What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty (“nose job”) is a surgery whereby the nasal bones and/or nasal cartilages are reshaped to beautify the face and/or improve nasal breathing. Rhinoplasty can have a dramatic impact on a person’s face. The nose should elegantly and gently blend in with the features of the face, not detract attention from it. The goal of rhinoplasty surgery is to highlight the eyes and create harmony with the rest of the face. A great rhinoplasty outcome achieves a natural result which is proportional and ideal to your individual face. In addition, the results should be long lasting without any obvious signs of surgery.

Dr. Harirchian’s practice is entirely dedicated to aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face. She combines her artistic eye, perfectionist style and commitment to excellence with cutting edge and advanced nose procedures. By focusing only on the face, Dr Harirchian believes that she can give her patients the best care and outcomes. Rhinoplasty is a delicate operation and requires advanced knowledge of both the form and function of the nose to achieve natural and long lasting results. The surgeon must take many elements into account when constructing a surgical plan for a rhinoplasty. These include the patient’s desires and preferences, as well as strength of the nasal cartilages, thickness of the nasal skin, overall facial features, and ethnic background. The result should be a nose that looks balanced, beautiful, natural, and breathes well at the same time.

Why Have Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty can be performed for many reasons, such as to: decrease the overall size of the nose, reduce a hump on the nasal bridge, refine a bulbous tip, lift a droopy tip, lengthen a short nose, shorten a long nose, or to straighten a crooked nose. Functional rhinoplasty or a septorhinoplasty can be performed to improve breathing by opening up blocked nasal passages from cartilage or bone deformities and nasal valve collapse. Grafts harvested from the nasal septal cartilage or ear cartilage may be used to open up the nasal valves and improve breathing. Frequently, rhinoplasty is both aesthetic and functional in nature. Typically, noses that are crooked or collapsed do not breathe well and surgery can improve both the appearance and function of the nose.

Practice Philosophy & Technique

Dr. Harirchian specializes in primary rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, nasal fracture repair, ethnic rhinoplasty and septoplasty. Through focusing exclusively on facial surgery, Dr. Harirchian believes that she can give her patients the best care and outcomes. Rhinoplasty is a delicate operation which requires a sophisticated understanding of the nasal form and surgical techniques. Her techniques focus on nasal cartilage preservation and reshaping to beautify the nose. This avoids complications of cartilage over-resection, which can result in a pinched, collapsed and deformed nose.

Communication between patient and surgeon is very important to a successful rhinoplasty operation. Dr. Harirchian uses an advanced imaging system. Using this system, she takes photographs of the patient during the consultation. Then, using software simulation tools, she can create a photograph of simulated changes. This helps the patient and surgeon communicate and define the goals and potential changes from rhinoplasty surgery.

Contact us today to schedule your rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Harirchian.