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Difficulty Breathing? Septoplasty May Be Your Answer.

What is septoplasty? The Mayo Clinic defines it as a surgical procedure to correct a deviated nasal septum- a displacement of the bone and cartilage that divides your two nostrils. The nasal septum has three main purposes: to support the nose, support the mucous membranes of the nose, and regulate the flow of air. A deviated septum could result in difficulty breathing, snoring, and even sleep apnea. Read more “Difficulty Breathing? Septoplasty May Be Your Answer.”

Tip Only Rhinoplasty

Because it is front and center, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery explains that the nose provides the foundation for aesthetic balance and proportion. As such, when an individual is dissatisfied with the shape or appearance of their nose, rhinoplasty provides options for redefining this prominent feature. However, rhinoplasty is a highly individualized and artistic procedure, and does not always involve full surgical modification of the nose. An example is tip only rhinoplasty, in which the tip of the nose is refined.

Though it is less invasive than other nose reshaping procedures, tip only rhinoplasty is complex and requires extensive surgical skill. This is because the tip of the nose is comprised of cartilage, and is difficult to shape. Even so, given the experience and expertise of a qualified facial plastic surgeon, a few small changes to the tip of the nose can generate a large impact on a patient’s appearance. Read more “Tip Only Rhinoplasty”

Open Versus Closed Rhinoplasty

As with most plastic surgery procedures, rhinoplasty requires an understanding of individual facial characteristics and what’s needed to establish a harmonious appearance and optimal outcome. Generally, two approaches are used— open or closed rhinoplasty. While open rhinoplasty is performed from the outside of the nose through a small incision placed on the columella (the column between the nostrils), a closed rhinoplasty involves only placing incisions inside the nostrils. Depending on a patient’s needs and goals, an experienced facial plastic surgeon can determine the best method and approach. Read more “Open Versus Closed Rhinoplasty”

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

While the goal of any plastic surgery procedure is to enhance or correct an individual’s appearance, while preserving their unique characteristics, this is even more important when it comes to ethnic rhinoplasty. Also referred to as nose reshaping, a “nose job,” or nasal surgery, rhinoplasty is a complex process of reconstruction of the bone and cartilage of the nose. Thus, it requires utmost precision and skill, as well as a deep understanding of various ethnicities and their structural differences and skin types. Dr. Evan Ransom of Rhinoplasty San Francisco is a double board certified head and neck surgeon, as well as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with advanced training and education. Read more “Ethnic Rhinoplasty”

Septal Perforation Repair

Providing direct access between the right and left nasal cavities, a septal perforation is essentially a hole in the nasal septum that prevents proper airflow into the nose. As a result, an individual may experience drying of the inside of the nose, as well as crusting, nasal obstruction, bleeding and whistling. Ultimately, the drying of the inside of the nose can cause the perforation to increase in size, and could even cause the nose to collapse. While a septal perforation repair is not always needed, and is different from case to case, it is necessary when the symptoms of the nasal septal perforation affect one’s breathing and quality of life. Read more “Septal Perforation Repair”

Specialized Care For Nasal Fractures

From walking into a wall to falling down, taking a blow to the face or suffering blunt force trauma in a vehicle accident, a nasal fracture is the most common injury to the face. Also referred to as a nose fracture or simply a broken nose, these injuries occur along the cartilage, over the bridge of the nose or in the septum, as explained by Healthline. Even so, the delicate framework of the nose is such that it requires specialized care, as part of the changing paradigm of treatment for nasal fractures. Read more “Specialized Care For Nasal Fractures”

Rhinoplasty And Perceptions

Dr. Evan Ransom at San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery is an expert in all types of nose surgery. He is experienced at helping patients, like you; fulfill their dreams of being more comfortable and confident with the appearance of their nose.

While you are sure to love the results of your rhinoplasty, did you know that the results of your procedure could affect those around you as well? According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS),

“Participants in a web-based survey who viewed pictures of patients before and after rhinoplasty rated patients after surgery as more attractive, successful and overall healthier, in an article published by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.”
Read more “Rhinoplasty And Perceptions”

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery is a surgical technique used to treat skin cancers in sensitive areas, such as the face and nose. This particular procedure is named after its founder and originator, Fredric E. Mohs, MD.

Using innovative microscopic techniques during his time as a medical student (1929-1934) Dr. Mohs was able to map out cancer around nerves, blood vessels, muscle and bone. He examined cancers that he removed by shaving or saucerizing excisions. This removal technique removed thin discs of tissue so the tumor and inflammatory white-cell infiltrate surrounding the cancer could be examined. Read more “Mohs Micrographic Surgery”

Alar Base (Nostril Reduction) Surgery Recovery

Alar base surgery refers to the shape and symmetry of your alar base and nostrils of your nose. This area of your nose plays a significant role in the appearance of your nose. For many Asians, this type of surgery is used to reduce a broad alar base. At times, this type of surgery needs to be combined with supplementary surgical techniques to achieve an aesthetically balanced appearance.

A common question concerning this type of procedure involves the recovery. Firstly, it’s important to understand that there is very little noticeable scarring after this procedure. There is very little swelling and almost no bruising after this type of procedure. Read more “Alar Base (Nostril Reduction) Surgery Recovery”

Reshaping Your Nose Without Going Under The Knife

Going under the knife is a slang term used to describe someone who is undergoing a surgery and have a medical operation. The term was first recorded in 1880 when they used the word “knife” for surgery.

In the past, the only way to modify or make changes to the shape of your nose was by “going under the knife.” This type of surgical procedure is known as rhinoplasty or a “nose job.” A surgical rhinoplasty can accomplish cosmetic or functional improvements to your nose, or both.

In addition to surgical rhinoplasty options, Dr. Evan Ransom also offers non-surgical rhinoplasty options as well. No knives or surgical procedures are involved in non-surgical rhinoplasty. Read more “Reshaping Your Nose Without Going Under The Knife”