Myth: Plastic surgery is purely cosmetic. Fact: It’s not. I’m not sure exactly how this misconception started but it’s simply not the case. Plastic surgery has the ability to dramatically change a person’s life for the better. For the woman who beat breast cancer and chooses to rebuild her breast with breast reconstruction to the man who fears taking off his shirt because of his man-boobs and chooses breast reduction – is it fair to judge the motivations of a person choosing to do something that will genuinely make them happy? As a double-board certified plastic surgeon having had the fortune to work with Atlanta-area patients for over 22 years, the motivations are endless but the absence of judgment remains the same. Today I wanted to share some of the top reasons my patients choose rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, in hopes that it’ll inspire anyone considering this procedure to find common ground with previous patients of mine.
I hear a lot of discussions in the media about this celebrity getting cosmetic injections or that celebrity getting body contouring and facial plastic surgery. I’m not one to preach (I prefer to think of it as teach), but why does it matter? Just because we have lumped breast and body procedures into the category of plastic surgery doesn’t mean it’s purely cosmetic. Rhinoplasty patients can fall into two categories: cosmetic rhinoplasty and reconstructive rhinoplasty. Let’s start with reasons to consider rhinoplasty:
- You’re unhappy with the shape, size, or projection of your nose
- Your nose does not proportionately fit your face (meaning it’s too big or too small in relation to your overall profile)
- You have breathing issues related to a deviated septum
- Your nose is crooked, misshapen, or out of alignment due to trauma
- You have a birth defect
- You simply want to improve the nose you already have
The face is such a prominent feature and the nose, eyes, and mouth tend to be some of the first things we notice about one another. It’s not like you can go through life covering your face with a bag just because you’re unhappy with the way you look, so rhinoplasty is a great way to address the biggest concerns plaguing patients. Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose, smooths bumps on the bridge, enhances the angles of the contours, and can reduce enlarged tips when performed by a doctor who understands the finesse required for such a delicate procedure. Depending on your reasoning for electing to have a nose job, there are several techniques that are used but the end result is to improve what you already have.
For some patients this means wanting to look in a mirror and feel their nose isn’t the most noticeable feature of their face. For other patients it’s wanting to have the ability to breathe clearly for the first time in their life or to reduce the memory of an injury to the face. In the final results, your rhinoplasty results should best fit your face and look as natural as if you were born that way. We’re not going for overdone in our practice, we’re going for improved. If you’re interested in learning more about cosmetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty procedures performed at Southern Plastic Surgery, don’t hesitate to send us a message, reach out by telephone, or connect with us on social media to get the conversation started. I’m here to listen to your concerns and help you get there; it’s a decision that is completely up to you and should lift your spirits in a way you may not have known possible.
Rhinoplasty is the traditional facial procedure to resolve cosmetic and functional concerns of the nose. Whether a patient wishes to change the length of the bridge or eliminate a deviated septum that causes breathing problems, Dr. David Whiteman has over 20 years of surgical experience and has refined his techniques for nose surgery. He specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty as he has produced natural-looking results for patients of different backgrounds including African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Asian. Now he has developed and refined the use of facial fillers to rejuvenate the nose and surrounding area.
Facial fillers are non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments in the form of an injectable. Composed of naturally-occurring substances found in the human body, facial fillers restore lost facial volume and smooths wrinkles and lines. Also known as dermal fillers or just simply fillers, these treatments are great for patients with moderate to minimal signs of aging or to help maintain plastic surgery results. While these are typically injected in the cheeks, mouth area, and jaw line, Dr. Whiteman now uses fillers to resolve nose issues.
For patients concerned with lost volume or a sunken nasal appearance, Dr. Whiteman can inject an amount of filler to restore the lost volume for a more balanced, youthful appearance. By adding volume, he can straighten the bridge or add volume to a flattened appearance. Patients also enjoy the benefits of minimal to no downtime and quick, short injections to treat targeted areas. However, while fillers can improve the bridge, tip, and base of the nose, it does not have permanent results like a rhinoplasty procedure and will require additional treatments over time.
If you are interested in a rhinoplasty procedure, please contact our office today to schedule your consultation. For the latest plastic surgery updates and procedures, follow Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Last February, The New York Times released an article about ethnic diversity in plastic surgery in New York City. The article described the plastic surgery procedures that different ethnic groups, such as Hispanics, African Americans, and Asians, were more likely to undergo to help preserve their cultural identities. With that article in mind, I’d like to offer my perspective as a plastic surgeon about the role of cultural differences in plastic surgery. In Atlanta, I see a variety of ethnicities seeking plastic surgery, and while preserving cultural identity is important, it’s also important for a plastic surgeon to understand the complications that can arise with different skin types.
Going beyond color, skin type differs from ethnicity to ethnicity. According to the Cosmetic Dermatology for Skin of Color, the stratum corneum of black skin has more cell layers and elevated lipid content compared to white skin even though the overall thickness is similar, meaning darker skin is more compact. Patients with darker complexions, especially African American patients, have more melanin in their skin than patients with lighter complexions. Because there is more melanin present with darker skin tones, there is an increased risk of pigmentation changes with any incisions or trauma to the skin, including surgery.
Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is more complex among diverse ethnicities due to differences in cartilage texture and should be performed by plastic surgeons with ethnic plastic surgery experience. Cartilage is flexible, connective tissue found in many parts of the body such as the nose, ears, rib cage, in many joints and between bones. A black patient’s cartilage is typically softer and less prominent than that of a white patient. Continue reading