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Miracle Nose Reshaping Tools

January 22, 2016


Nose reshaping tools are being marketed as affordable and non-invasive alternatives to surgery.

One tool consists of flexible splints that can be placed inside the nose to alter the nose’s appearance. The curved-shaped splints create a pressure that holds them in place. Once inserted, they are not visible. This ‘do-it-yourself’ nose altering tool has typically been used for special occasions, but the splints are being promoted for everyday use. Other nose shaping tools, such as clamps that are placed on the exterior, purport to make the nose smaller.

Do Nose Shaping Devices Work?

Every nose is unique and while nose shaping devices claim to improve a range of aesthetic concerns, they may not be effective on everybody. When inserted, nose shaping devices may make the nose look narrower or straighter, but they do not provide a long-standing solution. They are temporary and cannot be used when sleeping, lying down, swimming, or doing any strenuous physical activity.

There is no scientific evidence that clamps are effective.

Alternatives to Nose Reshaping Tools

Non-surgical rhinoplasty (Non-surgical Nose Job) refers to a minimally-invasive procedure in which dermal fillers such as hyaluronic acid fillers (e.g. Restylane) and Radiesse are used to smooth out bumps and other irregularities in the nose. During the a non-surgical rhinoplasty, dermal filler is injected beneath the skin’s surface; supple and easy to manipulate, dermal fillers can be sculpted to give the nose a new contour. No incisions are made and no bone or cartilage is removed during the process. Because a non-surgical rhinoplasty is a temporary solution, it often appeals to those who want to ‘preview’ results before committing to surgery. A non-surgical rhinoplasty has many advantages:

● Fast and painless procedure with few risks (dermal fillers are generally well-tolerated)
● Immediately visible results and no downtime
● No swelling or bruising
● More affordable than cosmetic nose surgery

Rhinoplasty (Cosmetic Nose Surgery), considered the gold standard procedure for the modification and enhancement of the nose, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries. During a rhinoplasty, incisions are made and nasal tissue is removed or resculpted in order to reshape the nose. Though a rhinoplasty requires downtime and months to see results, the most patients consider the investment worthwhile. A traditional nose job offers the following advantages:

● Results are permanent
● Can alter and shape size of the nose
● Can address functional and structural problems, such as a deviated septum

Although non-surgical rhinoplasty and traditional rhinoplasty are very different techniques, they can both yield dramatic and natural-looking results. The ideal candidate for both procedures is in general good healthy and has realistic expectations. If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose, it is best to consult a rhinoplasty specialist. A qualified professional can determine the solution that is best for you.

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Rhinoplasty in the Autumn

January 11, 2016

Rhinoplasty, or cosmetic nose surgery, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the U.K. and U.S. During a rhinoplasty procedure, the size, shape and proportion of the nose can be altered to bring it into greater harmony with the rest of the face. Nose surgery can also be performed to correct a functional issue, such as a deviated nasal septum.

Fall Rhinoplasty Recovery

As the sun-drenched activity of summer begins to fade, autumn can be a popular season to undergo a rhinoplasty. Although fall can quicken the pace of life, the season makes it easier to manage risk factors such as overexposure to sunlight–a hazard that can cause permanent discoloration of post-surgical skin. An autumn surgery also brings some challenges. Here are few things to consider:

● Football season. Sports like football, rugby and cheerleading are autumn staples, but they also can lead to nose injuries. If you plan to have a rhinoplasty in the autumn, it is advised that you sit out some matches. Staying on the bench may be difficult for athletes and active fans, but it is best to avoid sports that increase your risk of an unwanted collision with an arm or football.

● Other sports. Other sports including Skiing and Snowboarding can also be hazardous, helmets are important, as there is always the chance of a blow to the nose from a fall.

● Autumn diet. Treating your body well as your nose heals is key to a speedy recovery. As the temperature starts to dip and the days become shorter, many people start to eat more sugary foods and drinks. Excessive sugar in the system can lead to dehydration and sap energy. After a rhinoplasty, it is recommended that patients drink plenty of water and monitor sugar intake. Spicy foods, also a cool weather favourite, can dilate blood vessels. This can potentially exacerbate swelling and bruising. Adhering to a healthy diet and staying hydrated will facilitate healing after nose surgery.

● Adequate rest. The autumn signals a back-to-school spirit, so it can be difficult for many to take time out of their busy schedules to recuperate. However a couple days of downtime is recommended after a rhinoplasty. You may want to book your surgery before a long weekend, a convenient time bridge for any medical procedure that requires some immediate rest.

A rhinoplasty recovery, more often than not, is complication-free. If you have scheduled a rhinoplasty for the autumn, be sure to factor in your daily activities, commitments and the demands of your autumn lifestyle. A qualified plastic surgeon will be able to plan your surgery and recovery accordingly.

