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Every year, hundreds of thousands consult surgeons about either the form or function of their noses—sometimes both. Nose surgery can be performed to enhance the appearance of the nose or correct a functional problem resulting from internal anomalies, such as a deviated nasal septum, nasal fracture and enlarged turbinates. Although nose surgeries are common, they represent some of the most challenging surgical procedures that are performed, requiring skill and an inexhaustible attention to detail. After cosmetic nose surgery is completed, it can take months for the nose to fully take its new shape, thereby requiring that a surgeon have additional finesse and precision.
At Profiles Beverly Hills, Los Angeles cosmetic surgeons Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman specialize in nose surgery, routinely performing procedures that address cosmetic concerns and functional problems. From rhinoplasty to septal perforation repair, Drs. Litner and Solieman have gained a reputation that goes beyond the LA metropolitan area.
Also known as a nose job, a rhinoplasty is a cosmetic nose surgery that can alter the size and shape of the nose, bringing it into greater balance with the other facial features. Rhinoplasty, a subtle and difficult procedure to master, can the dramatically change appearance of the nose, even with small adjustments. Many patients seek rhinoplasty to modify an upturned or bulbous tip, the size and shape of the nostrils, and the overall size of the nose. During the procedure, Dr. Litner or Dr. Solieman makes incisions so that cartilage can be sculpted to reshape the structure of the nose.
If a patient has undergone a rhinoplasty and is dissatisfied with the aesthetic results or is suffering from complications, a secondary, or revision rhinoplasty can be performed. A revision rhinoplasty can correct structural issues relating to the removal of too much or too little cartilage, abnormal scarring, and asymmetry. When significant functional problems exist, such as difficulty breathing, a corrective rhinoplasty may be required to restore normal nasal performance. In general, patients need to wait at least 6 months after the primary rhinoplasty before undergoing a revision rhinoplasty. Because the nose will continue to change in the initial months post-surgery, it is important that the nose has settled into its new form before a second procedure is done.
If the nasal septum— the cartilage and bone partition that separates the nasal cavities—is crooked or displaced, or deviated, it can cause difficulty breathing. A deviated septum, which does not necessarily correspond with a crooked outward appearance of the nose, can be present at birth. Alternately, it can develop as the result of injury or trauma to the nose. Septoplasty, or septal reconstruction, is a surgical procedure that can be performed to straighten the deviated septum to improve nasal function. Because septoplasty addresses an internal functional issue, it will not affect the nose’s external appearance. For individuals would like to have a cosmetic modification at the same time as the correction of a deviated septum, a septorhinoplasty is an option.
Composed of three layers (bone, cartilage and the nasal lining), the nasal septum can develop a perforation, or hole, that punctures through all three layers. A perforation can appear due to a variety of causes, including complications from a previous nose surgery, trauma to the nose, snorting drugs, and certain illnesses. If a septal perforation is suspected or observed, it is important to have it evaluated to determine the extent of the hole. Individuals experiencing chronic infections or problems with airflow, surgery may be recommended. Septal perforation repair is a delicate, complex surgical procedure. As one of the few facilities to treat septal perforations in the US, Profiles Beverly Hills can provide expert consultation and treatment.
Individuals of African American descent tend to have certain distinguishing characteristics of the nose, including low, wide nasal bridges, wide nostrils and nasal tip, soft septal cartilage, and thick skin. These characteristics present specific technical challenges, such as how to heighten the bridge without overbuilding. Drs. Litner and Solieman have long specialized in rhinoplasty for African-American individuals, pioneering and refining surgical techniques that address the aesthetic considerations that many of their patients have articulated, such as bridge height and widened nostrils. Most importantly, Drs. Litner and Solieman recognize that a nose job should not compromise identity. The result is a natural-looking nose, appropriate and in harmony with the rest of the face.
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