Augmenting the Nose for Aesthetic and Functional Enhancement
If you lack projection in the bridge or tip of your nose, feel that your nose is disproportionately small compared to your other features, or have an indentation on the bridge of your nose, Dr. David Passaretti may be able to perform an augmentation rhinoplasty at his office in Darien, CT. When designing your surgery, Dr. Passaretti can take your unique features into account so your results balance your facial symmetry. In addition to offering cosmetic benefits, an augmentation rhinoplasty can also help you breathe more easily.
Benefits of Augmentation Rhinoplasty
The most obvious benefits of an augmentation rhinoplasty are cosmetic. By adding curvature and volume, Dr. Passaretti can restore symmetry and shape to a misshapen or disproportionate nose. Furthermore, the doctor can also smooth out any bumps or other minor areas of concern.
A unique cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasties can offer functional benefits, as well as cosmetic ones. Because a misshapen or small nose can result in narrow nasal passages or structural deficiencies, straightening out these passages can significantly improve breathing. The doctor can even correct a deviated septum or other similar conditions during surgery. A study performed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that rhinoplasty regularly improves nasal breathing.
Because the benefits of this procedure can be both cosmetic and health-related, our helpful office staff can help you work with your insurance company to make the procedure more affordable.
Why Undergo the Procedure?
In addition to simple dissatisfaction with the appearance of your nose, there are a number of reasons why you might consider augmentation rhinoplasty, including:
- Systemic diseases such as Wegener granulomatosis
- Trauma to the nose
- Excessive reduction due to surgical procedures
- Saddle nose deformity
- Nasal valve collapse
By restructuring the nasal passages and adding cartilage grafts, Dr. Passaretti can create a more proportionate and functional nasal structure.
Closed versus Open Surgery
In most cases, Dr. Passaretti will use bone tissue taken from another part of your body to build the structure of your nose. The most common sources for this tissue are the ear, rib, or septum. Alternatively, Dr. Passaretti may use a synthetic bone grafting material to build up the nose, if that is more appropriate for your goals.
Dr. Passaretti offers one-on-one consultations for cosmetic surgery patients and encourages you to be honest with your cosmetic concerns.
If your condition allows, Dr. Passaretti prefers to perform closed rhinoplasty, during which incisions are made on the insides of your nostrils instead of outside. However, while closed rhinoplasty can lower your risk of external, visible scarring, an open rhinoplasty can allow Dr. Passaretti greater access to the areas of concern. The doctor can determine which surgery is more appropriate during your initial consultation.
If you are undergoing closed surgery, Dr. Passaretti will create incisions on the inside of your nostrils to access the internal structures of your nose. For open surgery, he will make the incision on the cartilage between the nostrils. However, patients should keep in mind that even if they require an open rhinoplasty, the incisions are placed on the underside of the nose and to ensure discreet, minimal scarring.
Restructure Your Profile
Dr. Passaretti offers one-on-one consultations for cosmetic surgery patients and encourages you to be honest with your cosmetic concerns and aesthetic goals. We recognize that no two patients are the same, and your surgery will be designed to address your aesthetic and functional imperfections. To schedule your consultation, call our office at (203) 656-9999 or contact us online.