Many Dallas / Fort Worth Rhinoplasty Patients Hard to Spot

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In the hands of a skilled surgeon, rhinoplasty (nose surgery) results can appear very natural. Dr. Steve Byrd reflects on the differences between a carefully planned rhinoplasty and an obvious "nose job."

More and more patients who are having facial procedures such as nose surgery are placing natural results at the top of their list, according to Dr. Steve Byrd (, a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in performing rhinoplasty for Fort Worth and Dallas patients at his practice. Dr. Byrd believes that careful planning is the key to creating a beautiful, natural-looking rhinoplasty as opposed to an obvious "nose job."

"Plastic surgery is certainly nothing to be ashamed of, but no one wants it to be obvious that they've had work done either," says Dr. Byrd. "The results of a plastic surgery procedure should always look natural and flattering. An increasing number of the people I see considering rhinoplasty are searching for an experienced surgeon who understands that developing a detailed preoperative plan is essential to a successful nose surgery."

The face is all about proportion - the most attractive faces are those whose features are in proportion with one another. Creating a nose that is proportionate to the patient's face is a key component of a successful rhinoplasty procedure. Unlike a hastily performed "nose job," the Dallas rhinoplasty procedures Dr. Byrd performs begin with a determination of the patient's ideal nasal dimensions based on facial proportion.

He calculates their ideal nasal length, which he uses to determine if the nose should be lengthened or shortened.

He uses this measurement to determine the ideal tip projection for the patient's nose.

He measures the ideal chin projection, taking into account any anatomical irregularities. For example, an unusually small chin can create the illusion of an overly large nose, so care must be taken not to over-operate on the nose.

By taking careful measurements of the patient's nose and face, Dr. Byrd is able to determine what dimensional changes will produce the most flattering rhinoplasty results for his Fort Worth and Dallas patients.

In addition to planning the dimensional changes, Dr. Byrd performs a thorough evaluation to identify any issues that may put the patient at risk for future nasal deformity. Some things that he looks for are septal deviation (a crooked nose), cleft deformities, thick skin, or noses with weak cartilage and inadequate tip projection. By identifying underlying issues that could impact the results of the rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Byrd is able to enhance the nasal structure proactively, mitigating the risk of secondary deformity.

A skilled surgeon understands the importance of planning for the non-immediate and, in many cases, non-visible aspects of nose surgery. Dr. Byrd's emphasis on such planning sets him apart as a Dallas rhinoplasty surgeon who delivers natural-looking results with minimal complications or need for future correction.

"With rhinoplasty, the goal is to create a dramatic difference in the patient's appearance while keeping it subtle enough that most people would never be able to tell that they've had plastic surgery," adds Dr. Byrd. "It's a difficult balance to create a change that is subtle and dramatic at the same time, but I'm encouraged to see so many men and women making a natural outcome their top priority."

Dr. Steve Byrd ( has been performing plastic surgery at his practice in Dallas, Texas for over 25 years. He is certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Byrd earned his Medical Degree with honors at the University of Texas Medical Branch. In addition to serving his patients from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Dr. Byrd has held a variety of teaching appointments at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center and is a member of a number of professional societies, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

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