What Can Rhinoplasty Reasonably Achieve?

Rhinoplasty Results

Although rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed, it is not the perfect answer to everyone’s concerns and goals. Plastic surgeons like Dr. Joshua Greenwald have a responsibility to carefully screen prospective rhinoplasty candidates, considering their objectives and anatomy on an individual basis. The best surgeons take the time to fully educate candidates about what rhinoplasty can reasonably achieve.

How Can Rhinoplasty Improve the Nose?

Rhinoplasty can improve the appearance of the nose in numerous ways, including the following:

  • Reduce a hump on the dorsum (nasal bridge)
  • Reduce an oversized nose
  • Straighten a crooked nose
  • Shorten a long nose
  • Modify a wide or round nasal tip
  • Fix an over- or under-projecting tip
  • Reshape the nostrils
  • Narrow flared nostrils

Rhinoplasty can also address the internal anatomy of the nose and correct issues like a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates that may interfere with breathing function. Ultimately, plastic surgeons want to create attractive results that also allow patients to breathe easily and naturally.

Communicating Your Goals to Your Plastic Surgeon

During your initial rhinoplasty consultation with a prospective surgeon, try to be as clear and specific as possible about what you hope to accomplish. Your plastic surgeon will ask you questions about what bothers you about your nose and what you hope to look like after surgery.

It is helpful to bring photos that illustrate what you like and want, as long as you understand you will not look exactly like the person in the photograph after surgery (you will look like a better version of yourself!).

Browsing the surgeon’s before-and-after photo gallery and pointing out what you like and do not like is another helpful strategy. Try to select “before” images that resemble your concerns and anatomy.

Some plastic surgeons have digital imaging systems that enable them to manipulate computerized images of your nose to illustrate how they can change it. This offers a preview of what you will look like after rhinoplasty.

Finally, be open to your surgeon’s recommendations. If a trustworthy surgeon discourages you from having rhinoplasty based on your desired objectives or your physical anatomy, consider their advice very carefully. They may be protecting you from making a bad decision.

Book a Rhinoplasty Consultation with Dr. Greenwald

To schedule a rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Greenwald, please call or email our office today.

Dr. Joshua Greenwald is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who studied and trained at prestigious educational institutions including Columbia University, Emory University, and New York University School of Medicine. His keen aesthetic eye and refined surgical techniques have led him to be a top choice for cosmetic face, breast, and body procedures in NYC. His exceptional patient care has earned him the distinction of “Top Doc” by both Westchester Magazine and Castle & Connolly for over 10 years running. Dr. Greenwald is an active member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Medical Association, and the Westchester County Medical Society.