Spotlight Procedure: Rhinoplasty

When most people think about plastic surgery, the first place they imagine is the face.  This is hardly surprising, since the majority of cosmetic plastic surgery and non-surgical anti-aging procedures are designed to address that specific area.  As a board-certified plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist specializing in facial procedures, I have performed thousands of these techniques on patients from all over the world.  In this month’s “Spotlight Procedure” blog, I will provide some insight into cosmetic rhinoplasty, a particularly intricate and challenging form of cosmetic plastic surgery commonly known as the “nose job”.  Not only is this procedure the single most frequently performed form of facial plastic surgery in the United States, but it is also a personal specialty of mine that is capable of addressing a wide variety of issues.

Spotlight Procedure RhinoplastyHow is a Rhinoplasty procedure performed?

As I explain in my many articles on the subject, there are different ways to perform nose surgery, but I generally prefer to use an external, or “open,” technique whenever possible because it allows for easy access and complete visualization of the entire nasal anatomy1.  At this point, I can trim and sculpt the underlying bones to make structural modifications, such as increasing the width of the bridge or removing a dorsal hump, or address specific functional concerns.  Finally, the cartilage that makes up the nasal tip can be shaped or even enhanced with grafted cartilage taken from other areas of the patient’s body.  Years of experience allows me to perform precision sculpting and grafting of the bones and cartilage within the nose to achieve more predictable and natural-looking rhinoplasty results.

Why are Rhinoplasty procedures so popular?

Perhaps the most obvious reason for the continuing popularity of nose surgery is its versatility.  While some plastic surgery procedures might only be suitable for patients of a certain gender or age range, rhinoplasty can potentially provide benefits for men and women of all ages.  Most people are aware that surgery on the nose can improve its appearance by lifting and defining the tip, lengthening or shortening the bridge, reducing a hump or knot on the bridge, or narrowing the nostrils.  However, reconstructive rhinoplasty can also potentially alleviate a variety of respiratory problems by improving air flow that may have been negatively impacted by congenital defect, disease, or trauma.  This reconstructive function is one of the reasons why adolescent rhinoplasty is so popular.

As with any cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, the best outcomes require clear communication both before and after the surgery.  This is one of the reasons why I recommend that patients who want external nasal changes undergo computerized facial imaging prior to surgery.  This allows us to view the potential surgical results during consultation so that I can better understand my patient’s goals and they can better understand exactly what is reasonably attainable.  If you are interested in learning more about any of the non-surgical facial rejuvenation, anti-aging, or cosmetic facial plastic surgery procedures that I perform, please contact my office so that we can schedule a full consultation and determine together exactly what procedures are right for you.  Don’t forget to connect with me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.

  1. Burstein, FD.: Aesthetic and Reconstructive Rhinoplasty, A Personal Perspective. Atlanta Medicine, Journal of the Medical Association of Atlanta. 2006 May; 7(3):23-26.