleled level of skill, experience, and intuition. While many surgeons offer the procedure, fewer specialize in rhinoplasty and dedicate the time and practice necessary to become an expert. If you want to set yourself up for success, you should insist on choosing a facial plastic surgeon who has a proven track record of helping patients get the best results from surgery, such as board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover’s favorite procedure is rhinoplasty, and his patients reap the benefits of his extensive experience and dedication to the craft. If you would like to speak with Dr. Bentkover about your goals for surgery, come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester(508-363-6500) or Stoneham(617-247-0033), MA. Call either location today to schedule your consultation.