How to Choose an Asian Rhinoplasty Surgeon.

Choosing Your Surgeon for Asian RhinoplastyOne of the most popular procedures in plastic surgery, rhinoplasty is offered by surgeons all over the country. Asian rhinoplasty is not as prevalent, but it is still available through hundreds of different practices.

How can you be sure that you are choosing the right surgeon to perform your Asian rhinoplasty?

Here are a few things to watch for while you do your research.

Education and Credentials

To be a licensed doctor in the United States, you have to have received a minimal medical education and at least one year of post-graduate training. Every reputable doctor has at least this. Most surgeons go on to become board-certified, which involves going through a residency program followed by a rigorous course of examinations. Being board-certified means that a doctor is qualified in his or her specialty and has been verified as such by peers.

This is the base line to begin your research for an Asian rhinoplasty surgeon. If you are looking at a “doctor” who doesn’t show that he or she has a board-certification or a medical license, stop looking immediately. Having the education and these credentials doesn’t guarantee that a doctor is especially skilled or talented, but it will give you a place to start.

Specialties

When a surgeon specializes in a procedure, it means that he or she has a greater level of interest and skill in that procedure than other surgeons. Rhinoplasty is one of the few plastic surgery procedures that can be subdivided into specialties. Revision rhinoplasty, ethnic rhinoplasty, and nonsurgical rhinoplasty are all types of rhinoplasty subspecialties. Asian rhinoplasty is a subspecialty of ethnic rhinoplasty, and not every rhinoplasty surgeon has it. Check your surgeon’s specialties to get an idea of their skills, because this usually means better and more consistent results than those from surgeons without a specific specialty.

Portfolio

This is one of the most effective ways of seeing a potential surgeon’s ability and skill set. Most surgeons have before-and-after pictures available on their practice websites. If not, you can ask to see them when you meet with the surgeon in person. Take the time to check out their results to see if you like their work.

Patient Reviews

One of the key components of the Asian rhinoplasty surgery is your overall experience with the doctor. Does your doctor communicate well? Do you feel safe having them perform the surgery? Do they take the time to really assess your nose and come up with an individualized plan for surgery? You can find out how other patients felt about a surgeon by reading patient reviews through individual practice websites or by checking out forums like RealSelf. If you find a doctor with hundreds of positive patient reviews, you’ll have a good candidate for your research.

Patient Consultation

After doing all of your extensive research, it’s time to make an appointment for your patient consultation. This is the most important part of the decision making process because you’re getting to meet the doctor in person to ask questions, and address any concerns. How you feel about this doctor at the end of your consultation will be a major influence in your decision to get your Asian rhinoplasty from them. If you don’t feel confident, comfortable, and safe with a doctor, don’t feel obligated to go through with the surgery. It’s your nose, and you should be completely secure in your choice of a surgeon.

The Asian Rhinoplasty Specialist

Dr. Paul Nassif has been a rhinoplasty surgeon for over 20 years and currently practices in Beverly Hills, CA. He specializes in all forms of rhinoplasty and is considered to be one of the leading experts in rhinoplasty around the world. His primary goal is to provide comfort and care to his patients while giving them natural-looking results. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Nassif, check out his practice website or call (310) 275-2467 to schedule an Asian rhinoplasty consultation.

How Your Profile Is Improved With Asian Rhinoplasty.

How Your Profile Is Improved With Asian RhinoplastyPeople have become more aware of their appearance in the past 10 years thanks to the introduction and growth of social media websites. Selfies, Instagram, and Facebook have all contributed to a higher level of self-consciousness in how we look or dress. One of the other side effects of this phenomenon is the idea that people look better when photographed from one side of their face compared to the other. They want pictures to capture them on their “good side.”

While it might sound silly to think that people can have good and bad sides of their face, it is true that faces do look different from side to side, which can be especially obvious when viewed exclusively from the side instead of the front. This view, known as a profile view, determines the aesthetic appearance of the left and right sides of the face and contributes to the face’s overall appearance.

A profile’s aesthetic appeal is especially dictated by the nose and the chin because they are the most prominent facial features. Ideally, the nose and chin should be proportional to each other, meaning that one doesn’t stick out more than the other. They should also create smooth lines in the face, meaning that they should be free of abnormalities or deformities. If either the nose or chin were disproportionately large or is more noticeable through certain characteristics, the overall look and balance of the face can be disturbed.

Asian rhinoplasty can improve your profile by reshaping your nose so that it is more proportional to your chin and free of any abnormalities. Asians often have low nasal bridges and slightly bulbous noses, which can make the nose more prominent when the face is viewed in profile. When the face is viewed from the front, the low nasal bridge causes the nose to blend in while the round nasal tip becomes the focal point. Asian rhinoplasty can help give your nose a more balanced appearance by raising the nasal bridge and narrowing the nasal tip. This in turn will give your nose more definition in your face and increase the aesthetic appeal from all sides, not just the front!

If you would like to learn more about improving your profile and overall appearance with Asian rhinoplasty, contact Dr. Paul Nassif, the Asian Rhinoplasty Specialist. Dr. Nassif has been a rhinoplasty surgeon for over 20 years and specializes in all forms of rhinoplasty. His goal is always to give the patient a natural, balanced result while remaining true to the patient’s ethnicity and heritage. To schedule an Asian rhinoplasty consultation, call (310) 275-2467 today!

How Asian Men Can Benefit From Rhinoplasty.

Asian Men and RhinoplastyOver the past several years, plastic surgery has been growing increasingly popular among men. One of the most common procedures that men get is rhinoplasty. In fact, about one-fourth of the rhinoplasties performed in 2013 were done on male patients. It’s important that a man’s ethnicity is preserved in his looks. Asian rhinoplasty can give Asian men a more balanced look to their face while maintaining their ethnicity.

Why Men Choose Rhinoplasty

Like women, men’s noses come in all sizes and shapes. Some have a nose that isn’t prominent enough, while others have a nose that is too prominent. Some are crooked, especially those that have been injured through some sort of trauma. Men tend to have a larger amount of cartilage in their noses, making them more obvious on the face. Cartilage growth can be especially obvious during puberty, causing males to be a target for bullies, mean nicknames, and general teasing. Even if he grows into his nose as an adult, the insecurity and reduced self-confidence can follow him throughout the rest of his life.

Rhinoplasty won’t solve all of life’s problems, but it can go a long way to helping a patient feel more attractive and confident in his or her appearance. This boost in self-worth then extends into other aspects of a patient’s life, including work and romantic relationships. When a man feels his best, he’s better capable of putting his best self out there.

Asian Rhinoplasty for Men

Asian rhinoplasty is a form of nose reshaping that gives the patient an overall harmony in his or her face while taking his or her ethnic nasal characteristics into account. For example, Caucasians tend to have narrower noses and a more projected nasal tip. Asians, on the other hand, usually have wider noses and rounder nasal tips.

On most males, the nose is more prominent with a high nasal bridge and a projected tip. Because of their nasal anatomy, Asian male noses tend to blend in more with the rest of their face and make it harder to distinguish the nose at all. This is why most Asian male patients typically request a dorsum augmentation to raise the nasal bridge and a nasal tip augmentation as a way of making their nose more pronounced. In this way, the nose actually becomes an individual feature of the face while still being part of the overall appearance.

Asian rhinoplasty can also be used to improve breathing problems in male patients. Snoring is a common problem among men that can disrupt their sleep or the sleep of their partner. Previous trauma to the nose through sports injuries, accidents, or abuse can also disrupt the flow of air through the nasal passages. A skilled Asian rhinoplasty surgeon will be able restore the function of the nose in addition to any cosmetic changes to its appearance.

Male Asian Rhinoplasty From Dr. Nassif

Here in Beverly Hills, Dr. Nassif runs his own plastic surgery practice and is considered a leading expert in Asian rhinoplasty. He’s also board-certified and has been performing rhinoplasty surgeries on men and women for over twenty years in countries all over the world. Dr. Nassif’s work has been recognized on many television shows and his dedication to the satisfaction of his patients makes him one of the best surgeons to go to for your rhinoplasty. If you are interested in learning more about how Asian rhinoplasty can improve the look and function of your nose, call us at (310) 275-2467 or send us an email through our Patient Contact page to schedule an initial consultation with the Asian rhinoplasty specialist.

Virtual Computer Imaging Use in Asian Rhinoplasty.

Virtual Computer Imaging and Asian RhinoplastyAdvancements in technology have their footprint all over the plastic surgery field. Patients are now able to learn about procedures and doctors through the internet, and doctors are able to keep up-to-date on surgical advancements. One of the most useful tools for both patients and doctors is virtual computer imaging, which can be used prior to your Asian rhinoplasty surgery to help the surgeon fully understand your preferences and how they fit realistically with your aesthetics.

How Surgeons Use Computer Imaging

  • Demonstration – Unless you are a medical student, it might be somewhat confusing to read about Asian rhinoplasty online. Your nose may be a small part of your body, but it has many intricate parts that determine how it looks and functions. Rhinoplasty surgeons can use computer imaging software to visually explain how the surgery will go by using a couple of pictures to show the entire procedure.
  • Showing results – Patients sometimes have difficulty picturing the final result and holding a magazine picture up to your face doesn’t really help. Surgeons are able to show patients what their nose will look like after surgery using a 3D computer program that morphs the old nose into the new nose. Other programs allow the doctor to virtually adjust the nose right there with the patient. Both of these options show the results that the surgeon is aiming for with your Asian rhinoplasty.
  • Studying – Your Asian rhinoplasty surgeon doesn’t only look at your nose when you’re at his office. Using the before pictures and computer imaging, the surgeon can virtually examine your nose while you’re not present to decide the safest and best course of action for your surgery. Computer imaging can also help the surgeon better understand what you want as a patient. Sometimes showing is much easier than telling!

How Patients Use Computer Imaging

  • Experimentation – There are less sophisticated versions of rhinoplasty computer imaging available online for patients to experiment with different nose shapes and sizes before making a consultation with a surgeon. These sites will not be as accurate as the programs used by surgeons, but they can give you a general idea about what kind of nose will look good on your face.
  • Choosing a surgeon – You should use your consultation to assess your potential doctor and decide if he or she will be the best surgeon for you. Many doctors have virtual computer imaging programs in their office, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should choose them.
  • Gaining confidence – A lot of patients know that they want to change their nose, but they don’t know how. Online imaging programs and programs used by the surgeon can show you different options and help you narrow down your choices. You want to feel confident in both your choice of surgeon and how you want your nose to look before having surgery.

Limitations of Computer Imaging

  • It’s not magic – Your surgeon will do the very best he or she can to give you the best results possible, but what you see on a computer screen is not 100 percent guaranteed. Computer imaging doesn’t take into account the type of tissue underneath your skin or the internal structures of your nose, so sometimes a doctor has to make a change to your rhinoplasty to keep you healthy and safe or to deal with any complications. The computer isn’t the one doing your surgery; it’s the doctor, which means that there is room for some variation between what you see on the computer screen and what you’ll see coming out of surgery.
  • It’s not a doctor – If you play around with virtual rhinoplasty tools online and find something you like, you may go to an actual surgeon and find that what you want isn’t possible. That’s because a computer can’t make the best decision for you as a patient; it can only show you what your nose could look like. However, a good Asian rhinoplasty surgeon will be able to work with you to get you as close as possible to the results you want while maintaining your facial harmony and protecting your health.

Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery

Dr. Paul Nassif frequently uses virtual computer imaging during his consultations with his rhinoplasty patients. He is a specialist in Asian rhinoplasty and has been featured on many different television programs, including “Good Morning, America,” “Dr. 90210,” and his current show on E! network, “Botched.” Dr. Nassif is recognized around the world for his expertise in rhinoplasty and his dedication to his patients. If you would like to schedule a consultation for Asian rhinoplasty, contact us today at (310) 275-2467.

How to Get Enough Sleep After Asian Rhinoplasty.

Resting Up After Asian RhinoplastyOnce surgery is over, you’ll head home to start the initial period of your recovery.

A big part of that will be to get as much rest as you can for at least the first week or two. However, with the bandages, pain, and swelling, it can be hard to sleep like you did before the surgery. Here are a few suggestions to help you get the rest you need and make your sleep comfortable.

Get Your Home Ready

You’ll be feeling pretty groggy and sore once you get out of surgery. The first thing you’ll want to do when you get home is to get comfortable.

Prepare yourself for this by loading up your bed and couch with lots of pillows and blankets. The goal is to minimize your level of discomfort as much as possible, especially during your first week of recovery, when you’ll be especially sore.

Stock Up

Go shopping before your surgery and load up on everything you might need while you recover. You don’t want to get home and realize that you have to make a trip to the store. This is especially true for any medications your surgeon may prescribe for you. Make sure you have those prescriptions filled and available for when you need them. You should also have a good supply of vitamin sources, especially Vitamins A, C, and D.

Avoid Caffeine

Coffee or sodas may be a regular part of your routine, but they should not be a part of your recovery. Caffeine can interfere with your medications and could impede your ability to get the full amount of rest you need. You should be drinking lots of water, but if you need some variety, some caffeine-free herbal tea can help you relax so that you sleep better.

Solitary Sleep

It’s very important to avoid banging or bumping your nose, particularly in the first week of recovery. You can help protect your nose by sleeping by yourself, especially if you or the person you sleep with is a restless sleeper. Make arrangements for your partner to sleep in the spare bedroom or on the couch for the first week or so.

Sleep at an Angle

The best way to minimize swelling during your recovery is to keep your head elevated above your heart. You can do this while you’re sleeping by propping yourself up on those extra pillows. If you can swing it, an adjustable hospital bed might be useful to keep you elevated without requiring additional cushioning. Sleeping flat won’t damage your nose, but it could delay your healing process by increasing the amount of swelling.

Stay Still

If you are a restless sleeper, you probably find yourself in multiple sleeping positions throughout the night. It can be difficult to prevent yourself from moving in your sleep, so practice lying still while you’re awake but resting. Controlling your impulse to move or fidget while you’re awake can help you do the same while you’re asleep. Don’t worry too much, though; the cast will protect your nose from any major damage if you roll over in your sleep.

Avoid Sniffing and Blowing

It’s our natural impulse to sniff or blow our noses when we’re congested. Your nose will feel like you have a whopper of a cold for several days until most of the swelling goes down and all the bandages are removed. Try to resist sniffing and do not blow your nose during your initial recovery, as it can cause some pain and increase your discomfort. When you sleep, just breathe through your mouth.

Sleep When You’re Tired

Your body will know how much rest it needs to get through your recovery. Listen to it. Don’t try to fight feeling tired or convince yourself that you don’t need to sleep so much. If you have to take three naps a day to get enough rest so your body can heal, then so be it. This first week of recovery can set the tone for the rest of the healing period, so give yourself whatever amount of rest and TLC you need.

Schedule an Initial Consultation

If you are interested in learning more about Asian rhinoplasty and want to consult with an expert, contact our office through our Patient Contact Page or by calling us at (310) 275-2467 to make an appointment. Dr. Paul Nassif specializes in Asian rhinoplasty and has been a plastic surgeon for over 20 years with a high level of satisfaction among his patients and a high level of respect from his peers.

Nasal Cartilage: Types and Functions.

