Rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging facial surgeries, as it combines surgical skills with sculptural artistry.
There is a subtlety in nose surgery that can often elude all but the very best surgeons. In a recent article in the Cosmetic Surgery Times, surgeon Robert L. Simons highlights some of the challenges of rhinoplasty, and outlines the 10 most important elements of his rhinoplasty philosophy.
1. “People’s Noses Aren’t Nearly as Bad as They Think”
It can be easy to overestimate the problems with the nose. Looking in the mirror, slight flaws can appear larger than they actually are.
2. “Facial Plastic Surgeons Do a Little to Achieve a Lot”
The goal of rhinoplasty is to draw attention to the overall beauty of the face. When it comes to surgery, a little can go a long way.
3. “Don’t Be Quick to Criticize — Or Revise”
After your rhinoplasty, it’s not unusual for your final results to take several months or more to appear.
4. “A Twisted Nose Defies Perfection”
Attempting to straighten a twisted nose often presents difficulties, says Dr. Simons. Many patients often retain a slight curvature of the procedure, requiring revision surgery.
5. “Rhinoplasty Defies Patterning”
When it comes to noses, a one-size-fits-all approach is impossible. Since noses come in all shapes and sizes, surgeons have to avoid falling into patterns of habit.
6. “Smiling Views Are More than Eye Candy”
How will your nose look when you smile? This is just one more factor that your surgeon will need to consider.
7. “The Base View Holds the Key”
Your surgeon will consider the appearance of your nose from a variety of different angles.
8. “Success Starts With the Consult”
The best surgical results happen when surgeons and their patients can establish solid relationships. Sometimes it takes a few extra minutes during the consultation, but the results are always worth it.
9. “Diagnosis Comes Before Technique”
There are many different techniques that plastic surgeons can use during rhinoplasty surgery. Which technique is right for you depends on your individual nose.
10. “Every Nose Deserves Five Operations”
Surgeons should always make sure that they follow up with their patients to ensure that they are satisfied with the results. Sometimes it might take revisionary treatments to get the results you want.