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The Final Result: How close is it to the result you think you'll get from Imaging?

You may remember back in May we began reviewing the 10 most common rhinoplasty mistakes that we see in our revision rhinoplasty practice here at Profiles. You can also see these and other details at our dedicated rhinoplasty site. We wanted to share with you how this patient’s revision rhinoplasty is turning out so far.

The photos below show the original before revision rhinoplasty photo on the left, the imaged result in the middle, and our real patient’s actual post-operative after photo on the right after Revision Rhinoplasty by the Beverly Hills Rhinoplasty experts at Profiles. Read more

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Last But Not Least: Rhinoplasty Mistakes #10: Twisted Nose

The final problem we will talk about is the twisted nose. A twist in the nose can happen anywhere from the nasal bones to the middle third of the nose and down to the tip. Getting a nose completely and perfectly straight is one of the hardest things to do in Rhinoplasty and is especially hard in revision Rhinoplasty. That’s why you need to see a very experienced Rhinoplasty expert like the Los Angeles Rhinoplasty surgeons at Profiles.

A frequent cause for a twisted nose is crooked nasal bones. This can result when a pre-existing crooked bridge simply was not corrected appropriately or when poorly performed osteotomies caused the bones to shift. Osteotomies, as mentioned in a previous post, are one of the most underrated parts of this complicated procedure by inexperienced surgeons who get caught with some of these post-rhinoplasty problems. Read more

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Rhinoplasty Mistake #8: Nasal Valve Collapse

The nasal valve is a term used to describe the narrowest part of the nose internally. This is the area that determines if someone feels normal or obstructed breathing through the nose. When this area is overly narrowed and blocked, we call it nasal valve collapse.

There really are two types of nasal valve collapse. The collapse of the tip cartilages described above can cause external valve collapse where the blockage is just past the nostril. When most surgeons discuss valve collapse, though, they are talking about internal valve collapse. This occurs when the upper lateral cartilages in the middle of the nose have been too narrowed. Check out the attached diagram to see where these are. This problem happens when a nasal bump is taken down too much and when the cartilages themselves are shortened or not reattached during a Rhinoplasty. Read more

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Do Spreader Grafts Make the Nose Wider?

October 28th, 2008 | Category: Breathing problems,Revision Rhinoplasty

After seeing the title to this blog you may be wondering:

“what is a spreader graft and who cares?”

– that is of course if you continued to read.

Well the truth is unless you have broken your nose or had previous rhinoplasty, you probably can ignore this blog. However, if you are either of these people then this blog might interest you. Read more

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Botox to Treat Your Allergies?!

September 22nd, 2008 | Category: Breathing problems

Nasal Allergies and Botox

If you are one of the 35 million American who suffers from nasal allergies, you might soon start hearing that a botox injection is one of the better treatment options for allergies. Read more

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Rhinoplasty Mistake #3, 4, and 5: The Hanging Columella, Nostril Retraction, and Excessively Rounded Tip

In the last two posts we have taken care of imaging for a poor rhinoplasty result to address problems with the nasal bridge. Now it’s time to take a look at the tip. A frequent problem after an overaggressive rhinoplasty is a tip that becomes distorted and lacking in support. This usually happens when too much of the tip cartilages are removed in trying to narrow and refine the tip. Instead, you just end up with a tip that is unstable. We have lumped these 3 problems together because they often occur together after a Rhinoplasty in which the tip cartilages collapsed.

The diagram below shows the area of the tip cartilages (in red) that is commonly removed during a rhinoplasty. Read more

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Rhinoplasty Mistake #2: The Pollybeak Deformity

So, what is a pollybeak deformity? Well, that’s the unpleasant and unkind name we give to a nose in which the area just above the tip is too full. Normally, there should be a little dip or depression just above your nasal tip that defines the transition from your bridge to your tip on profile. When that area is high or filled in, we call it a pollybeak.

When it is very full, it can even make the nose look down-turned like a parrot’s beak, thus the name. The reason for this is that the area above the tip often becomes the part of your nose that sticks out or projects the most from your face. This is not the way it should be. Your tip should be the most projecting point of your nose.

Check out the photo below to see a pollybeak deformity indicated by the arrows.

nose pollybeak deformity photo

OK, what causes a pollybeak deformity? Read more

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Rhino Gone Wrong: Anatomy of a Bad Nose Job

Since we focus a large part of our practice on rhinoplasty, we see a lot of patients who are unhappy with their previous rhinoplasty result and would love for us to fix it. So, a big percentage of the rhinoplasties we do are revisions or re-do procedures. Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of the same problems and complaints coming up, especially when it comes to rhinoplasties that were meant to make the nose smaller. Most of these problems are from technical errors that are preventable.

We thought we’d let you in on the 10 most frequent rhinoplasty problems we see and give you an explanation of why these happen. Check out the photo below to get a first-hand view of a rhinoplasty gone wrong. Read more

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A recent patient who wanted to make her whole nose look smaller asked why plastic surgery does not allow noses to be made as small as people want?

We always appreciate patients who present to us having done some homework on their own because it lets us know that they are really preparing for their surgery and more importantly because it allows us to spend more time in really discussing the available surgical options.

We find a lot of our patients, men and women, present with exactly this question and the answer largely depends on each particular patient’s anatomy.

Sometimes, patients present with a large hump which makes their nose look large, and you will often see these pictures on people’s websites because in reality, though they are the most dramatic results, they are relatively easier to accomplish. Occasionally, these patients also have smaller chins and a chin implant goes a long way in balancing their appearance.

The more difficult cases are those patients who like the overall shape of their nose but feel like their whole nose is just too large. In these cases the tip, middle third of the nose and bridge all have to be reduced equally. While we can and often do exactly this procedure for our patients, it is important in these cases to be very cognizant of skin thickness. In those patients who have thick skin, we caution that while the nose can be made smaller, it should still maintain definition and refinement. In our patients with thick skin, we always let them know that if we attempt to make the nose too small the tip can lose its shape and appear amorphous. So while we make the nose smaller, we stress the importance of tip definition and refinement.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we must remember that the primary function of the nose is to help in breathing and this function is critical. Unfortunately, a lot of times with all the mass media exposure to airbrushed pictures, we are exposed to images of people who are not real and to noses that cannot be reproduced without causing problems in breathing. And its for this reason that at Profiles, we always admonish that Form must not supercede Function.

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