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Understanding Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Not all rhinoplasty patients are the same and not all rhinoplasty patients are the same either. The process of correcting the nasal shape and size of patients of African or Asian descent is a bit different than the process to correct the noses of European-styled patients. For those looking to change the shape or size of their nose, it’s important to seek out a surgeon who has skills in the area where your cultural heritage is supported.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

The procedure to correct or change the shape of the nose for non-white patients is slightly different than the traditional rhinoplasty. Individuals from different cultural backgrounds may have different skin and facial compositions, and using traditional rhinoplasty techniques in these instances can have undesirable effects. Only surgeons who specialize in ethnic rhinoplasty techniques should perform a nose job on an individual who falls outside the scope of a traditional rhinoplasty patient.

Why Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Patients seeking ethnic rhinoplasty are often seeking a nose that is less prominent, narrower or more shapely. By undergoing rhinoplasty, the nose can be shaped into a smaller, more attractive shape while still preserving the qualities that make the individual unique. There is no cookie cutter nose job, and this is especially true for ethnic rhinoplasty where the surgeons work to balance the new and desired shape of the nose with the heritage of the patient will also preserving the tissue of the nose for optimum health and recovery.

Recovering from Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Like many procedures, ethnic rhinoplasty isn’t a surgery you rush into. The procedure is painful and has a lengthy recovery period complete with swelling and bruising. Fortunately, the end result of the surgery is a nose that is exactly what the patient hoped for – an improvement that highlights other attractive facial features.

Correcting a Hump through Rhinoplasty

One of the most common complaints of patients seeking rhinoplasty is the persistent hump that appears in some family trees or as a result of a sports injury. A hump on the nose is caused by the shape of the bones and cartilage and appears in the center of the nose, creating a facial characteristic that can overshadow other facial features. Having a bump on your nose can be corrected surgically, however.

Hump Rhinoplasty

To correct a hump in the nose, the patient will first consult with the surgeon performing the surgery. The surgeon will discuss the possibilities for the procedure including a closed or open surgery. An open surgery may be required depending on the severity of the procedure, but many surgeons are able to use a closed rhinoplasty where scars are located inside the nostrils.

During the surgery, the patient will be under the effects of general anesthesia. While she sleeps, the surgeon will open the nose and use his tools to reduce the size and shape of the hump. This may require shaving down the bone in this area, cutting away cartilage or even breaking the bones in the nose to allow the nose to set up correctly and heal into the proper positions to remove the hump.

Healing from Hump Rhinoplasty

To heal from this sort of rhinoplasty, patients will need to take at least two weeks away from school or work to allow for plenty of rest. The recovery process will include a great deal of bruising and swelling on the face, but these conditions will fade over time – it can take many months, however.

The full results of the hump rhinoplasty won’t be visible for up to a year due to the bits of swelling and bruising that remain, but the end results are truly impressive and well worth the wait.

Laser Rhinoplasty: An Overview

One of the newest sorts of rhinoplasty available today is the laser rhinoplasty procedure. The laser nose job is far less invasive than a traditional rhinoplasty, but there are some limitations as well as plenty of rewards that stem from this particular sort of surgery.

Less Surgery Required

With a laser rhinoplasty procedure, there is far less surgery actually required than a traditional procedure. The laser damages and removes the top layer of skin and tissue so that the nose reshaped from the outside rather than the inside. This results in some subtle changes to the shape of the nose, smoothing out the skin and making small revisions. For some patients, this may be a downside of the laser surgery, as it does not break bones, reshape the nose dramatically or make large changes.

Healing Is Must Faster

With a laser rhinoplasty, less work is actually done to the nose, so there is far less healing required following the procedure. The rhinoplasty procedure does not break bones and there is far less bruising or damage to the surrounding tissue. In some cases, the nose is not even splinted or bandaged heavily, making the healing process much faster.

Corrects Nasal Deformities

A laser rhinoplasty is a good choice for those who are suffering from skin problems of the nose rather than structural ones. The laser rhinoplasty helps to remove damaged skin from the nose including excessive growth, overly thickened skin and the unusual scarring that may have resulted from the removal of skin cancer from the nose or surrounding tissue.

Through the thinning and removal of skin, the laser rhinoplasty can make a difference in the appearance of the nose, brightening the face and creating small, but important changes. It does not correct large deformities, however.

Important Considerations of a Nose Job

You may have stared at your nose in the mirror for years and hated it, but before you rush out for a nose job, be sure that you’re stopping to consider not only the process you’re about to undertake, but your reasons for choosing the rhinoplasty as well.

Why are you looking for a nose job?

