Procedures Performed – Rhinoplasty:
This woman was concerned that her nose looked “too wide” and “stuck out too far from her face”. Although she did have a wide nasal tip, she had a particularly narrow upper two-thirds of the nose. In fact she had nasal obstruction which was directly related to the constriction of the airway in this part of the nose. This case illustrates a situation in which the rhinoplasty procedure required a narrowing of the lower third of the nose (nasal tip), but a slight widening of the middle third of the nose. This not improved the appearance of the nose, but it treated her breathing issues as well. Frequently, functional nasal surgery (for breathing problems) is performed simultaneously w/aesthetic enhancement of the nose.
The patient had a very strong nose and although she wanted refinement she did not wish to drastically change the overall shape of her nose. The dorsal hump (bridge of the nose) was gently taken down to soften her appearance, but the more effective change in her case was the extensive nasal tip restricting which gave her a more refined nose and corrected the over projection of the nose. The important point is that the rhinoplasty is a unique procedure for every patient since every person has different goals and different variations in their definition of “ideal beauty.