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General Considerations

Written by Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman


The Basics of What You Need to Know Regarding Your Rhinoplasty

Every year, half a million people who are interested in improving the appearance of their noses seek consultation with facial plastic surgeons. If you have wondered how nasal surgery, or rhinoplasty, could improve your looks, self-confidence, or health, you need to know how rhinoplasty is performed and what you can expect. The information in these pages is intended to give you a basic understanding of rhinoplasty- when it can help, how it is done, and what you can expect. It can’t answer all your questions, as much of facial plastic surgery depends on your individual characteristics. Drs. Solieman and Litner welcome you to schedule a personal consultation so that your specific needs and questions may be answered.

Candidates for Rhinoplasty

As with all facial plastic surgery, good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites. Understanding nasal surgery is also critical. The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. Some have always been unhappy with their noses, and some with the changes brought about by aging. For others, an injury may have distorted the nose, or the goal may be improved breathing.

Rhinoplasty can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to exactly match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Drs. Litner and Solieman.

Before the nose is altered, a young patient must reach full growth and sexual maturity, usually around fifteen or sixteen years of age in women, and up to eighteen years of age in men. Exceptions are cases in which breathing is severely impaired. We encourage you to review the links that follow in order to optimize your understanding of rhinoplasty. Our site has been designed so that you may freely choose to read the links that most specifically address your particular concerns.

Planning your Rhinoplasty

Drs. Litner and Solieman are trained in both head and neck surgery and facial cosmetic surgery, providing you, our patient, with the highest level of training and expertise. They both underwent extensive training, and continue to be on the forefront of knowledge and innovation in the most reliable techniques in modern rhinoplasty. Combined, they have written over thirty leading scientific papers and books regarding rhinoplasty. Above all, they know that the best results are achieved by a synergy of this expertise with an intimate understanding and communication of your individualized wants and desires.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Solieman or Dr. Litner will ask you about the details of your nasal concerns. He will then evaluate the structure of your nose and face, and discuss the possibilities with you. You will then have your photos taken and your surgeon will work with you in imaging a realistic goal for what you both can reasonably expect from surgery. He will also explain the factors that can influence the procedure and the results. These include the structure of your nasal bones and cartilage, the shape of your face, the thickness of your skin, your age, and your expectations, among other factors.

Young woman's face, before General Considerations treatment, front viewYoung woman's face, after General Considerations treatment, front viewBeforeAfter
Young woman's face, before General Considerations treatment, left side viewYoung woman's face, after General Considerations treatment, left side viewBeforeAfter

Drs. Litner or Solieman will also explain the techniques and anesthesia he recommends, and will review any questions you may have regarding Beverly Hills Profiles, his accredited surgical center where your surgery will be performed. During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits and risks of rhinoplasty, the costs involved, and all of the options available to you.

Most insurance policies don’t cover purely cosmetic surgery; however, if the procedure is performed for reconstructive purposes, to correct a breathing problem or a marked deformity, the procedure may be partially or wholly covered. Our experienced team at Beverly Hills Profiles would be pleased to help you navigate this process with your insurance provider.

We again encourage you to review the links that follow in order to optimize your consultation. You may choose to read the links that most specifically address your particular concerns.


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