During the Victorian era, people would have their side profiles commemorated through works of art known as silhouettes. These silhouettes were displayed in homes alongside fully-painted portraits. Over a century later, people still appreciate the look of a strong and proportionate profile.
The nose and chin are the two most prominent features of the human profile because they stick out from the front plane of the skull. They are also the features that most cosmetic surgery candidates dislike the most about their face. While these candidates often complain about the size of their nose or chin, the truth is that the size of one of these individual features will change the way the other feature is perceived. For instance, a weak chin makes a nose appear larger while a small and dainty nose tends to accentuate chin size.
One of the best ways to circumvent this issue is through combining chin surgery and rhinoplasty for a proportionate profile. Chin surgery is often a cosmetic surgeon’s first line of defense against a plain or mismatched profile. This surgery can be done by placing an insert within the chin’s tissue that has been specially sculpted into a stronger shape. The insert remains in place once the incision is closed. It can also be done by gently shaping the chin’s bone, thereby reducing its apparent size.
Rhinoplasty is a bit more complicated but also involves many different techniques that are individualized to the needs of each patient’s nose. This is typically done by smoothing the different parts to create a more streamlined profile. The nose has more shapes than the chin; the shaft, septum, bulb, and nostrils all need to be carefully reviewed to craft a new nose that’s perfectly balanced. If one side of the nose is disproportionate, it can be corrected to create a nose that’s symmetrical when viewed from every angle.
It is normal to expect a little bit of tenderness and swelling after any cosmetic surgery. If you elect to have a chin augmentation, do not be surprised if you need to spend your post-op days eating soft foods and liquids. Rhinoplasty recovery is associated with facial bruising, which tends to fade over a period of weeks. Doctor Tarola will be able to explain the risks and benefits of both surgeries in great detail during your consultation. The goal of either surgery is to give you a balanced face, and in many cases, combining chin and nose surgeries may be the best option for your face’s profile. Contact Tarola Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation.