A recent trend has emerged in one of the oldest and most commonly performed facial plastic surgery procedures. When it comes to rhinoplasty, long gone are the button noses, ski-slope noses, and cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all noses. Now, more than ever before, patients are not requesting to look like other people (commonly celebrities), but improved versions of themselves. Ethnic patients do not want to lose their identity, men wish to maintain their rugged masculinity, and women are more comfortable with their own unique looks.
In order to preserve a patient’s looks, the old adage “less is more” certainly fits the notion. Minor changes can still produce dramatic effects, yet will not result in overly modified and generic noses. Just millimeters in tissue alteration will significantly improve the patient’s overall face. Rather than changing the entirety of the nose, Dr. Rubinstein may instead focus on certain areas to refine its appearance.
There are a number of factors to take into account when Dr. Rubinstein performs a rhinoplasty for a patient who requests only small modifications. The patient may be asked what he or she hopes to achieve and why they’d like to undergo a rhinoplasty. This provides the doctor with an idea for the extent of corrections necessary. Patients will also be asked what they’d like to avoid with the surgery. Some are concerned that the nose will be made too small or may not fit in with the rest of the facial features.
There are many changes that can be executed during a rhinoplasty. The width, height, and shape of the nose can be changed as much or as little as the patient wishes. The dorsal hump may be lowered, the bridge may be slimmed, and the tip and nostrils can be reformed. In addition to changes made directly to the nose, the feature’s position on the face can be altered.
Though a patient may seem dissatisfied with his or her nose, they may not realize that other changes can add to the harmony of the face. A patient may request a chin augmentation to balance the two projecting features once they learn about potential results. An overly prominent nose can be balanced with a stronger chin or even with cosmetic injections used to plump the lips and add definition to other landmark areas.
The first step in achieving your new look is to contact Dr. Rubinstein’s Hudson Valley area office at 845-863-1772. The doctor is dual board certified and has narrowed his expertise to facial cosmetic procedures.