In the before picture, the cartilages that form the tip of her nose are fully
present. Above the tip cartilages is the divot resulting from loss of some
tissue in that area. Above the divot, her nasal bones are in their normal
If you know where the nasal bones normally reside, you can see their outline
in the before picture above. If you'd like to find out more about the
location of the nasal bones and how they are addressed during surgery, check out
of the rhinoplasty surgery tutorial (the surgery tutorials contain explicit photographs taken during surgery).
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I'm trying to understand my surgeon's operative report in order to understand what was and wasn't done. Please help?
As the photos demonstrate, my primary rhinoplasty was not successful in any way, shape, or form. Since acquiring my surgeon's operative report, I've been trying to make sense of the medical terminology in order to understand what was done to my nose during my operation... Thus educating myself. I want to fully understand as I navigate my revision consults. I keep telling people that the "tip wasn't touched at all," but aside from that, could someone please help me interpret the report? (Photos).
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: It doesn't look as though much was done to your tip.
The report says "a portion of the lower lateral cartilages" was removed. That *can* result in a tip that is less wide, or less projecting, but it's the rare, rare tip that will respond completely to a simple removal of some of the tip cartilages as described. Perhaps your tip requires much more advanced work to change it's size and shape.
If you are seeking a revision, be very careful. Revision rhinoplasty is far, far more difficult than a first-time rhinoplasty, and even in a first-time rhinoplasty, most plastic surgeons are not expert enough to handle more difficult tip structures. You must see before and after photos of a doctor's work before deciding whether to use him for your revision. See the attached video and the Web reference link for examples of the changes that are possible in expert hands.
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