NASAL RESHAPING SURGERY (RHINOPLASTY)
The shape, position, and size of the nose are all key factors in establishing facial symmetry, an aesthetic feature that many scientific studies have highlighted as playing a crucial role in the evaluation of facial attractiveness. Rhinoplasty (nasal reshaping surgery) is a surgical procedure designed to enhance the proportions and balance of the nose, thereby improving the symmetry of the entire face. Rhinoplasty also provides non-cosmetic benefits, and can be performed to correct impaired breathing resulting from structural defects of the nasal cavity.
Some of the cosmetic benefits rhinoplasty surgery offers include:
- Reducing the size of a nose that appears too wide or large for the face
- Correcting a depression or bump on the nasal bridge
- Reshaping a drooping, upturned or bulbous nasal tip
- Minimizing excessively wide, upturned, or flared nostrils
- Repositioning a crooked or off-center nose
- Restoring symmetry to an asymmetrical nose after an injury
Nasal reshaping surgery requires a high level of precision and expertise, and should be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Dr. Katzen takes pride in keeping abreast of the latest advances in the field of cosmetic facial surgery, and has helped many patients restore symmetry and balance to their faces, and correct nose-related breathing problems with rhinoplasty procedures at his private practice in Beverly Hills, California.
Rhinoplasty is generally performed on an outpatient basis, utilizing general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, and entails either a closed procedure (incisions concealed within the nose), or an open procedure (incision across the columella). Open rhinoplasty is a better option for patients requiring more extensive nasal reshaping, while closed rhinoplasty surgery is more suitable for patients requiring only slight nasal enhancements. During the rhinoplasty, Dr. Katzen will utilize pieces of cartilage from the septum (the partition in the middle of the nose) to augment the existing nasal structures, in order to construct a more balanced and proportionate nose.
Following your nasal reshaping surgery, external casts and internal nasal splints will be used to support the nose for approximately seven days. You may experience post-procedural swelling and bruising around the eyes and cheeks. Depending upon your body’s capacity to heal itself, most discoloration and swelling will abate within 1-3 weeks.
Dr. Katzen’s practice is built on the foundational principle of surgical customization, meaning that as a patient, you will receive a unique treatment plan, tailored to reflect your specific aesthetic preferences, and designed to bring your surgical goals to fruition. Dr. Katzen and his professional staff have created a warm, welcoming office environment, where you will feel secure and comfortable throughout your rhinoplasty experience.
Dr. Katzen and his professional team understand the importance of well-informed patients, and will take the time to thoroughly explain your rhinoplasty procedural details and options. If you would like additional information about nasal reshaping surgery, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Katzen.