How to Plan Your Pre-College Rhinoplasty
For those who recently graduated high school, congratulations! College is on the horizon, and as such, now may be a good time to plan a pre-college rhinoplasty. That way, a soon-to-be college student can correct nasal asymmetry and enjoy a balanced facial appearance when college classes begin.
A nose job requires a long-term commitment from both a patient and his or her facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Fortunately, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery helps patients establish realistic nose surgery expectations.
Dr. Azizzadeh is board-certified in both otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He possesses a complete understanding of the complex underlying structures in the head and the nose and ensures each rhinoplasty patient can achieve the best-possible aesthetic outcome without putting his or her breathing at risk.
It may take several months before a patient sees the initial results of a rhinoplasty, and up to two years before the full results of a nose surgery become visible. First, a patient needs to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh to find out if he or she is a good candidate for nose surgery. If Dr. Azizzadeh determines a patient is eligible for rhinoplasty, he usually schedules the surgery about eight weeks afterwards. Finally, after a patient undergoes a rhinoplasty, it generally takes at least three weeks for the nose to heal.
Dr. Azizzadeh’s goal is to ensure a patient’s nose complements his or her eyes, chin, cheeks and other facial features. To achieve this goal, Dr. Azizzadeh conducts an in-depth assessment of a patient’s facial features. He also learns about a patient’s medical history and finds out why this individual is considering nose surgery. Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh uses the Vectra 3D imaging system to take 3D photographs of a patient’s face and review his or her face from all angles. The Vectra system allows a patient to see how a rhinoplasty will affect his or her facial appearance.
Following a consultation, Dr. Azizzadeh offers a treatment recommendation. He sometimes recommends rhinoplasty surgery to help a patient achieve a natural-looking and harmonious facial appearance. Or, he may recommend rhinoplasty be performed in combination with a brow lift, chin augmentation or other facial plastic surgeries.
Dr. Azizzadeh helps patients prepare for nose surgery, too. He provides full details about what a patient should expect on the day of nose surgery, as well as how this individual can prepare for the recovery period. Dr. Azizzadeh also responds to rhinoplasty patients’ concerns and questions. He maintains open communication with patients, ensuring they are fully supported at each stage of the rhinoplasty surgery process.
After a rhinoplasty is performed, Dr. Azizzadeh requests follow-up appointments. He typically sees a patient several times within the first 10 days of a rhinoplasty, followed by evaluations at three-month and annual intervals. Each appointment enables Dr. Azizzadeh to track a patient’s progress and ensure his or her recovery stays on track.
For those who want to enhance the shape of the nose, correct structural defects of the nose or restore the nasal function before college classes begin, now may be a good time to consider rhinoplasty surgery. To find out more, please contact us today at 310-657-2203 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh.