Beverly Hills Rhinoplasty Surgeon
Dr. Randal Haworth is considered one of the world's foremost rhinoplasty specialist dealing with both primary and revision rhinoplasty. Located in Beverly Hills, Dr. Haworth brings his artistry and experience to the practive of facial plastic surgery. As one of Beverly Hills top rhinoplasty surgeons, Dr. Haworth will explain the many facets behind primary rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty.
THE GOAL: To refine, repair, or reconstruct the shape of the nose to suit the face and/or alleviate breathing problems.
SIMPLIFIED NASAL ANATOMY
Rhinoplasty is surgical nose reshaping. As a rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Haworth can accomplish a number of different things including:
- Hump reduction of either cartilage and/or bone, osteotomies to reduce the size both in profile and frontal view
- Cartilage, bone and fascia grafts to build up a nose
- Septoplasty, turbinectomies, spreader and batten cartilage grafts to correct breathing problems
ALAR BATTEN GRAFTS :
LATERAL CRURAL STRUT GRAFTS:
- Cartilage grafts and suture techniques to modify the shape of the nasal tip
(e.g., to improve a bulbous,boxy, drooping, hooked or upturned tip)
- Cartilage strut grafts and suture techniques to change the angle between the nose and upper lip
- Weir excisions to narrow the nostril span
- Modified techniques to correct a birth defect
- Rib, ear or cranial bone grafts to reconstruct after an accident or a previous rhinoplasty
Depending on the individual's case, Dr. Haworth may apply a few or many of these surgical concepts during the same surgery.
THE MOST APPROPRIATE CANDIDATES FOR RHINOPLASTY ARE :
- At least 14 years old for young women, 16 for young men
- Older patients with a nose that has started to hang or with an increasingly drooping tip
- Patients who have a congenitally crooked nose or one that has been deviated because of trauma
- Those who suffer from nasal obstruction from a anatomical problem of the nose
- Those who need to correct a cleft lip-nasal deformity
- Patients with realistic expectations about how they want their nose to be changed in shape and size to compliment their other facial features
- Those with nasal skin which is neither too thick or too thin
WHAT A PRIMARY OR REVISION RHINOPLASTY CANNOT DO IS :
- Create an exact replica of another person's nose, celebrity or otherwise, from your preexisting nose
- Completely correct severe deformities of the nose from either trauma or past surgery 100% of the time.
- Narrow a nose to an unrealistic or unattractive degree
- Alleviate personal problems (social or psychological) in your life
Patients may choose to do one or all of these at the same time or in conjunction with other procedures such as:
- Chin augmentation
- Sinus surgery (Performed in conjunction with a qualified head and neck surgeon)
- Jaw or cheek augmentation
- Augmentation of the premaxilla or upper jaw
- Upper lip lift and other lip procedures
OLD THINKING VS. NEW TECHNIQUES
As a rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Haworth is renowned for his results because he is one of the few with the skills to meld beauty with simplicity. First, he analyzes a nose to formulate a surgical plan. Second, in the operating room, he strives to not only reshape it into a beautiful feature but also artistically scale it to the rest of the face. As rhinoplasty surgeon with a keen artist's eye, Dr Haworth understands that this takes extra time and sensitivity. His goal is to impart the impression one was actually born with the ideal nose others would envy. Consequently, his rhinoplasties take longer to perform than in years past. Not only does he build the ideal nose in terms of projection, angles, shape and size but then he methodically erases most evidence that surgery has been performed in the first place by employing advanced surgical maneuvers. In general too, nose surgery has become significantly more sophisticated than in generations past, resulting in a far more subtle, natural outcomes than ever before.
These breakthroughs include:
ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL: Top rhinoplasty surgeons employ modern suturing and grafting techniques in accordance with patients' goals and particular anatomy. Not only is the placement of each suture critical but also is the force with which it is tied. Dr. Haworth says, "Great surgery is measured in millimeters, not centimeters, but in the case of rhinoplasty surgery it is more accurately measured in fractions of a millimeter!"
GREATER APPRECIATION OF POTENTIAL PROBLEMS: As a rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Haworth is well aware of situations (such as nasal obstruction) which may arise after certain surgical methods. Consequently, as an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon takes into account such possibilities and knows how to avoid them with specific surgical moves.
THE OPEN TECHNIQUE: Dr. Haworth used to perform 80% of his rhinoplasties closed - as do most rhinoplasty surgeons - to avoid the imperceptible scar across the columella (the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils) as well as prolonged swelling. However, he found that these supposed advantages of the closed method did not turn out to be true. The closed method tended to result in less accurate suture placement, shifted cartilage grafts and less consistent results. As a top rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Haworth has the skills to perform the open method virtually scar-free (and should there be a light scar, offers the skin revision technologies to subsequently make it disappear.) Therefore, he has shifted his perfected rhinoplasty approach to the open method for over 85% of his nose surgeries based on practicality, reliability, safety and ultimately, patient satisfaction.
STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY: Uncomfortable "packing the nose" after surgery used to be standard post-operating procedure. This isn't necessarily true any more. Dr. Haworth's patients' postoperative experiences are better than ever than with other rhinoplasty specialists in terms of comfort and healing.
Nose surgery will deliver a refined look that is permanent. However, as time goes by and gravity takes its toll, the face will still age.
Conditions that make nose surgery of a challenge and may require additional consent/consultation include:
- Thick, sebaceous or very thin skin
- Past nasal surgery
- Severely crooked nose
- Presence of a septal perforation
- Preexisting scars or a tendency to form excessive scars
- Active sinus infections
- Cocaine abuse
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Blood clotting problems
No surgery is entirely risk-free. However, both our staff and facilities have the highest possible qualifications to produce a happy outcome. While risks and complications are extremely rare, be aware that those for nose surgery can include:
- Missed aesthetic expectations
- Worsening of nasal breathing
- Persistent septal deviation
- Altered sense of smell (uncommon)
- Prolonged pain (very rare)
- Numbness or stiffness despite a great aesthetic outcome
- Infection (rare)
Additional treatment of either a surgical or non-surgical nature may be required to alleviate these problems and additional costs may apply.
The pre-operative consultation is where you meet with Dr. Haworth and our staff to review your health, finalize the details of your procedures, order appropriate tests, prescribe medications, discuss your aftercare and answer any questions you may have.
- Any appropriate health records related to the list of conditions noted above.
- Any radiological test results including regular Xrays and CAT scans that may have been taken.
For patients over 45, we may also require that you provide the following:
- Full medical clearance
Alternatively, we can coordinate this for you.
LOGISTICS AND SPECIFICS
SURGERY DURATION: 1.5 - 4 hours. Rhinoplasty, especially if revisional in nature, may take longer than anticipated due to the deformity encountered and the complexity of surgery needed to correct it.
SUTURES AND CAST REMOVED: 5-7 days
As you wake up from surgery, you will feel mild pressure in your nose similar to what you feel when you have a cold but without the total body symptoms which normally accompany it. However, prescription painkillers will easily control the discomfort. You will most likely have a cast or tape over your nose to control bruising and swelling, while stabilizing the new shape of your nose in the immediate postoperative period.
You will need to keep your activities to a minimum for at least 7 days.
In person and in your post-op information packet, we shall explain everything you need to know for your aftercare at home that will include:
- Medications (prescription and homeopathic)
- Cleaning incision sites
- Utilizing a humidifier in your room while you sleep.
- Employing nasal saline rinses (Neil Med) to accelerate the healing process while minimizing complications.
Expect to tire easily for awhile. To aid your recovery you'll want to rest as much as possible and:
- Avoid wearing eyeglasses and sunglasses for 6 to 8 weeks. The pressure and weight of the frames on your nose could distort your final results and interfere with your healing if you wear your glasses too soon after surgery. If you absolutely must wear prescription eyeglasses to function, tape them securely to your forehead with surgical tape.
- Treat your face and hair gently, since your skin will be both tender and numb
- Keep your head elevated above the level of your heart - even while sleeping - for about 2-3 weeks after surgery
- Avoid strenuous activity - including exercise, sex and heavy housework - for at least 2-3 weeks.
- Avoid steam baths, and saunas for at least 6 weeks or until the doctor gives you the OK
- Avoid alcohol and aspirin products for 2 weeks after surgery
- If you don't feel dizzy, slow walking and mild stretching are fine as long as you keep your head above your knees
To optimize and accelerate healing, we also recommend coming into the office for hyperbaric oxygen treatments and Bioptron™ polarized light therapy. Both of these modalites can reduce swelling and bruising by up to 5-7 days. Addtionally, these exhibit signicant healing properties upon slow-healing incisions and injured skin.
By the end of the second week, you'll look and feel much better. Most patients are back at work about one to two weeks after surgery. If you need it, special camouflage makeup can mask most bruising that remains.
Gradually, you will be able to resume to your normal activities:
- 1-3 DAYS read or watch television
- 7 DAYS resume wearing makeup (most bruising will be gone). However, you will most likely still be swollen.
- 7-14 DAYS be out in public, back to work and take long strolls
- 2-3 WEEKS begin moderate and work up to vigorous exercise.
As a top rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Haworth keeps up to date on optimal, scar-free healing. Scars resulting from a rhinoplasty are minor and generally hidden. Where there is a trace of a hairline scar across the columella, Scar Gard, Kelocote or similar silicone gel treatments can be somewhat effective in decreasing scar visibility faster. Or, if the patient wishes about six months after nasal surgery, Dr. Haworth can use resurfacing lasers to render an already light scar virtually indefectible.