Rhinoplasty (nose job) involves a small alteration to your physical anatomy, but the results are huge. Your face can look softer and more refined. And when you like the way you look it affects the way you feel.
Goal of a rhinoplasty is to create a harmonic nose that also is in harmony with the rest of the face.
Mostly rhinoplasties are performed in women between 19 and 50 years of age, but sometimes teenagers, men and elderly patients are operated.
Aging changes may affect the nose in several ways: decreased skin elasticity, fragile bones and potentially calcified cartilages may lead to a hanging nose.
Among surgeons rhinoplasty is considered to be a difficult operation, primarily because of the limited predictability of the aesthetic result. The biggest challenge is to give enough stability to the nose so it looks the same or even better 1 year after the surgery and not worse. Failure to do this is the reason why revision rhinoplasty is necessary in 5% to 15% of the cases.
Insufficient support to the tip of the nose is the indication in about 50% of all revision rhinoplasties. Deviations and irregularities are also frequent indications. Dr van de Ven will ALWAYS place a cartilaginous strut to give extra support to the tip of your nose, resulting in very stable results, even after decades.
After osteotomies during rhinoplasty (bone cuts) the nose is like a ‘bag of bones’. When these bones shift to one side and heal together in that position, the result of the rhinoplasty will be an oblique or even crooked nose. To prevent this a splint that keeps the bones aligned in the middle is necessary. Fluid collecting between skin and the underlying cartilages after rhinoplasty may lead to the body replacing that fluid collection with scar tissue, degrading the quality of the final result. Therefore Dr van de Ven has developed and patented a so called nose-moulder. It immobilizes the bone fractures and helps the skin adhere to the new framework by keeping fluid from collecting in a pool between the skin and the underlying cartilages.
Advantages of the nose moulder are:
• Real rigid fixation
• Less irregularities (straight noses)
• Real pressure
• Less fluid collection so less scar tissue
• Easily removed and put back on
• Intermittent doctor and patient control possible
• Little adjustments can be induced to the healing bones during checkups
• Patient can take it of for showering etc.
• Extended use possible—Patient can wear this device fulltime for 3 weeks after the operation and after that for months during the night
• breathing problems
• disfigured nose after injuries
• congenital deformity
• masculine features in the nose of a woman
Breathing problems can be and should be corrected in the same stage with aesthetic rhinoplasty.
To begin with the cause of the problem needs to be determined: it can be a curvature of the septum, a hypertrophy of the turbinates or a weakness of the cartilages. In each case, an appropriate treatment should be performed as well as corrections of deformities of the external nose. If the reason is hypertrophy of the terminates Dr van de Ven will refer you to an ENT-specialist as he doesn’t deal with this kind of pathology.
The nasal septum is composed of a posterior bony portion and an anterior cartilage portion. Usually, a posterior deviation can be responsible of difficulty in breathing but doesn’t modify the shape of the nose. On the opposite, deformities of the anterior portion of the septum can also decrease breathing and are frequently the cause of visible deformities on frontal view and deformities of the nostril orifices.
Injuries to the nose frequently lead to displacement and/or damage to the bone and cartilage support. The appearance of the nose has changed and there can be deviations, asymmetries and sometimes airway problems.
Displaced bones and cartilages of the nose can be reset with a rather high success rate within the first week to 10 days after the trauma.
One should understand that after a significant injury to the nose it takes six months or more before an extensive rhinoplasty can be done safely. This is primarily because the tissues need to settle, become softer and less vascular. During the evaluation of the nose after an accident assessment of shape and possible airway problems are both very important. Sometimes a correction of the septum of the nose is necessary.
In order to restore a straight nose it is often necessary to re-fracture the bones and re-align the cartilages.
In general all extreme variations of a ‘normal’ nose that have appeared spontaneously during growth can be considered as congenital deformations.
They present with complex and asymmetric deformities of the cartilage framework. Their correction needs a wide experience of this type of rhinoplasty and will sometimes be very close to reconstructive surgery.
Generally, the child already underwent several rhinoplasties during the early months of life but other rhinoplasty surgeries are often necessary around the adolescence in order to improve cosmetic and function of the nose. Restoring a strong support in the lower part of the nose and putting the philtrum (skin between the nostrils) and nostrils in a balanced and anatomic position will be the main goal of these rhinoplasties.
This type of rhinoplasty is the true specialty of Dr van de Ven. Over the years he has performed several hundreds of feminizing rhinoplasties. As almost always these are reduction rhinoplasties the support to the tip of the nose and the use of the nose moulder are of extreme importance. As cartilage and bone will be removed to make the nose smaller there will be an excess of skin. The skin resection during rhinoplasty can be only very limited as otherwise unacceptable scars of the skin would be created. Dr van de Ven performs alar base reductions in about 80% of his patients. The nose moulder will help prevent that fluid collections appear under the skin that would degrade the quality of the final result.
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In a normal nose the respiratory route is critical at just one point which is the internal valve. By the use of spreader flaps or spreader grafts Dr van de Ven will make sure that there the nose doesn’t become smaller.
The risks for rhinoplasty-complications can be reduced with increasing experience. A prerequisite is continuing education and an earnest distinction between complication and mistake. Dr Bart van de Ven has build up a decent experience with noses during his carrier. To help the healing process he developed a device called ‘nose moulder’ that drastically decreases some of the aesthetic complications after rhinoplasty. Because of the real pressure possible with this splint less fluid collection between skin and underlying tissue is the result. Fluid can be replaced by the body by scar tissue, compromising the aesthetic result. The real pressure also gives a real fixation of the bone cuts. This results in significant straighter noses.
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