Contrary to what some may think, the origins of plastic surgery have no real link to plastic. In fact, the term “plastic surgery” is derived from the Greek word “plastikos,” a verb than means “to form.” Unfortunately, some use plastic surgery as an opportunity to create an entirely different or “plastic” person from an existing face and body that may otherwise just benefit from a minor tweak. Whether it’s overly aggressive surgeons or patients with unrealistic expectations, the results are rarely satisfactory.
Most reputable doctors do not feel that cosmetic alterations were designed for this purpose. Dr. Bustillo states on his website: “I am conservative. Less is more in plastic surgery. The worst and most common error by patients and surgeons is to do too many things. This will not happen under my care.”
Andres Bustillo, MD, FACS of Coral Gables, Florida has gained a loyal following of happy patients because of the dramatic, yet natural results he consistently provides for each of his patients. It is estimated that nearly 20% of the doctor’s patients are other doctors and their family members. He sees Miami-area patients as well as those who travel to him from faraway places such as the Caribbean, Europe, Central America, and South America.
Dr. Bustillo – Rhinoplasty Expert
Practicing only facial plastic surgery to ensure his mastery of patient care, Dr. Bustillo is well-known for rhinoplasty, commonly called the “nose job.” The nose plays the most important role in facial harmony for a number of reasons. It sits in the center of the face, and is a dominant feature from front and side views. Additionally, the nose projects away from the face. Perhaps it is for these reasons that rhinoplasty surgery remains one of the top requested facial surgeries among patients. The size and shape of the nose can enhance the relative shape and positioning of the eyes, lips, and other facial features as well as the overall face shape. The first step to improving the look of the nose is to determine which changes will best represent the face as a whole.
Scientifically- and Aesthetically-Based Changes in the Nose
Before performing a rhinoplasty, a surgeon must take into account many things about a person, including their ethnicity. The look of the nose can be very specific to certain cultures, and dramatic changes may take away from the inherent beauty presented by one’s ethnicity. In addition to remaining unique through one’s heritage, individuals seeking to distinguish themselves with an original physical presentation may not wish to undergo drastic corrections of the nose. Regardless of background and personal character traits, one common feature that all attractive noses share is symmetry.
There is a concept termed the “Golden Ratio” that is very much a part of the natural world and has been integrated into plastic surgery formulas. The Real Science website further explains how these ratios can be found in the world of beauty:
The ideal distance from the pupil of a person’s eye to the center of the chin is 1.618 times the distance from the pupil to the end of the nose. The ideal length of a face is also 1.618 times its width and 1.618 times the distance between the eyes and the person’s mouth.
During a rhinoplasty surgery, some of these considerations may come into play. Though measurements may not be exact, the relationship between the nose and other facial landmarks must be taken into account when altering the nose in any way.
Ensuring Patient Satisfaction and Health, Above All Else
Though a person’s inherited traits, disposition, and even science can help a person to determine which nose may best suit his or her face, the patient’s own wishes and Dr. Bustillo’s expertise will be measured heavily in the planning process of a rhinoplasty. In conjunction with the aesthetic changes that can be created during a nose reshaping surgery, Dr. Bustillo will also make recommendations for any structural changes of the interior of the nose that may assist a patient with breathing. Septoplasty can be performed to improve a deviated septum, and when performed alongside a rhinoplasty the combination of procedures is termed septorhinoplasty.
If you feel you may be a candidate for a rhinoplasty, septorhinoplasty, or revision rhinoplasty, call (305) 663-3380 to meet with South Florida facial plastic surgeon Dr. Andres Bustillo. Not only does he serve patients in Coral Gables as well as the Miami area, but the doctor also sees patients from afar. His staff can work to accommodate your travel needs.