Thinking about changing your nose? You are not alone. According to several polls, 20% of Americans are dissatisfied with the appearance of their nose. Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping comes from the Greek words “rhino,” which means nose, and “plasty” which means to shape or mold. In nasal cosmetic surgery, the plastic surgeon utilizes small incisions inside the nose to reshape the underlying bone and cartilage.
No other cosmetic surgery procedure requires the skills of a sculptor balanced with the aesthetic sense of an artist. According to Cincinnati Magazine in a poll of 1500 physicians, Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown was voted the BEST Cosmetic Surgeon-Rhinoplasty. Known for his natural look, Dr. Mandell-Brown is the number one choice of physicians in the Tristate area.
The key to nasal cosmetic surgery is creating a natural nose that fits the individual’s face. During the consultation Dr. Mandell-Brown utilizes computer imaging to show potential goals of surgery. Computer imaging can not guarantee a particular result. Imaging does enhance communication between the patient and the physician.
“Many of the revision nose surgeries we perform are for patients where the original physician did not utilize computer imaging. The physician performs what they like and the patient’s view may differ. It’s too late to discuss after surgery when the bandages are removed,” commented Dr. Mandell-Brown in a recent article for Creative Living.
It is critical with nasal surgery to maintain or improve the nasal airway. Function and appearance are important for the successful rhinoplasty. With newer techniques, recovery is quicker and easier. With one of Dr. Mandell-Brown’s techniques, packing is not required. Additionally, bruising is reduced with special attention to nose surgery preoperative care, vitamin use, and post operative care.
Some surgeons routinely make incisions on the underside or outside of the nose. Dr. Mandell-Brown prefers to use incisions inside the nose which are hidden. Only in certain revision cases does Dr. Mandell-Brown recommend the columela or outside incision.
Realistic goals are important. The determining factor for the final result depends on the patient’s skin. The thinner the skin, the more dramatic result. For those individuals with thicker skin, the underlying changes to the cartilage and bone will be less dramatic.
When breathing problems exist or recent nasal injury has occurred, insurance coverage may help reduce the rhinoplasty costs. This can be determined at the time of your consultation.
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