What Else Besides Rhinoplasty Will Better Balance My Face?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I know I need rhinoplasty but am not sure what else I need. I would like you to analyze the attached photos in order to determine the ideal procedures to bring better balance to my face. These are my own assumptions about my facial appearance, both what I see as out of proportion and how to go about fixing it along with the objectives I hope to achieve
1. Droopy asymmetrical nose – It would be optimal to both straighten the entire nose and strengthen the tip (add cartilage). The tip would look best projecting forward more. I would still want to keep a high strong nasal bridge, so little shaving should be done there. Tip should still be turned down slightly a few degrees further than perpendicular to the face.
2. My eyes are too prominent relative to my other features and I would like a stronger, masculine look to eyes. I have looked at everything from malar to inferior, lateral, and superior orbital rim implants. I am less sure what would prove ideal for this issue, so your own suggestions here would be much appreciated (though if you think it is a bad area for me to augment please let me know as I want your complete objective opinion). Be as specific as possible, referencing both the individual anatomy and procedures that are possible.
A: Based on the one side view picture that you have provided, I did some imaging for the rhinoplasty based exclusively on tip rotation and elongation with minimal reduction of the middle vault height and no reduction of the nasal bridge bone. With this change I see no reason for chin augmentation which is the first other facial feature to think of when the nose becomes derotated.
From an eye standpoint, the only consideration you want to make is for infraorbital rim-malar augmentation. While superior and lateral orbital rim augmentation can be done, the effort to do does not justify the minimal benefits and risks. The focus for making the eyes less prominent should be on the recessed infraorbital-malar complex. I have factored this into the imaging.
Dr. Barry Eppley