Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a patient’s life. Nose reshaping surgery is performed to improve the shape and function of the nose. The procedure can help balance facial features, as well as remove any nasal obstruction to improve breathing.
Revision rhinoplasty is a nasal surgery, to improve aesthetics or function, for patients who have had a previous surgery on their nose. While there are many similarities between a first, or “primary”, procedures and revision surgery, a revision rhinoplasty can present many more challenges. It is important to trust a Facial Specialist with the expertise and skills needed to perform this intricate procedure. Dr. Weiss is experienced in performing revision rhinoplasty surgery. Most of his revision cases are due to problems cause by a previous surgery, such as: excessive reduction (too much taken off) of the nasal bridge, irregularities and asymmetry of the nasal tip, and poorly tolerated implant materials, collapse and asymmetry.
Teen rhinoplasty, or a teen nose job, is performed on patients under the age of twenty. Since nose surgery is performed on a young patient, Dr. Weiss takes particular care to produce an age appropriate look that will be in harmony as facial features continue to grow.
Common reasons for a teen to seek Dr. Weiss’ expertise for rhinoplasty surgery include:
- a dorsal hump
- uneven nostrils
- a crooked nose
- a long or short nose
- a bulbous tip
- a nasal injury
With the teen and his or her parents, Dr. Weiss will discuss all concerns and objectives to determine the best approach to take in achieving the patient’s goals.
The noses of people of different ethnicity often have unique characteristics. With ethnic rhinoplasty, Dr. Weiss strives to create balance and harmony with the rest of the face while respecting and preserving the patient’s ethnicity. Mindful of the various aesthetic needs and preferences of African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and other non-Caucasians, Dr. Weiss has achieved optimal ethnic rhinoplasty results for patients of various ethnicity.
While individuals vary dramatically, there are particular characteristics that are most common to the different ethnicities and can make rhinoplasty more challenging. The following characteristics must be taken into account in order to achieve a patient’s goals:
- Thicker nasal skin
- Weak tip cartilages
- Removal of a hump
- Raising a flat bridge
- Narrowing a wide appearance or broad base
- Adding more definition to a bulbous tip
- Raising a drooping tip
- Improving large or flared nostrils
African American Rhinoplasty:
Highly skilled at performing rhinoplasties on many different ethnic groups, Dr. Weiss is especially experienced and skilled with African-American/black rhinoplasty (“nose job”). The issues that usually affect African American noses are unique to their ethnic group, and Dr. Weiss understands how to make the needed changes to enhance appearances without erasing the ethnic identity of the individual.
African American patients tend to have the following nasal characteristics that must be taken into account when operating on the nose:
- Widened nasal bridge
- A bulbous, wide tip
- Flared nostrils
- Thick skin
Since these characteristics often require special care and techniques, it is important to have a plastic surgeon with the skill and experience to perform this complex procedure.
Hispanic/Latin American Rhinoplasty:
Dr. Weiss provides special attention to maintaining natural ethnic characteristics for those patients with with Spanish, Portuguese, South and Central American heritage. The Hispanic/Latin American nose has unique characteristics requiring an expert hand and extensive knowledge of their unique facial anatomy.
Patients of Hispanic backgrounds tend to have the following common traits that must be taken into account with Nose Reshaping:
- Thick nasal skin
- Pronounced nasal hump
- Weak nasal tip cartilage
For many patients of Asian descent, the nose is quite different from Western noses, meaning that the completion of the procedure requires special techniques.
Characteristics of a traditional Asian nose to consider during nose surgery include:
- Low, deficient and wide nasal bridge
- Poorly defined tip with lack of projection
- Weak or deficient cartilage
- Thick skin