Many residents of Newport Beach have plastic surgeons change the shape and size of their nose in a procedure called rhinoplasty (a “nose job”). Depending on what patients have in mind, surgeons can either add to or remove the bone in the upper part of the nose or the cartilage in the lower part. Besides making the nose more attractive, patients may get rhinoplasty to restructure the nose after a traumatic incident or to improve breathing.
Naturally, those who are thinking about rhinoplasty will wonder how long the results will last. The answer depends on certain factors.
Rhinoplasty Is Permanent
First, rhinoplasty causes a permanent change to the structure of the nose. If the changes don’t satisfy, or if something went wrong during the rhinoplasty, then patients would need to undergo a second operation, called the revision rhinoplasty, to have it fixed. Needless to say, one must be committed to achieve the look one desires.
Your Nose Will Age
However, the surgery only restructures the nose; it doesn’t protect the nose from the ravages of time or the elements. As you age, the collagen and elastin that the surgeon used to build up your nose will break down. Gravity will take its toll on the nose, too, by causing it to droop.
New Technology for Long-Lasting Results
Keep in mind that rhinoplasty typically involves the removal of bone or tissue: the very things that support the structure of the nose. Such a procedure does, to some extent, make it more susceptible to the aging process. However, may plastic surgeons are starting to adhere to the philosophy of “preservation rhinoplasty,” where they try to reshape the nose without destroying anything.
Contrasting preservation rhinoplasty with what they call the traditional “hammer and chisel” technique, surgeons highlight how the former can avoid the breaking of the nasal bone, too, and thus reduce swelling, bleeding, and any adverse effects.
It’s possible, then, that patients who want the bone adjusted or reduced can get more lasting results with preservation rhinoplasty. Those who are interested should look into Piezosurgery in particular.
What Is Piezosurgery?
Piezo rhinoplasty is a state-of-the-art procedure where the surgeon uses a piezotome, a device that emits ultrasonic energy, to affect the nasal bone without damaging the tissue. One limitation is that the piezotome cannot work on cartilage; nevertheless, it will keep the bone strong and resilient for years to come.
You want a surgeon who will utilize the right techniques to ensure a pleasing nose and protection against aging. If you live in Newport Beach, CA, then call the office of Dr. Aaron Kosins MD to learn more about rhinoplasty and Piezosurgery