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What Does Thick Skin Mean for Your Rhinoplasty Results?

Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is one of the most complicated procedures a plastic surgeon can perform. Due to the variety of nasal tissues and structures and the varying results desired by the patient, rhinoplasty must be performed by an experienced and talented surgeon such as Dr. Hershcovitch. Among the many factors that can make a rhinoplasty procedure more complicated, thick skin is one of the most common and can often cause complications if the surgeon performing the surgery is not familiar with how this affects the procedure. If you have thick skin, here is what you need to know about what it will mean for your rhinoplasty results.

What Groups Tend to Have Thicker Skin?

Thicker skin is often associated with ethnic rhinoplasty. While most Caucasians have thin nasal skin, those of Hispanic, Asian, and African descent tend to have thicker skin in this area. When performing an ethnic rhinoplasty, the surgeon must be careful to maintain the ethnic identity and facial balance while still achieving the desired results. Surgeons who receive advanced training in ethnic and advanced rhinoplasty are the best options for those who have thicker skin. In addition to these ethnicities, men tend to have thicker and oilier skin than women.

The Challenges of Thick Skin

If you have thick nasal skin, you may wonder how this applies to your rhinoplasty. In short, the skin forms a sort of blanket over the skin, cartilage, and bone that make up the shape of your nose. If that blanket is thicker, it can mask the underlying features and make the nose appear to have less definition. If this is not addressed during rhinoplasty, the underlying changes that are made to the nose may not be as visible. In addition, the weight of thicker skin can also pull the tip of the nose down, and an experienced surgeon will recognize this as the cause and address it during surgery. The final consideration for those with thicker skin is how it affects the healing process. Not only does thicker skin have more of a tendency to scar, but it also takes longer for swelling to subside.

During a rhinoplasty procedure, the changes made to the bone and cartilage can ultimately weaken the structural integrity of the nose. While this is usually not an issue for those with thinner skin, it can pose a problem for those with heavier, thicker skin. If not taken into consideration, this could cause an issue with future respiration and can also pose a problem if the patient ever wants to get other surgeries performed on their nose.

Of course, having thicker skin on the nose also has its benefits. Thicker skin can hide more imperfections than thinner skin, so some with this skin type can avoid surgery altogether if they have minor bumps or hollows. Thicker, oiler skin also tends to age slower than thinner, drier skin, and can often tolerate the sun with less visible damage.

Performing Rhinoplasty on Those with Thicker Skin

When Dr. Hershcovitch performs rhinoplasty on those with thicker skin, he always makes sure to thoroughly explain the procedure and its possible complications during the consultation. He explains what their thicker skin could mean for their results and also addresses any ethnic concerns that apply. He tells patients that their recovery time may be longer due to their skin type and that they may not see full results for up to 18 months after surgery as it can often take this amount of time for their swelling to entirely dissipate. The doctor will also explain how he intends to preserve the structural integrity of the nose and how this also may affect their final results.

Scheduling Your Rhinoplasty Consultation with Dr. Hershcovitch

If you have thick skin or are of Asian, African, or Hispanic descent and are considering rhinoplasty, it’s imperative that you choose a surgeon such as Dr. Hershcovitch to perform your procedure. When you meet with Dr. Hershcovitch, he will fully explain the surgery as well as the special considerations that will be taken for your unique situation. At this time, you can ask any questions and find out the full extent of your recovery time.

When you work with an experienced professional like Dr. Hershcovitch, you can be assured that your rhinoplasty will be a success no matter what type of skin you have. Schedule your consultation today!

Wedding Timeline: Which Procedures to Book Before the Big Day & When

If you have a wedding in your near future, you know that looking your absolute best is crucial for your big day. Though slimming down to fit into that perfect gown is important, you know that most guests (and most importantly your spouse-to-be) will focus on your glowing face. Many brides in the West Hills and Westlake areas make the decision to have one or several facial cosmetic procedures before their wedding so they can look and feel amazing when the times comes to walk down the aisle. If you will be a bride in 2019, here are some facial procedures that you should consider and a guideline for when you should ideally book them before your wedding day.

Skincare: Four Months Before

Adopting a quality skincare routine can help you reveal your best skin before the big day. However, this will take some time to work. When you consult with Dr. Hershcovitch, he will recommend the best products on the market to help you deal with issues such as enlarged pores, dryness, fine lines, or dull skin appearance. Start these as soon as possible before your wedding day, though most women will see an improvement within four months if they stick to their new regimen on a daily basis.

