Let's try to evaluate the surgical changes from this frontal view.
You can see some of the changes from removing the hump: the before picture has
two parallel vertical white stripes along the dorsum of his nose.
Those stripes are the return from the flashes in my photo room. The
stripes give you a feel for the position of the dorsum and the presence of the
hump, and they are missing in the after picture.
Nasal length: in the after picture, we can see just a glimpse of his
nostrils. That glimpse is our indication that his nose was shortened,
because in the before picture, his somewhat droopy tip hung over and obscured
our view of the nostrils.
Actually, he has his head tilted down slightly in the before picture, but the
analysis is still valid. (You can tell that his head is tilted down a bit by
looking at his right eye and his right ear. In the after picture, his
right eye is at the level of the top of his ear. In the before picture,
his right eye sits below the level of the top of the ear.)
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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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