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A Rhinoplasty Can Completely Transform Your Face

All of your facial features combined create your aesthetic appearance. Each feature can also completely change the way you look. When the eyes, nose and chin are in balance, the face is symmetrical in appearance. How other people see you is influenced by this balance. A rhinoplasty is just one of many procedures that can enhance your facial aesthetics. Read more “A Rhinoplasty Can Completely Transform Your Face”

Cosmetic vs. Functional Rhinoplasty

The nose is a unique part of your anatomy. Right in the middle of your face for all the world to see, and the word defines what a beautiful nose should look like. The aesthetic quality of your nose may or may not be important to you; however, its function is vital to your health and well-being. Read more “Cosmetic vs. Functional Rhinoplasty”

Your Broken Nose is Nothing to Sniff About

Broken noses are a common trauma in all manner of accidents involving the face due to the nose protruding farther than other facial features. Sometimes a number of broken noses can even be seen as a measure of toughness. But a broken nose is no small problem. The issues involved are not only about appearance, although that is a legitimate concern. Internal trauma can affect breathing, cause snoring or sleep apnea and even result in a complete nasal collapse. Read more “Your Broken Nose is Nothing to Sniff About”

Non-Surgical Nose Reshaping with Radiesse

As we grow older the collagen in our skin slows down resulting in sagging skin. When you want small changes to your nose, injectable fillers may be the answer before considering rhinoplasty. Injectable fillers can add fullness to a sagging nose. Radiesse is the first FDA-approved dermal filler. Radiesse consists of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) that is found in our bones and can stimulate natural collagen production. Radiesse is a thick injectable gel filler that usually lasts longer than other fillers. Read more “Non-Surgical Nose Reshaping with Radiesse”

Taking Care of Your Nose Post Rhinoplasty

Whether you had rhinoplasty surgery for reconstructive or cosmetic purposes, taking care of your nose post-surgery is critical to your recovery. It is important to know the recovery process to ensure your goals are met post-surgery. Rhinoplasty surgery requires a time commitment to healing. Some bruising around the nose and eyes will be visible for about a week or two depending on the complexity of your surgery. There will be pain and discomfort up to a week following your surgery. There will be swelling after rhinoplasty and could take up to a year for swelling to fully subside and completely be healed. Dr. Evan Ransom will provide post-surgery instructions to get you on your path to recovery. Read more “Taking Care of Your Nose Post Rhinoplasty”

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”