Performed as a way to repair or reshape the nose, rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. Individuals primarily choose plastic surgery on the nose for health or cosmetic reasons. From a medical standpoint, rhinoplasty can help relieve breathing problems or correct a birth defect or injury. If the goal is to improve one’s personal appearance, rhinoplasty can change the structure and size of the nose. This is done by making alterations to the upper part of the nose, which is comprised of bone, and the lower part of the nose, comprised of cartilage.
At a consultation visit, a physician will discuss the patient’s expectations and determine if rhinoplasty is the right solution. A physical examination of the nose is done and photographs are often taken. If rhinoplasty is selected, the physician will advise the patient on how to prepare for the surgery.
Depending upon the extent of the procedure, a rhinoplasty procedure may be conducted on an outpatient basis or in a hospital setting. Surgeries may be performed with a general anesthesia or a local anesthesia. Surgeons usually perform rhinoplasty inside the nose, making incisions inside the nostrils, but sometimes they make cuts in the septum between the nostrils. Surgeons separate the skin from the underlying bone or cartilage and mucous membranes, and proceed to cut, trim, or augment the nasal bone or cartilage. After the completion of surgery, a plastic or metal splint may be placed on the nose to retain the new shape of the bone. In cases where the septum must be stabilized, nasal packs or soft splints may be inserted inside the nostrils.
After surgery, a patient’s face and nose will be swollen and painful, and headaches are common. Because the healing of the nose is a slow process, full recovery from rhinoplasty takes several weeks.
About the author: Dr. Keith Berman performs a wide variety of cosmetic surgeries in his Staten Island, New York practice. Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Berman has performed thousands of surgeries since beginning solo practice in 1998. For information about Dr. Keith Berman’s plastic surgery treatments, visit www.drkberman.com/index2.htm.
In every culture, eating is not only about nutrition, it's one of the most common rites of socialization. So, when we decide to change our diet to lose weight, it's important to have a plan for eating out socially. Here are a few tips for easing the anxiety while sticking with your program.
Once breakfast, lunch, or dinner plans are made, go online to the restaurant's website to study its menu, or stop by and pick one up. You'll arrive prepared and relaxed and able to focus on the social aspect of the occasion. Another trick is to order an appetizer for your entrée. The smaller size may be the key to the caloric intake your diet allows. Avoid buffets; they’re just not worth the temptation. If you can't avoid it, focus on the salads and choose a low-calorie dressing. If you can't make any of the above tricks work, just eat half of what's on your plate and take the other half home for the next night's dinner.
Dr. Keith Berman is an ASPS board–certified plastic surgeon with offices in Manhattan and Staten Island. Dr. Berman specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery and also offers his patients a medically supervised weight loss program.
Many individuals think of liposuction as a way to instantaneously shed pounds and assume a healthy lifestyle. Even patients who receive liposuction need to consume healthy foods and maintain regular exercise routines if they want to stay trim after receiving the procedure.
Many people gain weight by eating spontaneously, gorging on potato chips, fast food, and other unhealthy snacks and meals. As an alternative, plan meals for your household at the beginning of each week; include entrees, sides, and beverages. When people know what they will be eating and when, they will feel less tempted to eat sooner or more frequently.
And speaking of frequency, just how often should you eat? Three meals a day does not work for everyone, and some people do not feel full after a meal, which can weaken their resolve to wait until the next meal to eat. Many people find success eating four or five meals a day, but at smaller portions, an approach that combines greater frequency with control.
About the Author
A Plastic Surgeon practicing in New York City, Dr. Keith Berman focuses on procedures such as liposuction, facelifts, and rhinoplasty.
An eye lift, or blepharoplasty, can address a variety of issues, both practical and cosmetic. For certain patients, an eye lift may be performed in conjunction with another procedure, such as a forehead lift, to alleviate wrinkles or tighten the skin. Here are some general indicators that an eye lift may be a good option:
If you have unwanted, bothersome puffiness around the lower region of the eye, an eye lift may be a good choice.
If excess skin above the eye hinders your vision, you may be a good candidate for an eye lift.
Plastic surgery for the region around the eyes may be helpful for aging patients, who find the extra skin around the eyes to become increasingly bothersome with age.
It is advisable to consult with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, who can address your specific questions and help you make an informed choice.
Dr. Keith Berman, a board-certified plastic surgeon, owns a private practice on Staten Island, New York, where he performs a range of plastic surgery procedures for the face and body. Prior to opening his practice, Dr. Berman completed a residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.