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Tanning After Facial Plastic Surgery

May 26, 2015


Perfect Season for Facial Plastic Surgery?

If you have decided to undergo plastic surgery and are ready to line up your appointment, you may want to consider scheduling the procedure for the fall or winter months. There are several compelling reasons to book a fall or winter visit to the cosmetic surgeon: cold weather can be an excellent excuse to nest and take the time needed to recuperate; the holidays can be a convenient opportunity to score an extra day or two off work; and, perhaps most importantly, autumn and winter skies can offer some buffer to excessive sun exposure.

After a facial plastic surgery procedure, you can help your body heal by moderating activity, following a healthy lifestyle, and minimizing UV exposure. It is best to slow down, drink plenty of water, and treat yourself to some rest and relaxation. Tanning–best eschewed under normal circumstances–should absolutely be avoided for up to six weeks following any facial plastic surgery such as a blepharoplasty, a rhinoplasty, or a rhytidectomy. As most of us already know, UV light damages the skin and accelerates aging. Post-surgical skin is particularly sensitive to UV exposure because its natural defenses are down. Not only is tanning an impediment to the healing process, it increases the risk of undesired side effects, including permanent skin discoloration. If you tan or burn, you definitely up the chances of creating visible scars. Unfortunately once a healing scar has been burned, the damage is done. It is best to err on the side of prevention. So, be sure to carefully cover any incisions sites.

Recovering from Plastic Surgery in a Sun-Drenched Place

Although the autumn and winter months may be more conducive to healing in some climates, a season-based appointment may not make a difference if you live somewhere with year-round sun. If you are accustomed to a daily dose of sunlight, you will have to be extra vigilant in protecting your skin after facial plastic surgery. Wear a hat, stay in the shade as much as possible, and always wear a high SPF sunscreen. Bypass that trip to the beach or the pool and instead enjoy a picnic in the leafy shadows of a tree.

Although it may be tempting to bask the face in sunlight once your skin has fully healed, you may want to rein in that urge. In truth, protecting the skin from UV rays should be part of everyday life. To increase the longevity of your facial plastic surgery, it is highly recommended that you make these post-procedure sun habits a part of your normal routine. Whether you undergo a blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, or facelift, the same rule applies: always safeguard your skin.

Your Facial Plastic Surgery Consultation with Dr. De Silva, London

If you have been thinking about plastic surgery and would like to know more about preparations and precautions, contact Dr. De Silva for a comprehensive consultation. A facial plastic and cosmetic surgery specialist, he can provide recommendations and assistance both before and after your cosmetic surgery.

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How Do I Choose a Rhinoplasty Surgeon?

December 1, 2014


Female patient after Nose Re-Shaping - photo

Rhinoplasty is the most challenging cosmetic surgery and a good result is dependent on both technical excellence and artistry.

To find the best rhinoplasty surgeon for you does require taking time and researching your surgeon. At the end of the day this is your face and you need to put some time into this, these are a few aspects to consider:

  • A plastic surgeon that specializes in the entire body is used to surgery of centimeters of the breast and body. Rhinoplasty requires fine millimeter precision work for a great result, find a surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic and plastic surgery and who performs cosmetic rhinoplasty on a weekly basis.
  • Artistic ability of the surgeon to sculpt a nose in both proportion and harmony to a persons’ face and body-type can be evaluated with before and after photographs. Ask to look at ‘before’ and ‘after’ examples of the procedure you’re looking into.
  • Request to be put in touch with past clients. Most surgeons are more than happy to direct potential new clients to past clients to help build confidence and trust. Dr. De Silva suggests “this is a relativity new approach which I strongly encourage! If they don’t want you to speak to anyone, ask yourself why.”
  • Look for a surgeon who specialises in cosmetic surgery compared to reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgery is an art form where millimeters will make the difference, reconstructive surgery places more importance on function and less on the aesthetic result.
  • At least 20% of the treatments Dr. De Silva performs are revision cases from patients who have had surgery elsewhere and outside of the UK, including Asia and Africa. Ask your surgeon what their revision rate is. Every surgeon will have a revision rate, this should be a relativity low number in comparison to the number of treatments which they carry out.
  • Read reviews and see how recent the reviews are. Check online review sites, read magazines which cover aesthetic treatments and check to see if your surgeon has the right credentials for you. Dr. De Silva recommends looking out for surgeons who are members of British, European and American organisations.
  • Revision surgery can required more complex surgical techniques, look for an expert who specialises in complex revision surgery.

Take your time. Your face is important; do your research and come to your own decision. You are invited to set up a consultation with Dr. De Silva in his London private practice and discuss your needs. Out of town patients often send photos via email and interact with him on Skype prior to face-to-face meeting.

