7 Signs of a Successful Rhinoplasty

A Rhinoplasty operation, also called a “nose job” in common parlance, is a surgical procedure that reshapes or resizes the nose for health or cosmetic reasons.

 

The aim of the cosmetic surgeon who performs the operation is always to create the most attractive and natural result that complements the rest of a patient’s facial features.

 

Sometimes rhinoplasty is undertaken to help improve a patient’s breathing by minimizing nasal airway obstruction. In all cases, achieving the best possible functional and aesthetic result is the hallmark of a successful rhinoplasty.

 

Rhinoplasty surgery can create dramatic improvements to:

 

-Nose size and proportion in relation to facial harmony

-Nose width at the bridge, or a profile with visible bumps on the bridge

-The size, shape, and position of the nostrils

-A nasal tip that is bulbous, drooping, upturned, or hooked

-Nasal asymmetry

 

Both the open and closed rhinoplasty techniques are performed by making incisions (either across the columella or hidden inside the nose) to allow the surgeon to gently raise the skin that covers the nasal bones and cartilage, allowing access to alter the structure of the nose.

 

The skin is then carefully draped back over the newly enhanced nasal framework to give the nose its new and improved appearance.

 

Here are the 7 signs of a successful rhinoplasty:

 

  1. Symmetry

 

For centuries facial symmetry “has been linked to the perception of facial beauty, resistance to disease, and quality genetics.”

 

The goal of achieving greater facial symmetry is a very common one for patients seeking facial cosmetic surgery, particularly so for those seeking rhinoplasty.

 

Achieving greater bilateral symmetry of the face, or maintaining the symmetry of an already symmetrical nose while correcting another aspect of its shape or size is essential in rhinoplasty.

 

  1. Breathing

 

When it comes to the nose, form and function are intimately intertwined.

 

A1999 article from WebMD’s archives mentions how a few of the 130,000 patients to undergo rhinoplasty annually, at the time, would experience difficulty with nasal breathing after their procedure.

 

The reason for this was that a cosmetic surgeon at the time would occasionally remove too much cartilage during a rhinoplasty, causing the sides of the nose to collapse during inhalation.

 

Modern rhinoplasties avoid this complication through more delicate sculpting and an emphasis on creating a stronger overall nasal structure.

 

A successful rhinoplasty will improve or maintain a patient’s ability to breathe easily and comfortably.

 

  1. No Scars

 

A successful rhinoplasty should improve, not worsen, the appearance of the nose. In facial cosmetic surgery the results are intended to be aesthetic, so any visible scarring is considered an unsuccessful result.

 

An inexperienced or indelicate plastic surgeon is more likely to improve the nose’s shape without the concern of conspicuous, visible scarring.

 

The first and most important step for preventing unwanted complications and poor results like visible nasal scarring is choosing a plastic surgeon who is board certified, highly recommended, and very experienced in the rhinoplasty procedure specifically.

 

  1. No Need for Revision

 

Many times after a rhinoplasty the nose looks great, but after some operations many patients report having a collapsed nose, pinched nose, or a “skeletonized” – artificial-looking nose.

 

Unfortunately this problem is not rare. In fact it is estimated that between 5 – 15% of patients who undergo “nose jobs” will need revision rhinoplasty surgery. Some patients require only minor adjustments, while others need more significant revisions.

 

A successful rhinoplasty is one that’s done right the first time by an expert cosmetic facial surgeon with years or decades of experience, performing rhinoplasties that consistently achieve the very best results.

 

  1. Natural Look

 

The newly enhanced nose must look natural after a successful rhinoplasty. Unnatural results are obvious and unaesthetic.

 

The profile cannot be scooped too much. The nose should not be too upturned. The tip cannot appear pinched. The nostrils must not look too large. The front of the nose should not look pencil-like, something that occurs when the tip has been narrowed as much as the bridge.

 

An unnaturally enhanced nose calls attention to itself. A well-done nose looks great and inconspicuously complements the rest of the face.

 

  1. Facial Harmony

 

The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but nothing interferes with facial harmony like a disproportionate nose.

 

Flaws in such a prominent facial feature draw unwanted attention and can really hurt self confidence. Fortunately, just a slight alteration can balance the face and restore confidence.

 

A successful rhinoplasty surgeon comprehends the necessity of understanding both the nose and the patient’s overall facial structure in achieving natural-looking results and reducing the chance of needing revision rhinoplasty at a later date.

 

  1. Patient Satisfaction

 

What should an attractive nose look like? There really is not a single answer to this question.

