Enhancing Facial Harmony: Complementing Your Rhinoplasty Surgery
The nose is only one aspect of the face that affects aesthetics and facial symmetry. Whether for superficial or health-related reasons, many patients want to enhance their facial harmony. While a cosmetic nose job can create dramatic improvements, oftentimes, a combination of a couple procedures is ideal for achieving the most natural-looking results.
What is facial harmony?
Facial harmony or symmetry is when facial features are proportionate to one another in terms of size and projection. If we analyze the three prominent facial features—the nose, cheeks, and chin—it’s clear that maximum facial harmony is achieved when they have proportionate projection to one another.
For example, if the chin is weak, it makes the nose and the cheeks look bigger. In this case, it wouldn’t be wise to augment the cheeks since it will create further imbalance to the face. A skilled surgeon would immediately recognize that a chin augmentation would create the greatest facial harmony for this patient.
Advantages of getting multiple plastic surgeries at once
Whether a patient should undergo multiple plastic surgeries at once depends on their personal aesthetic goals. One advantage to getting all your cosmetic work at the same time is that it cuts costs. You only pay for the operating room and anesthesia once. If you’re traveling to see a specific surgeon, a one-time surgery will cut travel expenses rather than having to go back and forth.
Any time you go under general anesthesia, there is a risk. While it’s highly uncommon a surgery doesn’t go smoothly and as planned, it’s important patients have all the possible information prior to surgery. Fewer times going under anesthesia means less risk for the patient.
Another major reason people opt for multiple surgeries at once is to shorten the recovery time. Lastly, many patients experience anxiety before undergoing surgery. Multiple procedures at once condenses that stress to only one bout of general anesthesia.
What procedures can be paired with rhinoplasty to improve facial symmetry?
Rhinoplasty surgery is often combined with other facial or body procedures. Every patient is different and it’s vital you discuss the suitability of combining procedures with an experienced plastic surgeon. Some common procedures combined with nose reshaping include the following discussed below.
Tired eyes can age a patient and make them feel less confident in their appearance. A blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, can be performed alongside rhinoplasty surgery to reduce puffiness and droopiness in the eyelids.
It is of note that when undergoing a nose job and blepharoplasty procedure at the same time, there may be more bruising in the eye area post-op. Bruising is common after rhinoplasty surgery and swelling typically takes a week or two to fade.
Chin augmentations are a particularly popular procedure to combine with rhinoplasty surgery. As previously mentioned, the nose, cheeks, and chin are the three prominent features that impact facial harmony.
For example, if a patient has a small chin, even an average-sized nose can overwhelm the face. An enlarged chin immediately makes a larger nose look more symmetrical and balanced. Rather than dramatically reducing the size of the nose during a nose job, the surgeon can instead augment the chin.
Choosing to have a brow lift at the same time as rhinoplasty surgery can be an effective procedure to make the face look younger. Brow lifts reduce the look of lines across the forehead and remove the frown lines between the eyebrows. This surgery also lifts eyebrows that are starting to droop over the eyes, resulting in a more refreshed overall appearance.
Shallow or sunken cheeks can affect your appearance in two ways. First, it can throw off your sense of facial symmetry. Second, not having full cheeks ages you. If your cheeks are flat, other prominent features, such as the chin or nose, can appear larger.
Fat transfer is a minimally invasive, semi-permanent option. This process involves extracting fat from one area of the body and injecting it into the cheeks. To be a candidate for this procedure, you must have enough unwanted fat in an area, such as your thighs, hips, or buttocks, to remove and transfer.
If you’re too thin to have a fat transfer or want something more lasting, cheek implants are a popular way to restore lost volume. They enhance the facial symmetry of a patient through inserting silicon under the skin.
The results of cheek implants, similar to a nose job, are permanent. This plastic surgery typically requires one to two hours and approximately one week to recover. Cheek augmentations can be completed in tandem with rhinoplasty surgery for a more youthful appearance.
The benefit of facial symmetry
As we age, thinning skin or other health issues can cause facial asymmetry to increase. This is especially evident in features like the nose, cheeks, and eyebrows. While subtle, these changes can ultimately lead to a loss of self-confidence.
Fortunately, there are many procedures that can restore harmony in your facial features for a more youthful appearance. Discuss the pros and cons of getting a nose job with a trusted surgeon.
Schedule a consultation today
An initial, in-depth consultation is necessary if you hope to have multiple procedures performed at once. Dr. Richard A. Rival has earned the trust of facial plastic surgery patients throughout the Toronto area because he listens closely to their aesthetic concerns and creates natural-looking results. If you’re interested in rhinoplasty surgery and other procedures, contact Rival Cosmetic Surgery today.