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Rhinoplasty: Part Science, Part Art

by Dr. Daniel Lin

Rhinoplasty: Part Science, Part Art | Cosmetic Surgery | WhittierMany people may be dissatisfied with the shape or size of their nose. Fortunately, most of them have the option of rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery to transform the appearance of the nose as desired. According the figures of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, rhinoplasty has consistently ranked among the top five plastic surgery procedures in the US in recent years.

However, rhinoplasty requires a careful balancing of the patient’s personal aesthetic goals and aspirations against their natural facial structure and anatomy. That makes rhinoplasty one of the complex procedures, requiring a combination of science and art to produce safe, desirable, and sustainable results.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin provides rhinoplasty to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and surrounding locations.


Creating Proportion

Most of the people seeking rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery come with a specific aesthetic concern related to the nose. For instance, a patient may be unhappy with their nose profile or the nasal tip. The surgeon will take the patient’s unique aesthetic needs and desires into account, but will look at the nose from an overall aesthetic perspective and ensure that the changes are made in proportion to the rest of the facial features.

The challenge is to maintain the overall harmony of the facial features while meeting the patient’s aesthetic needs and expectations at the same time. For example, if the patient wants to augment the nose size, it should not make the chin look undermined. The nose surgeon will have to carefully weigh all aspects before making a surgical plan for nose reshaping.

The cosmetic goals should not be achieved at the cost of function either. If the reshaping of nostrils or nasal reconstruction is going to cause breathing obstructions, it will defeat the purpose. For these reasons, rhinoplasty is often referred to as a part science and part art.

Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Lin receives patients from West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.


Subtle Nuances in Rhinoplasty

Nose is the central and most strategic part of the face. Even the slightest change of shape or size of the nose can have a dramatic impact on the overall facial appearance. One millimeter of change is considered significant in rhinoplasty, as it can make a difference to not just the looks, but also the function.

Some nose reshaping tasks may appear simple on the surface, such as removal of a dorsal hump. However, a rhinoplasty expert will recognize the need to remove the hump very minutely and cautiously. The surgeon should ideally shave off a millimeter at a time and then re-drape the skin over the bone, and evaluate the new proportions.

The relationship between the new nose and the nasal tip and the forehead notch should be assessed carefully. Surgeons who are able to strike the difficult balance between science and art will be able to produce more desirable and sustainable outcomes with procedures such as rhinoplasty.


Click here to learn more about all the plastic surgery procedures and treatments cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin performs for patients in and around Pasadena, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, West Covina, Inland Empire, and San Gabriel Valley. Call today to schedule a consultation 626.810.6165 or click here.

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