When most people think of plastic surgery, the process often seems clinical and inflexible: anti-aging is all the same and patients are treated in the same way for every procedure. For many procedures, however, this is not at all true. Plastic surgery has become highly customizable over the last few years, and no surgery is more customizable than rhinoplasty, commonly known as the “nose job”. Rhinoplasty is so customizable and so complex that some surgeons focus their entire careers on the art of rhinoplasty. But what makes rhinoplasty such an artistic endeavor, and which surgeons are best at mastering this art?
The Art of Facial Balance
Facial balance is not quite the same as symmetry, but the two properties are closely related and complement one another. Facial balance has to do not only with how the two sides match up to each other, but how the size of the facial features work together. Someone with a large nose, for example, may want the nose reduced in size to promote enhanced facial balance. While this aspect of facial aesthetics can seem somewhat difficult to define, facial plastic surgeons have a developed eye for creating a more balanced look for patients.
Harmony Between Facial Features
Another aspect of facial balance is the harmony between the facial features. This means that the nose and the other facial features must work together and look like they belong as part of a whole. This is especially important in ethnic rhinoplasty, as some people end up with inadvertently “Westernized” noses that are ill-fitting to the face.
Everyone’s facial balance and harmony is different, which is one of the major challenges of rhinoplasty. The surgeon must become an artist of sorts, planning a surgery with the patient’s needs, facial harmony, balance, and the functional challenges of the case. The goal, of course, is getting the facial aesthetics to work together to create a natural look the patient will love.
Despite a surgeon’s talent and dedication, some patients do need to be careful that they keep their results in perspective. Rhinoplasty can accomplish many different goals, but it cannot work miracles. Patients should be realistic about the improvement that can be expected, and should communicate clearly with the surgeon before the procedure so that disappointment is avoided.
Qualities of a Successful Rhinoplasty Surgeon
So what does it take for a rhinoplasty surgeon to be successful? Here are just some of the qualities to look for:
- Extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and aesthetics based on experience
- Stellar examples of past work
- Realistic about the results patients can expect
- Helpful but not pushy when refining the goals of the surgery
- Board certified
- Trustworthy and compassionate
- Safety oriented
The Importance of Being Picky
When it comes to choosing your rhinoplasty surgeon, you really can’t be too picky. The procedure is such a complicated blend of preserving and improving nasal function, promoting facial balance and harmony, and accomplishing patient goals that it takes a very skilled and flexible surgeon to be able to combine all these aspects and create a successful outcome.
Only a select few surgeons have what it takes to be a rhinoplasty artist, and these surgeons have dedicated their careers to helping patients make the most of the surgery. Most successful rhinoplasty surgeons are board certified in facial plastic surgery and ear, nose, and throat, and constantly work to hone their skills.
If you are looking for an experienced and acclaimed rhinoplasty surgeon in the Toronto area, come to Revesse and meet with Dr. Robert A. Mounsey, a facial plastic surgeon who puts his patients’ needs first and has the talent to create beautiful, custom results. Call Revesse at (416.438.2499) today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Mounsey.