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Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

When considering a rhinoplasty (nose job) or chin augmentation procedure, one must assess the overall proportions of the face. It is necessary to achieve and preserve the balance between the various facial features, as they all combine to create ones' overall appearance. Small refinements in the structure of the nose can achieve dramatic improvements in the nasal appearance without changing ones overall look. Common areas of correction are the "bony dorsum" of the nose which may be deviated or have a "hump" or prominence. A nose can be shortened both in height, length and width to achieve facial balance.

Deviation of the nose, which is usually due to curvature of the septum (midline cartilage) can also be corrected. Dr. Zimmerman finds it especially beneficial first reviewing the proposed nasal refinements with the patient using computer imaging prior to surgery. A splint is worn after surgery for seven to ten days in order to help resolve swelling and stabilize the nasal bones as they heal.

The relationship of the chin to the projection of the jaws and nose is an essential relationship to evaluate prior to considering nasal or chin surgery. A recessed chin can artificially give a nose a lengthy appearance. If deficient, the chin projection can be enhanced by insertion of a silastic implant or by a technique of bone advancement. Computer imaging again greatly facilitates the decision making process when considering nasal or chin augmentation surgery.