"Most plastic surgeons will agree that the nose is the most challenging part of the body to work on and to achieve an aesthetically pleasing result," says Dr. Pincus. A subspecialty of sorts has emerged, composed of revision rhinoplasty specialists, facial plastic surgeons who focus on fixing the mistakes of other doctors, or in helping their patients to achieve the look they wanted in the first place. Common problems with primary rhinoplasties include an exaggerated, “scooped” look, a nose made too small for the face or nostrils which are left asymmetric. Excess cartilage may be removed, resulting in an unsatisfactory outcome.
“There are many factors that can impact the results of a rhinoplasty, including the original deformity, the expertise of the surgeon, the skin type, the postoperative care and of course the patient’s own expectations,”
What is a “perfect nose”?
"The ideal nose is generally considered to have a well-defined tip which projects slightly above the plane of the remainder of the nose when seen in profile," says Dr. Pincus. "Women usually prefer a slight slope over the remainder of the nose, whereas men generally prefer a strong straight profile. Also, the angle at which the nose is tilted upward also varies. The ideal male nose shows an angle of 90° to 100° between the lip and nasal tip, while the female has an angle of 100° to 120°. Taller people require less rotation to avoid excessive “nostril show.” While ideal aesthetics are always kept in mind, it is most important to have a nose that is natural in appearance and fits the individual."
Dr. Pincus is featured in this news story showing how a patient was helped with revision rhinoplasty:
“As with any plastic surgery procedure, the patient should have a realistic approach to what is achievable, and to clearly communicate their needs with the surgeon” says Dr. Pincus. “The more specific you can be in the exact details of shape, size and symmetry that you desire, the easier it is for the surgeon to comment on what he or she can do.”
For more information, call the office of Dr. Stephen J. Pincus at 310.271.7070 or visit http://www.drstephenpincus.com
About Dr. Stephen J. Pincus:
Although he is currently in private practice, he is also a Clinical Associate Professor at USC where he teaches the residents the techniques of Facial Plastic Surgery. Additionally, he serves as an Expert Reviewer for the Medical Board of California.
Dr. Pincus is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngolgy and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngolgy-
Dr. Pincus has lectured extensively and has been on numerous television and radio talk shows. He is well known for his techniques and experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and serves as a consultant in these matters for the Morrow Institute at the Eisenhower Medical Complex in Palm Springs as well as Healthcare Partners in Torrance, CA.