When we say that a person has an attractive face, what does that really mean? Studies have shown that humans subconsciously scan the face, looking for symmetry or balance between all the facial features. We notice if the eyes appear too small, or the ears appear too big. In short, a face that has an even balance among all features is considered to be more attractive than one where a particular feature overwhelms the rest.
This is particularly true when men or women have features that are more commonly associated with that of the opposite sex. For example, women generally have smaller facial features, while men have more prominent features. A nasal hump or large tip may produce a distinguished in men, whereas it can completely overwhelm a female face. Fortunately, Dr. Vince Marin is skilled at refining female features with rhinoplasty to balance them out and produce a more feminine look.
A hump will cause the bridge of the nose to appear too narrow from the front. From a profile view, the hump becomes even more prominent. In some cases, there may be other deformities, such as breathing problems. Some cosmetic surgeons may assume that this is an easy fix, and proceed to file, or rasp, down the dorsal bump without bothering to shore up the middle section of the nose once the bridge has been lowered. Unless that part of the nose has been properly reinforced, the sides will be unable to bear the new nasal shape and begin to cave inward, causing what is known as an “inverted V” deformity. Unfortunately, this type of deformity may not appear until several months after the initial procedure and will require a second, revision rhinoplasty.
In order to prevent this collapse, Dr. Marin uses what are known as spreader grafts. These are grafts (generally taken from behind the ear) placed into the middle vault to hold it open. The middle vault is essentially the middle third of the length of the nose. The grafts are placed lengthwise along this section of the nose.
The nasal tip is another common site for deformities in women. It may be too wide or narrow in comparison to the nasal bridge. It can also droop or be too rounded. The key here is to ensure that the nasal tip is well supported and that the actual nasal passage and nostrils are not compromised, as this can lead to functional breathing problems. A proportional nasal tip will not be overly wide or round, but take on a gentle slope leading down from the nasal bridge.
In many of these cases, nasal tip refinement is done through a small series of sutures inside the nasal tip, which are designed to gently pull in the nasal tip and reduce the rounded appearance such that the tip will not appear wider than the bridge.
Dr. Marin and his staff will work closely with female patients to transform their features in order to give them the symmetrical, attractive look they desire. Contact Marin Aesthetics today to learn more about your treatment options.
*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.