Nasal Cartilage's Role in Asian RhinoplastyAsian rhinoplasty surgeons operate primarily on nasal cartilage when creating a nose that is both aesthetically pleasing and ethnically accurate. Cartilage is present throughout the human body and serves a number of different purposes. The nose contains several different layers of cartilage, which both shape the nose and dictate how well the nose functions. Asian rhinoplasty surgeons need to be aware of these layers and understand their purpose in order to operate successfully on a patient.

 

Types of Cartilage

Your body has three different types of cartilage: hyaline, elastic, and fibrocartilage. Your nose is made up of hyaline cartilage, which is also the most prevalent type throughout the body. Hyaline cartilage supports delicate structures, like the nose, trachea, and larynx. It also makes those structures flexible to preserve their function.

Its flexibility is part of the reason that rhinoplasty surgeons can do their job so well. If the nose were made of bone, rhinoplasty surgeons would have a much harder time with shaping and restructuring. Cartilage also has no blood vessels or nerves, which means that the nose can be operated on without losing feeling or its blood supply.

Cartilage Pieces in the Nose

Rather than being one large piece of flexible material, your nose contains several different pieces of cartilage. Each piece contributes to the overall function and appearance of your nose.

  • Septum – this is actually made of both bone and cartilage. The cartilage is closer to the tip of the nose and connects the nose to the ethmoid bone. The septum separates the nose into the two halves and helps channel incoming air into the lungs.
  • Lateral cartilage – This is a pair of triangle-shaped pieces that connect to the septum. They help create the shape of the nose by determining the slope for the sides.
  • Greater alar cartilage – Also known as the lower lateral cartilage, this is another pair that creates the shape of the nasal tip and nostrils.
  • Lesser alar cartilages – These are small pieces that connect the nose to the upper jaw bone.
  • Accessory nasal cartilages – Additional small pieces that connect the lateral and greater alar cartilage pieces together.

How Asian Rhinoplasty Surgeons Work With Cartilage

The properties of cartilage make it great for rhinoplastysurgeons to work with. Its flexibility and lack of blood vessels or nerve endings make it easier for the doctor to shape the nose with a smaller risk of permanent damage.

In Asian rhinoplasty, doctors typically work with the greater alar cartilage and lateral cartilage. Asians tend to have a low nasal bridge and a flatter-looking nose than Caucasians. Their nasal tip is also rounder and has wider nostrils. Asian rhinoplasty specialists are able to reshape the greater alar cartilage to give the tip more projection and reduce the width of the nostrils. The lateral cartilage can be raised using implants to give the nose more definition. This may also involve raising or adjusting the septum to increase the nasal bridge height. By manipulating, augmenting, or reducing the cartilage pieces inside the nose, a rhinoplasty surgeon can reshape a patient’s nose and promote overall harmony in the face.

The Asian Rhinoplasty Specialist

Dr. Paul Nassif has been working with bone and cartilage to give patients outstanding results for over 20 years. He specializes in all forms of rhinoplasty, including Asian rhinoplasty, and has performed the surgery on thousands of patients in several different countries. Dr. Nassif is board-certified with his own highly successful practice, and has been featured on several television shows. His dedication to patient satisfaction and surgical artistry make him the best choice for your Asian rhinoplasty needs.

If you would like to schedule an initial consultation with the Asian rhinoplasty specialist, call our office in Beverly Hills at (310) 275-2467 to make an appointment.

How to Boost Your Recovery After Asian Rhinoplasty.

Boost Your Recovery After Asian RhinoplastyRecovery from surgery can be difficult and long. Depending on the procedure, patients may experience pain, fatigue, swelling, and discomfort for weeks, months, and sometimes even years. Every patient reacts differently to surgery and some are able to bounce back much quicker than others. However, there are ways for patients to shorten their recovery time by giving the healing process a boost.

Watch What You Eat

It’s important to be in the best health possible before your surgery, which includes eating well. Some foods are better for you to consume than others, especially those rich in protein. Protein and oxygen are important in promoting cell and tissue repair, plus they reduce the inflammatory response. Other nutrients like Vitamin C are also linked to tissue repair. In addition, research has found that Vitamins A and D are linked to shortening a patient’s recovery time.

