How Does Rhinoplasty Affect My Facial Features?

How Rhinoplasty Surgery is PerformedHating your nose is one thing, but changing your nose might seem a little too risky for some. Often times, hesitation over rhinoplasty procedures can be caused by a fear that patients won’t “look like themselves” afterwards. It does seem almost too good to be true that you can fall asleep with one nose and wake up with another! While that’s not exactly true, especially considering your recovery time, the idea of changing the face can be nerve-racking. If you’ve considered rhinoplasty for yourself, you might have wondered how the surgery can change your overall look. Learn more about how rhinoplasty will (and won’t) change your appearance and other facial features.

What Rhinoplasty Will Change

Rhinoplasty surgery focuses on the cosmetic and functional aspects of the nose, though the vast majority of patients seek the procedure for purely aesthetic reasons.  Even so, being dissatisfied with your nose does not always mean you’re also dissatisfied with your other features, such as your eyes, cheeks, and lips. Yet, many rhinoplasty patients appear to have a completely different look after surgery, so it’s easy to make the assumption that it’s not just the nose that is affected surgically.

In reality, rhinoplasty surgery is exclusively performed on the nasal structure, internal and/or external, unless the patient and facial plastic surgeon have agreed to include additional facial surgeries such as a chin augmentation or facelift. The surgery will chance the shape, projection, appearance, size, or some combination of these elements to achieve the desired result. Your eyes, lips, cheeks, and chin will all remain structurally the same.

Why Your Nose Can Change Everything

As mentioned, many patients wonder why changing the nose can have such a dramatic impact on the surrounding nasal features and even the overall aesthetic of the face. Consider that the nose is the central feature of the human face, a sole structure that extends forward from the cheeks, forehead, and jaw to add dimension and definition. From the side, a nose can give the profile its shape and structure, setting the tone for how the rest of the facial features will fit together.

Given this important positioning, the nose can make or break the facial harmony of any man or woman. With a nose too big or small, too crooked or straight, too hooked or flat, the entire perception of the face will change. Altering the nose through rhinoplasty will typically help the other facial features to get noticed, now that facial balance and harmony have been restored. By working with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Miller in New York City, achieving the overall look you want could be as simple as one surgery.

How Rhinoplasty Surgery is Performed

The rhinoplasty procedure can be performed using two different types of incision patterns: open or closed. In a closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are located inside the nostrils and leave behind no visible scarring externally. The range of access is a bit limited with this approach, so it is less often performed. In an open rhinoplasty, on the other hand, an additional incision is placed between the nostrils on the underside of the nose, allowing better access to the nasal tip, lower and middle third areas of the nose. The approach your facial plastic surgeon will use varies greatly on what changes you are looking to achieve through your surgery. Discuss your concerns and personal desires for surgery with your surgeon during a one on one rhinoplasty consultation to get started with the planning of your procedure.

Plan Your Own Rhinoplasty Surgery

To learn more about rhinoplasty surgery and what it could achieve for you, book a consultation with the right facial plastic surgeon today. He can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery, offering over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients.

A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

Next, read our blog, Protecting Your Nose After Rhinoplasty.

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Dr. Philip Miller and his team of skin experts provide custom cosmetic treatment plans that include a combination of minimally-invasive techniques and advanced procedures to help each patient achieve the Aesthetic Confidence™ they desire. Our unique NatraFace™ approach to facial rejuvenation includes the following effective procedures:

Dr. Miller and Kaylyn Plum, PA-C provide patients with the customized care and treatment for smooth, supple skin that brightens the eyes and revitalizes the face. With our NatraFace™ approach, we utilize a combination of effective aesthetic techniques tailored to suit each patient’s needs.

Dr. Miller and his staff of aesthetic specialists offer the NatraNose™ process, which is a comprehensive range of minimally-invasive and advanced techniques to achieve natural-looking results, improve nasal function, and meet the patient’s aesthetic goals.

Widely acclaimed for our broad range of flawless skincare solutions, Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS and his team of aesthetic specialists offer customized skincare treatment plans to achieve healthy, natural-looking results. As part of our NatraLook™ process, the following procedures may be performed individually or in combination with more advanced surgical treatments for optimal rejuvenation.

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