Rhinoplasty can be used to improve the way the nose looks in proportion with the other facial features, as well as to correct functional problems including breathing obstructions and traumatic injuries. When we evaluate the nose, we will study the frontal, oblique and lateral views in addition to the shape and projection of the chin, cheekbones, and upper lip. The nose should be de-emphasized so that the other attractive facial features can be appreciated.
We usually recommend that patients wait until they are at least age 16, and possibly older for boys, before undergoing rhinoplasty. The nose may not be fully developed at a younger age. Assuming you are in good health, there is no upper age limit for having your nose reshaped. With age, gravity and the diminishing supportive structures of the nose, the shape and position of the nose will ultimately change. The nose may appear longer and the tip eventually droops, thus is not unusual to have nasal refinements done at the time of a facelift procedure or later in life. A simple elevation of the nasal tip may result in a younger and more attractive appearance.
The most common aesthetic complaints regarding the nose are: the nose appears too large for your face, there is a bump on the nasal bridge, the profile is out of proportion, the nose seems too wide when viewed from the front, the tip droops downward, the tip is too thick, the nostrils are excessively flared, and the nose is crooked.
Modern rhinoplasty techniques allow us many more options for reshaping the nose. Some noses need to be lengthened, augmented, or narrowed for the best aesthetic result. A large portion of the rhinoplasties we perform today are revisionary operations to improve a previous surgical result. Internal nasal derangements that cause nasal breathing difficulties can also corrected during rhinoplasty surgery. The major limitations in terms of what you can expect as a result of a rhinoplasty procedure have to do with your skin type, skin thickness, the thickness and position of your nasal bones, as well as the skill of the New York surgeon you select. We will carefully review all your options at the time of your consultation and plan the perfect procedure for you.
The overall result of rhinoplasty is a subtle but remarkable change that produces a more youthful and less tired appearance.
The best Candidates for rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have rhinoplasty, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
The best candidates for rhinoplasty in New York City are people who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If you’re physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate.
Rhinoplasty can be performed to meet aesthetic goals or for reconstructive purposes-to correct birth defects or breathing problems.
Age may also be a consideration. Many rhinoplasty surgeons in New York prefer not to operate on teenagers until after they’ve completed their growth spurt-around 14 or 15 for girls, a bit later for boys. It’s important to consider teenagers’ social and emotional adjustment, too, and to make sure it’s what they, and not their parents, really want.
All rhinoplasty surgery carries some uncertainty and risk When rhinoplasty is performed by a qualified New York plastic surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Nevertheless, there is always a possibility of complications, including infection, nosebleed, or a reaction to the anesthesia. You can reduce your risks by closely following your New York surgeon’s instructions both before and after surgery.
After rhinoplasty surgery in New York City, small burst blood vessels may appear as tiny red spots on the skin’s surface; these are usually minor but may be permanent. As for scarring, when rhinoplasty is performed from inside the nose, there is no visible scarring at all; when an “open” technique is used, or when the procedure calls for the narrowing of flared nostrils, the small scars on the base of the nose are usually not visible.