March 22, 2022 Tags: Plastic Surgery News
Facial plastic surgery and aesthetic trends are constantly changing as the field advances. Patients and surgeons alike are more interested in finding ways to enhance results naturally and maintain the patient’s current features.
According to Plastic Surgery Practice, one of the most important innovations in rhinoplasty (a.k.a. nose job surgery) is a technique utilized decades ago, called the “preservation rhinoplasty” technique. This was popular in the first half of the 20th century and then largely abandoned for several years. However, this technique is back. Many surgeons now have incorporated elements of this practice into their work performing rhinoplasties.
Described by P. Daniel Ward, MD, MS, FACS, “preservation rhinoplasty allows the surgeon to reduce the bump on the bridge of the nose, which is one of the most requested changes. The unique element of preservation rhinoplasty is that instead of directly removing the bump from the nose, the bump is removed by reducing some structures inside of the nose, allowing the dorsum of the nose to be lowered. The advantage of this technique is that it allows the surgeon to maintain the patient’s native dorsum, which helps to minimize the risk of irregularities and contour deformities.”
In the last few decades, structural rhinoplasty has risen to popularity. This technique has become a major part of how most plastic surgeons think about the nose. By using structural graphs of cartilage, surgeons can reposition and change the shape of the nose in more predictable ways and aid in minimizing the risk of complications. One of the most innovative changes in rhinoplasties has been the combination of these techniques—the dorsal preservation technique and structural rhinoplasty.
One newer element of facial plastic surgery is facial rejuvenation techniques, historically reserved for patients concerned about looking older. However, we’re now seeing more and more young patients pursuing both non-surgical and surgical facial rejuvenation procedures. These patients are not necessarily getting these procedures to look younger but instead to highlight their eyes and smiles by changing their facial proportions.
Facelifts are typically thought of as a technique reserved for aging patients. However, now they can be a facial rejuvenation procedure, as more modern facelift techniques involve a redistribution of the volume in the facial structures to help accentuate the positives. Dr. Ward believes that interest in these procedures will continue to increase, and more surgical facial rejuvenation over a traditional facelift will become popular. This shift will continue as patients recognize the limitations of non-surgical techniques, as these are often not permanent changes, and better understand the dramatic improvements they can experience with surgery.
If a rhinoplasty or facelift is something you’ve been thinking about, don’t wait! Schedule your consultation with Dr. J. J. Wendel Plastic Surgery today to see how we can give you the facial aesthetics of your dreams.