About A Rhinoplasty
The goal of aesthetic nasal surgery is to change the shape of the nose and create harmony with other facial features in a way the patient desires in combination with aesthetic guidance from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Bass. Every nose is different in its anatomical structure, including variation in thickness of the skin as well as the thickness and size of cartilages and bones, The age of the patient, shape of the face, and ethnic background must be factored in. For these reasons, the surgical result is never the same in any two patients. Every patient's unique facial and nasal features will be evaluated and reviewed in detail during the consultation at Bass Plastic Surgery, PLLC in New York, NY. Dr. Bass will formulate a treatment plan with the patient to address their concerns.
The best candidates for undergoing nose surgery are:
- Patients who have cosmetic nose issues such as overly large or projecting tip, a bump on the bridge, irregular or asymmetric shapes, or a deviated septum
- Patients who desire the long-term results of surgery
- Patients seeking a natural, customized look
- Patients with realistic expectations for their surgical outcome
- Patient who desire to maintain or to blunt ethnicity in the nose while obtaining a more graceful shape
"Caring, skilled surgeon - Dr. Bass performed a rhinoplasty on me. He took exceptonal time and attention in planning dn counseling me beforehand. The office staff were attentive, friendly and helpful in all respects. The procedure was timely, comfortable and professional. His facilities are state of the art. The result was not only fantastic, but totally natural. Dr. Bass is known for procedures that leave you looking much improved, but not worked on. This is one doctor you can trust."- Anonymous / Vitals / Sep 23, 2011
What to Expect
The rhinoplasty or aesthetic nasal operation is performed through incisions inside the nose which are not visible. In secondary rhinoplasty (repeat or revision surgery), or in selected cases of primary rhinoplasty, the procedure is formed through a small incision in the columella, the fleshy column of skin between the nostrils. This procedure is called an open rhinoplasty. Open rhinoplasty allows more precision in adjusting nasal shape in certain patients, especially in more complex procedures. If this approach would be helpful for a patient's surgery, Dr. Bass will discuss it with him or her during the consultation. During the operation, the size, shape, and position of the cartilages and bones will be adjusted to provide the changes desired. In some cases, additional grafts of cartilage harvested from the septum, ear, or rib, are placed. Cartilage grafting and suturing techniques are used as needed to create as precise a shape to the tip and dorsum as possible. Each individual's particular needs will be discussed in detail during the consultation. These advanced techniques have helped improve the predictability and control of the procedure. A standard rhinoplasty procedure typically takes 1 hour, and patients can return home after an hour or two of recovery.
After surgery patients should expect swelling and bruising of the face. Most of this subsides during the first week. At that point, most patients are able to appear in public. Makeup can usually be worn after the splint is removed, masking the small amount of residual swelling and bruising. Once the splint is removed, the nose is visible but does not attain its final appearance for at least 6 months. This is due to ongoing healing inside the nose which tends to change the shape and position slightly until resolved. The nasal tip remains swollen the longest and is the last area to reach the final appearance.
Balanced Facial Features
Having an oversized or asymmetric nose can detract from the overall appearance of the face and can cause an imbalance in the facial features. Dr. Bass is highly skilled in correcting and reshaping the nose for a customized, natural look. Contact our Great Neck or Manhattan, NY office to schedule a consultation.