The popularity of rhinoplasty surgery, or a “nose job,” continues to rise. Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to adjust or reshape your nose to create a more attractive look. Common areas for correction include the dorsum of the nose which can be enlarged with a noticeable “hump,” the tip, which may be too bulky, droopy, or lack definition, or the nostrils which may be too wide or long. If you are dissatisfied with the size, shape or contour of your nose, then you may be a candidate for rhinoplasty in San Francisco.

Rhinoplasty: Cosmetic or Functional Corrections

While in many cases rhinoplasty serves purely cosmetic purposes to improve the overall look or features of your face, beauty might not be your primary concern. The procedure can also be performed for corrective purposes. Rhinoplasty can repair structural abnormalities like a deviated septum, which can lead to breathing problems, chronic stuffiness, post-nasal drip and snoring.

Defining Your Aesthetic Goals

When considering rhinoplasty, keep in mind that there is no such thing as a perfect nose. It can create significant and sometimes even dramatic cosmetic improvements, but there is a finite limit to how much the nose can safely be altered. Surgery should be considered only if you are looking to correct or enhance facial features and emphasize your unique and natural beauty – but be sure to talk with your surgeon about your goals and work together in planning an appropriate and safe surgery.

Candidates for Nose Reshaping

The following characteristics will help you determine whether or not you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty:

  • Your current nose makes you unhappy.
  • You want to reduce an overly pronounced dorsal hump.
  • You struggle to breathe freely, always feeling stuffed up.
  • You may have a problem with snoring.
  • You understand what is involved with the procedure and have planned sufficient days for recovery.
  • You must be in relatively good health.
  • You want to repair a recent or old nasal fracture or injury
  • You are the right age. Many teens have opted for rhinoplasty, but it is important to wait until the nose has stopped growing.

The rhinoplasty procedure will likely take one to two hours to complete, depending the various procedures needed to create the look you want. It is important to know that there will be recovery time after your surgery. Most patients can resume normal activities in ten days to two weeks after the procedure.

Do Your Homework: Why Choose Dr. Liu?

When selecting a surgeon for rhinoplasty, it is important to do your homework. In recent years, state-of-the-art techniques promise better outcomes than ever before. Qualifications, training, experience and a pleasant bedside manner are all essential. It can mean the difference between a beautiful new look, and a botched job that will require revision surgery – at added cost and stress.

A Reputation for Excellence

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Liu has a reputation in San Francisco for his surgical expertise and sound judgment. With a background in microsurgery and reconstructive surgery, he brings valuable insight to understanding anatomy, spatial relationships and healing – all critical to creating fresh and natural looking results that are perfectly balanced to your facial structure.

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