With more people desiring a natural, yet refined look, cosmetic procedures in the United States rose three percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ (ASPS) most recent statistics, and rhinoplasty remains the second most popular procedure overall. Philadelphia rhinoplasty patients who went to facial cosmetic surgeon Timothy M. Greco, M.D., FACS in 2014 for their rhinoplasty were among 217,000 patients nationwide who underwent the procedure.
The information comes from the ASPS’ annual report of plastic surgery procedural statistics, which revealed that rhinoplasty was the second most requested procedure after breast augmentation in 2014. Though the total number of rhinoplasties that year showed a 2 percent drop over the previous year, it stayed in the top five most frequently performed cosmetic procedures. In fact, rhinoplasty was the most popular procedure in the New England, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania region, making up 29 percent of all cosmetic surgery procedures performed in that area last year.
Rhinoplasty involves reshaping the bones and cartilage in the nose to achieve a desired look and to improve breathing. It can be performed using an open or closed procedure. In the closed procedure, the doctor uses incisions hidden inside the nose. In an open procedure, an incision is made across the tissue between the nostrils along with the inside incisions. Both open and closed rhinoplasty will provide the doctor access to reshape nasal bones and cartilage to get the particular look a patient wants to achieve, however, revisions and complicated primary rhinoplasties are usually performed through the open approach.
Trends change, but now what patients want to achieve aesthetically is a natural look without significant alterations. In the past, rhinoplasty was performed to achieve a smaller, delicate nose that was very narrow. Today, the procedure involves maintaining structural support while aesthetically refining the nose. The art of rhinoplasty has evolved to create a more natural-looking appearance, according to commenters on RealSelf.com. Many patients favor keeping the overall features of the nose they have with natural improvements, including removing a large bump or straightening a deviated nose. Other patients may also want to reduce an over-projecting tip or lift a drooping nasal tip.
Rhinoplasty is more than just a cosmetic procedure. Patients regain a sense of confidence from reshaping their nose. On plastic surgery forums like the one at RealSelf.com, you’ll find patients who confess they’ve gone through a better part of their life uncomfortable about their profile and others who were teased about the size or shape of their nose. Still other patients have discovered after numerous selfies that they just aren’t happy with their facial appearance because of their nose. For these patients and others, finally undergoing rhinoplasty can make a difference in their self-confidence. The boost in confidence can have a dramatic positive effect on other aspects of their life, such as work and social interactions.
The procedure can improve function as well as appearance. For people with breathing problems, a deviated septum or misshapen internal cartilage may be to blame. Nasal blockage can happen as the result of injury or other damage. It can simply be a result of normal development. In most cases, rhinoplasty to reshape the internal structures of the nose can aid in better breathing.
If you are considering rhinoplasty, Philadelphia patients have a number of options for surgery, so it’s best to do your research. Patients want to achieve a look that appears natural and balanced, and want a nose that compliments their face. Whatever the reason, the first place to start is by talking to a doctor who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and rhinoplasty, like Philadelphia’s Dr. Greco, who is double board-certified in otolaryngology (ENT)/head and neck surgery and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. His training uniquely allows him to treat the aesthetic as well as the functional concerns of your nose. Whatever your concern, it’s one of the most prominent features on your face, and feeling confident about your nose may help you put your best face forward.
Contact Dr. Timothy M. Greco, M.D., FACS at Eastern Cosmetic Surgery Institute at (610) 664-8830 to learn more.