The nose is the first facial feature other people notice, not only because it’s in the middle of the face, but because it’s always exposed, as opposed to the eyes, which can be shielded by glasses. Dallas plastic surgeon Jack Gunter, MD, stresses, “Different people have different features, so there’s no one nose that fits every face.” This philosophy has evolved greatly over the past few decades. According to Dr. Jack Gunter, the “operated” look of the last century with a scooped slope and pinched tip has given way to more individualized outcomes thanks to changes in rhinoplasty techniques that allow surgeons to more easily use grafts to change the framework of the nose. This enables surgeons to add to the framework of the nose (which is made of bone, cartilage and ligaments) when necessary, rather than just taking away.
“People are turning to rhinoplasty not only to change their nose, but the appearance of their entire face,” says says New York City plastic surgeon Robert Silich, MD, and rhinoplasty targets a wide array of concerns. According to Dr. Jack Gunter, “The three most common flaws addressed by rhinoplasty are a hump on the bridge, a bulbous tip and a nose that is too large when compared to other facial features.” Regardless of the flaws fixed, Dr. Jack Gunter explains that the most important goal should be a natural-looking outcome. While the nose plays a vital role in overall appearance, “as long as it looks natural, the nose doesn’t draw a lot of attention to the face.”
When selecting a plastic surgeon for rhinoplasty, Dr. Jack Gunter emphasizes the importance of selecting an experienced doctor. “Rhinoplasty is probably one of the most challenging procedures we do, both technically and aesthetically,” and he advises patients to seek out a surgeon who specializes in the procedure, or at least performs it frequently. “The best time to get it right is the first time,” he says.
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