Avoid Smoking Before and After Surgery

Regardless of how often you smoke, it’s a good idea to avoid anything with nicotine at least two weeks before and after surgery. Nicotine is a chemical that causes your blood vessels to shrink, which will reduce blood flow to the smaller blood vessels and capillaries. Blood delivers oxygen and nutrients to the tissues in your body, especially damaged tissue. If your blood vessels are constricted, the supply of oxygen runs low and the nutrients can’t reach the injured area. Not only will this delay your recovery, it could also cause cell and tissue death.

Develop a Skin Care Regimen

Even though Asian rhinoplasty deals mainly with the bone and cartilage inside your nose, it’s important to keep your skin healthy, too. Healthy skin is easier to work with during surgery and will heal faster afterward. Start working on developing a regular skin care routine for yourself that includes moisturizer, sunscreen, and daily washings. All these will keep your skin flexible, clear, and protected prior to surgery.

It’s also a good idea to check the ingredients in the products you use, including your makeup. Run through the list with your doctor during your consultation. They’ll be able to tell you if any of the ingredients are potentially harmful or could cause complications during surgery.

Consider Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The cells in your body use oxygen to repair themselves when they’re damaged. The more oxygen they have, the faster they can heal. Because of this, some doctors offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Patients are given an oxygen mask or placed in a special chamber where they are given 100 percent oxygen to breathe. This increases the oxygen levels in the blood, delivering more oxygen to the body tissues and cells. Dr. Nassif offers this to his rhinoplasty patients as a way to boost the healing after surgery.

Listen to Your Doctor

Before you leave his office, Dr. Nassif will give you a set of post-surgery instructions. These will include when to use ice packs, how to keep your head elevated while you sleep, the best foods to eat, and many other dos and don’ts to help you get through your recovery. Following these guidelines is the best thing you can do to keep your recovery on track. Dr. Nassif has more than 20 years of experience with patients and what works well during recovery. His goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during this process.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Paul Nassif is considered a rhinoplasty expert around the world and specializes in Asian rhinoplasty. His artistry and skill in giving patients the best possible results while maintaining a high level of patient comfort and satisfaction make him the best doctor for your Asian rhinoplasty surgery. If you are interested in a patient consultation, call us at (310) 275-2467 to make an appointment at Dr. Nassif’s Beverly Hills practice.

How to Choose Your Asian Rhinoplasty Surgeon.

How to Choose Your Asian Rhinoplasty SurgeonNow that you’ve decided you’d like to get Asian rhinoplasty, it’s time to choose a surgeon. This isn’t like deciding what color you’d like to paint your walls; it requires careful research and inquiry. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

Qualifications

All surgeons are required to go to medical school and then spend additional years learning and practicing in their specific field. While education is important, it’s not the only thing that you should be looking at. You need to find a surgeon who is also board-certified, preferably by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. To earn this qualification, doctors have to receive their medical training and education at an approved institution, complete a five-year residency in a plastic surgery related area, and pass multiple examinations given by the board.

Most doctors make their resumes available through their websites, giving you access to their education and training history. If it’s not online, don’t be afraid to ask.

General vs. Specialty Plastic Surgeon

There are many surgeons who are capable of performing all kinds of plastic surgery procedures, but some surgeons go on to specialize in certain areas or types of procedures. Dr. Nassif, for example, specializes in all forms of rhinoplasty, including revision and ethnic rhinoplasty. A doctor with a specialty is recognized for their work and results in that area. Generally, most of their practice will also be dedicated to that specialty. When looking for an Asian rhinoplasty surgeon, it’s best to look for one that at least has experience with the procedure, if not a full specialty. Asian rhinoplasty is different from general rhinoplasty and even other types of ethnic rhinoplasty.

