It is completely natural for people to want to fit in with their surroundings. Our noses are generally the most prominent feature on our faces, and when you feel like something is not right about your nose, it can be very difficult to hide. These feelings can seem to creep in at the most inopportune times and distract us from focusing on the important tasks at hand.
At Aesthetic Surgical Associates, we understand our patient's concerns and work with you through the entire process to make sure that we hear and understand your goals while giving you realistic expectations.
Understanding Nasal Reconstruction
The actual process of nasal reconstruction can vary drastically for each patient depending on the issues that they face and the changes that they want. However, there are some basic ideas that we can give so that you know more about what to expect and to help you ask questions when you come in for your initial consultation.
The nose is made up of three different anatomical parts. There is an inner lining, the middle structure that is made of cartilage and bone, and the outer skin that matches both the color and texture of the rest of your face. Generally, surgeons and their patients are looking at issues that affect the expected skin quality, outline, and contour of the nose. Defects within the nasal area can vary in their location, size, depth, and shape.
Typically, our professional staff will work with you to identify issues with the nose to improve any of these issues while also ensuring that we maintain or improve the bilateral appearance of the nose. This means that we keep in mind that the overall shape of the nose must still look uniform no matter what angle you look at it from. This helps our patients know that they are always presenting their best appearance at any moment.
Some nasal reconstructions do not require much change at all. This surgical approach is called a simple suture closure. This operation can help correct defects that are less than four to five millimeters in size and that do not affect the tip of the nose or the nostrils. While this approach may be used as part of an overall treatment plan, using it as the standalone procedure is not very common for patients.
Skin grafts can be performed to restore damaged skin on the nose. This process generally takes skin from the patient. The material is usually harvested from an area that is not seen, like behind the ear or neck. The skin graft is then placed at the targeted area and allowed to heal as a natural part of the body. Skin grafts can be useful in some situations, but it is important to work with your surgeon to see if you are a candidate.
Additional surgeries look to remove excess skin or tissue from the area surrounding the nose to help give the nose a more natural appearance, or other approaches can remove some excess cartilage, or even transplant material to allow for a smooth and natural profile appearance of the nose. Helping to remove excess material is one of the most common approaches that we use in nasal reconstruction as bumps or other deformities in the nose are often very apparent when the underlying cartilage is the issue.
There are a wide variety of reasons that patients may want to consider nasal reconstruction surgery. If you are considering your options, contact Aesthetic Surgical Associates in Metairie, LA today to schedule a consultation and see how our professional staff can match your desires with reality today 504-608-0500.