Rhinoplasty Surgery: 5 Reasons Why Experience and Expertise Matters

It is fairly obvious that people want excellent outcomes from their surgery.  What is not so obvious is that outcomes are measured differently for different types of procedures.  For example, for a fairly simple medical procedure such as a tonsillectomy, the outcome may be based on a few objectives.  Were the tonsils successfully removed?  Were […]

Nasal fillers and the non-surgical rhinoplasty Truths and Myths

There is a growing trend for patients to seek improvement to the shape of the nose through non-surgical means.  Through the use of commercially available intra-dermal fillers, some practitioners treat patients in an office setting to change the shape of the nose.  Although on surface, this type of treatment, sometimes called “non-surgical rhinoplasty”, would seem […]

Looking Great Without Looking “Done”

One of the most frequent concerns that new patients express to me during our initial consultation is, “I want to look natural. I’m really scared I’ll look like I’ve had something done.” This concern, though understandably a source of anxiety for my patients, is actually music to my ears! Let me explain what I mean: […]

Top 3 Filler Fears and Myths

Myth number 1: I will look overdone. Not true! Unfortunately, our eyes are drawn to the “overfilled,” unnatural results that we see in celebrities and in people around us. But, the best filler results are those that we don’t even realize ARE filler. My patients are frequently told things like, “You have amazing skin!” or […]

Rhinoplasty in the age of the Digital Social Identity

In the past few years, I’ve noticed an increasing concern among many patients about how they look in photographs. In some cases, young patients in particular seem more concerned about their appearance in photos than how they look in person.   This is not surprising, given how easily photos are now taken and shared.  Also, with […]

Rhinoplasty: Structure and Surface

One of the biggest challenges of rhinoplasty is the complex three dimensional nature of the nose.  A natural, attractive nose is a soft, rounded, triangular pyramid which should reside in the center of the face.  Symmetry, smoothness, and a rounded triangular shape are the outcomes surgeons generally strive for with surgery.  The problem is that […]

Amy “Nose” Best. A Journey through my Rhinoplasty Surgery and Recovery

Having worked in the plastic surgery industry for the past 10 years I have been a part of the planning, preparation, and counseling/ after- care for 1000s of surgical patients. Six months ago I underwent my own procedure – a revision rhinoplasty. My original rhinoplasty was years ago and my experience with the first procedure […]

What make a nose look natural?

I firmly believe that successful rhinoplasty should result in a nose which looks like it belongs on one’s face—a nose which that person could have been born with.  This does not mean that every outcome must result in the same shape.  In fact, noses of a variety of shapes and sizes can look attractive and […]

Choosing the “right” filler

“With so many fillers out there these days, how do I decide which one is right for me?” I hear this question frequently from new patients, and find that they can get a bit bogged down by the sheer number of choices. To make matters worse, filler advertisements can be vague and/or misleading, while online […]

Selecting a surgeon, selecting a patient – It’s a two-way street

Most everyone will agree that a prospective patient should do some research to vet the qualifications and background of a physician before entrusting that person to their medical care.  This is especially important with complicated surgery, such as rhinoplasty, in which the margins are small and the techniques nuanced and intricate.  Patient who do their […]