The most important consideration for a nose job is why you’re actually getting the new nose. Are you looking for a new image? Are you hoping that the nose will change your life in some way? If your new nose is more about a desire to feel better than a desire to change your life, you’re on the right path. If you’re hoping that having Kim Kardashian’s nose will make you as pretty and popular as she is, a rhinoplasty may not be the wisest choice for you right now.

Who’s performing the nose job surgery?

More than any other surgery, a nose job is a work of art. The surgeon performing the surgery must not only do the medically necessary steps, but he will be constructing the shape of the new nose as well. Surgeons with a great deal of experience are easily the best choice for rhinoplasty, but they can be the most exclusive and expensive as well. Be sure to see plenty of pictures from a surgeon’s portfolio as you’re consulting with the doctor.

What will I look like?

As you’re consulting with surgeons, be sure to ask for images or models of what you can expect following the surgery. It’s important to know and understand what you’ll look like following the surgery as major changes to the nose will make dramatically different changes to your appearance. Preparing yourself ahead of time will make the healing process go more smoothly.

 

3 Reasons to Consider a Nose Job

Nose jobs are on the rise and now, more than ever, individuals are seeking a nose job. Why are so many patients anxious to undergo the rhinoplasty procedure? It’s not all about cosmetics for many of them.

The Nose Is Damaged

Your nose is a prominent feature, and there are many parts of your lifestyle that can be damaging for your nose. Young athletes, for example, are often injuring their noses in both contact and non contact sports. Noses get broken despite helmets or protective gear. Car accidents often lead to nasal damage when the face collides with a steering wheel or window. Regardless of how the nose is broken, rhinoplasty is the surgery designed to correct the damage.

The Nose is Medically Insufficient

Some babies are born with a deviated septum and others acquire this medical condition as they grow and change. Once the nose is fully grown, surgeons are able to use a rhinoplasty procedure as an opportunity to correct the breathing problems that may occur due to a deviated septum or insufficient nostril width or any number of other medical conditions. Surgery to correct medical conditions may not change the shape of the nose or may make subtle changes to improve aesthetics as well as improve function.

The Nose is Unattractive

As the most prominent part of the face, the nose stands out quite dramatically, and often natural beauty and balance is hard to display when the nose is dramatically out of proportion with the face. The nose can be a source of embarrassment or concern for patients as well, but once rhinoplasty is able to correct the appearance of the nose, the face is more open and balanced, giving patients higher self esteem and greater self confidence as well.

The Best Time for Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a major surgery and choosing the best time for rhinoplasty can be challenging. While there is not one season in particular that is better than another for the procedure, there are elements to consider when planning for the procedure.

Discounts

Price should not be a major concern when it comes to scheduling rhinoplasty procedures. The surgeon offering seasonal discounts may not be the best one for performing your procedure, but there are “off seasons” for plastic surgery. Discounts are more likely to occur in periods away from the holidays and the summer months.

Healing Times

A nose job takes two weeks at the minimum to heal. If you’re trying to enjoy a major sporting activity or even swimming with goggles, you must wait at least two weeks following surgery for light activities and up to six weeks following surgery for contact sports, strenuous athletics or even wearing those swim goggles or mask. Planning a rhinoplasty procedure three weeks before a snorkeling trip would be poor timing.

Likewise, trying to squeeze in a rhinoplasty surgery just a few weeks before your busy time at work will be taking a gamble. There is a chance the surgery date will need to be adjusted slightly or you may need an extra week of healing before you feel ready to head back to the office. Leaving yourself extra time to heal will help avoid disruption to your work activities.

Major Events

Weddings, reunions, important meetings and other gatherings are catalysts for us in changing our appearance. But the swelling from a nose job can take up to six weeks to heal completely. If you’re planning to show off your new appearance at a family event, be sure to plan for a minimum of six weeks recovery time prior to the event in order for the swelling and bruising to disappear completely.

 

Figuring Out the Cost of Rhinoplasty

A rhinoplasty procedure isn’t a one-size-fits-all sort of medical procedure. As such there is usually not a set price for the procedure. You can walk into the medical office and offer up $3,000 for a new nose and walk out again. The cost for your rhinoplasty procedure is set through a complicated examination procedure and the degree of surgery required to make the necessary corrections to the nose.

The Initial Exam

The first exam of the nose sets the stage for the prices to follow. In the exam, the surgeon will ask the patient to point out areas of the nose that he or she would like to see corrected. The more dramatic the change, the higher the price tag will ultimately be. Since rhinoplasty can do many different things to change the appearance of the nose, it’s reasonable to assume that there will be different costs associated with different procedures.

