Everyone has their own individual reasons for having Asian rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty is considered to be one of the most challenging plastic surgery procedures for doctors. This prominent three dimensional facial feature also provides a crucial function which must be protected during surgery. Dr. Kimberly Lee has been performing Los Angeles Asian rhinoplasty surgeries for many years, successfully bringing the nose into balance with the other facial features, often improving function as well as appearance.
There are many reasons for considering rhinoplasty, ranging from the purely aesthetic to correcting conditions such as a deviated septums or other airway related problems. In many cases, patients have been delighted to find that their surgery has also corrected a breathing problem that they may not have been aware of. Dr. Lee finds it is not uncommon for patients to successfully compensate for restrictions within the nasal passages, particularly if these issues have been present from an early age.
Asian rhinoplasty presents additional challenges usually related to creating more projection while refining the tip of the nose. Asian structure is more delicate which demands a gentle and less aggressive approach to nasal sculpting. At Dr. Lee’s Beverly Hills clinic, she often consults Asian patients who are considering rhinoplasty to correct certain unwanted characteristics but who do not want a ‘cookie cutter’ nose that detracts from their ethnicity.
Common requests include a thinner nasal bridge, augmenting the nasal dorsum, increasing the projection of the nose, defining the tip of the nose to something more aesthetically flattering, or changing the shape of the nostrils. Asian rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging of ethnic rhinoplasty procedures that facial plastic surgeons face, only secondary to the lack of nasal dorsum and weak cartilaginous framework in combination with thick skin and soft-tissue envelope. As a specialist in cosmetic procedures of the face and neck, Dr. Lee administers some of the best Asian rhinoplasty Beverly Hills has to offer. Dr. Lee will work with you to reach a look that makes you feel beautiful, comfortable, and naturally complements your facial structure.
It is very common among patients to elect to undergo a chin implant in conjunction with their Asian rhinoplasty procedure, allowing them to enhance their overall appearance and profile.
Defined nasal tip
One of the more popular requests in the field of Asian rhinoplasty is the desire to achieve a less bulbous or protruding nasal tip. In the past, to achieve a redefined nasal tip, surgery would call for aggressive over-resection of the lower lateral cartilages. This usually causes loss of projection, a downturned, bulbous nasal tip with possible long-term contour irregularities, loss of support, and nasal obstruction.
Dr. Lee does not perform aggressive cartilage removal as it may cause damage lead to necessary rhinoplasty revisions later on. Dr. Lee believes that less is more, and that these structural techniques lead to lower chances for revision rhinoplasty surgery, while still achieving your desired look. It is her extensive knowledge of this area that makes her one of the best surgeons performing Asian rhinoplasty in Los Angeles.
Having been through the Dr. Kimberly experience, these patients can help you understand the smoothness of the journey.
Alar base reduction
In many Asian patients, reducing the span of the alar base tends to bring about a sense of balance through Asian rhinoplasty. This can be performed in combination with other treatments to the nose or on its own.
Most of Dr. Lee’s patients, whether Asian, Persian or Caucasian, find recovery to be much easier than anticipated. This is due in part to her surgical technique which is focused on making the changes necessary with as little tissue manipulation as possible.
Every step of surgery and recovery is reviewed and discussed during visits to her Beverly Hills clinic. In this way patients have no surprises following surgery as they are fully informed and prepared for all aspects of recovery. Following instructions both before and after surgery is crucial to achieving the best result possible.
Recovering from rhinoplasty is easier if preparations are made prior to surgery covering routine tasks such as grocery shopping, filling prescriptions, child care, paying bills, etc. During the first few weeks it is recommended that patients sleep slightly elevated, that they do no lifting or exercise other than walking and that they do not bend down. These precautions keep blood pressure stable which helps the healing process.
The first few days are the most challenging since there will be swelling and congestion similar to having a head cold. There will be a cast applied which will stabilize the tissues for the first week and the nasal passages may be packed with absorbing material.
Dr. Lee will remove the cast and any sutures in 5 to 7 days and will ensure healing is progressing as expected. During the first few weeks, patients may experience some bruising under the eyes and the face may appear swollen around the surgical site. Most of these issues resolve within 10 days to 2 weeks so that patients can return to work or school with confidence.
The full result of Asian rhinoplasty appears gradually. It is not uncommon for swelling to appear and disappear as the tissues heal. While the initial results will be visible just a few weeks after surgery, the final result may take up to a year.
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During the consultation process, it is important to clearly convey your desires and goals. Dr. Lee will then give you a realistic idea of what can be achieved with your bone structure, while still maintaining or improving your nasal breathing capabilities. During the physical examination portion of your consultation, Dr. Lee will be able to determine if there is a component of nasal airway obstruction from the underlying anatomic structures that you may or may not be aware of. We ensure that you will have a complete understanding of the procedure and its possible results, throughout each step of the process. Excellent physician-patient communication is critical during the entire process and Dr. Lee and her staff will be here for you every step of the way.
If you’re interested in having Asian rhinoplasty in Los Angeles, you can contact us online for more information. Or if you prefer, you may call our office directly, and one of our staff members will be able to assist you.
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