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San Francisco Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

Are you dissatisfied with the size or shape of your nose?

Whether you feel your nose is too small, too large, or misshapen, San Francisco Rhinoplasty professional, Joseph A. Mele, MD, FACS, offers customized nose surgery procedures for patients seeking better facial balance and an improved overall appearance. If you are considering rhinoplasty, it is important to become familiar with the various factors involved with this plastic surgery procedure, such as the benefits, the potential risks, side effects, and longevity. With extensive training, experience and knowledge in his field, Dr. Mele attracts many San Francisco Cosmetic Surgery patients to his practice in Walnut Creek, California, for their facial rejuvenation surgery.

Rhinoplasty, nasal surgery to reshape the nose, is the most individualized of all the cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. Every face is different and the nose has a lot to do with it. The nose is one of the major facial landmarks that provides a unique identity to the face. The shape of the nose, and how it relates with the rest of the face, makes it central to facial aesthetics.

Many have tried to define the ideal nose. If one exists it would have to be different for each face. The Golden Ratio (1:1.618) is repeated often in nature and is pleasing to the eye. It is the ideal ratio between the length and width of the nose; the width of the mouth or space between the eyes; or even the difference in size between your front teeth and the teeth next to them.

While there are mathematical equations that define the ratios of the ideal length, width and projection of the nose, these are used as guidelines rather than absolute rules. Each rhinoplasty must be adapted to the face that frames it. In my Walnut Creek office, in the San Francisco East Bay Area, rhinoplasty is individualized and evaluated with the assistance of computer imaging.

Computer imaging for rhinoplasty allows you to see yourself as others do. It provides clear visualization of both the front and side views, and allows modifications to be made on screen. This nasal computer imaging allows for an enhanced exchange of information. It allows you to better know what may, and may not, be accomplished, and it allows me to better know what goals you set.

The most commonly treated areas in rhinoplasty are the dorsal hump (the bump on the top of the nose), the nasal tip and the base of the nose. Techniques allow for the reduction of areas that are disproportionately large, and enhancements of areas which are small or have lost definition.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

During rhinoplasty, San Francisco, CA, plastic surgeon Dr. Mele can reduce the size of an overly large nose, enlarge a small nose, or minimize the abnormalities of misshapen noses. In order to accomplish your desired goals, he may need to remove cartilage and reposition the bone to reshape the nose. By making subtle changes, Dr. Mele can greatly enhance the shape and size of your nose. The goal is to create a natural-looking, more proportionate nose, which is in harmony with the other characteristics of your face.

When evaluating my Walnut Creek Rhinoplasty patients, it is important for me to evaluate the entire face. The interplay of the nose with the eyes, mouth, cheeks and other important landmarks must all be taken into consideration. A large nose and a small chin can interact to accentuate the disproportion. In other words, a small chin makes a large nose look larger and visa versa.

Depending on your condition and needs, additional procedures may be performed with nose surgery, such as facelift surgery ("Rhytidectomy"), eyelid surgery ("Blepharoplasty"), and/or brow lift surgery ("Forehead Lift"). During an initial consultation, San Francisco facelift surgeon Dr. Mele will help decide on the procedure(s) that are right for you. Before and after Plastic Surgery Pphotos are available to view, featuring some of Dr. Mele's excellent work.

Attention to proportions are an important key to a successful rhinoplasty. Like all of cosmetic surgery, it requires a combination of art and science, an eye for ratios and the surgical skill to craft them.

For information on our San Francisco Bay Area Cosmetic Surgery Center, please visit our Nose Reshaping and Rhinoplasty Page.

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San Francisco Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Dr. Mele is a facial plastic surgery specialist who is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and the American Board of Surgery (ABS). Additionally, he is a member of the most prestigious professional plastic surgery organizations, such as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)

A cosmetic plastic surgeon, efficient in performing a variety of plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Mele takes pride in providing a comfortable and friendly environment at his San Francisco East Bay Area, Walnut Creek Cosmetic Plastic Surgery practice.

To schedule a consultation with Walnut Creek Rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Mele, please call (925) 943-6353 or fill out a contact form.

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