During this exam, the surgeon will explain what can be done to bring about the patient’s wishes. If the patient is hoping for a narrower nose, the cartilage at the sides of the nose will be affected, but the bones of the nose will not be. If a large hump is to be reduced, the bones must be broken and reset correctly to create the desired effect. As one might expect, breaking the nose and working with bones to create an entirely new shape is more expensive and skill-driven than clipping back a tiny bit of cartilage and sewing up a tight incision.

Affording Rhinoplasty

Once the cost of the procedure is established, the surgeon will then explain the financing aspect of the surgery. The patient is expected to pay in full at the time of the procedure. Some patients may opt to use a credit card for the surgery and many are able to pay a full cash amount. Still others look to the medical loans available that extend to cover the full cost of the plastic surgery procedures, making the surgery easier to pay off over time.

 

Do I Need Rhinoplasty?

There are elements of every face that we might like to change. Perhaps we’d like our eyes to be larger, our lips to be fuller or our nose to be smaller. But does the vague desire for a button nose really translate into a need for full rhinoplasty surgery? How do you know if you’re really ready for rhinoplasty surgery to reshape your nose?

Among the many reasons patients seek out the rhinoplasty procedure, you’ll find many considerations for the shape of the nose. It may be that your nose appears too large for your face or in some cases, too small for your face. Some rhinoplasty patients dislike the shape of your nose as it might have a bump that appears in profile.

The nose may appear especially wide when you look at yourself in the mirror. The tip of your nose may turn a different direction or be extended. A nasal tip that droops down creates a hooked nose effect. The tip of the nose may appear to be extra wide or thick as well.

It’s not just the shape of the nose that makes a difference for some patients. You may be concerned not only about the shape of your nose, but the size and shape of your nostrils as well. Nostrils that are excessively wide can be repaired in rhinoplasty as well as nostrils that are narrow and constrictive.

The nose may show signs of previous injuries as well. If your nose has been broken at any point, it may appear to be off-center or crooked. The crooked nose may also have resulted in a deviated septum, or off-center membrane down the center of the nostrils. This makes it challenging for patients to breathe well at times and would lead to a medically-necessary rhinoplasty, or rather septoplasty, procedure.

The Rhinoplasty Consultation

When considering rhinoplasty, you can expect a lengthy consultation with a surgeon prior to actually arranging your procedure. This is not only to give the surgeon a chance to examine your nose and determine the best way to proceed, but to also give you a chance to discuss your concerns and to learn more about the procedure.

While you’re in the rhinoplasty consultation, you can expect to look into a mirror with the surgeon watching carefully beside you. You’ll be asked to point out exactly which elements of your nose you’d like to see improved. This is the starting point for your discussion with the surgeon and will give him a better idea of what changes you’re seeking and whether those are realistic.

The consultation will then turn to the elements of the surgery and questions about your nose and breathing issues that may have contributed to your decision. While the majority of rhinoplasty procedures are performed for cosmetic reasons there are some medical reasons that drive patients to consider nose surgery.

At some point during the consultation or perhaps at a follow-up appointment, the surgeon will provide a picture or computer image of your face along with your current nose and the new nose shape that you’re hoping to gain from the procedure. This picture will give you the best indication of all about what is reasonable to expect from the surgery and give you, the patient, the best understanding of what the surgery will yield in terms of results.

The final elements of the rhinoplasty consultation include the discussion of cost and setting the time frame for the surgery. The cost of rhinoplasty may be considerable and the surgeon may provide financing for the procedure or additional information about payment. Payment will be expected at the time of the procedure, which will be scheduled after the initial consultation.

Bringing Pictures to a Rhinoplasty Consultation

It’s natural to want to bring pictures with you to a rhinoplasty consultation because you’re able to discuss the possibilities of nose jobs and show the surgeon exactly what you’d like to see on your own face. But, of course, surgeon isn’t a painter or sculpture. He has to work with the nose that you’re given as a starting point. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring pictures. Quite the contrary, be sure to bring pictures with you so that you have a starting point to talk about.

Pictures can help you start talking about rhinoplasty with your surgeon. You can find pictures that show what sort of nose you’d like to have. The surgeon can then show you what sort of nose that he can created from the nose that you already have. The surgeon will probably use a sort of virtual reality program or simulation so that you can see your face with the new nose on a computer screen or a print out.
Experienced surgeons know that you can’t shape a nose exactly into a new one. You must make small changes to the nose to avoid it looking too overly processed or fake. Small changes can make a big impact on your face, and while you might think you’d like a tiny pixie nose, you might be surprised to see just how much can change when you make a few small changes to the size or the shape of the tip of your nose or by removing the hump on the top of your nose.

The best pictures you can bring to a rhinoplasty consultation are those of a celebrity that started with a nose similar to yours. Look for pictures of celebrities or patients prior to a nose job. Then, print that picture along with a picture of the patient after the surgery as a guide for the surgeon to follow.