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Frequently Asked Questions

I broke my nose once as a child, and then again at the age of 25. I'm 35 now, and seeking a nose job to repair the damage. Is it possible to do this, or is there likely too much damage? Is it a problem if too much time passes?

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Yes, it is certainly possible to have your nose repaired after more than one injury and also after years have passed since the last injury. The extent of damage varies from …

The tip of my nose points way up, kind of like an elf. I'd like to fix this problem with a rhinoplasty. Can the tip be flattened without removing a lot of tissue? I think my nose would be too flat if too much was removed.

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It sounds like you have an over-rotated nose that may be a little too pointed. Correction of this often involves lengthening the nose to create a less "turned up" appearance…

I really want to get a nose job, but I can't even manage tell my hairstylist what kind of haircut I want. How can I communicate what I want my nose to look like?

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Most patients who I see for rhinoplasty consultations generally know what they do not like about their nose. For instance, the nasal bones and/or tip is too wide from the fr…

I've heard that cheek implants increase the projection of the cheekbones. I have really round cheeks, so I'm confused as to how adding volume to them can make my cheekbones more prominent. How does this work?

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In general, patients receiving cheek implants have weak malar eminences, or cheekbones, resulting in mid-face flattening from an oblique view of the face. If your cheeks are …

I'm 40, female, and I just got cheek implants a couple of months ago. I love them, but recently I heard that as you age and lose fat in your face, your implants can make you look harsh and manly. Is this true?

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Preformed cheek implants fitted correctly to the patient should continue to look natural as the patient ages. However, in my opinion, cheek implants placed too high can some…

As a professional boxer, it is a given that I will be hit in the face. If I get a chin implant, is there a risk of them breaking by getting punched?

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As a professional boxer, I would council you to avoid facial cosmetic procedures until you have retired from boxing! Nevertheless, the chin implant I use is a soft silastic …

I'm looking into non-surgical alternatives to a face lift. I've heard of two different methods. I'm a 52 year old woman. I smoked for 25 years, but I quit 10 years ago. Which procedure: the threadlift, or laser lift, would be more likely to yield the best results for me?

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Recent studies have shown that the thread lift does not provide appreciable long lasting results. This has led many surgeons to abandon this procedure. I personally do not…

I'm 42, so I don't think I need a surgical facelift, but I would like to make myself look more youthful. What risks are associated with a laser facelift?

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I perform CO2 laser resurfacing. This provides generalized tightening of the face and reduces wrinkles and acne scarring. The risks of laser resurfacing are infection of t…

My child is only 4, but the children at preschool make him feel bad about how much his ears stick out. It makes me very sad that he has become sensitive about his appearance at such a young age, but he has asked me why his ears are so different. He seems very upset about it. Is he old enough for an otoplasty?

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I generally perform otoplasty in children a little older than your son. I would recommend wait another couple of years. His ears will be a more mature size, and he will to…

I'm 27, and I just got engaged. My fiance loves me the way I am, but I'd like to get ear surgery to fix how far my ears stick out as a surprise. I think she would love the new look. My wedding is in nine months. Is there enough time for me to get ear surgery and be completely healed by the wedding?

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You have more than enough time to undergo otoplasty and be healed before your wedding. I would recommend approximately three months of healing before your wedding, so you ha…