 

Jeffrey R. Marcus, MD, a pediatric plastic surgeon at Duke University Health Center says it well:

 

“In the past, many plastic surgeons adhered to personal or popularized aesthetic ideals and allowed them to guide rhinoplasty procedures somewhat universally on their patients. Sometimes, this led to common appearance features among post-surgical patients. This is a trend that has fortunately been left to rest.”

 

A qualified, expert cosmetic surgeon will work with their rhinoplasty patient to create an individualized goal, plan, and result to achieve the unique goals of each individual patient.

 

 

About Dr. William J. Binder

 

Dr. William J. Binder is a facial plastic surgery specialist with over three decades of experience with facial plastic surgery.

 

For almost three decades, his individualized approach to rhinoplasty has led him to pioneer the new “structure” techniques of rhinoplasty, yielding more consistent results and rendering the pre-existing look of an unnatural nose-job obsolete.

 

If you want your rhinoplasty performed by one of the world’s leading facial plastic surgeons, contact Dr. Binder’s office today to schedule an initial consultation.

Recovering from Rhinoplasty in Los Angeles

rhinoplasty recovery

If you’re preparing for rhinoplasty, or have just had one done, chances are you’ve given some thought to the recovery process. As is the case with most plastic surgeries, the recovery time after a rhinoplasty is extensive, but not as arduous as many people may think. To help you prepare for your surgery, or decide whether or not undergoing rhinoplasty in Los Angeles is for you, take a look at our recovery road-map.

Immediately After Your Rhinoplasty: Recovery

Following your rhinoplasty, you’ll be taken to a recovery room where you will be gently brought out from under anesthesia. You should have a friend, trusted coworker or neighbor, spouse, or other family member with you to help you get home, and through the first few hours following your surgery. You may feel a bit groggy for the first night, which is completely normal, and probably for the best. Ideally, you’ll want to have already filled your prescription for post-op pain medication before you come in for surgery.

You’ll also want to have a few packs of frozen peas at home in the freezer, as they make excellent form-fitting ice packs. This will help tremendously with both any pain you may experience, and the swelling you’ll have for the first week.

2-3 Days After Your Rhinoplasty: Discomfort

The first morning after your rhinoplasty will come with slight discomfort, but it still shouldn’t be too bad. You’ll have some swelling, nasal drip or dryness, and you’ll be breathing through your mouth for a while. You’ll want to sleep in an elevated position, either with two to three thick pillows under your neck and back, in a recliner, or with a special wedge-shaped pillow. This will promote drainage, encourage healing, and keep swelling to the absolute minimum.

Speaking of, go ahead and prepare yourself for some swelling, especially in the first few days or so. This is completely normal and expected, and is nothing to worry about. As time goes on, the swelling will go down, and probably won’t be noticeable by anyone other than you after a few weeks. Remember, we are all incredibly aware of the dimensions of our own facial features, so any change is going to be magnified a hundred times from our perspective, even if it’s not noticeable to anyone else. To combat swelling, you may also want to tape your nose. The gentle pressure from the tape will help to distribute the fluids that will build up, and help minimize the length of time you have to deal with swelling. Your doctor will go over the proper way to tape your nose before your surgery.

Also during this time, you’ll be allowed to return to light (and we mean incredibly light) activity. Avoid bending over, blowing your nose, or lifting anything over five pounds, and you should be fine. Any packing or other internal supports in your nose will be removed by your doctor on day two.

4-14 Days After Your Rhinoplasty: Recovery and Follow-Up

At the end of the first week following your surgery, you’ll come in and have your splint removed. Following this you’ll begin to see your nose assuming its final shape. Typically, at the end of this first week you’ll be allowed to return to work or school, but you’ll still need to severely limit your activity and not pick up anything heavy. Depending on your specific situation and the details of your surgery, your surgeon may recommend waiting until at least fourteen days have passed before you return to work or school.

Week Three and Four After Your Rhinoplasty: Return to Exercise

After day twenty or so, you’ll be cleared by your surgeon to resume light to moderate activity, though you should still refrain from strenuous activity, contact sports, or sports that involve fast-moving objects that could impact your nose, unless you invest in a protective face mask. If you’re looking to return to something like tennis, racquetball, or a light contact sport like basketball or soccer, your surgeon can recommend a facemask.

Following this period, up to one full year after your recovery, you’ll be slowly regaining sensation in your nose, your sense of smell, and you’ll watch your swelling go down to reveal a more refined nose.

Rhinoplasty in Los Angeles with Doctor Binder

If you feel like you may be a candidate for rhinoplasty in Los Angeles, or you’ve been recommended to have one by another medical professional, contact Doctor Binder to schedule an appointment and consultation to discuss the procedure in more detail.