How Realistic Are My Rhinoplasty And Chin Implant Imaging Results?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I have previously sent you photos of me for consideration of a rhinoplasty and a chin augmentation. You sent back some imaging results and, after reviewing them, I have a few questions:
1) Rhinoplasty – I like the overall effect! I just wanted to ask if there was anyway you could make the bridge a little more concave, and if it would also be narrower from the frontal view, and if the tip might be narrowed as well? I know you said that you usually provide an image of the minimum effect that could be achieved, and if this is it, that’s great – I’d still be happy with the improvement.
2) Chin – I think I like the implant a little more than I like the osteotomy, though of course it doesn’t fix the underlying skeletal problem. I might still consider the implant but I haven’t decided.
3) Cheeks – One more question regarding my “chipmunk cheeks”. While my friends and family call them “endearing”, I”ve always wondered if I couldn’t have a little less of a balloony cheek especially right below the corner of the mouth. Is there any way of filling in the tissue right at that spot, or (I guess) of removing fat from the cheek (though I do like my dimples!
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions and being patient with me!
A: In answer to your questions:
1) Ideally I would like the front view rhinoplasty result to be more narrow, and it may be possible, but your thicker skin may preclude that from happening. For this reason, I have imaged it so that the amount of narrowing will reflect what I believe will happen… but I am pulling for more.
2) I would agree that the implamt effect, while not providing as much horizontal advancement as an osteotomy, seems to be more ‘natural’ looking. It is always best in chin augmentation in a female to be less rather than more. That still preserves a feminine look.
3) You are referring to what is known as the perioral mounds. a cheek fat area that is below the buccal fat pad. That can be effectively treated by small cannula liposuction done from inside the mouth.
Dr. Barry Eppley