Rhinoplasty is one of the most rewarding and popular cosmetic treatments performed by plastic surgeons. It restores balance and harmony among the features and enhances one’s self-image and self-confidence. The surgery helps correct imperfections in the nasal bridge, tip, and nostrils while removing any blockages that might be impairing your breathing. Below we will explore some of the most common versions of rhinoplasty and discuss their benefits.
- Cosmetic rhinoplasty — The goal of cosmetic rhinoplasty is to create a nose that is better suited to the patient’s face. This may involve reducing an enlarged dorsal hump, trimming a bulbous or drooping tip, or addressing flaring nostrils. Once the nose is reshaped and refined, it acts as a bridge, connecting the smile and the eyes, enhancing attractiveness. Functional improvements are often a byproduct of cosmetic rhinoplasty, although not its primary goal.
- Functional rhinoplasty — Functional rhinoplasty is performed to clear away obstructions in the nasal passageways, improving breathing and as an extension, sleep quality. The surgery can address a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, nasal valve collapses, and polyps, among other issues. Oftentimes, cosmetic changes can be achieved at the same time as structural improvements.
- Ethnic rhinoplasty — Ethnic rhinoplasty is performed to ensure that each client’s unique cultural identity is preserved during surgery while imperfections of the tip, bridge, and nostrils are carefully corrected. Patients of Middle Eastern, African, Asian, and Hispanic descent require a customized approach that preserves their beauty ideals and heritage. This is a relatively new approach to nose surgery, as in the past, surgeons would deliver Westernized, Caucasian-leaning results regardless of the patient’s background.
- Revision rhinoplasty — Revision rhinoplasty is performed to correct or enhance the results of primary nose surgery. It may be the case that the plastic surgeon went too far by over-removing cartilage and bone, leading to structural collapse. Alternatively, the original nasal adjustments may not have gone far enough to achieve the patient’s goals. In either case, it’s important that patients wait at least a full year before assessing their final outcomes, as residual swelling may still exist, distorting the nasal shape.
How do I choose the best plastic surgeon for my rhinoplasty procedure?
Because the nose is centrally located on the face, it commands a great deal of attention, requiring the skill of a masterful perfectionist coupled with the artistry of a visionary. Taking the time to carefully review your surgeon’s before and after photos, as well as their testimonials, will help you to establish the kind of results they are capable of. Naturally, doing your due diligence by investigating the surgeon’s credentials and training background will also go a long way.
Your rhinoplasty surgeon should be board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). This ensures that they have completed rigorous examinations and vetting and that they will adhere to the highest standards of safety and excellence.
Lastly, it’s important that you connect with your plastic surgeon on a human level and that you feel comfortable asking questions and discussing your goals. After all, entrusting your face to a stranger can be daunting. You should be secure in your decision and feel that your surgeon is an ally in your journey towards a more attractive, confident image.
What is the takeaway?
While rhinoplasty may conjure up images of “perfect” celebrities or cute button noses, today, the surgery has evolved to become more of an art form, with a wide range of solutions for patients of all ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds. Rhinoplasty can be customized to achieve your individual goals, whether it’s correcting poor breathing patterns, revising the work of another surgeon, or simply attaining a nose that is well-suited to your features. Contact Dr. Halaas today to discuss your options for personalized rhinoplasty in NYC.