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For want of a better nose

Dr. John Vartanian
Dr. John Vartanian

Natural noses are all the rage in Los Angeles according to facial plastic surgeon John Vartanian, M.D. who practices in Glendale and Beverly Hills, California, who uses his knowledge of art and proportionality to create noses that are beautiful and natural at the same time. Also, the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgery) recently reported that rhinoplasty was the second most popular plastic surgery procedure last year.

“The biggest problem with nose surgery is getting it right the first time,” said Dr. Vartanian who states that two thirds of his medical practice consists of nose surgery patients, making him one of the busiest and most competent rhinoplasty expert surgeons In Los Angeles. Dr. Vartanian is Board Certified and a member of the AAFPRS (American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery). “Believe it or not, the nose is considered one of the most complicated plastic surgery procedures to perform due to the intricate tissue and cartilage combination inside the nose. Beauty comes from within, and that is true of the nose too and if it isn’t performed right the first time, the patient can wind up having multiple revision surgeries.”

More often than not, rhinoplasty is performed to improve the outer appearance of the nose. Patients generally complain that their nose is disproportionate or too big for their face. Or a teenage girl might say that she was born with her father’s nose, which looks much better on her dad than it does on her. In other patients, a rhinoplasty may be performed for reconstructive purposes after a patient has sustained an injury for example, or for functional reasons to help a patient breathe better.

An important recent breakthrough in nose surgery, however, has been the development of intra- nasal splints, a soft medical-grade silicone device that hold the nose together after surgery so that additional packing is not required. Until now, standard procedure was to pack the nose with gauze which was very uncomfortable to the patient as the gauze rested on nerves making it painful, and it also blocked the nose obstructing proper breathing.

“No packing means no pain or pressure in the nose, and patients can breathe easier immediately following surgery,” noted Dr. Vartanian. “Better breathing means better sleep which all equates to faster healing for the patient.”

In LA, where face equals fortune, rhinoplasty surgery runs the gamut of appearances and, unfortunately, it’s not hard to spot a bad nose job. Pinched tips and ski jump profiles are all too familiar sights on celebrities from bygone eras. Patient’s today, however, want natural noses and although the media reports an increase in “ethnic” rhinoplasty, Dr. Vartanian says this is a stereotype that does not always result in a good nose surgery.

“Rhinoplasty surgery is an individual process regardless of ethnicity,” stated Dr. Vartanian. “The goal of surgical nose reshaping is to create a nose that suits the face of the patient, rather than one that fits a certain ethnic heritage. In my opinion a great result is a patient who looks so natural after surgery that even their closest friends and family are surprised to know that they’ve had plastic surgery.”

While many people think plastic surgery is a modern day luxury for wealthy people that reside in Beverly Hills, rhinoplasty is actually a Greek word, and surgical rhinoplasty was performed in ancient Egypt and ancient India.

With many years of experience and training, Dr. Vartanian can improve noses without changing the desirable and unique characteristics of the patient’s nose, face, or ethnic features. Each nose is different and requires a unique approach. Using either a closed or an open rhinoplasty technique, Dr. Vartanian claims to spend more time in surgery than other doctors because he likes to get it right the first time.

“Rhinoplasty is not a surgery that should be rushed,” explained Dr. Vartanaian. “I have spent many years in training and have perfected these complex procedures, which is why I take more time in surgery. It not only helps with the ultimate appearance of the nose, it also helps provide a shorter recovery. The nose is delicate and requires a slow and gentle approach which translates to less bruising, less bleeding and a much faster healing for the patient.”


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