The Intricacies of Nose Surgery

Ask a plastic surgeon what they think is the most technically difficult plastic surgery to perform, and most will, at the very least, list rhinoplasty among the top three.  This operation to change the size and shape of the nose requires a great deal of experience and technical skill, because the tissue, cartilage, and bone that make up the nose are all constantly growing and changing.  In order for nose surgery to have the most successful long-term rhinoplasty results, the surgeon must account for the regrowth of bone and the shifting of cartilage that can occur.  This is why rhinoplasty has one of the highest revision rates of all cosmetic surgeries.  With board certification in both plastic surgery and otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and over twenty-five years of experience specializing in facial cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, I have developed a keen understanding of the complex intricacies of facial anatomy which allows me to specialize in this particularly delicate procedure.

Nose SurgeryThe purpose of rhinoplasty is to change the size, shape, or angle of the nose and bring it into better proportion with the rest of your face.  The procedure may also correct structural problems with the nose that can cause chronic congestion and breathing problems.  During rhinoplasty, I make incisions, either hidden inside the nose or across the columella, a narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils, to access the supporting bones and cartilage.  An overly large nose may be reduced by removing bone or cartilage, while a small or misshapen nose can be augmented and re-sculpted with the addition of cartilage grafts.  I generally prefer to take these grafts from the septum, the partition in the middle of the nose, or (more rarely) from the ear or ribs.  The use of a natural tissue rather than artificial materials reduces post-operative risks and achieves a natural-looking result.

Many patients seek rhinoplasty for purely cosmetic reasons, such as to remove the bump on the bridge of the nose, lengthen or shorten the bridge, or narrow the base of the nostrils.  However, nose surgery can also correct a number of specific structural defects that may cause congestion or respiratory difficulties.  Specifically, a septoplasty is a form of reconstructive nasal surgery specifically designed to correct a deviated septum, which is one of the most common causes of breathing impairment.  It is always my goal to restructure the nose so that it can most efficiently perform its necessary functions and balance aesthetically with the other features of the face.

If you are interested in learning more about a plastic surgery procedure I perform, please contact me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, today.  Additionally, some reconstructive procedures may be covered by insurance, and Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. provides a variety of options for financing, including Care Credit®, in order to assist you.  Be sure to connect with me on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.