Primary Rhinoplasty Beverly Hills | Los Angeles
Are you unhappy with the size or shape of your nose? Do you believe that your nose detracts from your natural beauty? For individuals who have spent their lives feeling dissatisfied with their nose, or whose self-confidence has been damaged by years of thoughtless comments or snide remarks about their nose, a rhinoplasty can be a life-changing procedure. Even small changes to the size of the nose, or minor alterations to the nostrils, tip, or bridge of the nose, can have a radical impact on the harmony of your entire facial profile. In fact, a well-designed, artistic rhinoplasty can change your appearance so subtly, that your friends and family may not even be able to identify exactly how you achieved your new look!
While rhinoplasty surgery is a very common cosmetic procedure, a successful rhinoplasty—one that subtly restores a balanced profile and enhances your natural beauty—is very difficult to achieve. Creating the perfect nose requires artistic vision to foresee how changes to the size and/or shape of the nose will impact the entire face, as well as surgical skill to implement the planned changes correctly. Dr. Gary Motykie of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles is a world-renown, Board Certified plastic surgeon with the artistic and surgical skill to make your ideal nose a reality. Dr. Motykie knows that each patient is unique and deserves more than a “cookie-cutter” approach. He will take the time necessary to develop a customized surgical plan that will give each and every patient the nose that they want and deserve.
Planning Your Rhinoplasty
The ideal candidates for rhinoplasty individuals who are unhappy with the size, shape, appearance, or functionality of their nose, and who have a realistic expectation of the procedure’s success (a rhinoplasty will enhance your natural beauty, but may not transform you into a movie star!) Individuals should have finished growing (girls should be at least 16-17, boys may need to be a bit older) and should be undertaking the procedure because they want to, not to please parents, family, or friends.
The initial consultation for a rhinoplasty is critical, because this is when you will work together with your surgeon to design your ideal nose. You should plan on bringing photographs of noses that you find attractive, and you will also be asked to look at many photographs provided by your surgeon. The goal is not to identify “THAT NOSE”, but to give Dr. Motykie a complete understanding of your ideal of beauty, so he can work with you to design a unique nose that will blend perfectly with your facial features and bring harmony to your profile. Every individual is unique, and a cookie-cutter approach to rhinoplasty is simply not acceptable. Dr. Motykie will listen to your aspirations and concerns and work with you to design your unique nose. He offers computer imaging to help the patient and surgeon make precise adjustments to the surgical plan and visualize the final results. This may be especially helpful for patients who must travel for the surgery and cannot have an in-person consultation in advance.
Rhinoplasty Procedure and Recovery
Rhinoplasty can generally be completed as an outpatient procedure in the surgeon’s office, although a short hospital stay may be required after especially complex operations. The procedure can be performed under a local anesthesia, when you will be awake and relaxed, but your face will be numb and unable to sense pain, or under general anesthesia, when you will sleep through the procedure. You and your surgeon will discuss these options and together decide the correct choice for you.
Unless especially complicated, most rhinoplasties can be completed within an hour or two. The procedure usually involves small incisions inside the nose and/or at the base of the columella (the strip of tissue separating the nostrils) to avoid visible scarring. Once the skin of the nose is separated from the bone and cartilage, the structures of the nose are reshaped according to the surgical plan, and then the skin is re-draped over the new framework and sutured in place. A splint is applied to the nose to help it maintain its new shape, and nasal packs may be placed in the nostrils to stabilize the septum.
Most patients will notice swelling and bruising around the nose, eyes, and cheeks, which may increase for the first several days after surgery but should subside within two weeks. Any discomfort can be relieved with doctor-prescribed pain-killers, cold compresses, and elevation of the head. Minor bleeding and stuffiness is common immediately after the procedure, and you should refrain from blowing your nose while the tissues heal. Most patients are able to return to their usual activities within a week or two after the surgery, but find it takes several weeks to get fully back to speed. Wearing glasses on the bridge of the nose should be avoided for six or seven weeks after the procedure.
In a limited number of cases, patients may find that small burst blood vessels appear as tiny red spots on the surface of the skin; these are usually minor by may be permanent. Additionally, in about one of ten cases, a second, minor procedure may be required to correct a small deformity in the new nose. Such complications are unpredictable and happen to patients of even the most skilled surgeons.
Contact Dr. Gary Motykie
Dr. Gary Motykie of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles is a world-renown Board Certified plastic surgeon with the experience and artistic talent to ensure that every patient is satisfied with the results of his or her rhinoplasty. He understands that each patient is a unique individual, with unique goals and unique needs. He will take the time to understand your goals and your concerns, and will work in cooperation with you to design an individualized surgical plan to enhance your natural beauty and give you a balanced, beautiful profile. If you are dissatisfied with your nose or with your facial profile, or would like more information on whether a rhinoplasty might right for you, contact Dr. Motykie for additional information. We look forward to speaking with you and scheduling your consultation today!