Rhinoplasty in Los Angeles, CA
A rhinoplasty, nose job, or revision rhinoplasty from Michael Schwartz, M.D., board-certified facial plastic surgeon and diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery can dramatically yet subtly improve the appearance of your nose for those patients who live in and around Los Angeles, Pasadena and the surrounding communities of California, as well as internationally.
What is Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)?
An expert in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Schwartz performs many primary and secondary, or revision, rhinoplasty procedures. Rhinoplasty, or nasal surgery, is performed for both functional and cosmetic reasons and Dr. Schwartz’s extensive training in head and neck surgery, as well as cosmetic surgery enables him to address both functional and cosmetic issues in the same surgical procedure.
Benefits of Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)
Far too many people are unhappy with the appearance of their noses. Noses vary quite naturally from person to person in terms of their relative shape and size. Many people would like to change the appearance of their nose but are unsure of what the results might be. Many doctors offer rhinoplasty surgery however patients are unsure of which surgeons are experts in rhinoplasty and who they can rely on for consistent, reliable results. Dr. Schwartz is board certified in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is an expert in both functional and cosmetic nasal anatomy and procedures. Dr. Schwartz employs a great sense of aesthetics with a thorough medical and anatomical knowledge of your nasal anatomy to achieve incredible natural looking results that are specifically tailored to your desires. Dr. Schwartz uses an advanced imaging computer to demonstrate what is possible surgically, which also helps to maximize the effectiveness of communication between the patient and surgeon prior to the actual procedure. Dr. Schwartz’s objectives are to achieve your desired changes while completely avoiding those all too common telltale signs that an individual has had a nose job. Rhinoplasty is often considered the most difficult cosmetic procedure and Dr. Schwartz’s results demonstrate that he is able to deliver consistent excellence, both cosmetically and functionally.
Unfortunately, far too often patients have undergone rhinoplasty surgery that is not successful for a variety of reasons. As a result, Dr. Schwartz sees many revision patients in his practice and takes care and pride in being able to correct deformities and cosmetic irregularities that either weren’t corrected properly in previous surgeries, or came about as a result of a previous nose job. Common complications of rhinoplasty include leaving the lower bridge too high, creating a “pollybeak” deformity, resecting or altering the tip cartilages so as to elevate the rims of the nose or creating a “hanging columella.” Dr. Schwartz has developed extremely innovative techniques designed to correct these sorts of irregularities, especially the lowering of the “alar” rims which is an extremely difficult but rewarding maneuver when performed successfully. Too often, patients undergoing what they consider a simple reduction or refinement of the nose will end up with significant problems, such as a misshapen tip, retracted or elevated nostril rims, hanging or prominent columella, over-reduction of the bridge and residual prominence of the bridge above the nasal tip (pollybeak deformity). Dr. Schwartz will be delighted to assess the condition of your nose and make recommendations in terms of what would work best to improve the appearance of your nose and the overall harmony of your nose and face. In revision rhinoplasty, it is our goal to restore a natural and elegant tip of the nose with a supratip depression leading to a natural dorsum or bridge of the nose. If alar or nostril rims are retracted, it is often due to elevation of the cartilages in a misguided attempt to narrow the tip. These cartilages can be repositioned with or without cartilage grafts in order to lower the nostril rims. Likewise, the nasal tip and bridge are reconstructed as necessary using the patient’s own cartilage in the majority of cases.
What is the Rhinoplasty Procedure?
Rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty are widely acknowledged to be among the most difficult of all cosmetic surgery procedures. This is because the anatomy of the nose is extremely complex and it requires a tremendous amount of experience and expertise to be able to successfully perform a rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty that will result in the desired enhancements and changes. Rhinoplasty is performed either using a closed procedure, where incisions are hidden inside the nose, or an open procedure, where an incision is made across the columella, the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. Through these incisions, the skin that covers the nasal bones and cartilage is gently raised, allowing access to reshape the structural components of the nose. An overly large nose may be reduced by removing bone or cartilage. Sometimes surgery of the nose may require the addition of cartilage grafts. Most commonly, cartilage from the septum, the partition in the middle of the nose, is used for this purpose. Occasionally, cartilage from the ear or a section of rib cartilage can be used. If the septum is deviated, it can be straightened and the turbinates inside the nose reduced to improve breathing. Finally, once the underlying structure of the nose is sculpted to the desired shape, the nasal skin and tissue is redraped, and incisions are closed.
Recovery after Rhinoplasty
During your rhinoplasty recovery, a splint or packing tissue will likely be placed by Dr. Schwartz inside your nose, as well as a splint on the outside to support and protect the new structures during initial healing. These are removed by the seventh postoperative day. The initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, and it may take up to a year for your new nasal contour to fully refine. During this time, you may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it refines to a more permanent outcome.
Why Choose Dr. Schwartz for Rhinoplasty?
Are you unhappy with the appearance of your nose? If so, don’t wait any longer; schedule your consultation now with Dr. Schwartz, who is trained and board-certified in otolaryngology, as well as facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. During residency training in otolaryngology, the functional aspects of internal nasal surgery are mastered and introduction to cosmetic nasal surgery is begun. It is important to understand septoplasty and breathing issues in performing cosmetic nasal surgery. Fellowship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, with a focus on the nuances of cosmetic rhinoplasty, since 1990 Dr. Schwartz has refined and developed new techniques in revision rhinoplasty. For example, in reducing a nose, it is important to retrodisplace the tip, or move the tip closer to the face in order to match the reduced bridge and avoid a “ski slope” appearance to the nose. Unique grafting techniques to lower the nostril rims are employed by Dr. Schwartz when necessary, and the structural integrity of the nose is always taken into account.
How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost in Pasadena, CA?
Your rhinoplasty procedure is usually performed as an elective cosmetic procedure and as a result is generally not covered by your medical insurance. Your cost for your rhinoplasty surgery with Dr. Schwartz varies based on your personal needs and goals. Dr. Schwartz provides convenient financing through Alphaeon Credit, Prosper® Healthcare Lending, and CareCredit®, in addition to accepting cash, personal checks, and credit cards, so you can look your best with a rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty procedure that enhances and aesthetically improves the appearance of your nose.
If you live in or around Los Angeles, Pasadena or the surrounding communities of California, please contact board-certified facial plastic surgeon Michael Schwartz, M.D., a diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery to learn more about whether or not rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty is right for you.