This is a young woman who was interested in a rhinoplasty, or “nose job”. Basically she felt her nose was large, unrefined and didn’t fit her face or her personality. She is seen here about one year after her procedure. The goal was to reduce the overall size of her nose and to try to refine the tip better. This was accomplished by reducing her nasal dorsal hump and refining her tip with sutures and cartilage remodeling.
The results are obvious, and I think we accomplished some of our goals. She is very happy. Sometimes there are limits to what can reasonably be achieved with a rhinoplasty. The limits are often imposed on your surgeon by your anatomy, or they are your surgeons limitations from a skill standpoint. A rhinoplasty is a challenging procedure because of the tremendous variability of anatomy amongst patients and the somewhat unpredictable nature of the healing process. It takes several years for the nose to “settle” after your procedure. Most of the edema or swelling is early on in the first several months and gradually subsides over the coming year or two (this is not something that you will actually see).
A “balanced” nose job refers to changes in the nose that make the nose appear most natural and proportional to your face and itself. It often combines removing and adding cartilage in certain areas to produce the most harmony.
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