Thursday, January 7, 2010

Are you a candidate for Rhinoplasty?

How do you know if you are a candidate for Rhinoplasty?  Dr. Jay Calvert explains...

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure which alters the appearance of the nose. Noses can be made to appear larger, smaller, thinner, wider and nearly any combination of length, shape and size. While many of us have dealt with medical issues or self confidence problems surrounding our noses our entire lives, questions remain: Why do it? Will a surgical procedure cure all that ails me?

The answers to these questions are subjective. That is, every person is different; therefore, the answers to these questions are case specific. Before electing to have plastic surgery, you should be sure that the decision is right for you. This will require quite a lot of introspection. But, you can not possibly answer the question of whether or not this surgery will cure what ails you if you do not first know the answer to the question of why you are electing to have this surgery in the first place. For the most part, if you are doing this surgery for your self, and not someone else, then you are a good candidate for surgery. You will discuss issues surrounding your desired appearance with your surgeon in order to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure.

For many, the thought of altering their nose to custom fit their desires is a dream come true. Hardly anyone likes their nose.  Memories of brothers and sisters or classmates teasing haunt them forever. They never do "learn to live with" their appearance comfortably. Mothers' reassurances that their children will grow into their noses is no comfort when a person grows into adulthood with a nose they love to hate. Rhinoplasty is a great way to overcome self confidence issues for this group of people.

For others, the decision takes more time. While rhinoplasty is not generally dangerous, it is a painful procedure and will alter your looks for life. It is not a decision to be taken lightly. The question of whether a patient is electing to have surgery because they want to appease someone else's desires must be taken into account. This surgery must be done only when it is to benefit the patient, not the patient's family, friends, colleagues or critics.

Choosing a surgeon who respects your wishes and understands your desired affect is an important part of the decision making process. Surgeons should possess a profound respect for what looks best with your face. Therefore, your choice of surgeon makes all the difference in the world when it comes to answering the question of whether or not rhinoplasty is something you should elect to have done.

Ultimately, rhinoplasty is a life changing procedure which can, indeed, cure what ails you. But the decision should only be made after proper introspection and consultation with an experienced and respected physician. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Calvert, a well known and respected surgeon based in Beverly Hills, please visit .

Jay Calvert, MD, FACS is a board certified plastic surgeon based in Beverly Hills and Orange County, CA. He performs all types of plastic surgery and specializes in face lifts, rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and breast augmentation. To learn more about Dr. Calvert's aesthetic surgery practice, please visit or call 1-310-777-8800 in Beverly Hills or 1-949-644-2858 in Newport Beach to set up an appointment.