Laser Resurfacing or Chemical Peels: Three to Four Months Before

Are you dealing with hyperpigmentation issues or do you have scarring or dull skin that you want to address before your nuptials? Laser resurfacing and chemical peels are both intensive treatments that can have amazing results. However, they also have some downtime associated. To walking down the aisle with a peeling, red face, schedule these treatments three to four months prior to your big day. Just remember that you’ll need to be vigilant about sunscreen as these treatments can often make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Fillers and Botox Injections: Three Weeks Before

Want to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and restore volume and youthful plumpness to your face before you say ‘I Do’? Then you should consider scheduling Botox or dermal filler injections about three weeks before your wedding. Botox can be injected into areas of your face where you commonly develop expression lines such as around your eyes, nose or mouth to smooth out your skin. Dermal fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, and Radiesse can fill in areas of hollowness or lines, and they can also be used to plump lips. Looking refreshed and rejuvenated is important for brides, and a combination of the two types of injectables can be a winning solution. Make sure to get these a few weeks before your actual wedding day so that any minor redness or irritation has a chance to subside.

Don’t Forget the Mother of the Bride:

If you are the mother of the bride and have significant signs of aging on your face and neck such as sagging, hollowness, and loose skin, you may want to have a facelift before the big day. Because a facelift is a surgical procedure that involves some downtime, recovery, and scar healing, Dr. Hershcovitch recommends his patients schedule it at least four months prior to the event. This will give you time to properly heal and for your scars to fade. Dr. Hershcovitch is an expert in performing facelifts and prides himself on leaving only minimal scars after each surgery. Your scars should easily be hidden with your hair, but a few months of healing time will ensure they have faded as much as possible.

Booking a Bridal Consultation with Dr. Hershcovitch

Not sure what treatments you want or when you should get them for your wedding day? Book a consultation with Dr. Hershcovitch as soon as the date is set so he can listen to your concerns and recommend the best procedures for you.

You deserve to look and feel your very best on your wedding day! Schedule your consultation with Dr. Hershcovitch today to find out how he can help.

 

 

 

Board Certification: Why it Matters for Your Safety and Results

Those considering plastic surgery have likely come across phrases like “board-certified cosmetic surgeon” or “board-certified plastic surgeon,” but these are not the same thing. For superior results and a safe outcome, it’s important for patients to understand what it means to be a board-certified plastic surgeon. Below we’re sharing what patients need to know about board certification and why it matters.

What Is Board Certification?

When undergoing any type of treatment by a physician, patients deserve the peace of mind that they’re receiving the highest standard of care, and this all comes down to the practitioner’s technical skills, experience, and knowledge. One way to validate a doctor’s level of skill is through board certification in his or her specialty. Although it might seem like board certification would be mandated by law, it is completely voluntary.

Technically, any practicing physician with a valid medical license can perform cosmetic surgery. This means that a doctor whose specialty is general medicine or emergency medicine can legally perform highly complex plastic surgery procedures, such as rhinoplasty or breast augmentation. These doctors may market themselves as “cosmetic surgeons,” or claim to be a “board-certified cosmetic surgeon.” However, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Patients should be sure to choose a surgeon who is board certified by either the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which have very high standards for certification.

Most plastic surgeons in the United States spend about 16 years undergoing postsecondary training and education. This also includes highly specialized training in reconstructive and plastic surgery. In order to become board certified in plastic surgery, they must then pass rigorous written and oral examinations to demonstrate their proficiency. Patients can verify the status of their potential plastic surgeon’s board certification online.

Dr. Hershcovitch is double board certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. This wealth of knowledge allows him to provide the highest level of care to patients seeking facial plastic surgery.

Why Board Certification Matters

Safety

In skilled hands, most plastic surgery procedures are fairly safe and predictable. But as with any procedure, sometimes unexpected medical events occur. In such a scenario, a board-certified physician is best qualified to handle the situation and ensure the safest outcome possible. This high level of skill is important even for patients undergoing minimally invasive or non-surgical treatments, such as Botox injections and fillers.

Results

When undergoing plastic surgery of the face or another highly visible part of the body, many patients are concerned that their results will make them look unnatural or overcorrected. This is another area where board certification can provide a tremendous benefit.

As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Hershcovitch has an in-depth understanding of facial anatomy and how it relates to facial aesthetics. Plastic surgery is an art as much as it is a science; properly certified surgeons such as Dr. Hershcovitch combine their meticulous surgical skill with aesthetic insight to produce truly natural-looking results.

If you’re considering facial plastic surgery and you’d like to speak with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, contact Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. Based on your concerns and cosmetic goals, he will work with you to create a completely customized treatment plan.