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Asian Rhinoplasty- What You Need to Know

October 27, 2014

Dr. Julian De Silva_Asian_Rhinoplasty

A rhinoplasty is a big decision, and rightfully so. The surgery has the ability to severely transform your appearance, affecting more than just your nose. It’s true; a nose job can add structure and definition to your entire face and can re-adjust the look of your surrounding features. It is for this reason that you should always consult a specialist- a surgeon with extensive experience in treating a range of patients. In this way, your surgeon will know precisely how to adjust his or her technique to design a nose job best suited for you.   Specifically, a good surgeon will have the ability to conform the new nose in line with particular cultural and ethnic connotations that come alongside a person’s look. When conducting an Asian rhinoplasty, for example, the doctor should be aware of the common ailments patients seek to change and should have experience in correcting those distinct conditions. In an Asian rhinoplasty, the implications are vastly different from those that are included in a traditional Caucasian rhinoplasty or African American rhinoplasty. Over the years, I have learned to polish and refine my approach to this nose job accordingly. Among the most popular adjustments that I have witnessed in past Asian rhinoplasty patients include:

  • A enlarged nose with or without the presence of a nasal bump that can be reduced and made more feminine with surgery
  • A large or wide nasal tip which can be shaped and refined with surgery
  • A high nasal bridge that affects both a person’s frontal appearance and their side profile, can be reduce in size to be in proportion with facial features
  • Thicker skin, which can result in increased swelling can require reduction during rhinoplasty

Each of these changes requires a particular set of knowledge and skills on the part of the surgeon. Throughout my professional career, I have honed the techniques of surgery I employ when performing an Asian rhinoplasty to heed the most natural results. I know that patients are often concerned with avoiding a nose that looks “fake,” but this generalization can mean something different for every nose and within every ethnic makeup. So, when looking to enhance the look of the patient’s nose with an Asian rhinoplasty, I am dedicated to achieving natural results while maintaining my patients’ ethnic identity. I want to give you a better version of your same nose, so that the surgery will not be obvious to either people that you know or to people that you may meet after your nose job.   If you are thinking about undergoing an Asian rhinoplasty, I will be happy to consult with you in my London office. This is your one-on-one time to ask me any questions about your Asian rhinoplasty and to address any concerns about moving forward with your procedure. To schedule your appointment, simply call 020 8748 2860.

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Differences in Male and Female Rhinoplasty

October 13, 2014

Chin Normal Anatomy in Man - figure image female after Chin Augmentation

Rhinoplasty is a common procedure performed on both men and women for a variety of reasons. As a cosmetic procedure, rhinoplasty is often administered as an aesthetic enhancement, shaping the nose to best suit the patient’s face. Many rhinoplasty surgeries are performed for health reasons, such as a deviated septum, a saddle nose, or to repair nasal trauma. No matter what the reason, the aesthetic result is always important, and any experienced facial cosmetic surgeon will ensure that both the aesthetic and functional quality of the nose is improved.
Men and women require different approaches to reshaping their noses due to their differing facial structures. Men’s faces are typically longer and larger than those of women. Their features in areas such as the jaw and cranium can have more square, sharp edges. Women, on the other hand, tend to have smaller faces with softer, rounder edges. Since every face is so vastly different, these categories all come into consideration when crafting the perfect nose for a patient, woman or man.
So how do experienced plastic surgeons properly approach these differences? A very important consideration is the fact that a nose shape and figure that might look good on a man will sometimes not look good on a woman, and vice versa. For instance, a large nose on a woman’s face can look normal on a man’s face because of the differences in facial structure. A good surgeon knows this and understands this as second nature. The best plastic surgeons acknowledge ways of shaping the nose that enhance the overall appearance of the face. If a woman has a face with soft and delicate features, a good surgeon will know how to reshape the nose to match those features. Likewise, if a man has rugged, masculine features with a square jaw, an experienced surgeon will have the ability to either maintain or enhance those masculine aspects in the reshaped nose.
Men often fear receiving overly feminized noses as a result of rhinoplasty. They imagine a surgery might give them a soft and delicate nose that may be an attractive nose, but too feminine in the context of a man’s strong, masculine features. Thus, a good surgeon will know that a man with chiseled features should have a chiseled nose to enhance his face as a whole.
Dr. Julian De Silva has vast experience performing rhinopolasty and understands how to combine the characteristics of an attractive nose with the rest of the patient’s features. An attractive nose should flow in harmony with the contours of the face. For women, a narrower bridge for woman and an unobtrusive tip angled slightly up is deemed most attractive. For men, a slightly broader width and a tip situated at a right angle is deemed most attractive. These key features are understood by any plastic surgeon. The best plastic surgeons are the one who can integrate these ideas and cater them to form the ideal nose for the patient’s face.

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