Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

Rhinoplasty, or nasal cosmetic surgery, is performed to aesthetically improve the nose, making it harmonize better with the other facial features while maintaining or improving its function. Because it is the most defining facial feature, the size and shape of the nose has significant impact upon a person's appearance. With rhinoplasty, Dr. Westine’s goal is to minimize the attention drawn to the nose in order to accentuate the beauty of the eyes.

Some patients want their nose to be straight, others want the nostrils narrowed, and others say their nose sticks out too far from their face. Because the nasal tip loses support as we age, some patients are surprised to realize how significantly rhinoplasty contributes to a more youthful appearance. Dr. Westine shapes the nose to blend into the face, so that the eyes instead become the face’s focal point.

When discussing rejuvenation procedures, the best place to start is by viewing before-and-after photos to see just what may be accomplished. Patients often ask to combine a rhinoplasty with other cosmetic surgeries, such as blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), chin implants, facelift, otoplasty (ear surgery), and lip surgery . Any of these procedures can be performed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty.

When patients come to see Dr. Westine seeking facial plastic surgery, it's not uncommon for them to focus on a single aspect of their appearance rather than the overall picture. One of the most common concerns we hear from patients seeking rhinoplasty is that they do not want a “bad nose job.” Fortunately, reduction rhinoplasty, the type of nasal cosmetic surgery they’re referring to, is becoming less common. Fewer surgeons are stripping the nose of vital cartilage that supports the function of the nose. Dr. Westine believes that form follows function, meaning that a good looking nose is a nose that breathes well. Dr. Westine would never compromise nasal function for an improved aesthetic result.

As Dr. Westine is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, trained to perform plastic surgery exclusively on the face and neck, he knows that his responsibility is to evaluate not only the areas of concern, but also the motivation behind the requests. Some patients are not ready for cosmetic surgery and are better served with more conservative measures. Patients who educate themselves know when and if the time is right to proceed. Your understanding of the procedures and post-operative routines is essential to a successful final result.

Facial plastic surgeons (board-certified reconstructive and cosmetic surgeons that concentrate exclusively on the face and neck) are specialty trained to perform rhinoplasty, the most challenging of all cosmetic surgery. Not every cosmetic surgeon is trained in rhinoplasty, and not all surgeons have the skill to perform rhinoplasty. More than any other cosmetic surgery, Dr. Westine highly recommends that you do your homework in selecting a surgeon that specializes in rhinoplasty.

The success and safety of your rhinoplasty depends very much on your complete candidness during your initial consultation. Dr. Westine will ask a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Any previous surgeries

Dr. Westine may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of rhinoplasty and any risks or potential complications

The Surgery

  • In House Surgical Center or hospital
  • 1 to 3 hours duration
  • Post Op office visit the next day

The Recovery

  • Moderate discomfort
  • Bruising up to two weeks

For examples of the before-and-after results of facelifts performed at Delray Beach Plastic Surgery, visit our Gallery.


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