The nose is a dominant facial feature, playing a major role in the overall look of the face. Unfortunately, many people are bothered by aesthetic nasal issues, deformities, and/or breathing problems. Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job” is a nose-reshaping surgery to address these issues and improve the appearance or function of the nose.
The surgery is an old procedure that has been improved over the years to be highly safe and effective. One of the ways rhinoplasty changes the appearance of the face is by altering the proportions of the facial features, affecting the aesthetics of the whole face.
Facial Balance and Proportion
Symmetry and the way facial features look in proportion to one another affects how we view facial aesthetics. Many people feel that some of their specific features are too large or too “weak,” and this has to do with proportion and balance issues, which can be changed with plastic surgery.
For example, changing the size of the nose can make the eyes appear larger or small, while adding implants to features such as a weak chin can make the nose appear less protruding.
Rhinoplasty and Facial Proportion
A nose that “fits” the face can help bring balance to the other features. Many people are bothered by a nose that seems too big or too small for their face. Nasal features such as a large dorsal hump can influence this as well, making the nose protrude too far.
Rhinoplasty can be a great way to change the shape of the nose to fit the face better. This is why rhinoplasty is such a complex operation. It is not a “one size fits all” type of surgery. The plastic surgeon must combine functional skill and knowledge with artistry to build a custom nose for each patient. If performed well, rhinoplasty can bring aesthetic balance and harmony to the face.
How to Predict Your Results
Today, surgeons have tools at their disposal to help you plan your surgery and achieve your goals. One of these tools is simply experience. A knowledgeable facial plastic surgeon will have worked with many patients and should be able to communicate with you easily about your needs and his or her recommendations.
The second tool is imaging software. Using this technology, surgeons can create a digital preview of the patient’s anticipated result. This allows for easier communication between doctor and patient, and allows the patient to get an idea of what the results might look like following surgery.
It is important to keep in mind that this is a preview only, and the final results will not match the image exactly, but it can be a good way to get a feel for what rhinoplasty can accomplish.
Rhinoplasty can produce incredible results, but it can’t work miracles, and your nose probably won’t end up looking exactly how you pictured it in your head. That said, patients with realistic expectations and clear goals for their procedures are usually thrilled with the results of rhinoplasty.
It’s important to ensure you have realistic expectations before the surgery to avoid disappointment.
Disappointed patients often seek revision rhinoplasty, a second rhinoplasty surgery which is even more difficult and expensive than initial procedure. While some patients do need to undergo a second surgery, it should not be sought due to unmet unrealistic expectations.
Before you move forward be sure you understand how different your face might look following rhinoplasty, and consider the psychological impact of the surgery. It can be helpful to look at examples of successful rhinoplasties in order to get an idea of how the facial proportions may appear after nasal surgery.
Put Your Trust in an Expert
It is impossible to predict exactly what the face will look like after rhinoplasty, but a rhinoplasty expert will have had a great deal of experience assessing facial proportions, and will be able to help you get the results you are looking for.
If you’re ready to start your search for the surgeon who’s right for you, then come to Revesse in Toronto to meet with acclaimed facial plastic surgeon Dr. Robert A. Mounsey. Dr. Mounsey specializes in rhinoplasty for a diverse patient base.
To learn more about accomplishing your goals with nasal surgery, call Revesse at 416-438-2499 to schedule your consultation today