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Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) TypesRhinoplasty surgery is an effective treatment for physiological complications that hinder breathing through the nose. Furthermore, rhinoplasty can offer aesthetic improvements to the nose shape. There are various types of nose cosmetic surgery procedures designed to address the unique requirements of patients.

Astute board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim provides nose reshaping surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding communities across the horizon.


Functional Rhinoplasty Procedures

Rhinoplasty surgery can be an “open” or “closed” procedure. In open rhinoplasty, incisions are placed on the outside of the nose. Closed rhinoplasty involves the placement of incisions only on the inside of the nose.

Plastic surgeons use the closed technique to prevent noticeable scarring wherever possible. However, open rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery may be required where the patient has sustained severe damage to the nose or when the treatment site is located high within the nasal cavity.

An experienced and skilled nose surgeon can place open surgery incisions within the nasal contours to minimize conspicuous scarring to a large extent.


Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Every race has aesthetic attributes that are unique to it. Not every member of a particular race will share these physical attributes. Those that do, at times, choose to receive plastic surgery to alter these physical attributes. Rhinoplasty is a sought-after surgery among people with ethnic characteristics such as a broad nose.

Several people of African and Asian heritage seek rhinoplasty to reduce their nose width from one edge of their nostril to the other. It is crucial that the surgeon modifies their approach to suit the specific anatomic elements of an ethnic patient’s nose.

The surgeon should not modify the nose shape beyond a point as it can change the patient’s appearance drastically.


Correcting the Radix

The radix refers to the upper bony part of the nose. The radix, as well as the underlying cartilage, may be substantial causing a depression and a bump. In case the radix is shallow, it can lead to a depression and a bump. The plastic surgeon can decrease the radix by trimming away small portions cautiously.

The nose surgeon may add volume to a depressed region by grafting a part of the patient’s own cartilage sourced from another part of the nose. The surgeon creates a straighter slope by augmenting the area just above the radix.


Straightening a Crooked Nose

In case the nose is slightly crooked or shifted to one side, a plastic surgeon can straighten it by decreasing some cartilage or bone, or by physically moving the tissues. The surgeon may apply a splint to hold the nose in position as it heals as with a broken nose requiring functional rhinoplasty.


Tip Rotation and Reduction

In case the nasal tip lacks definition or is too defined, it may not have a proper rotation. Rotation is the upward or downward turn of the nasal tip. In adjusting the nasal tip by remodeling the cartilage, the nose surgeon will carefully assess the base of the nose as it impacts the rotation and tension.


Projection Adjustment

The surgeon can shave a part of the cartilage at its tip to reduce the projection of the nose. If the projection needs to be increased, the surgeon may divide and realign the patient’s cartilage, pushing it forward and suturing it into the desired position. If the nose tip has insufficient cartilage, the surgeon may utilize a cartilage graft to augment it.

Devoted plastic surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and other towns and cities in this area of The Golden State for rhinoplasty.
Click here see more plastic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Eugene Kim on patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and surrounding areas or call 310-271-6996 to schedule a consultation.

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