There is a little-known area of rhinoplasty practiced by top surgeons like Dr. Naderi that is referred to as geriatric rhinoplasty. Though aging is inevitable and there is little that can be done to prevent the nose from changing with age, Dr. Naderi has found in his practice that conservative rhinoplasty can correct many of the changes that occur to the nose over time.
As we age, the skin can lose elasticity and the tip of the may dip. In addition, the nostrils may widen. While these changes cannot be prevented, they can at least be fixed.
What is Geriatric Rhinoplasty?
Geriatric rhinoplasty refers to a number of rhinoplasty techniques which may be specifically chosen to combat the effects of aging on the nose. It is important to remember that it is the aging of the skin and tissues beneath it that cause the changes, as well as personal lifestyle choices.
While rhinoplasty will help, there may be recommended adjustments to lifestyle and habits, as well as other facial cosmetic care and surgery that will enhance the effects of the rhinoplasty procedures that you undergo.
Typical techniques include:
- supporting the tip of the nose;
- reducing nostril size;
- elevating the tip;
- improving rhinophyma
This last is a condition related to rosacea and characterized by the gradual thickening of the tip of the nose until it becomes large, bulbous and, in many, cases ruddy in appearance. However, it can be fixed with surgery.
Is Your Nose Getting Bigger with Age?
It is something of a myth that noses continue to grow. However, there are some conditions, such as rhinophyma, which cause mass to be added. In addition, the supporting bone and cartilage can deteriorate with time, and skin will lose its elasticity.
The resulting drooping effect, often compounded by the aging of the skin around the nose, can cause the nose to appear to be growing, even when, technically, it isn’t. One of the most common procedures is a simple support suture for the tip of the nose, for example, which takes little time to complete and has a lasting result.
More complex procedures can be used to give more permanent support to the tip of the nose, as well as reduce nostril size and re-drape the skin so that the nose appears smaller and in keeping with the face.
This is important because your face will change its shape over time and, for the best results, the surgeon needs to take into account the aesthetic side as well as the surgical. Often this will result in choosing a variety of techniques in order to ensure that the result fits the face perfectly.
It is this mixture of art and science that makes Dr. Naderi one of the best surgeons in his field; natural-looking rhinoplasties are his specialty, as evidenced by the before and after photos available on the practice’s web site.
To learn more about geriatric and revision rhinoplasty, as well as other complementary cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, please contact the Naderi Center at 703-481-0002 in Virginia or 301-222-2020 in Maryland for a consultation today.