The nose is among the most prominent features that we have. So, it stands to reason that if you’re unhappy with your nose, improving its appearance may be your top aesthetic priority. Rhinoplasty can help by altering the size and shape of the nose to provide a more pleasing, proportional facial contour. However, rhinoplasty is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Depending on the needs and preferences of the patient, I may employ different techniques that are best suited to providing the results each patient desires. Below I have answered a few questions about the different ways rhinoplasty can be performed at my practice.

facial plastic surgery atlanta ga dr david whitemanHow does the approach to rhinoplasty differ for male and female patients?

Although rhinoplasty is very popular for both men and women, the aesthetic goals of the patient can vary significantly depending on gender. For guys, the nose typically has a wider, more distinguished bridge and a less elevated tip. Rhinoplasty can help men improve facial symmetry by altering the size of the nose or correcting imperfections like a dorsal hump. For women, the “ideal” nose is typically more petite, with a more elevated tip, and a narrower bridge. Rhinoplasty can help women achieve a nose that is straighter and longer with a slight dorsal hump.

What makes someone a good candidate for nonsurgical rhinoplasty?

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty, sometimes known as a liquid nose job, can provide outstanding results without the need for surgery. However, it may not be the right path for every patient. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty uses dermal fillers to provide subtle corrections to the nose including bumps on the bridge of the nose or mild straightening. This procedure can be great for patients who prefer only modest enhancement to their nose or those who may not have time for surgery and recovery.

What does it mean to use an “implantless technique” for ethnic rhinoplasty?

Instead of using silicone implants or other artificial materials that may be utilized during a traditional rhinoplasty procedure, an implantless technique for ethnic rhinoplasty involves using the patient’s own skin, bone, and tissue to enhance areas of their nose. The structure of some patient’s nose may not effectively support a facial implant. Employing this implantless technique can reduce the risk of complications and provide a terrific, natural-looking result.

What is right for one rhinoplasty patient may not work for the next. As always, the goal of your cosmetic procedure should be to find the approach that will best help you achieve the specific results you seek. During your pre-surgery consultation, we will discuss your needs and goals to determine the best surgical path for you. For more information on rhinoplasty or if you would like to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more cosmetic surgery news, tips, and updates.