Previous Patient Experiences

The internet has made it really easy to find information about doctors from previous patients. Most doctors have patient reviews about their experiences available on their practice websites. There are also web forums like RealSelf where patients go to leave comments about the doctors, facility, and their procedures.

You can also ask to see some before and after pictures of the surgeon’s work. They should have some on hand in their office and probably have some to look at on their website. These can give you an idea about the quality of their work and decide if you like the end result. A patient with a similar facial structure might also give you an idea about what kind result you want.

Go With Your Gut

Remember, you are the patient! You should feel comfortable and secure in your choice of doctor to perform an Asian rhinoplasty. Nothing says you have to go with the first doctor you see. Some patients will go to several doctors before they make a decision. Find someone who puts you at ease and who communicates well with you.

The Asian Rhinoplasty Specialist

Dr. Paul Nassif is a plastic surgeon who specializes in Asian rhinoplasty and has performed the procedure on hundreds of patients over the last 20 years. He is well known among his patients and colleagues for his personable attitude, natural and artistic results, and overall patient satisfaction with his work. If you would like to make an appointment for an initial consultation with Dr. Nassif, call our office in Beverly Hills at (310) 275-2467 today!

Turbinate Reduction for Asian Rhinoplasty Patients.

Turbinate Reduction for Asian Rhinoplasty PatientsAsian rhinoplasty is a procedure that helps thousands of people acheive an aesthetically pleasing nose that remains true to the patient’s ethnicity. It’s also capable of giving a patient a better functioning nose by adjusting the internal nasal structures. One of the ways this can be accomplished is through a turbinate reduction.

What Is a Turbinate?

You have six turbinates inside your nose, three for each nasal passage. They are called the inferior, middle, and superior turbinates. The turbinates are located on the sides of the nose and are stacked on top of one another, with the inferior turbinate on the bottom and the superior turbinate on the top. They stick out into the nasal passage and are coated in mucous. Their function is to clean the air you breathe by trapping any contaminants on the mucous lining and humidifying the air before it reaches your lungs.

The turbinates are made up of bone and soft tissue, with the inferior turbinate being the largest of the three. They can become swollen or enlarged when certain stimuli are present, such as an allergen or other foreign material. When the turbinates are swollen, they can block your nasal passage and impede your breathing.

What Is a Turbinate Reduction?

Some patients have naturally larger turbinates as a result of genetics, a condition known as hypertrophic turbinates. People with this condition often have significant breathing problems because the tiniest bit of swelling can block their nasal passage. If enough stimuli are present, the turbinates can impede breathing for an extended period of time.

Asian rhinoplasty can help by surgically reducing the size of the turbinates. Usually, this procedure only needs to be conducted on the inferior turbinate, since it is the largest of the three, but it can be done on the middle and superior turbinates, as well.

How Is a Turbinate Reduction Performed?

This procedure can be performed on its own, or in conjunction with any cosmetic adjustments or other functional corrections. This is a huge plus for patients who want a nose that is both better looking and better functioning! If all you need is a turbinate reduction, however, it is a simple procedure that doesn’t even require external incisions.

The surgeon can use either local or general anesthesia, but usually general anesthesia is best for anything rhinoplasty related. An endoscope (basically a small camera on the end of a hose) is inserted inside your nostril to help the surgeon see better and know exactly what they’re looking at. Once everything is positioned, the surgeon makes an incision in the mucosal lining of the turbinate and removes the appropriate amount of tissue. After the tissue is excised, the incision is cauterized or closed with incisions.

It’s important that you choose a surgeon with experience and knowledge on this procedure, because you want to have some turbinate tissue remaining inside your nose. The turbinates help keep you healthy, so they still need to be able to project into your nasal passage in order to filter and humidify the air you breathe.

