Q: Dr. Eppley, As the date gets closer I’m just stressing a little. Just want to make sure the plan is clear. I just want to make sure you can make the tip smaller and more symmetrical. Not too pointy and won’t stick out too far. Nostrils smaller as well. I just want it to look pretty and feminine and still fit my face well. I know you are good at what you do and I trust you but just had to write you. Just need some reassurance. Thanks 🙂
A: Any patient considering any type of plastic surgery, particularly rhinoplasty which sits in the center of the face, will have presurgical anxiety. This anxiety stems from the uncertainty of what the outcome will be. This is why presurgical computer imaging is done, to help see if the general changes shown are what one is looking to achieve. Thus, it is fair to say that you will go through the surgery just fine and your nose will have an improved appearance afterwards as most of the imaging predictions shown will largely be achieved.
However, it is also important to understand that few rhinoplasties ever turn out ‘perfect’. There is always going to be some minor imperfections from the ideal desired result. It is also important to understand that the final results of a rhinoplasty take a long time to be realized due to the time needed for the overlying skin to shrink down to the reshaped bone and cartilage framework of the nose.
Point of this discussion is…your nose will look a lot more proportionate, it will still has some imperfections and one has to have patience in the recovery process.
Dr. Barry Eppley