When a nose is beautiful, it fits harmoniously with the other features of the face. It doesn’t jump out at you; in fact, other features, such as the eyes or lips, draw the eye more. There are many different noses as there are faces. Ethnicity, genetics and facial symmetry come into play. And, unlike decades ago, when most patients and plastic surgeons took a cookie-cutter approach to nose reshaping and one could spot a nose job at a party, today’s perfect look is as varied as the face on which it sits.
“In our competitive business and active social environments, noses tend to be a great source of frustration. When the nose doesn’t fit the face, one often feels self-conscious, losing self-confidence. These people can often solve their image problems with rhinoplasty,” says Boca Raton plastic surgeon, Dr. Jonathan R. Berman.
Nose reshaping surgery or rhinoplasty, is among the most commonly requested procedures for men and women from their teens through their 50’s. Men undergo nose reshaping more than any other cosmetic procedure, according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.
Good Candidates for Rhinoplasty
Dr. Berman, a double board certified plastic surgeon, can reshape your nose if it is too big, too small, has a noticeable hump in the bridge, is hooked, has a bulbous tip, or too narrow or wide a span between the eyes. Noses that are at an odd angle between the eyes and upper lip, or are too narrow or wide at the nostrils, can also be corrected through rhinoplasty at his Boca Raton plastic surgery practice. “The most important results of today’s nose surgery is that the surgeon achieves a look that is natural and elegant, rather than exotic. In no way should the nose look ‘done.’ Instead, the key is to choose appropriate techniques to augment the strengths of the patient’s facial features and diminish its weaknesses,” says Dr. Berman.
Dr. Berman, who is also a board certified otolaryngologist, says that the surgery may also relieve some breathing problems and, therefore, be covered at least in part by insurance, as are noses damaged by trauma or congenital deformity.
Types of Rhinoplasty
There are two methods to perform rhinoplasty. One is the closed approach; the other is the open approach. In the closed rhinoplasty, all the corrections are done within the nose. In the open approach, a small incision is made in the columella, the tiny piece of tissue between the nostrils. The nose can then be lifted back so that Dr. Berman can have better visibility.
Open Vs. Closed Rhinoplasty
The decision as to whether any patient needs a closed versus open rhinoplasty is made by Dr. Berman, who has performed hundreds, if not thousands, of rhinoplasty procedures during his nearly 25 years as a board certified plastic surgeon and board certified Orolaryngologist/Head & Neck surgeon. For the patient, the open procedure may require a bit more recovery time but otherwise, they are quite similar in terms of postop care.
How Rhinoplasty Is Performed
As in all our other plastic surgery procedures, rhinoplasty is performed in our onsite accredited ambulatory surgical facility, which is certified by the American Academy of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. All staff have been hand-picked by Dr. Berman to assure his patients of the highest level of personal attention, skill, and safety. Dr. Berman uses the services of board certified anesthesiologists, as he wants to be certain his patients have the best. Our patients enjoy a -0- infection rate and a combined 60+ years of experience among our surgery staff members.
An outpatient rhinoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia. Depending upon whether the procedure is an open or closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made within the nose and Dr. Berman reshapes the nose by cutting, trimming or manipulating the cartilage and bone through the nasal incisions. The procedure generally takes about 90 minutes.
Recovery from Rhinoplasty
Our rhinoplasty patients go home with nasal packing, which Dr. Berman removes in about two days, as well as a nasal splint, which comes off in about seven days. Patients experience little pain and swelling, and can go back to normal activities in about 10 days. Since the surgery is done from inside the nose, there are no visible scars. In an open rhinoplasty, a tiny incision will have been made in the columella which, for most patients, heals into an invisible scar.
Dr. Berman is known in the Boca Raton, Miami, Ft Lauderdale and Palm Beaches as the go-to nose surgeon and nose specialist. South Florida patients seek his help when they are unhappy with the shape or function of the nose. If you or a family member wish to discuss the rhinoplasty procedure, contact us at our Boca Raton plastic surgery office by calling 561-417-0171 or completing this online consultation form.