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SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 08, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Let's face it; very few of us are born with a perfect nose. Your nose may be too long or wide, may have a too-prominent ridge or bridge, or any number of other contour issues. Rhinoplasty - commonly referred to as a "nose job" - is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure that over 200,000 Americans undergo every year to correct such issues. In many cases, the rhinoplasty procedure is not only cosmetic, but also improves the function of the nose, nostrils, and airway.
There is no better time than now for individuals who are self-conscious about the size or shape of their nose to look into getting a rhinoplasty. Refined surgical techniques and advanced technology make today's rhinoplasty procedures safer, more affordable, and successful than even a few years ago.
Are you a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Virtually anyone who is dissatisfied with the contours of their nose makes a good candidate for rhinoplasty. In general, it is advised that a person be over the age of 13 before undergoing the surgery. This helps ensure that the facial structures are fully formed and that the nose has filled out to its adult shape. Candidates who are well informed, in good general health, and that have realistic expectations and goals make the best candidates.
Some of the more common nose contour problems that can be corrected with rhinoplasty include:
• A nasal bridge that is too wide or one with flared nostrils
• A nose that is too long, or that has a drooping tip - "witch's nose"
• A prominent hump on the bridge of the nose
• A tip that is too wide, thick, or prominent
• An upturned, "pug" nose
Many patients who choose rhinoplasty also choose to undergo a septoplasty to help correct existing breathing problems, or just to enhance their breathing. Oftentimes, other cosmetic procedures are performed as a way of enhancing the results of the rhinoplasty. A chin augmentation is a popular choice.
Your rhinoplasty options will depend greatly on the particular idiosyncrasies of your nose's structure. A consultation with a cosmetic surgeon will help ensure that you are thoroughly informed of your options, risks, and alternatives, and that your expectations and goals are realistic.
If you live in the San Francisco area and think you might be a good candidate for rhinoplasty, please contact board certified cosmetic surgeon Randall B. Weil M.D. today to arrange your complimentary consultation.
Source: Randall B. Weil M.D.
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