Study Shows Rhinoplasty Decreases Perceived Age

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According to a study published in the January/February 2012 issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, looking younger is an added benefit of rhinoplasty. Seattle facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stella Desyatnikova comments on the findings of this study.

When thinking of rhinoplasty, what often comes to mind is nasal reshaping and contouring. However, a new study may change this notion.

According to a recent article in Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, people may begin to think of rhinoplasty as a way to appear more youthful. Dr. Stella Desyatnikova, founder of The Stella Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, talks about this study and explains additional benefits of nose surgery.

"The study poses an interesting thought," says Dr. Stella, who goes by her first name. "My patients who come to me for nose surgery typically do so because they want to change the shape or projection of their nose. It is not their first thought to have the procedure for facial rejuvenation purposes."

The study, which was published in the January/February 2012 issue of Archives, explains that as people age, the nose undergoes certain changes. These changes may end up leaving the nose out of balance with the rest of the face and may even require surgery to help create proportionate facial contours. The study found that reshaping the nose often makes the face appear younger.

"While the study found that the face can look younger after nasal surgery, there are also other benefits to rhinoplasty,” Dr. Stella says. “Some patients report that their breathing improves after rhinoplasty. In general, though, nose surgery helps create a facial appearance that is more balanced."

Rhinoplasty is a common surgical procedure that can be performed through either an open or closed technique. In the closed approach, all incisions are made internally to avoid any visible scars. If extensive reshaping is necessary, however, the surgeon may use the open method in order to have greater access to the internal structure of the nose.

"One of the most common requests my rhinoplasty patients have when they come to my office is to maintain the uniqueness of their nose," Dr. Stella says. "I always take the whole face into consideration when discussing rhinoplasty with my patients. Because a person's nose is one of the most important aspects of the face, I strive to create a look that is individualized and tailored to each patient's specific needs."

Dr. Stella Desyatnikova is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. She is the founder of The Stella Center for Facial Plastic Surgery (http://www.doctorstella.com). Dr. Stella received her medical degree with honors from University of Washington and completed her residency in otolaryngology at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland. She undertook further specialized study during a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at University of Washington. Dr. Stella offers her patients a variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures for comprehensive rejuvenating and contouring.

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