Rhinoplasty FAQs

According to a study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), rhinoplasty (nose surgery) was the second most popular facial cosmetic procedure in 2013 with 221,053 procedures performed. A delicate blend of artistry and science, rhinoplasty requires a keen eye and a thorough knowledge of the physiology of the human body. For over 20 years, I’ve placed much importance on achieving long-lasting, natural results tailored to each patient’s aesthetic goals. To help patients learn more about the procedure, I have answered a few frequently asked questions:

Q: Am I a candidate for rhinoplasty?

Liposuction-Tummy-Tuck-Discounts-Atlanta-GAA: Rhinoplasty may be performed on a wide variety of ages and ethnic groups. As with any surgery, parental consent is required for all plastic surgery procedures performed on patients under the age of 18. The ideal candidate should be physically and emotionally healthy, a non-smoker, has fully matured, and has realistic expectations about your physical results before undergoing nose surgery. Patients may elect to have rhinoplasty for several reasons. For some individuals it is a necessary surgery to improve breathing difficulties caused by a birth defect or an injury, and for others it is an elective procedure done to enhance the shape or size of the nose. Whatever the motivation, rhinoplasty can significantly correct the appearance of the nose and, as a result, change the way a patient’s entire face is perceived.

Q: How is rhinoplasty performed?

A: In order to produce the most natural, aesthetically-pleasing rhinoplasty results, I utilize a variety of surgical and non-surgical techniques that are tailored to complement the unique traits for each patient. Traditional rhinoplasty entails implementing a closed or open technique. Closed rhinoplasty requires small incisions to be made inside the nose, while open rhinoplasty requires an additional incision to be made to separate the nostrils. With both techniques, the incisions will be hidden within the natural folds of the nose in order to minimize scarring.

For patients seeking a less invasive procedure, facial fillers such as Juvéderm® and Restylane® can be used to restore thinning areas that show wrinkles and fine lines with minimal downtime. Fillers can be injected into the tip, base, or bridge of the nose to restore lost volume and straighten the bridge, which produces a more aesthetically-pleasing rhinoplasty result. Those opting for facial fillers to address the nose will require additional injections as the results are not permanent.

Q: Are customized techniques used during rhinoplasty for patients that come from different ethnic backgrounds?

A: I utilize the “implantless rhinoplasty technique” to achieve the best results tailored to complement the different cultural traits among patients of every ethnic background. As an alternative to using artificial materials or silicone implants, I graft my patient’s own skin, bone, and tissue to augment areas of their nose. Using the patient’s own materials significantly reduces the risk of complications and provides a more natural-looking result. Ethnic patients’ nose structures are all different so implants may be ineffective. For example, Hispanic patients have slightly weaker nasal bridges and African-American patients have more fibrous tissue, which both may not effectively support a facial implant.

Q: What aftercare is required following my nose surgery?

A: Following your surgery, a splint or bandages will be placed on the outside to protect the nose, and will be worn for several days. You may also experience some swelling and bruising which will go down within the first few weeks and most patients are able to return to work in about a week. I will provide you specific instructions on how to take care of the surgical site, suggest medications to aid in the healing process, when to make your follow-up appointments, and advise on engaging in physical activity and preserving proper nutrition. I continue to remind my patients that leading a healthy lifestyle is necessary for overall health, and it is essential to maintaining rhinoplasty results.

If you are interested in nose surgery or another procedure I perform, please contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news.

The BOTOX® Basics

As reported in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 2013 statistics, botulinum toxin A, otherwise known as BOTOX® ranked as the number one non-surgical procedure with 6,321,160 treatments performed that year alone. This FDA-approved injectable is an anti-aging substance that helps eliminate fine facial lines, frown lines, and other facial wrinkles caused by muscle activity. Having achieved my “Platinum Level Status” as a BOTOX® Cosmetic injector, I ensure my patients’ optimal results as well as address each patient’s unique needs for facial rejuvenation.

atlanta botox cosmetic injectionsIn a recent article titled “BOTOX: What’s All the Hype About?” by ASPS, the use of BOTOX® has been used since 1920, and utilized for commercial marketing in 1997. Prior to cosmetic use, the injectable was used for individuals who were suffering from muscle spasms of the face and eyes which in turn proved the future efficacy in eliminating wrinkles and fine lines.

Also known as a “lunch-hour procedure” because it takes very little time to perform, BOTOX® can effectively treat facial wrinkles, though very differently than other facial treatments. While most facial fillers plump up areas of the face which are lacking in supportive tissue or fat deposits, BOTOX® Cosmetic blocks the release of certain chemicals in facial muscles, preventing them from contracting and forming wrinkles. BOTOX® is also used to temporarily remove frown lines, fine lines and other types of facial wrinkles caused by expression and its effects can last for several months following the cosmetic skin treatment.

For patients looking to address other areas of the face such as the cheeks, chin, lips, or nasolabial folds, I offer a variety of facial fillers including Restylane®, Juvéderm®, Voluma™, and Radiesse®.  While all of these types of injections target the signs of aging, they do not permanently stop the aging process. Additional treatments are necessary to maintain results.

For more information about facial rejuvenation, please contact us to schedule an in-office consultation. Connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery news and information.

The Rise of Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Facial plastic surgery trends throughout the world are continuously ever-changing. Whether it’s wanting to resemble a specific celebrity, the impact of social media platforms, or just the desire to address certain problem areas, individuals of all ethnicities have a look in mind that they wish to achieve. In order to produce the most natural, aesthetically-pleasing results, I implement a variety of surgical and non-surgical techniques that are tailored to complement the different cultural traits for each patient.

Plastic Surgery in Atlanta GAAccording to a recent study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), there was a 10% increase in facial plastic surgery for African American, Asian, and Hispanic/Latino patients with rhinoplasty as the most popular procedure.

With a specialized focus on ethnic rhinoplasty, I utilize expert precision to preserve cultural characteristics that each individual possesses. For African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or Asian patients, because skin, bone, and tissue structure all vary in ethnic rhinoplasty, traditional techniques may not produce the most natural-looking results.

For example, African American noses are typically thicker than Caucasian noses with a wide tip, flat bridge, and flared nostrils. To reduce the appearance of a large or flat nose, I focus on building the bridge of the nose to create a more defined look. Asian patients generally have smaller noses with a straight bridge, while Hispanic patients have a wider base but weaker cartilage and nasal bridges. For these reasons, I apply unique methods such as an implantless technique in which I graft the patient’s own skin, bone, and tissue to reshape the nose.  Using the patient’s own materials considerably decreases the risk of complications and provides a more natural-looking rhinoplasty result.

Additionally, I perform non-surgical techniques in which I incorporate the use of facial fillers such as Juvéderm®, Expression® and Restylane® to revitalize the nose and surrounding area. Injecting fillers into the tip, base, or bridge of the nose can restore areas of lost volume and straighten the bridge, which produces an aesthetically-pleasing outcome.  Though facial fillers require minimal downtime, results are not permanent and require multiple follow-up appointments for maintaining results.

If you are interested in nose surgery or another procedure I perform, please contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news.