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Top Cosmetic and Medical Reasons for Rhinoplasty

There is no facial feature that has a more significant impact on your first impression with others than your nose. If it is in the right proportion to your other facial features, then it will most probably go unnoticed, giving way to the rest of your facial attributes. But if it is too small or too large, misshapen or crooked, or has some other aesthetic issue like a hump or flared nostrils, then the nose can detract from your appearance. It’s no wonder rhinoplasty ranks as one of the top five cosmetic procedures in the United States year after year. 

Cosmetic dissatisfaction isn’t the only reason Americans seek rhinoplasty. Functional issues impacting sleep health, energy, and quality of life also fill the rhinoplasty specialist’s schedule. With the advances in nasal corrective surgery available today, there is no reason to struggle with sleep apnea, labored breathing, dry mouth, or chronic sinusitis or headache pain.  

Cosmetic Improvements with Rhinoplasty 

Cosmetic correction through a nose job can help change the shape, size, and appearance of the nose. Many of our patients seek help with the appearance of their nose to:  

  • Widen or narrow nostrils
  • Reshape a “bulbous” nose tip
  • Flatten a “dorsal hump”
  • Change the angle between their nose and upper lip
  • Narrow their nose bridge
  • Straighten a crooked nose

In many cases, Dr. Herschcovitch can hide the incisions he uses to recontour the nose from the inside.  Or, he can perform discreet incisions outside the nose where they will go unnoticed.

The nose should complement the face, not distract from the other features. When the nose is inconspicuous, it allows your other facial features to shine. 

When a patient has cosmetic issues with their nose it can affect their confidence and self-esteem. When a dedicated, board-certified facial plastic surgeon delivers the results possible with rhinoplasty, it will have a positive influence on your life by boosting your self-assurance. 

Medical Reasons to Have Rhinoplasty

While the nose is the most prominent feature on our face, it is also a critical pathway for breathing. There are multiple benefits that breathing freely through our nose can deliver.  A clear airway helps us breathe with less effort which in turn provides our body a higher rate of oxygen absorption. Sufficient oxygen leads to more energy and clearer thinking, something we all need in this go-go era.  

Deviated Septum

A deviated septum is when a cartilaginous barrier separates the right nasal cavity from the left. If the septum is crooked, it makes one passage smaller and constricts the airflow necessary for breathing. This deviation may be from trauma or can be present since birth.  

Nasal congestion is the most common symptom attributed to a deviated septum. Other side-effects include:

  • Snoring
  • Runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Nosebleeds

Rhinoplasty will realign the septum and resolve all of these annoying symptoms. 

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

We highlight this symptom because this issue not only affects the patient with a deviated septum but also the person they sleep with, causing both the inability to get a good night’s sleep. A constricted airflow can lead to sleep apnea and snoring. Because rhinoplasty can resolve a constricted nasal passage it can help the patient develop healthy sleep patterns. 

To learn how you can not only look better with a nose job but increase your lifestyle by increasing your breathing capacity, contact us today to learn more. 

Call us at one of our two convenient locations: West Hills: 818-888-7878, Westlake: 805-371-0004  or schedule a consultation

Three Reasons Why Summer is the Ideal Time for Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic surgery for nose appearance is more typical with teenagers than with any other age group. The reason? Because aesthetic nose surgery is best done when you’re young, and when you’re young, it’s essential to look your best. But when is the best time for most patients to plan for rhinoplasty? Given the schedule of high school and college students, a summer procedure is the most likely answer. Here are three reasons why: 

1. It’s the Time for New Beginnings

Graduation from high school or college is the end of an era for many young people. What better time for correcting facial appearance than before embarking on another phase in your life. If you are in high school, starting college may be approaching; if you are in college, a career is likely in your future. Nothing breeds confidence more than looking great, and with the nose being the center of your most visible feature, rhinoplasty is a great way to trigger success. 

Rhinoplasty during the summer months can deliver optimal results which will improve self-esteem and in some cases, nose function. By opening the airflow through nasal passages, the increase in oxygen levels will also provide more energy for what will soon be a busier lifestyle.  

2. Great Time for Downtime

With school behind you and no looming deadlines calling for all-nighters for the next several weeks, there is time to rest and recover so you can heal up after your operation. Also, there is plenty of time on your calendar left for travel or intern options. Two weeks is a suitable time frame for recovery, a great time to catch up on your binge-watching your favorite or a new show.

This advantage does come with a caveat. Your surgeon will advise that you stay out of the direct sunlight and limit your exposure for about six weeks. Make sure you have a good supply of sunscreen available after your recovery is complete. 

3. Discretion, Because No One Needs to Know

Summer is a good time for transition, putting to bed what’s in the past and looking forward to what is to come. If you prefer that new friends or colleagues don’t know about your nose correction, it’s as simple as don’t tell them. As far as they will know, your new appearance is not new at all, but how you’ve always looked. 

