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A Nose for Great Selfies

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

If you look at your latest selfie and worry your nose looks larger than you expected, you’re not alone and it’s nothing to worry about. Find out from our chosen Weekly Dose of Beauty article why that selfie shot isn’t doing you or your nose justice— and why this is one case you can tell that camera: “Look, it’s not me, it’s YOU.”

The Finer Points of Chin Augmentation

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Cosmetic surgery of the face is always a balancing act, where careful attention must be paid to how one area of the face affects the visual balance of another, in order to achieve a natural look. That balance can be especially noticeable in the profile.

The chin, the nose, and even the neck are visually interrelated in some interesting ways. A weak chin can make a nose look bigger than it is, while a more prominent nose can make a chin look weaker. A thick, ill-defined or “obtuse” neck—often called a “double chin”—can also make a chin appear less strong.

This is why when a patient approaches us with concerns about their nose, chin or neck, we perform a full evaluation of the profile to ensure the patient’s needs will be fully addressed by the ultimate solution.

In about 20% of rhinoplasties—that is, patients who choose to have their nose reduced or reshaped—these patients will also need a slight chin enlargement. And likewise, a percentage of patients with an ill-defined neck will also benefit from a chin augmentation procedure.

Now, when we say “chin augmentation,” we don’t mean a dramatic enlargement of the chin. Chin augmentation, when done properly, is a safe, subtle procedure designed to bring the chin out just so the profile is proportional.

How Chin Augmentation is Done
There are two ways a chin augmentation can be done, and both involve adding a small, FDA-approved silastic implant. This implant can be placed through a small incision made in the natural crease under the chin, where a large number of people have scars already from falling as a child. The implant can also be placed through a small opening made within the mouth just behind the lower lip.

No matter which technique is used, the whole procedure is quite simple—taking 15 to 20 minutes—and recovery is swift, with minimal bruising and minimal downtime. If the chin implant is placed through the mouth, a few small stitches are used, and these dissolve over four or five days. If the chin implant is placed through the crease under the chin, the stitches used there are removed approximately five days after the procedure.

We caution patients to avoid contact sports and other physical activities for the first three weeks that might result in a fall. But after three weeks, the procedure is typically fully-healed and the patient views the implant like their very own chin.

If a patient doesn’t care for the effect the chin implant offers, chin augmentation is reversible. Most patients, however, are very satisfied with the look. And unlike some other procedures, chin augmentation doesn’t have to be redone every ten, fifteen or twenty years. Many patients easily go a lifetime with their chin implant intact.

We like to follow-up with patients in six weeks, six months and then a year after the procedure, to ensure everything is still going well. These follow-ups are free of charge and an important part of our patient care routine.

But when it comes to chin augmentation, the point of every procedure is facial balance, harmony, and a more confident you–from every angle.

Do you think chin augmentation might be right for you? Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

New Video!- Finding Facial Balance with Chin Augmentation

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

In this new video, Dr. McCafferty explains 
how chin augmentation can offer balance to a patient’s face, all while remaining subtle.

Rhinoplasty in Profile

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

The nose: it provides a sense of character and facial balance, but for some, it also can be a source of breathing problems and even aesthetic embarrassment.

Yet, whether the concern is form, function or a combination of the two, rhinoplasty—also known as a “nose job”—can help free breathing, alter the size and shape, and improve the way you look and feel about your face’s most central feature.

Rhinoplasty: Then and Now

In the 70s, rhinoplasty took a much more “cookie cutter” approach with patients. Most noses that underwent surgery looked the same—transforming unique facial features into tiny, turned-up noses that simply didn’t suit every patient.

Fortunately, today there is no one-look-fits-all rhinoplasty solution for patients. Qualified plastic surgeons understand how important it is to analyze a patient’s nose, ask them what they like and don’t like, and work to marry surgical skills to correct problem areas on a case-by-case basis.

We also examine the chin and neck at this time. A recessed chin, for instance, can make a nose look bigger. A double-chin can also affect the way the nose appears. Balance becomes the key to an effective rhinoplasty.

If we don’t feel we can achieve a look that balances naturally with the patient’s face, or if surgery would impair proper functioning, then we explain that rhinoplasty may not be a good fit for that patient.

Technology Meets Technique

One way to help us understand what a patient likes and doesn’t like about their nose, while demonstrating what the nose could look like after rhinoplasty, is with computer imaging.

Because the facial profile is two-dimensional, it’s easy to generate and morph photographs into helpful Before and After shots. This ensures we’re on the same page with the patient, and helps us achieve the most successful results.

The Rhinoplasty Process

Rhinoplasty typically takes from an hour to an hour-and-a-half, and it’s performed under local sedation. Patients feel no pain during the procedure. They leave our office with a small amount of packing in each nostril, and a little plastic splint on the nose itself.

The packing is removed in one to two days, and the splint comes off in a week.

That day, makeup may be needed to cover any remaining bruising under the eyes, but often patients can return to work, safely run errands, go out to lunch, and other routine events with little to no makeup, and without anyone even knowing they had surgery.

One word of caution—it does take a full six weeks from the day of surgery for the nose to heal. So rhinoplasty patients must remember to avoid contact sports and any other activity which might cause impact to the surgery.

But if a bump, bulbous tip, air intake issue or other related problem is affecting how you feel about yourself, rhinoplasty is a wonderful solution to improve your appearance and your breathing.

Contact us today to schedule your personalized evaluation.

Rhinoplasty Using Today’s Technology

Friday, August 13th, 2010

What’s the latest in rhinoplasty (“nose job” procedures) and how has rhinoplasty changed over the years? Plastic surgeon Dr. Leo McCafferty explains in this informative YouTube video.