Most Latin and Hispanic rhinoplasty (“nose job”) patients seek to improve the appearance of their nose without erasing their heritage and identity. A range of requests is common as some Hispanic noses are more akin to Caucasian noses while others represnt a rich blend of American Indian and European heritage. Requests include fixing a cleft, removing a bump, lifting a droop, narrowing a tip or even raising a bridge. It takes skill and sensitivity to achieve a cosmetic result that beautifies the face while respecting and preserving ethnicity.
There are technical challenges a plastic surgeon may face when refining a Latin/Hispanic nose. First among these challenges is the sheer diversity of Latin/Hispanic nasal types, reflecting the global diversity of the Latino community that has roots in Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Some Hispanic noses have thick skin, broad structures and a drooping tip while others have high bridges and a projecting tip. It takes a plastic surgeon’s utmost technical skill and careful aesthetic judgment to correct a patient’s concerns without disrupting his or her unique look.
Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that improves the appearance of the outside of the nose. It can remove a bump, lift the tip, lift the bridge, narrow the nostrils, raise a droop, fix a cleft, correct asymmetry, and in general, change your entire profile. While some cosmetic improvements can be made with non-surgical rhinoplasty using injectable fillers and implants, only plastic surgery can reduce the size of an enlarged or make a wide nose narrower. The results are permanent
During a rhinoplasty procedure , a facial plastic surgeon who is also an otolaryngologist or ENT (a specialist who cares for the ears, nose, and throat) may also correct any structural defects of the nose. For example, Dr. Yagoda can straighten a deviated septum to improve airflow. If done correctly, the end result of a rhinoplasty procedure can be a nose that not only looks better but works better too!
Because this plastic surgery procedure can make such a dramatic difference in your appearance, because the nose has many intricate internal structures critical to its function, and because the procedure demands both excellent surgical skills and aesthetic judgment, Dr. Yagoda sees a number of patients in New York City who seek revisions of a previous procedure. Revision rhinoplasty can be challenging because the plastic surgeon must work with the results of a previous cosmetic procedure, creating a whole new layer of complication and potentially limiting the options for improvement. If you’re dissatisfied with a previous nose job, you’ll want to put yourself in the best possible hands.
Who Is a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Young adults often seek rhinoplasty and Dr. Yagoda is often asked, “How old do I have to be before I can have this procedure?” From a purely physical standpoint, the answer is, “anytime after puberty.” Adults can have rhinoplasty performed, whether it is functional or cosmetic surgery, at any age to improve their appearance or restore it following an injury.
Rhinoplasty or nose job surgery can be performed in Dr. Yagoda’s New York City office-based surgical facility or in a NYC hospital, under local anesthetic with IV sedation or under general anesthesia. This plastic surgery procedure takes between 45 minutes and two hours. The exact surgical technique is uniquely tailored by the plastic surgeon for each patient but most of the time, all incisions are made internally and there are no visible scars. In rare instances, an incision is made at the base of the nostrils and the incision is carefully hidden.
You can return to work in about a week after your plastic surgery and you’ll be able to use a stationary bike or treadmill by the second week. By the third week, you can return to full activities. Although you’ll see immediate improvement, your nose’s shape and your profile will continue to refine over the next 12 to 18 months.
Like all surgery, rhinoplasty has certain risks including infection, bleeding, and reaction to anesthesia. Other risks include structural damage to the nose. Dr. Yagoda will discuss these potential risks as well as the benefits of this plastic surgery procedure in full during your consultation in her New York City office.
To determine if rhinoplasty might be right for you, call our NYC office to schedule your complimentary consultation with facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Yagoda.
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