Enhance Your Profile with Rhinoplasty
Whether you nose sports an unusual hump or overly-wide nostrils, every time you look in the mirror, the flaw seems, well, as plain as the nose on your face. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Through Rhinoplasty, a surgical procedure that alters the external shape or appearance of the nose, you can finally have the nose you’ve always wanted. During the operation, a plastic surgeon can reshape the nose to suit your needs, from eliminating humps to narrowing or increasing its size. To give the nose a natural appearance, the procedure often includes several parts of the nose, such as the tip, profile and width, which helps to ensure that the end result remains balanced and harmonious with the rest of the facial features.
“Out of all the things that we do in facial plastic surgery, Rhinoplasty is the procedure that requires the most precision and the greatest degree of judgment to yield the result that you want,” says Dr. Mark Beaty, a Facial Plastic Surgeon at Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery in Alpharetta. “With nasal surgery, you have to consider not just the cosmetic aspect of what you are doing, but also the functional aspects of the nose because the structural elements of the external nose that are important for creating a cosmetically pleasing shape also are important for supporting the nasal airway. It truly is one of those areas that a millimeter here or there can make a very discernable difference in how the nose appears.”
To eliminate any guesswork, Dr. Beaty uses visual imaging software to modify the patient’s photograph during the consultation, performing a virtual Rhinoplasty. By giving them a glimpse of the future, patients can see for themselves if the desired changes will create the anticipated result, leaving them with plenty of time to make adjustments before going under the knife. “It really opens up a lot of avenues for communication,” Dr. Beaty notes. “It allows me to give the patient the best idea I can of what result I honestly think that I can get for them, and it allows the patient to communicate a little more directly with me.”
After the surgery, most patients return to their normal activities within a week or two. In order to protect the nose during the initial phase of healing, patients wear a splint for one week after the operation, and the majority of swelling subsides within a month. However, patients may notice subtle changes in the shape of the nose, particularly at the nasal tip, over the next 12-18 months.
As an added bonus, Dr. Beaty, who is board certified in both Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology, can combine Rhinoplasty with other medically necessary nasal procedures, eliminating the need for multiple operations. So, if your ENT recommended treating your obstructive nasal problems or chronic inflammatory sinus disease with surgery and you’ve resisted having the operation, think of it this way: it’s the perfect excuse to create the nose you’ve always wanted – both inside and out.