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Rhinoplasty can be performed for cosmetic reasons or functional.
Cosmetic Rhinoplasty vs Functional Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty can be performed for cosmetic reasons or functional. When considering rhinoplasty, it’s important to know what your goals are before undergoing the surgery. When rhinoplasty is performed for cosmetic reasons, Dr. Parikh’s goal is to make the nose more symmetrical with your facial profile. This will help improve your overall facial appearance.
When rhinoplasty is performed for functional reasons, it can help open up the obstructed airway to improve your breathing. It’s an excellent solution for those experiencing a deviated septum and other conditions related to the nose.
Types of Rhinoplasty
Dr. Parikh utilizes different rhinoplasty techniques to address the different needs of the patients he works with. The type of rhinoplasty procedure you have will depend on your goals and the degree of correction required to achieve them. Depending on your specific needs, an open rhinoplasty or secondary rhinoplasty will be performed.
In this procedure, Dr. Parikh will create a small incision between your nostrils, around the tip of the nose, and under it. This way, he will have complete access to your entire nasal structure and will be able to reshape it accordingly. Through this technique, he has enough room for an extensive procedure and is able to make sure that possible scars remain out of plain sight.
In some cases, the initial procedure doesn’t work as expected and Dr. Parikh might have to perform a revision procedure called secondary rhinoplasty. Depending on the new goal, this can be open or closed.
Approach to Rhinoplasty
In general, there are two main approaches to the procedure; open rhinoplasty which is making an incision on the columella or underneath and closed rhinoplasty which involves making an incision inside the nose where no scar is seen on the outside of the nose.
Nose Aesthetics Male vs Female
The look of the nose in a man is different than in a woman. In men the nose generally has less angle between the upper lip and the bottom part of the nose called the columella around 90 to 95 degrees. Women can tolerate more tip rotation upwards. Also the dorsum or bridge of the nose in a male is usually straight down versus a female nose where it is straight or slightly sloped in. Female noses may also have a slight supratip break between the dorsum and the beginning of the tip. The skin over the nose is generally thicker than in a female. Thick skin can mask the underlying framework changes made during rhinoplasty as opposed to thin skin which can show the framework easily.
Rhinoplasty candidates are in relatively good health. They have been thinking about a rhinoplasty procedure for sometime. They have clear goals and expectations of what they think their nose should look like. At times, rhinoplasty may involve the use of cartilage or bone from other areas of the body if necessary. The risks and benefits of the procedure should be very clear. It is very important that the surgeon and patient are on the same page in terms of expectations and results. Dr. Parikh performs an in depth tailored consultation for each patient planning to undergo a rhinoplasty procedure.