Rhinoplasty is a major cosmetic procedure that also requires ample preparation. It doesn’t mean that just because it belongs to the family of cosmetic enhancements it doesn’t warrant any caution. If you are interested in having your nose tweaked, it is also important that you debunk the myths and stick to the facts. In this way, you are well informed of what you are getting yourself into.
Myth: Rhinoplasty is always performed under general anesthesia.
Fact: Although rhinoplasty is generally performed under general anesthesia, there are some cases where this procedure can also be done through local anesthetic.
Myth: Rhinoplasty is among those facial cosmetic procedures that can reduce one’s ability to make varied facial expressions.
Fact: How the nasal structures are arranged doesn’t affect how one creates facial expressions. The procedure only focuses on the nose and no other muscle groups of the face.
Myth: Rhinoplasty can help you achieve the ideal nose.
Fact: In reality, there is no such thing as an ideal nose. In a rhinoplasty procedure the goal is to enhance the appearance of the nose so that it compliments other facial features. How the nose is fashioned will also be dependent on the overall appearance of the face.
Myth: Rhinoplasty will always leave scars, being so highly invasive.
Fact: This procedure may require a lot of alterations in the nasal structure but the good thing about it is that scars can be hidden inside the nose, within creases, or wrinkles. Since this cosmetic surgery is aimed at improving the physical appearance of the person, surgeons will make a way that scars or any reminder of the surgery is well concealed.
Myth: Rhinoplasty does not involve any scarring or any other complictions.
Fact: Scarring is still a big possibility with rhinoplasty especially when you have it done by inexperienced surgeons, or when there is poor aftercare. Complications still exist with this procedure based mainly on the fact that it is invasive. But this can be significantly minimized especially when you carefully follow aftercare instructions.
Myth: Your nose can be reshaped to any size with rhinoplasty surgery.
Fact: You can’t have your nose tweaked to whatever size you want. The surgeon will be the one who will decide onwhat is appropriate for you. It has to compliment other facial features, rather than standing out rather awkwardly or getting lost within the other structures on your face.
Myth: The results of a nose job can no longer be altered.
Fact: Rhinoplasty results can be still be fixed especially in those who are not satisfied with how their new nose looks. This is called a secondary rhinoplasty, and it can be harder to perform and much pricier for the patient.
Myth: Rhinoplasty can be done by any cosmetic surgeon.
Fact: Yes, anyone can perform this procedure but someone who is particularly trained in restructuring the nose will have better knowledge, skills and expereince in doing it.
Myth: Vigorous smiling and laughing can have the tendency to damge the results of rhinoplasty surgery.
Fact: A post-rhinoplasty patient is not advised against smiling or laughing. The stitches are actually made to be resilient to such stresses that they don’t fall apart when you break into a smile or gales of laughter.
Myth: You should avoid exposing your nose to sunlight to protect the nose implants from melting.
Fact: The myth only came about because some people who want to cut corners with their procedure go to shady practitioners that inject their noses with paraffin wax as an alternative to the more invasive traditional approach. The nose will only “melt” in cases where it is exposed to sunlight for long periods of time. This will soften the paraffin material which would then cause it to melt damaging the nasal structure.
Myth: By no means will a rhinoplasty procedure be covered by insurance.
Fact: Rhinoplasty will not be covered by insurance when it is done for aesthetic purposes. Nose surgery done for corrective reasons due to a congenital anomaly or by accident is partially or fully covered by insurance providers.
Myth: Rhinoplasty surgery uses a single approach for every patient.
Fact: To make the results come out better surgeons use a variety of approaches for rhinoplasty. Aside from the traditional approach there is also such thing as Ethnic Rhinoplasty or Caucasian Rhinoplasty. The techniques used here are done in a way that would create a nose befitting to the person’s ethnic origins.
Before and After Asian Rhinoplasty by Dr Andrew Kim
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Original Posted from: hyphenmagazine.com
Many have procedures that enhance natural look instead of altering their ethnic appearance.
Dressed in her Sunday best, Nancy Cabigot — Auntie Nans to family and friends — looks like my 45-year-old sister. She’s actually pushing 60 with 10 grandchildren. She points a finger to her nose with a wink. “This makes a lot of difference,” she said. “Doesn’t it?
Cabigot, a retired marketing manager living in Los Angeles, had rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, last year. This places her among the 180,000 Asian Americans age 55 and over who went under the knife last year out of 3 million ethnic patients.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 743,000 cosmetic surgery procedures were performed on Asians in 2009 with nose reshaping, eyelid surgery and breast augmentation as the most commonly requested enhancements. Asian Americans placed third among minorities undergoing plastic surgeries with African Americans ranking second with 986,000 and Hispanics at the No. 1 spot at 1.5 million.
Drs. Samuel Lam and Edmund Kwan, plastic surgeons who have long served ethnic patients in their own practices, said they have observed a mainstreaming of plastic surgery in the Asian American community. They said more Asian Americans are becoming open to having plastic surgeries and accepting of others who choose to have them.
For Cabigot, surgery was not an impulsive decision. She had been getting Botox for several years and then last year decided on a more drastic change after doing a lot of research and getting recommendations from friends. “I’ve only got a few years in me and I wanted to make sure I’m going to love that permanent change to the very end,” Cabigot said.
Rhinoplasty also involves the use of implants because this helps reshape and redefine the nose. It is also true that there is a variety of them, so how will you know which is the best to use for your rhinoplasty procedure?
Nasal implants differ in styles and materials of which these are composed. Each of these are manufactured for the purpose of fitting the particular nasal problem of the patient. For this, they come in two basic shapes. It’s either an L-shaped implant or an I-shaped one. And based on what they are made of, implants can also be classified as autologous or andalloplastic.
1. L-shaped Implant
L-shaped implants are created for patients who will undergo ethnic rhinoplasty. This particular implant can elevate a depressed or flat nasal bridge and it also refines the nasal tip. This type of implant uses the longer segment to cover the nasal bridge area called the dorsum. The angle, or what is seen as the angle, covers the area on the nasal tip or collumelar area. This is the reason why it is also called dorsocollumelar implants.
The problem with L-shaped implants is that this does not guarantee natural-looking results. It can create a number of rhinoplasty complications like pollybeak deformities, bulbous tip deformities, nasal tip asymmetries, collumelar deformities, skin extrusion, skin necrosis, and collumelar show.
For these reason, most surgeons do not use this for ethnic rhinoplasty. Yes they were designed for elevating the bridge of the nose and refining the tip, but what results is a more bulbous one instead. The constant pressure on the skin will cause necrosis and extrusion.
Some surgeons who prefer this type of implant can prevent extrusion or the implant being visible by placing it in the subperiosteal plane. At this depth the implant edges can be sealed properly. The subperiosteal pocket should also be tight-fitting because this prevents its lateral migration.
2. I-Shaped Implant
Another implant classification based on the shape is an I-shaped implant. This is used only in augmenting the dorsal area of the nose. It simply rests on the bridge of the nose and it can look bulky and unnatural if inserted it a more superficial plane and angle. Even though this shape may not create as much problem as the L-shaped one, the coverage and change is also limited.
As for its composition, nasal implants can either be made out of materials from your own body, or it could be something synthetic.