First impressions are everything, and your face can send the wrong message.
Frown lines, saggy skin, deep wrinkles and droopy eyes can broadcast to the world, “I’m tired, stressed out and unhappy”. Even if you don’t feel that way, it’s what people see.
You may be genetically predisposed to certain types of ageing, and no amount of proper diet, exercise or even avoiding the sun can prevent the way your face ages.
If you want to feel younger and healthier and you want your face to reflect your inner glow, then plastic surgery can offer you a range of surgical and non-surgical solutions.
The final nose shape is in harmony with the rest of the facial features.
This blog post is an excerpt from Dr Barnouti’s book “Your Guide To Modern Plastic Surgery: How To Enhance Your Natural Beauty And Avoid A Plastic Surgery Disaster” which is available now on Amazon.
Sandra always disliked her profile. For someone with otherwise delicate facial features, she felt as though her Roman nose belonged on another face. She had casually started considering a nose job but wasn’t sure if she had the guts to change her appearance. However, Sandra also suffered from obstructed breathing because of a deviated septum. Since she needed to correct her deviated septum anyway, Sandra ultimately decided to have a procedure that would improve her breathing as well as change the shape of her nose to something more proportionate to her face. Sandra’s septo-rhinoplasty operation (improvement in nose shape and breathing) gave her the functionality and the looks that she was hoping for. Her only regret was waiting until she was 35 to have it done!
The desire for a different nose shape is one of the most common reasons people choose plastic surgery. This type of operation is broadly called rhinoplasty because “rhino” means nose. Some patients wish to reduce or increase the size of their nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of their nostrils, or change the angle between their nose and upper lip. A skillful plastic surgeon will produce a natural-looking nose, which is in harmony with the patient’s other facial features.
Both the front and side views are equally appealing, while her breathing functionality is improved.
This is achieved through careful planning and a full understanding of facial anatomy. Excess cartilage and bone are removed, allowing the natural skin envelope to shrink down to the smaller framework. My main objective in this procedure is to produce a smaller, natural-looking nose and improve or maintain the patient’s breathing capacity.
Some patients, such as Asian patients, require an augmentation rhinoplasty technique to enlarge the nose. This procedure uses either natural tissue or a nasal implant to create a nose that will match the patient’s facial and racial characteristics. See Chapter 7: Asian Plastic Surgery.
The skin of the nose has no shape; it is the underlying cartilage and bony architecture that provide shape. Therefore, smaller noses require precise placement of grafts from the patient’s own tissue and sometimes implant material (such as silicone, Gortex or Medpore) to produce a natural-looking nose.
Some patients are happy with the size of their noses but not with the shape. Reshaping rhinoplasty may focus on the shape of the tip, the bridge or the root of the nose. Reshaping rhinoplasty can be addressed with a variety of procedures ranging from a simple non-invasive technique to a larger scale surgical procedure. Finally, some patients require work on their airway, and this can be achieved by performing a combined septo-rhinoplasty and turbinate reduction (the turbinate is an anatomical structure situated inside the nose that may become enlarged for a number of reasons). The surgery results in a pleasing shape and increased functionality of the nose, as demonstrated by improved breathing. Decision making happens after careful consideration. Some patients will benefit from “closed rhinoplasty,” where the surgery is performed from inside the nose with no visible outside scars. Others will be more suitable for “open rhinoplasty”, which involves an 8 mm incision in the columella (the vertical strip of tissue separating the nostrils) to lift the nose skin, so the procedure is done under direct vision.
A few patients who visit plastic surgeons require only septoplasty, or the correction of a deviated septum. In this procedure, the septum is straightened, meaning the deviated part of the septum is removed to open both airways and ensure easy breathing through both nostrils.
The initial consultation allows me to determine whether a patient is suitable for a “soft treatment” or whether a surgical solution is required. I can provide a soft treatment, such as filler to augment the nose, on the same day as the consultation.
Men’s noses should not appear or look too small. It will not suit the face and will look disproportional.