The Art and Science of Rhinoplasty

The nose takes center stage on your face, so it’s not surprising that rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. Refining the size and shape of your nose takes experience and an appreciation for the ideal proportions of the human face. In this post, Dr. Charles S. Lee of Enhance® Medical Center discusses the art and science of rhinoplasty.

Common Reasons for Rhinoplasty

People may seek a rhinoplasty procedure to:

  • Reduce a bump or hump on the bridge of the nose.
  • Narrow or raise the bridge of the nose.
  • Widen or narrow the nostrils.
  • Increase or decrease the size of the nasal tip.
  • Change the angle between the nose and upper lip.

The challenge the surgeon faces is achieving the patient’s goals while making very minor adjustments to the size and shape of the nose. A difference of a millimeter can change the whole appearance of the face, so subtlety is needed during the rhinoplasty procedure. Only a skilled surgeon such as Dr. Lee is able to achieve this.

Maintaining Facial Harmony

The context of a person’s entire face must be looked at to determine the ideal size and shape of the nose. Your nose needs to match the other features of your face.

This requires both surgical skill and managing a patient’s expectations. Some patients want their nose to look like a certain celebrity, but that person has an entirely different facial structure. Putting their nose on your face will disrupt your facial harmony.

Every Rhinoplasty is Unique

There are some aesthetic standards that plastic surgeons use as guidelines during a rhinoplasty procedure. For example, the tip of the nose should be slightly more prominent than the bridge.

But there is also a uniqueness to each person’s nose and other facial features. That’s where the art of rhinoplasty comes in.

A plastic surgeon must address the reasons the patient is seeking the rhinoplasty while also preserving the proportions of the face and keeping a person’s signature appearance. Doing so takes a lot of practice and attention to the minor details that can make a big impact on how a patient looks and feels.

Schedule a Pre-Rhinoplasty Consultation

Dr. Lee can listen to your concerns and explain your options during a pre-rhinoplasty consultation at Enhance® Medical Center. Contact our Beverly Hills office by calling 310-271-5954 today to schedule your rhinoplasty evaluation.