Westlake Plastic Surgery Blog

photograph of a parrot beak to demonstrate the shape of a parrot beak nose, or pollybeak deformity

How Does Plastic Surgery Treat a Parrot Nose?

How do you fix a Pollybeak Deformity? Noses come in all shapes and sizes. A nose job / rhinoplasty is a procedure to change the shape of the nose when it is too large, asymmetrical, or not shaped well. A poorly shaped nose is a source of anxiety and embarrassment that sits in the middle of your face. When a person’s nose has a large dorsal hump and low tip, we call this a pollybeak deformity, also known as “parrot […]

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droopy nose tip that is more pronounced when smiling

What is the Best Treatment for a Droopy Nose Tip When Smiling?

There is hope for people with a droopy nose tip due to age or genetics. The nose is the part of the human facial anatomy that just happens to sit right in the middle of it all. It can’t be ignored because it occupies prime real estate. If the nose isn’t shaped well, it can be associated with social anxiety and body insecurity.  No doubt the popularity of smartphone cameras and selfies have led to increased scrutiny of the nose. […]

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image of textured silicone breast implants with micro textured and smooth surfaces

Is Breast Implant Capsule Removal Necessary?

If you no longer want breast implants, does the breast implant capsule need to be removed? The easy answer to this question is NO. However, like most things in life, there are exceptions, and the decision requires consideration of many factors. There is renewed interest in the removal of breast implant capsules because of the recent awareness of a rare breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) that has been described with the use of textured breast implants. Breast Implant-Associated […]

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procedure photo taken before hook nose rhinoplasty

Hook Nose Rhinoplasty

Many of my plastic surgery consulting patients make note of their “hook nose” shape that they particularly dislike. What causes a hooked shaped nose and how is it treated with a hook nose rhinoplasty? Why does a hook nose shape appear worse when smiling? Can a hooked nose shape be corrected with rhinoplasty? What is a Hooked Nose? A hooked nose, also known as an aquiline nose, describes a nose with a high dorsum or bridge and a low tip […]

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my saline breast implant deflated - now what - what do I do?

My Saline Breast Implant Has Deflated, What Do I Do?

Saline breast implants may not be as popular as the silicone variety, but some patients still prefer them. There are actually significant differences that make saline breast implants unique. For starters, a saline breast implant deflates when it ruptures. The silicone variety doesn’t change in volume as the silicone filler “just sits there” and actually behaves like a run flat tire – it still works even though it technically has a “flat”. Experiencing this deflation process can be very disturbing to […]

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What is Symmastia or “Uniboob”?

Symmastia is a condition where the two female breasts meet in the middle. Typically, the female anatomy situates a flat area between the breasts and above the midline sternal or chest bone. However, in rare cases seen in normal females, the breasts can meet in the midline but the skin remains attached to the underlying bone. When symmastia is created because of a breast augmentation, the breasts not only appear to meet in the middle, but – in many cases […]

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