Just about everyone is aware that rhinoplasty – or cosmetic nose surgery – exists, but many are unaware of what equates to the ideal nose. The purpose of this week’s blog entry is to explore the multifaceted approach of nose job procedures. When potential patients are more informed about both the possibilities and limitations of the surgery, they may better understand how the procedure will benefit them.
The Golden Ratio
The concept of the Golden Ratio or Divine Proportion is seen in all aspects of nature from the spirals of shells to sunflowers in the form of the Fibonacci numerical sequence. In regard to facial plastic surgery, one of the main concepts is symmetry. Facial features that are equal and balanced on either side of the face are what we are subconsciously drawn to when noting someone’s attractiveness.
The nose is thought to look best on a person’s face when it takes up approximately 1/3 of the face vertically, and 1/5 of the horizontal space. A number of other calculations created from the frontal view and side profile of the face are also considered when determining the size and shape of the ideal nose. Each nose is relative to the face on which it sits, and the calculations are derived from the rest of the existing features.
Facial harmony is a concept that facial plastic surgeons attempt to physically deliver to each patient. Changes can be seen from many angles and must work in conjunction with the rest of the features. One way the nose can be altered is by a decrease in its length.
Though the length may not be obvious from a frontal view, a look at the nose from the side shows the feature’s full extent. The nose may appear most in sync with the rest of the face when it projects away from the face at a similar degree as the chin. It is for this reason that some patients opt to undergo profileplasty, where both the nose and chin are altered to ensure optimal results.
Though some general rules apply to facial plastic surgery, it is perhaps most important for patients to learn that individuality is the determining factor of their final result. Ethnicity, gender, anatomical structure, and patient-specific features are all considered prior to and during rhinoplasty. Facial harmony and feature effectiveness also add to the complexity of the surgery.
Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein, a practicing facial plastic surgeon in the Hudson Valley for more than 14 years, specializes in facial plastic surgery and nasal and sinus disorders. The doctor pairs both medical and surgical expertise to meet the needs of each patient. The doctor holds dual board-certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and he is an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
The office offers consultations with the Canfield VECTRA 3D imaging system so patients can view their face from a number of angles and receive a customized treatment plan. Call (845) 863-1772 to schedule today.