Your question: How long is the recovery time for Rhinoplasty? From my pic, what would I need done to have a more narrow smaller nose?
I am twenty one and this year I've been looking into Rhinoplasty. Ive always wanted this procedure done because I hate my nose but I was always to scared to go through with it. Recently I went to a consulatation and I decided that I really want one. I would love to know more about rhinoplasty and meet more surgeons, to get more experienced before I go under the knife. My biggest fear would be hating my nose even more after surgery.

Dr. Denenberg's answer: You're a good candidate for rhinoplasty, but you've got to be more careful than most ...
... about selecting a surgeon. I'll give you some items that your surgeon must understand.
First of all, see the Web reference link, just below my response here. I made a computer morph, and an animation of the morph, from one of your photos, to show the changes that are possible in truly expert hands. The main feature of your nose is its strong forward projection away from your face. In the morph, besides moving the tip closer to your face, I elevated the tip upwards, and of course took down the bump on the bridge of the nose.
The Web reference link gives some good general advice on finding a surgeon, but you must pay attention to your surgeon's before and after photos in the area of deprojecting noses, that is, bringing them closer to your face. Deprojecting a nose requires advanced techniques that most plastic surgeons cannot handle. If you have surgery without lots of deprojection, you'll be looking for a revision later.
Then, whenever a nose is deprojected, it looks longer, so the surgeon must be able to anticipate that and be able to shorten your nose at the same time.
Next, when a nose comes closer to a face, like we'd plan with yours, it's very important to reduce the strength of the nose where it begins, up at the top, just below the level of your eyebrows. If that part of the nose is not reduced, your profile after surgery could look like a Roman statue's where the profile line skids from the forehead right onto the nose, without a little dip below the eyebrows.
Your surgeon must show you with computer imaging that he completely understands your goals, and prove with his photos that he can create those changes.

 

1) Proposed before and after:

Here's an animation of those changes. Give it a couple seconds to load:

 

Does this fit with what you have in mind for yourself?

 

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3) Click here to see more rhinoplasty before and afters of patients with combinations of features to correct.

 

 

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Plain talk about picking a plastic surgeon for your first-time or revision rhinoplasty.

I do lots and lots of revision rhinoplasties, and I'll try to give you some advice here, to maximize the chances that you'll be happy after surgery, and to minimize the chances you'll need a revision.

Important!!  How to tell whether your consultation was acceptable:

Photos.  If a surgeon doesn't show you before and after photographs, scratch him off of your list. Period. No exceptions. Deal-breaker.

You pick a surgeon primarily from his before and after photos. Diplomas, board certifications, hospital affiliations, academic appointment, and even reputation tell you nothing: a surgeon is never tested for his skill, his artistic eye, the quality of his outcomes, or even whether he cares that his patients are happy.

You must see photos of other patients who had some features similar to your nose. For example, if your nose has a wide and drooping tip, don't accept profile-only photos of patients who had a hump carved down. You can't see the width of the tip on a profile photo.

Revision nose operations are much more difficult than first-time operations, so if you are consulting a surgeon about a revision operation, you must see photos of his revision patients.

If you see the surgeon's photos, but you don't love them, scratch him off your list. You want to use a surgeon whose work you like. Don't assume that he'll do great on you when he didn't do great on the other people.

Communication. If the doctor treats you disrespectfully, scratch him off your list. If he won't patiently listen to what you want for your nose, same thing. How will he know how to make you happy if he won't hear what you want for your nose?

If he conducts the consultation from behind his desk and doesn't examine your nose, deal-breaker. If it's the nurse and not the surgeon who conducts the consultation, run away fastest. All due respect to the nurse, she doesn't know what's possible and what isn't. If the plan is to see the surgeon for the first time on the morning of surgery, deal-breaker. For sure.

Computer morphing. If the surgeon doesn't do computer morphing of your nose, scratch him off your list. The morphing is crucial, so the surgeon can prove to you that he understands exactly what your goals are. Also, if the surgeon recommends some changes that you hadn't thought of, you need to see the morphs, so you can see whether you like those changes.

Your intuition. If your gut tells you "no," don't use the surgeon. Don't ever use a surgeon only because you know him, or your kids know him, or he lives on your street, or your primary care doctor referred you to him, or he did your breasts, or your tonsils, or your wisdom teeth, or you saw his advertisement, or his awards.

I hear these stories all the time from my revision rhinoplasty patients. You must do your own evaluation of any surgeon you visit. And by "evaluation," again, we're talking mostly about seeing his photos and seeing how well he communicates with you. Don't bother checking the surgeon's licensure and board certification and hospital affiliations and all that; it'll just distract you from what's important.

Conclusion. The fact is, the great majority of plastic surgeons who perform rhinoplasty shouldn't be doing the operation. It's an incredibly difficult procedure, technically demanding, requiring experience, skill, judgment, an artistic eye, an exceptional level of communication and thoughtfulness, and a rare level of empathy and caring for the patient. No hospital board protects you by judging the quality of a surgeon's rhinoplasties and prohibiting him from operating if he's terrible. It's the wild, wild west out there, folks.

 

More plain talk: should you let your primary surgeon perform your revision?

Rhinoplasty is by far the most difficult of the facial plastic surgery operations. And revision rhinoplasty is ten times more difficult than a first-time operation.

First, you need to consider whether things didn't turn out great on your first operation because of some unusual circumstance with the surgery or the healing, or whether things went wrong because your doctor was not expert in rhinoplasty in the first place.

Evaluate your surgeon again. Read the section above, on how to evaluate a surgeon for a rhinoplasty. If you saw lots of before and after photos of your surgeon's other patients who got excellent results, in noses at least somewhat similar to yours, then your surgeon probably knows what he is doing, and you can consider letting him perform your revision. Even the very best surgeon has the occasional disappointing result.

However, if, on looking back, you decide that you did not do excellent research on your original surgeon -- perhaps you relied on a referral, or on his board certification, without being able to see his photos -- then you probably should not have him perform the revision. If he couldn't get you close to your goal the first time because of a lack of skill, he will have no chance at all on the second try, and then you'll be in the tough position of looking for a third operation.

 

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