How do you judge a good nose job? A good plastic surgery procedure is one that provides not only an improved appearance but one in which the rest of the world wouldn’t be able to tell that anything had been done. The surgeon that can provide this has to be a good artistic plastic surgeon and not merely a plastic technician. It upsets me when I walk through a grocery aisle and see the tabloid magazines pointing out how this celebrity or that celebrity had a bad cosmetic procedure- as if all plastic surgical procedures turn out badly. The way I respond to my patients is that the vast majority of procedures turn out fine, that they would be surprised how many of their neighbors have had procedures, but they might never know it because they turned out well.
A good example of what I am talking about is Ashlee Simpson. Simpson reportedly had a nose job in April 2006. When asked about it in an interview in May, Simpson neither confirmed nor denied it. In the May 2007 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, she said that she was not insecure about her appearance and had not been beforehand. She later stated that “as long as people have two eyes” they could determine for themselves whether she had a nose job.
Here is a celebrity starlet who underwent the procedure for her own reasons… probably because she didn’t like the appearance of her nose. And regardless of the reasons for her procedure, some people needed to speculate whether she had the procedure at all. And finally, there is no doubt that the appearance of her “new” nose is attractive, natural, and improves her overall appearance. Kudos to her plastic surgeon.
Rhinoplasty procedures can be one of the most satisfying and life-changing procedures in cosmetic surgery. I have patients that range from 17 years old to 70 years old who come in with complaints about the appearance of the nose. The nose is after all, the central feature of your face. Rhinoplasty procedures are becoming one of the most common procedures performed by plastic surgeons. Typical complaints include:
• my nose is too large
• my nose is too small
• my nose has a bump
• my nose has a drooping tip
• my nose has a big tip
• my nose is too large
• my nose is crooked
What most people don’t realize without coming in for a consultation is that not all of these procedures require a surgical nose job. Some of these issues can be addressed non-surgically. I was one of the first plastic surgeons according to one of my filler representatives to use cosmetic fillers such as Juvederm, and Restylane to address the cosmetic appearance of the nose. To some degree, all the complaints can be addressed with one of these fillers, without surgery, and no need for recovery. Juvederm and Restylane can last up to 1 year.
At least half of my patients benefit more from a Surgical Nose Job. The goals, of course are to provide an improvement that appears natural. If you look at my before and after pictures on my website ( www.GoToBeauty.com ), you will see that I attempt to provide my patients with an attractive appearance and an appearance of never having had a rhinoplasty. I spend a lot of time performing revision rhinoplasties on patients from other offices where the results are not as natural.
The first step is an initial consultation which is complementary. During your consultation, we will discuss your image with some digital imaging software. We will discuss your complaints and desires come up with a plan that fits your desired image and lifestyle. Sometimes this means a non-surgical option, and sometimes it means a surgical rhinoplasty.
Blog by Dr. Phillip Chang, M.D. : Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with Offices in Loudoun and Fairfax, Virginia.