Genetics, trauma and even age can make the nose appear out of balance with your other facial features. Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in Scottsdale because it has the power to transform the entire face. With Dr. Shapiro's years of experience, he performs some of the best results in rhinoplasty Scottsdale has to offer.
There is not a single nose that works for everyone, as the perfect nose accentuates other features such as the lips and eyes. As such, this procedure requires a customized approach for each patient. The changes made during nasal surgery are determined by the current condition of the nose and the desired results.
In many cases, excess bone will be removed so that the nose can be restructured and the bridge lowered. A nasal implant may be used to augment the bone structure for a more prominent structure. The cartilage of the nose can also be refined to improve the nasal tip.
"I understand how empowering, psychologically a Rhinoplasty can be and Rhinplasty surgery is a type of surgery that to be good at, you must be passionate about."
- Dr. Shapiro
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Nasal surgery may be performed for any number of reasons, ranging from purely functional to correct breathing problems to reconstructive or cosmetic. The nose can be made larger or smaller, wider or narrower, shorter or longer.
With our Phoenix rhinoplasty, humps may be removed, nasal passages may be opened, or the appearance of the nose may be refined. The following are common reasons to perform this procedure.
If an injury or accident has caused damage to the facial bones or tissue it may have produced unpleasing aesthetic to the nose causing you to seek options for surgery.
In some cases, signs of a broken nose are obvious, as the nose can become drastically deviated. However, there may be subtler signs, such as being able to feel the bony “step off” along the fracture line. If you have been struck in the nose, it is important to have a physician check for a septal hematoma and then consult with Dr. Shapiro regarding options to repair the nose.
A deviated septum is a condition in which the cartilage that separates the nasal passages becomes off-center and creates breathing problems, including chronic sinus infections or a closed nasal passage. This condition may be corrected through a specific rhinoplasty procedure known as a septoplasty which is often performed alongside a cosmetic Rhinoplasty.
Many patients undergo our Paradise Valley rhinoplasty to improve the appearance of the nose, which affects the balance and proportion of the face. If your nose does not seem to match your face, is too wide or has a noticeable bump or another deformity, it can likely be corrected through surgery.
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The best Phoenix rhinoplasty candidates are men and women who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose and wish to permanently change the shape or size of the nasal structure. For the best rhinoplasty experience, candidates should be in good general health and have realistic expectations about their results.
Individuals who have had a previous nose job and are unhappy with the results can discuss the revision rhinoplasty procedure as well. Dr. Shapiro is recognized as a leader in Scottsdale, Phoenix and throughout Arizona in correcting previous rhinoplasties.
Dr. Shapiro performs rhinoplasty procedures on our female patients when they are at least 16-years-old. As a general rule, your nose needs to be done growing before you will be considered a candidate for this surgery.
Our goal is to provide our clients with the best experience and results in rhinoplasty Scottsdale has available. Here’s a detailed look at what to expect throughout your journey with our office.
During your consultation appointment Dr. Shapiro will review your concerns with you and answer any questions that you may have. He will take his time to go over surgical techniques he uses, discuss the surgical recovery, advise you as to what to look for in a surgeon and review before and after photographs and magazine photos.
In preparation for your consultation, Dr. Shapiro recommends considering specific things you would like to change about your nose and often asks our Scottsdale patients to bring in photographs to help explain what they hope to achieve. Dr. Shapiro will work with you to determine which changes will best harmonize your face during your in person evaluation.
Using advanced software, Dr. Shapiro will manipulate a digital image of your nose to illustrate your expected outcomes.
Thanks to recent advances in three-dimensional photograph technology, we are proud to have Vectra® 3D imaging software in our practice. Vectra® 3D software can be explained in three easy steps:
Step 1: During your consultation multiple images are taken of your nose which allows us to construct a three-dimensional photograph of your face.
Step 2: The aesthetic concerns are identified in the photographs allowing Dr. Shapiro to create an aesthetic blueprint and customize a surgical plan based on your individual needs.
Step 3: Dr. Shapiro uses simulated sculpting tools to edit the photograph to give you a representation of what your post-operative rhinoplasty result would be.
Nasal surgery may be performed using an open or closed technique. With an open rhinoplasty, the most commonly performed type, the nasal structure is manipulated through a small incision made on the tissue separating the nostrils, known as the columella. This cut heals into a fine line that is virtually imperceptible.
A closed rhinoplasty does not require an external incision. However, it may only be used in certain cases because of surgical limitations. Incisions will be made entirely within the nose.
Rhinoplasty surgery is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis, and patients must leave with a scheduled ride home.
Surgery is performed in the Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center conveniently located just steps outside our office. This is the primary facility used by Dr. Shapiro for his surgical patients, and it is a State-Certified Ambulatory Surgery Center used exclusively for elective cosmetic surgery performed by plastic surgeons certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.
After surgery patients will return to our office in 3-5 days to have their nasal packing materials removed. Surgical sutures will be removed along with the nasal splint one week after the procedure. At this post-op visit, your new nose will be revealed.
Swelling and bruising typically peak two days after surgery, and then continue to subside over a period of two weeks. Nasal swelling may not be noticeable until the splint is removed. While most swelling subsides within one or two months, subtle swelling can persist up to one year.
The minor changes that morph over this year are often noticeable only to the patient. Most of our Paradise Valley patients feel comfortable being seen in public once their splint is removed.
Nasal congestion is common after this procedure, particularly during the first six weeks. The upper lip may feel stiff for a few weeks, and the nose may feel “wooden” or numb for weeks. These side effects do subside.
Before surgery, Dr. Shapiro will discuss whether you want subtle or dramatic changes. He has decades of experience performing rhinoplasty procedures on patients of Mediterranean, Asian and African descent and can improve the appearance of the nose without removing signature ethnic characteristics that make you feel like you.
Dr. Shapiro is an award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon with over 28 years of experience in his field. With impressive technical skill and a talent for creating natural-looking results, his practice has become a leading destination for discerning patients throughout the country.
Known for his compassion and honesty, Dr. Shapiro strives to educate his patients so that they are empowered about their care. He carefully explains the procedures, expected results, and techniques in a way that anyone can understand. Additionally, he personally guides his clients every step of the way – from the initial consultation to their post-operative care – to ensure an enjoyable experience and the best possible results.