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Beverly Hills and Irvine Rhinoplasty Specialist
Maher Anous, MD

Many Kirkland, Bellevue and Beverly Hills and Irvine rhinoplasty patients have benefited from the skill and experience of Dr. Anous. In the paragraphs below, he describes the rhinoplasty procedure. Also visit the photos section of the website to see the results of Beverly Hills and Irvine rhinoplasty patients.

Nose surgery (Rhinoplasty) is the most demanding operation that plastic surgeons perform. This is due to two facts: 1) Planning the surgery is a tedious and rigorous exercise and 2) The surgical maneuvers of nasal surgery mandate skill and experience. 

While few surgeons who have dedicated their lifetime to rhinoplasty can proceed to the operating room without a written plan, most plastic surgeons (I in the first place) have to meticulously plan the operation. This is started with an in-depth recorded evaluation of the patient's nose and face then is continued on life-sized photographs taken during the consultation. It is true that a sense of esthetics is essential in the design of the surgery but what is more important is the numerical study of angles and measurements (done with pencil, ruler, compass and other standard scholastic tools).

A rhinoplasty consultation should NEVER be a one-time affair. At the return visit, the patient should be presented with a preliminary plan intended for discussion. This should evolve into a final plan by the time of surgery

Reasons for Considering Nose Surgery:

  • Bring a better proportion to the nose and facial features.
  • Reduce the size of the nose that is too large or too wide.
  • Correct an overly arched or “Roman” nose.
  • Re-form a crooked or elongated nose tip.
  • Restore the nose if damaged from an accident or sports injury.
  • Help with breathing problems by rebuilding the nasal passage.
  • Treat nasal deformities caused at birth.

Rhinoplasty: The Procedure

To begin the surgery, tiny incisions are made which allow the surgeon to access the underlying nasal structure.  Once the skin is opened, the cartilage and bone are reshaped to form the basis for the new look.  Two basic methods are utilized for performing nose surgery.  These methods are referred to as the ‘open’ and the ‘closed’ techniques.  The open technique allows for maximum visibility and control over the procedure.  The incision used in the open technique is placed in-between the nostrils on the columella (the medial nostril strip).  In the closed technique, the incisions are internal and heal faster; however, there is less surgical control over the outcome. 

Rhinoplasty: The Recovery Process

Recovery time depends on the extent of the procedure. Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and to reduce the recovery time.  Some swelling may be noticed; however, any swelling will disappear within a few weeks.  A splint, bandages, and/or gauze are applied immediately following surgery to aid in the healing process and to minimize movement of the nose.  The nose will need to be well-protected from the sun for the first year after the procedure while the body is adjusting to the new look.  Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with the surgery.  Pain can be effectively treated with oral medication and/or cold compresses.  While complications are rare, you can minimize the risk of potential problems by carefully following the post-surgical directions given by the surgeon.

Dr. Anous is a gifted Beverly Hills and Irvine plastic surgeon who, in addition to rhinoplasty, also performs other facial procedures at his Beverly Hills and Irvine plastic surgery center. Visit these pages in the website to learn about how Dr. Anous treats Beverly Hills and Irvine facelift, eyelid surgery, otoplasty, laser resurfacing and botox patients. He has also helped many Beverly Hills and Irvine liposuction, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and breast augmentation patients improve their aesthetic image.