Recovery from this procedure is also very minimal. Since it can be performed entirely through the nostrils, there are no external incisions to take care of and no horrible swelling around the outside of your nose. You will feel some pain on the inside of your nose, much like the pain of a sinus infection. You also may have some bleeding for the first couple days and other discharge during the healing process. Most patients feel well enough to return to work and normal activities after one week; your breathing and nasal passages should be back to normal in about two to three weeks.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are interested in learning more about turbinate reduction surgery and other ways Asian rhinoplasty can improve the look and function of your nose, contact our office in Beverly Hills at (310) 275-2467 to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Paul Nassif. Dr. Nassif is considered an Asian rhinoplasty expert around the world and has worked with thousands of patients to give them the best looking and best functioning nose possible. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

What to Expect During Your Asian Rhinoplasty Consultation

What to Expect During Your Asian Rhinoplasty ConsultationBefore you can have your Asian rhinoplasty procedure, you need to have a consultation with the Asian rhinoplasty surgeon. The consultation is more than just getting to meet your doctor; it’s essentially an interview between you and the surgeon. You’re trying to decide if this doctor is the right doctor to alter your nose, and they’re deciding if they can take you on as a patient. To prepare yourself for this process, here is some general information and tips about the consultation.

Patient Eligibility

Despite common misconception, most plastic surgeons are not in this business just to make money. A good surgeon won’t choose to operate on any person who walks through the door because, as a doctor, they’re legally and ethically responsible for the patient’s health and safety. A great surgeon takes a personal interest in their patients and makes the best decision for them, regardless of how that decision impacts the surgeon. This means that occasionally they have to turn a patient away.
The consultation is there so the doctor can make a determination on the patient’s eligibility. Generally speaking, if you are in good physical and mental health and over the age of 16, you’re a good candidate for Asian rhinoplasty. Sometimes there may be other things that prevent the doctor from accepting you as a patient, but most people fall within the acceptable guidelines.

Gather the Right Information

When you meet with the doctor, they’re going to have a lot of questions for you about your overall health and medical history. Bring this information with you so you can be prepared to answer questions. Have your personal doctor provide you with a written medical history so you don’t have to remember every sinus infection you’ve ever had or when you broke your nose in a basketball game. You should also make a list of all the medications, vitamins, and other supplements you’re taking, including how much and how often you take them.

The doctor will also ask you what your goal is for the surgery. Have an answer ready for that, too, by bringing in pictures of what you’re looking for. If you injured your nose in an accident and want it to look like it did prior to the incident, have some pictures available. If you want to completely change your nose, bring in pictures of noses that you like. The noses you like may not always work with your face, but the doctor will at least get a sense of what you’re looking for and can start working on incorporating that into the surgery.

Ask Lots of Questions

If you have never had an Asian rhinoplasty before, there is a lot of information to learn about the procedure. The more you know, the less mysterious everything will be. Before heading in to your consultation, make a list of any questions that you have about the surgical process, the recovery, the facility, and even the doctor. Don’t be afraid to ask about your doctor’s training, expertise, or credentials. A good surgeon won’t shirk from those questions and will even encourage them. Their goal is to make you a satisfied patient, which means helping you to understand the process and to feel comfortable with them as your doctor.

Physical Examination

Once the doctor has spent some time talking to you and getting to know you as a patient, they’ll perform an examination of your nose to determine if they can help you achieve your optimal results. This usually involves looking at the outside of your nose to see how it’s structured. Depending on the issue at hand, the doctor may also need to use an endoscope to view the inside of your nose or take a facial scan to see the structure as a whole. If you know of anything that could limit the doctor’s ability to perform the surgery, you need to inform them so that they can decide how best to work around it.

Say Cheese

If the doctor decides to take you on as a patient, they will need to take pictures of your nose from all sides. Don’t worry, these aren’t glamour shots. They’re meant to help the doctor plan out the surgery and give him a visual of your nose when you’re not physically present.

Scheduling an Asian Rhinoplasty Consultation with Dr. Nassif

If you are interested in learning more about our consultation process or would like to schedule a consultation, you can contact our office by phone at (310) 275-2467 or toll free at (888) 385-0066. You can also leave us an email through our Patient Contact Page on our website.

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