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Why Is Rhinoplasty So Complex?

October 14, 2019, 3:35 pm

All plastic surgery is complex and requires years of practice. That said, some procedures require much more effort and training than others. Rhinoplasty, also known as nasal surgery or a nose job, is one of these procedures.

Rhinoplasty surgery is considered to be one of the most challenging plastic-surgery procedures due in large part to the degree of delicacy and precision required. Any small misstep can result in complications such as breathing problems and cosmetic issues.

Because rhinoplasty is so complex, it’s vital that patients choose the right surgeon for the job. Dr. Matt Hlavacek is a skilled and experienced surgeon who has performed rhinoplasty surgeries for numerous satisfied patients.

Why Do People Come In for Rhinoplasty?

The features of our face work in tandem with one another in order to achieve facial symmetry and balance. This look is usually achieved with one facial feature drawing the most attention to itself – most commonly the eyes or the lips.

However, if one feature is disproportionate or out of place, all the attention is drawn to it instead. This facial imbalance usually occurs in the nose. Rhinoplasty helps to restore facial balance and harmony in order to create more attractive features.

People can undergo rhinoplasty to correct many issues, including:

• Breathing issues caused by blocked nasal passages
• A crooked nose
• A narrow or wide nasal bridge
• A nasal hump
• Oversized nostrils
• A rounded, sharp, or drooping nasal tip

How Does Rhinoplasty Work?

The nose is divided into upper, middle, and lower thirds. During the consultation before the date of the surgery, Dr. Hlavacek examines all the three facets. Even a difference of half a millimeter on any of these parts during the operation can make the patient’s nose look worse than it did before, thus calling even more attention to it.

The nose also contains three main types of tissue that may be adjusted according to the patient’s goals: cartilage, bone, and soft tissue. The lower third is primarily cartilage, the upper third is primarily bone, and the middle third is a combination of the two.

Removing too much tissue can weaken the internal architecture of the nose. Adjustments must be made carefully in order to ensure that grafts are not needed as a result of tissue removal. Grafts are sections of harvested tissue used to bolster the strength of weaker areas.

Choosing the Correct Surgeon

The first step in rhinoplasty is choosing the best surgeon for your procedure. Good rhinoplasty is a perfect balance of art, science, and architecture. Rhinoplasty surgeons train for years before achieving success in the field.

Choosing the correct doctor is essential for the surgery to go well. If complications occur, it can create the need for a secondary procedure called revision rhinoplasty. Some complications can even put the patient’s life at severe risk. Finding a competent surgeon ensures that it never comes to this.

To speak with Dr. Hlavacek regarding your rhinoplasty needs and goals, contact our office and schedule a consultation. At this consultation, Dr. Hlavacek will examine your nose, show you before-and-after photos, and discuss the details of the procedure.