Rhinoplasty 101

rhinoplasty Nose-enhancement surgery, rhinoplasty, traces its origins back to ancient India when the surgeon Sushruta reconstructed noses of criminals whose noses were mutilated for punishment. In the U.S., the first rhinoplasty was performed in 1887. Today, rhinoplasty is the fifth most frequently performed cosmetic surgery in the country.

The basics
Nose surgery is a very delicate procedure. It involves much more than simply altering the size or shape of the nose. A good surgeon takes into account the entire facial symmetry when performing rhinoplasty.

Patients coming to Dr. Lavey for nose surgery usually have specific areas in mind for their nose enhancement. These are the most common:

  • Nasal bumps or humps
  • Bulbous tip
  • Crooked nose
  • Width that is either too wide or narrow
  • Drooping nasal tip
  • Extremely low or high nasal bridge

Different approaches, one goal
Rhinoplasty can either be performed via the open or closed incision approach. Both approaches create incisions inside the nostrils, but the open approach may create an additional tiny incision on the undersurface of the columella (situated between the nostrils). In your consultation, you will decide with Dr. Lavey which method is best suited for your situation. The best outcomes in rhinoplasty can be achieved when the following elements are present: firm nasal cartilage, good skin elasticity, and good general overall health.

Get in touch with Dr. Lavey and the rest of the team to discuss your rhinoplasty options. Set up an appointment with us today by calling 925.820.3633.

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