Beverly Hills Rhinoplasty
All plastic surgeries require extraordinary medical ability but that’s especially true when it comes to rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills – or anywhere else. Noses, you see, are not just one of our most noticeable facial features; they are also one of our most important sensory organs and essential for breathing properly. Whether you’re interested in improving the aesthetics of your nose, or if you need nasal surgery for health reasons but would also like an appearance boost, Dr. J is the world-class Beverly Hills plastic surgeon you’ve been looking for.
WHY GET RHINOPLASTY?
The reasons people often focus on the nose when it comes to improving their facial features are obvious. It lies in the center of the face. Therefore, its harmony, or lack of same, with the rest of the face plays a key role in a person’s facial appearance. On another level, a larger nose also tends to make us look older than we might feel. This is because our nose never stops growing as we get older, so most people subconsciously associate larger noses with advanced age. It makes sense, then, that rhinoplasty is sometimes combined with facial rejuvenation procedures.
Dr. J has performed rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills at his offices on countless people of all ages and from all areas of life – improving facial harmony and symmetry while ensuring the nose can do an outstanding job of performing its important functions. His outcomes can be seen in his rhinoplasty before and after gallery and his delighted former patients are happy not only to have their outcomes appear online but also to rave about their experience on social media sites like RealSelf and Yelp.
NOSE SURGERY IS NEVER MINOR!
The importance of your nose to your overall health and quality of life is easy for most of us to underrate, at least until something goes wrong.
The interior of the nose filters and moisturizes air before it gets to the lungs; just one reason that breathing through your nose is healthier than breathing through your mouth. Moreover, most of us who have never lost our sense of smell don’t appreciate how very important it is. You may understand that if you can’t smell your food, you can’t really taste it either, but that’s only the beginning.
Most of us are used to hearing that dogs, cats, and other animals are many times better at smelling than humans. However, recent data indicates that the common belief in human olfactory inferiority is a misconception. Indeed, the most recent research indicates our sense of smell rivals that of our beloved pets and most other mammals.* The only real difference may be that it’s been a very long time since humans needed a keen sense of smell to avoid predators, locate prey, and survive. We’re good smellers but maybe a little out of practice.
Even if we tend not to focus too much on smells, they are all around and offer nearly as much information for us as they do for our animal friends. It goes beyond getting the most sensory enjoyment out of life when out in nature or enjoying our food. From avoiding danger to falling in love, the nose knows more than you know; only an expert board-certified plastic surgeon has any business working on it.
RHINOPLASTY VS. SEPTOPLASTY
Even if you’re interested in nose contouring strictly for appearance reasons, there’s a good chance that you know someone who’s had a rhinoplasty after being diagnosed with a deviated septum. The septum is a thin layer of cartilage and tissue that separates the two sides of our nose covered by each nostril. Problematic deviations that can harm our ability to breathe properly may be caused by injuries to the nose or genetics and should be treated in a timely fashion whether or not there is any aesthetic concern.
A septoplasty procedure is primarily focused on repairing the septum though it sometimes may have a smaller anesthetic benefit on its own. However, patients who want to significantly improve the appearance of their nose will choose rhinoplasty as it is very largely focused on the appearance of the nose as well as its good functioning.
When both your health and your appearance are resting on a procedure, it’s essential to select a plastic surgeon who has the knowledge and skill to ensure both a beautiful form and outstanding function.
ACHIEVING RHINOPLASTY GOALS
Dr. J’s patients usually have multiple objectives when they obtain a rhinoplasty. These may include:
- Smoothing out the nose bridge;
- Removing bumps;
- Narrowing the tip of the nose;
- Altering the angle between the nose and upper lip.
You can see for yourself how these goals have been achieved at our practice by looking at our rhinoplasty before and after page. With Dr. J, it’s never about sculpting a nose that looks good in isolation; it’s about making sure the altered nose is in visual harmony with the rest of the face.
At the same time, patients must have realistic expectations regarding the most likely outcome of their procedures. For example, it might not be possible – or even desirable – to give a patient a nose identical to one belonging to a celebrity like Kate Middleton. The ultimate goal is to do work that enhances the natural curvature of the nose and blends the nasal structure seamlessly with the rest of the face. The idea is always to ensure that patients look like the best version of him themselves and no one else.
HOW RHINOPLASTY WORKS
There are two fundamental approaches to rhinoplasty – open and closed. Open rhinoplasty involves a small incision to the columella (the fleshy end of the cartilage between the nasal passages); closed rhinoplasty is performed without cutting the columella. Dr. J will carefully outline the differences between closed and open procedures in your particular case and suggest an approach that he believes will lead to the best outcomes. Depending on the complexity of the surgery, rhinoplasty can be done either with a combination of local anesthetic and sedation or general anesthesia.
RHINOPLASTY RECOVERY AND OUTCOMES
Dr. J is known for his ability to reduce recovery times but they remain highly variable with rhinoplasty. Roughly speaking, most patients can return to their sedentary routine within a week or two after surgery. It will be somewhat longer before it will be safe to return to more vigorous activities.
You should start to see the impact of the surgery about a week after the procedure when the splint is removed. The improvement should gradually continue from there as swelling and bruising subsides and nasal skin retracts. Note that thicker skin takes longer than thinner skin to re-drape the nasal structure and take on a new shape. However, it may take several months to a year, after healing has been completed, for the final result to be fully visible.
Some important points about your recovery period:
- Patients typically will be able to return home the same day as the procedure and should be driven home by a friend or family member.
- Some facial swelling and bruising after the procedure are likely but they will gradually improve over time. Discomfort should be mostly minor and treatable with over-the-counter pain relievers.
- Oral medication and cold compresses should be sufficient for post-operative discomfort.
- If you need to wear glasses, they must be taped up and off the nose to avoid any excessive weight pressing down on the nose as it heals.
Plastic surgery has never been safer or more effective, but it is still surgery, and complications and disappointments occasionally follow a procedure, particularly if the surgeon doesn’t have the right background and experience. If you have had an unsuccessful procedure with another doctor, Dr. J has performed many revision rhinoplasties. Revision procedures can correct problems and help the patient come closer to achieving their original goals.
GETTING STARTED WITH DR. J
During your initial consultation, Dr. J will examine both the exterior and interior of your nose, along with the rest of your facial structure. Always keeping balance and proportion in mind, he will work with you to decide on the best path forward and, based on a careful review of your facial anatomy, will provide a clear description of what he sees as the most likely outcome.
If you are interested in a consultation with Dr. J, we’re looking forward to hearing from you. To get started, call us at the phone number on this page. You can also reach out to us through our contact page. Dr. J is double-board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.
* “Poor human olfaction is a 19th-century myth,” Science. John P. McGann. May 12, 2017.