Join Orit as she describes her experience having a
primary rhinoplasty performed by Dr. Paul Nassif of Beverly Hill.
Dr. Nassif uses his skill as an artist and a surgeon to shape the
nose to fit the face, rather than make it appear artificial.
Patients marvel at how Dr. Nassif is able to create a nose that is
both functional and aesthetically pleasing. In addition to his work
with revision work, Dr. Nassif also specializes in rhinoplasty for
ethnic noses, ensuring tailored results that look proportional to an
individual’s ethnic and racial features.
The term rhinoplasty
means nose molding or nose forming. It refers to a procedure in
plastic surgery in which the structure of the nose is changed. The
change can be made by adding or removing bone or cartilage, grafting
tissue from another part of the body, or implanting synthetic
material to alter the shape of the nose.
Rhinoplasty is most often
performed for cosmetic reasons. A nose that is too large, crooked,
misshapen, malformed at birth, or deformed by an injury can be given
a more pleasing appearance. If breathing is impaired due to the form
of the nose or to an injury, it can often be improved with
The external nose is composed of a series of
interrelated parts that include the skin, the bony pyramid,
cartilage, and the tip of the nose, which is composed of cartilage
and skin. The strip of skin separating the nostrils is called the
Surgical approaches to nasal reconstruction are varied.
Internal rhinoplasty involves making all incisions from inside the
nasal cavity. The external, or open, technique involves a skin
incision across the base of the nasal columella. An external
incision allows the surgeon to expose the bone and cartilage more
fully and is most often used for complicated procedures. During
surgery, the surgeon will separate the skin from the bone and
cartilage support. The framework of the nose is then reshaped in the
desired form. Shape can be altered by removing or adding bone,
cartilage, or skin. The remaining skin is then replaced over the new
framework. If the procedure requires adding to the structure of the
nose, the donated bone, cartilage, or skin can come from another
location on the patients body or from a synthetic source.
operation is completed, the surgeon will apply a splint to help the
bones maintain their new shape. The nose may also be packed, or
stuffed with a dressing, to help stabilize the septum.
local anesthetic is used, light sedation is usually given first,
after which the operative area is numbed. It will remain insensitive
to pain for the length of the surgery. A general anesthetic is used
for lengthy or complex procedures, or if the doctor and patient
agree that it is the best option.
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