Recover Tips

Summer is a great time to schedule rhinoplasty. However, each season brings a different set of recovery challenges. For a quick and successful healing process, here are a few tips we recommend after your operation:

Avoid the Sun

Avoiding direct sunlight to the incision areas are crucial for a successful result. You should stay out of the sun for at least six weeks after surgery. If you need to go outside, make sure you wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen. 

Do Not Wear Sunglasses

The nosepiece of the sunglasses may apply too much weight or pinch the bridge of the nose, causing interference with your nose healing correctly. You should also limit wearing your prescription glasses for the same reason. It may be best to switch to contacts for the first few weeks after surgery. 

No Contact Sports or Swimming

Avoid any activities which may risk having any trauma to your nose area. Also, don’t swim because saltwater and chlorine have adverse effects on your nose, increasing the risk of infection. 

Plenty of Rest

Take this time to lay back and rest. You’ve been busy in school for the last few years, and you’ve got more ahead of you. Recovery is a great time to take a break and recharge. 

Learn More

Double board-certified, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch offers facial plastic surgery including rhinoplasty in the Calabasas, West Hills area. If you are considering rhinoplasty or any facial plastic surgery, we are here to provide you with the information you need. 

Contact us today or visit us in the West Hills or Westgate area.

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!

What Does Thick Skin Mean for Your Rhinoplasty Results?

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!

Reasons to Schedule Your Rhinoplasty Consultation with Dr. Hershcovitch in 2019

Your nose is an important part of your appearance and often becomes a focal point when you meet new people. If you feel self-conscious about your nose because of genetics or due to an injury that has misshapen it, it can harm your self-esteem and affect the way you interact with others. Having a nose surgery known as rhinoplasty to reshape and/or repair your nose is the perfect way to address these concerns and restore your confidence. If you live in the West Hills or Westlake Village areas, you should consider scheduling a rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. Here’s why.

You’re Ready to Look and Feel Better in the New Year

The new year is the perfect time to make positive changes to your life that will help boost your confidence and address concerns that may have been bothering you for many years. Dr. Hershcovitch is committed to matching his patients’ outer beauty to their inner beauty and knows that refinement to the facial structure can often bring out the inner light of those who have dealt with self-doubt their entire lives. When you schedule your rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Hershcovitch, you will be taking the steps to ensure that 2019 is the most exciting and fulfilling year yet!

You Have Questions About the Procedure

It’s understandable that you would have numerous questions regarding your nose surgery. You may wonder how much pain you will experience, what the recovery time is like, and what will happen if you aren’t satisfied with the results. Your consultation with Dr. Hershcovitch will answer all of these questions and put your mind at ease before you schedule your surgery. The doctor always takes the time to listen to his patients’ backgrounds, concerns, questions, and needs before moving forward with any type of procedure. His caring and compassion will put you at ease and reassure you that you are working with someone who truly cares about you.

You Want to Work with a True Professional

 If you are ready to have nose surgery, you want to make sure you have a true professional performing your procedure. Dr. Hershcovitch is an expert in ENT surgery as well as in plastic surgery. That means that he will not only focus on creating a natural and attractive result, but he will also address concerns such as snoring, breathing problems, or other health issues related to your nasal passage. Common types of nose surgery that Dr. Hershcovitch performs include bony hump removal, narrowing of the width of the nose, and nose tip reshaping. He can do this in a closed or open procedure depending on the extent of reshaping you desire and what areas of the nose will be involved in the procedure. When you consult with a professional such as Dr. Hershcovitch, you know that you are working with someone who will ensure they perform the surgery that is just right for you.

You Want an Experienced Surgeon Performing Your Procedure

It’s comforting to know that your plastic surgeon has experience in the type of procedure you are undergoing. Dr. Hershcovitch has extensive experience with challenging surgeries such as ethnic nose reshaping and will put you at ease if you have a complicated surgery you need to be performed. The doctor is sensitive to the needs and wants of those from different ethnicities and always takes the time to understand your goals and background before scheduling your rhinoplasty.

You Want to be Taken Care of After Your Surgery is Complete

 Though rhinoplasty is an outpatient surgery and should have no complications, you still want to know that your doctor will take care of you if you need anything once the surgery is complete. Dr. Hershcovitch is very invested in your recovery and makes sure to monitor each patient when they wake up from anesthesia before allowing them to go home. He also opts to give patients casts and nasal splints instead of packing the nose after surgery to provide a more comfortable recovery. If you have any questions after surgery or during your recovery, Dr. Hershcovitch and his caring staff are always there to help.

 Now is the time to improve the shape of your nose and boost your self-image! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hershcovitch today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Do You Know if You Need a Second Rhinoplasty?

Are you unsatisfied with your rhinoplasty results? It may be time to consider revision rhinoplasty. A second rhinoplasty procedure from a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon can give you the nose you always wanted. Read our infographic below to find out if you need one.

If you’re interested in revision rhinoplasty, contact us today.

