Rhinoplasty is a very complicated procedure, requiring great skill and finesse on the surgeon’s part to produce a good outcome. There are many changes to the nose that can be accomplished depending on the techniques used and the desired outcome. Two of the most basic concepts in rhinoplasty surgery are augmentation rhinoplasty and reduction rhinoplasty. Using these basic approaches, other techniques are used to build on these foundations and create a good outcome.
What Problems It Can Fix
- Low bridge
- Flat nose
Augmentation rhinoplasty can be used whenever additional volume is needed to build up the nose or fill out some area of it. It is often a component in many rhinoplasties, even if the end goal is to make the nose smaller. Augmentation rhinoplasty requires grafting material, typically the patient’s own cartilage, which can be harvested from the nasal septum, the ear or the rib.
What Problems It Can Fix
- Large nose
- Nasal hump
- Wide tip
Reduction rhinoplasty often involves breaking the nasal bones to refine the profile and smooth down a dorsal hump. Other reduction techniques involve excision of tissue, filing down nasal bones, and grafting to build up a section of the nose to create balance (combining augmentation and reduction).
Which do You Need?
You and your doctor will come up with a surgical plan depending on what sort of outcome you’re looking for. If you have a rather flat nose, you might want to look into augmentation rhinoplasty, whereas if you have a nasal hump, you’ll want to know more about reduction rhinoplasty. Knowing what you want out of surgery will help you do research and plan your procedure with your surgeon. These two basic techniques are often used together, although one technique will usually be dominant.
The Role of Ethnicity
While every nose is different, each race tends to exhibit similar nasal characteristics that can help surgeons predict outcomes and plan approaches when it comes to ethnic rhinoplasty. For some backgrounds (such as East Asian and African), augmentation may be desired to help build up the bridge, whereas many Middle Eastern and Caucasian patients are interested in nasal hump removal or overall reduction of the nose. Choosing a surgeon who is familiar with working on patients of your ethnicity will help you achieve the results you seek.
An In-Depth Knowledge
Rhinoplasty is a complicated procedure that should only be performed by a skilled facial plastic surgeon. Do not settle for a surgeon who is inexperienced or doesn’t listen to your wishes. If you’re looking for outstanding care in Toronto, contact rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Robert A. Mounsey at Revesse. Dr. Mounsey is highly skilled at rhinoplasty for all nose types, and is double board certified. Call Revesse today to set up your consultation at 416.438.2499 or view Dr. Mounsey’s before and after rhinoplasty photo gallery.