Q. What is Rhinoplasty?
A. Rhinoplasty can be either an aesthetic nasal surgery (a re-shaping of the nose to improve its appearance) or reconstructive nasal surgery (to correct birth defects and disfigurements resulting from injury or to relieve nasal obstruction due to an internal deformity).
Q.What is the first thing I should do when considering Rhinoplasty?
A. An office consultation is the first step to take. We’ll talk about why you want surgery and what results you can expect. As in all instances where aesthetic surgery is considered, emotional stability is a key factor. You should keep in mind that the desired result is improvement. not perfection.
Q.What happens after my rhinoplasty consultation?
A. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Gary Alter, MD, will discuss the techniques and anesthesia to be used, as well as the possible risks and complications associated with this procedure.
Q. What are some of the changes that can be made to a nose during rhinoplasty?
A. Rhinoplasty is typically performed to reduce the overall size of the nose, re-shape a tip, remove a nasal hump, or improve a poor angle between the nose and the upper tip. In some patients, it’s necessary to add tissue in order to improve the contour. One or all of these changes may be made during a single operation.
Q.Can Rhinoplasty be done at any age?
A. In most instances, the earliest recommended age for an aesthetic rhinoplasty is the mid-teen years when the nose has attained 90 percent growth. In older individuals health, rather than age, is a determining variable.
Example: 26 year old female underwent rhinoplasty (nose reshaping and reduction) and insertion of chin implant.