5 Reasons to Choose Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world because it delivers beautiful results that allow a patient’s natural beauty to shine through. Many patients also enjoy a boost of self-esteem and confidence after their procedure. If you are considering rhinoplasty, we’ve outlined five reasons to finally make the first move:

  • You desire a nose that is proportionate to your face.
  • You want your nose to be a more aesthetically pleasing shape.
  • You are looking to straighten your nose and eliminate visible bumps.
  • You would like to reduce or enlarge the size of your nostrils.
  • You are looking to correct breathing problems due to your nasal structure.

Ready to schedule your consultation? Contact us here. We look forward to meeting you!

Fact or Fiction? Debunking Rhinoplasty Myths

Fact or Fiction? Debunking Rhinoplasty Myths

Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed every year. And being so popular means the internet abounds with information about this procedure – but not everything you read may be true.

If you’re researching your options for rhinoplasty, then you may be overwhelmed with the myths and rumors out there. In this blog, we’ll be exploring the most common misconceptions and sharing everything you need to know about rhinoplasty.

My Nose Has to Be Broken During Rhinoplasty

One of the top rhinoplasty myths that often gets circulated is that your surgeon has to “break” your nose during surgery. This isn’t quite true; the procedure – called an osteotomy – is actually very precise and is only used in certain cases. While it may seem a bit extreme at first, it’s essentially just a controlled fracture of the nasal bones. And when performed by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, this procedure can beautifully reshape the nose.

During the procedure, a specialized tool is used to expertly cut into the bone to create a more flattering and natural-looking nose shape. For instance, when a large dorsal bump is removed, sometimes a gap is left along the nasal bridge. To close this gap, the bone needs to be cut so that the nose can be reshaped. Osteotomies are also sometimes performed for patients who have crooked noses. During your consultation, your surgeon will let you know whether this step will be required for your rhinoplasty.

I Can Have Nose Surgery Without Any External Incisions

In some cases, you can have rhinoplasty without any external incisions. There are two general types of rhinoplasty procedures: an open approach and a closed approach. With a closed approach, all incisions are made inside of the nose. An open approach requires an additional incision that is made along the columella, which is the thin strip of tissue between the nostrils.

A closed approach is ideal for more straightforward procedures, like a bump reduction. Many patients are initially attracted to this approach because of the hidden incisions. However, it doesn’t offer optimal visualization of the nasal structures, especially if nasal tip work is needed.

With an open rhinoplasty, the nasal structures can be visualized in their entirety during surgery. This gives the surgeon a greater amount of control, and it allows for more extensive changes to the nose. And when it comes to scarring, the resultant scar is easily hidden. Both techniques can produce great results, and the right technique for you depends on your cosmetic goals and your anatomy.  Dr. Hershcovitch is facile with both approaches and can discuss which would be best for you during your consultation.

Rhinoplasty Will Give Me “Black Eyes”

Some people considering nose surgery might be intimidated by images they’ve seen of the stereotypical rhinoplasty patient, who usually has “black eye” bruising. It’s difficult to predict whether or not a patient will bruise after rhinoplasty, but it’s important to understand that any bruising that does occur is normal.

Bruising is just the body’s response to trauma or injury. To reduce bruising after your nose surgery, be sure to keep your head elevated (even when sleeping) and use cold compresses, when needed. Most patients find that their bruising resolves within a week or two.

Rhinoplasty Is Covered by Insurance

Some people seek nose surgery to correct a structural defect or a functional issue from an injury. In these cases, your procedure may be partially covered by insurance. But for elective cosmetic procedures, rhinoplasty is typically not covered. In general, breathing issues are covered by insurance, however reshaping the outside is considered cosmetic. It’s best to speak with your surgeon to confirm whether your particular nose surgery will be covered.

The Final Results from Rhinoplasty Won’t Be Seen for Months

This has some truth to it, but not to the extent that you might think. You will see an immediate and significant improvement in the appearance of your nose after rhinoplasty. However, swelling may obscure the full results for about a month. Sometimes, residual swelling may last up to a year, but in most cases this swelling is so minor that it will only be perceptible to you and your surgeon.

Any Plastic Surgeon Is Qualified to Perform Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty may seem straightforward, but it is one of the most challenging plastic surgery procedures to perform. It requires a keen sense of aesthetics and surgical precision, so it’s best to choose a qualified surgeon who you can trust.

In the United States, any physician with a medical license can legally perform plastic surgery, but this doesn’t mean that they’re the best person for the job. To ensure a successful outcome from rhinoplasty, you should choose a board-certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. Board-certified facial plastic surgeons must complete specialized training in plastic surgery, and they have to pass rigorous examinations to prove their mastery of the field. Dr. Hershcovitch is double board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, allowing him to produce exquisite results from rhinoplasty. His practice also provides a warm, welcoming environment where you can feel comfortable as you begin your journey toward a better you.

When it comes to rhinoplasty, don’t let the common myths and misconceptions stop you from pursuing this transformative procedure. If you’re ready to take the next step, contact Dr. Matt Hershcovitch to schedule your personal consultation.