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Cosmetic Nasal Surgery is one of the most exacting of all the cosmetic procedures I perform. The results are rewarding, but the final results take patience. Today’s San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog post shows the process in three stages:

  1. Before Nasal Surgery
  2. One week after Rhinoplasty
  3. The final result, seven years after

Below are the seven year results, but let’s see how we got there.

Cosmetic nasal surgery before and after pictures (Cosmetic Rhinoplasty)

Rhinoplasty before and after pictures: The most common areas of concern for patients seeking rhinoplasty are the dorsum and the tip. In this case the dorsal had a bump, and the tip appeared droopy.

Considering Rhinoplasty

Most patients think about having Rhinoplasty for years before having the procedure or even getting professional advice. Like every Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedure, Rhinoplasty is elective. There is no rush, so take your time. Learn your options and find the best plastic surgeon for you. Experience and training count, but so does the ability to communicate. You want someone who not only knows what they are doing, but who also can explain what you can expect. While there are some immediate results, the final result of rhinoplasty, especially, Tip Rhinoplasty takes years. So, you will be spending some time with your surgeon.

Common Areas of Concern

The most important considerations are the proportions of the nose, both within the nose and with respect to the face. This is why moving a nose from one person to another does not give the same look. Every Rhinoplasty is unique, but there are some common themes.

Dorsal Humps

Rhinoplasty before and after pictures one week after cosmetic nasal surgery

Rhinoplasty before and after pictures: One week after cosmetic nasal surgery the dorsal bump is corrected and the nasal tip is less droopy. Nasal tip swelling is present and takes a year or so to resolve.

The most common reason to seek a Plastic Surgeon for Cosmetic Nasal Surgery is a bump on the nose. Whether from birth or by accident, smoothing out bumpy noses is a big part of my job. Fortunately, swelling of the dorsum resolves relatively quickly, so the results are noticeable shortly after surgery.

Tip Proportions

Rhinoplasty recovery photos. The difference between a week and seven years after surgery are shown.

Rhinoplasty recovery photos: The difference between one week and seven years after surgery are shown. The dorsal surface of the nose has not changed much but the swelling under the nose and mid-dorsum has resolved and the tip appears more elevated.

A tip that is too high, too low, too wide, too thin, under projected or over projected can spoil the overall nasal aesthetics. It’s like Goldilocks said, “It has to be just right.” Since the resolution of swelling from the nose takes months if not years, the appearance of the tip is what causes the most concern during the healing process.

Nasal Proportions

Sometimes the shape of the nose is fine, but it doesn’t match the face. If the nose is too big, too long, too wide or too projecting, several techniques may be required to get the best results to maximize facial balance and harmony.

Functional Problems

If you can’t breath through your nose, how it looks may be a secondary concern. Careful evaluation of the internal structures of the nose is required to determine the best course of treatment. Even if your nose is functioning perfectly before surgery, the inside of the nose is evaluated to be certain the cosmetic changes are unlikely to cause breathing problems.

Rhinoplasty Consultations

If you are considering Rhinoplasty in the San Francisco Bay Area call (925) 943-6353 and schedule a private consultation. I like using computer imaging during rhinoplasty consultations, as it helps me understand your goals. Computer imaging cannot guarantee results, but it does give us a good idea of what is possible.

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