The nose is the focal point of the human face, and many patients are dissatisfied with their appearance because they don’t like their nose. They feel it is a distraction, so that other people are staring there first and not seeing their eyes or their smile. Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure in which a plastic surgeon reshapes the nose to improve contour, profile, size, proportion and overall appearance. It should take away the distraction and leave a beautiful, natural result.
Patients commonly want their nose to be a little more straight, flat, thin, small, narrow or proportionate. During rhinoplasty, the surgeon may add or subtract tissue and use sutures to achieve these desired effects. Many individuals are shocked that a series of such small changes can make such a dramatic improvement. Dr. Donaldson is known for creating natural results that “blend in” with the rest of the face.
The nose may be considered in three basic parts: the bridge (dorsum), the tip, and the deeper airway/breathing structures. The most common deformities of the bridge include a prominent bump and excessive width. The tip is most often too bulbous, wide, long, down turned, upturned or “crooked.” Some patients have one or two of these features, others have them all; regardless, there are safe, well-established surgical techniques for their correction, while preserving or improving the deeper airway mechanics at the same time. Dr. Donaldson combines surgical skill with an artistic sensibility to achieve safe, beautiful results.
Rhinoplasty may be performed at the same time as other cosmetic procedures for convenience, and a more comprehensive effect. Chin augmentation, blepharoplasty, lip augmentation, fat transfer and Botox are most commonly added, but breast and body enhancements are possible too. These combinations allow complex, multi-factorial goals to be achieved in a single operation.