Breathing through your nose is automatic and not something we generally have to think about. The flow and movement of air through your nose as you breathe in and out is governed by the cartilage and bone structures on the inside of your nose. When these structures are stable and shaped correctly, air naturally moves […]
Revision rhinoplasty is a procedure in which previous rhinoplasty patients can have their noses reshaped again. This procedure is actually more common than you might think. About 25% of people who undergo rhinoplasty surgery later go back to a plastic surgeon for additional nose surgery. The reasons that people decide to get revision rhinoplasty are varied […]
Here’s a scary statistic: about 20% of all Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Skin cancer can be successfully treated if it’s caught early enough, but sometimes those treatments lead to other problems, such as scarring or disfigurement. When this happens on your face, it can be especially disconcerting. Facial plastic surgeons can […]
Facelift surgery remains one the most popular and effective ways to improve signs of aging in the face. Loose, sagging skin and wrinkles may begin to appear as early as your thirties, causing you to appear older and more tired than you actually are. A facelift helps tighten and firm your skin and smoothes wrinkles […]
It is slowly becoming common practice for patients to travel for their plastic surgery. Whether they travel dozens, hundreds, or thousands of miles, patients are leaving town to reach their ideal plastic surgeon. Traveling for surgery is different than traveling for pleasure; there are certain things you have to take into consideration and you need to be more cautious with your travel plans, especially if you’re planning to fly.
What Makes Flying a Risk After Surgery?
Travel by air is generally considered one of the safest methods of travel, but it can pose health risks even if you aren’t recovering from surgery. These risks are heightened during your recovery period, which is when you’re likely to be traveling.
1.) The Shape of the Tip
The tip of your nose is usually one of the first things people notice about this feature because it sticks out the furthest from your face. Whether you are looking at a person straight on or are being viewed from the side, the tip of the nose is easily seen. When the tip of your nose is too large, too small, or an odd shape, it becomes even more noticeable. Rhinoplasty surgeons often have to change nasal tips by making them smaller, narrow, or a little less bulbous. They do this by changing the shape of the cartilage that creates the nasal tip or by using an implant to achieve a specific shape and size.
2.) The Angle of the Tip
Sometimes, noses have the appearance of pointing up or down. This happens when there is a problem with the nasal tip projection. If the tip projects too far, the nose can have a hooked or droopy appearance. If the tip doesn’t project far enough, the nose looks like it is turned upward. Rhinoplasty surgeons can change the projection of the tip by removing excessive cartilage or adding cartilage and refining the shape.
Rhinoplasty surgeons have a variety of tools at their disposal to help them create a new nose for their patients, including virtual imaging software. The software uses photos of the patient to digitally adjust the nose to show what it could look like after surgery. This type of software isn’t found in all rhinoplasty surgeons’ offices, but it is becoming more and more prevalent every day. Patients and surgeons alike benefit from utilizing this technology, especially when it comes to rhinoplasty surgery.
How Rhinoplasty Patients Can Use Virtual Imaging
Even before they visit a plastic surgeon, rhinoplasty patients can have access to virtual imaging software via the internet. Different websites use these programs to help patients experiment with nose shapes and sizes, as well as how minor adjustments can affect their whole nose. The software used by the websites won’t be as accurate and may not even demonstrate the same techniques that the surgeon plans to use, but for patients who struggle with imagining how their nose could look after surgery, these are a terrific resource.
Plastic surgery is rarely performed on children for a number of reasons, including safety concerns and the age of the patient. There is one cosmetic procedure, however, that plastic surgeons prefer to perform on children whenever possible. This procedure is otoplasty, or cosmetic ear surgery. Otoplasty involves changing the shape and size of the ear by changing the shape and size of the cartilage. It is used as a surgical treatment for children and adults who have prominent ears.
The neck is an area that is often overlooked when people are considering having plastic surgery. The truth is that the neck can actually be a tremendous indicator of age. Sometimes it can be rather obvious that your neck could benefit from plastic surgery; other times, not so much. To help you determine if a neck lift would be beneficial, here are five key signs to look for.
Have you ever looked at yourself in photographs or selfies and noticed that one side of your face looks slightly better than the other? It may sound a little strange since you probably imagine your face should be symmetrical. In reality, there are subtle differences between the left and right sides of your face. These differences become more pronounced when you have poor contouring in your face, which is often caused by having a chin that is less prominent. Your profile, or how your face looks from the side, can become better balanced and more symmetrical with facial implants in the chin, also known as a chin augmentation.
One of the biggest things that concerns plastic surgery patients is the risks involved with their procedure. Sometimes the concern is so great it even prevents prospective patients from considering plastic surgery in the first place. The reality is that there are risks involved in literally every aspect of the medical and plastic surgery fields, even taking something as simple as ibuprofen. Plastic surgery does have risks, but those risks can be greatly minimized by your surgeon and most importantly, yourself.
It’s a sad truth, but one that needs to be stated nonetheless: nearly 25% of women and 14% of men are victims of domestic violence every year. You probably know at least one person in your life who has dealt with physical and emotional abuse at the hands of their partner, though you may not be aware of who it is. Nearly 75% of domestic violence victims receive injuries to their head and faces, some of which cause severe damage and leave horrible disfiguring scars. Cosmetic surgery for post-trauma patients can help repair the damage and improve the look of those scars as a way of helping domestic violence victims recover and move forward with their lives after suffering terrible abuse. Two of the most common surgeries used are rhinoplasty and scar revision.
Earlier this year the American Society of Plastic Surgeons released their annual report of plastic surgery stats collected from doctors all across the country. Unsurprisingly, dermal fillers were far and away the most popular procedure for the entire year, including surgical and nonsurgical procedures, male and female patients, and reconstructive surgery. Botulinum toxin injections, like Botox and Dysport, led the charge with almost 7 million injections! Other dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Perlane, and Radiesse, had about half the popularity, but still claimed the second-place spot with almost 3 million injections.
Nose reshaping surgery, or rhinoplasty, is performed on hundreds of thousands of patients every year. But did you know that one in five of those patients decide to have rhinoplasty for a second or even a third time? It might be surprising, considering everything that goes into having the surgery even once. So what is it that makes 20% of rhinoplasty patients go under the knife again? The most common reason is that the patient is unhappy with how their nose looks once it has healed from the original surgery, but there are a few other possible reasons behind the decision for revision rhinoplasty.
Signs of aging can appear at any point in your face, but your eyes are often the first to show them. Eyes that look droopy or saggy make you look tired and the wrinkles that appear make you look older. Over time, these effects can even change your overall appearance so that your face doesn’t accurately express how you’re feeling. An eye lift, or blepharoplasty, can dramatically improve your appearance by addressing several different issues around the eyes.
Droopy or Sagging Eyelids
Skin tissue starts to lose important fibers as you get older, which are important in keeping your skin firm and tight across your body. Losing those fibers causes your skin to become looser and, consequently, more vulnerable to the pull of gravity. The pull is especially obvious around your eyes because the skin is particularly thin.