Double board-certified plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist Dr. Fernando Burstein has spent a lifetime performing cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery procedures ranging from cleft lip and palate repair to aesthetic rhinoplasty and even ear surgery on men and women of all ages. In our ongoing blog feature, Ask Dr. Burstein, you will have the opportunity to hear him answer some of the most frequently asked questions he receives about facial plastic surgery.
QUESTION: Many years ago, when I was in my mid-twenties, I was forced to undergo reconstructive plastic surgery to repair my nose after a particularly bad automobile accident. Although the surgeon did do a good job, I have never been particularly happy with the aesthetic results, and I feel as though the appearance of my nose has only gotten worse as I’ve grown older. It has been more than twenty years since the accident, and I was wondering if it was too late to undergo another rhinoplasty procedure. Is there anything that I can do now to improve the overall appearance of my nose?
ANSWER: Actually, your question is not uncommon and there is quite a bit that we can do. Nasal surgery, or rhinoplasty, is considered to be one of the most difficult facial plastic surgery procedures to perform because a great deal of care must be taken in order to preserve proper function even as you are changing the nose’s appearance. Moreover, since it may take up to a year for the new nasal contour to fully refine, some patients may not discover until long after their surgery that their results do not live up to their expectations. Fortunately, patients of any age can undergo a rhinoplasty procedure, provided they are healthy enough for surgery. In the more than twenty five years that I have been a board certified plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist I have done hundreds of rhinoplasty revision procedures to improve the results of nasal surgeries performed by other surgeons.
Because every face is different and requires a customized approach, I would recommend that you come in for a full consultation so that we can we go over potential results using advanced computer imaging and determine exactly what needs to be done in order to give you the nose you’ve always wanted.
About Dr. Fernando Burstein
Dr. Fernando Burstein is a well-respected Atlanta facial plastic surgeon with board certifications in both plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology (head and neck surgery.) With nearly thirty years of experience specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Burstein has served as both the chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery and the director of the Center of Craniofacial Disorders at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as well as a clinical professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Emory University. He has authored and published more than 100 articles and book chapters on facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and has been honored as one of the top plastic surgeons in Atlanta by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a national organization founded in 1991 to help guide consumers to the highest quality healthcare, for the past eight consecutive years.