Sculpting a beautiful nose has more to do with balancing facial features than replicating society’s idea of an attractive nose. In Los Angeles, rhinoplasty techniques need to be highly individualized to the patient’s anatomy, ethnicity and desires. There is no single approach that will work for all patients.
Choosing the proper technique makes a huge difference in a patient’s outcome. An expert rhinoplasty surgeon will help the patient understand how to achieve desired goals using his or her breadth of experience and techniques.
This 27-year-old woman didn't like the appearance of her nose, which she felt was too strong for her otherwise delicate features. She wanted to reshape the tip of her nose and create a more feminine profile by reducing the size of her nasal dorsum. After considering several Los Angeles rhinoplasty surgeons, she decided to schedule a consultation... Read More
This 27-year-old man desired less prominent ears and nose. Dr. Stoker performed ear pinning (otoplasty) and nose reshaping for him. He is shown before and four months following his surgery. His results will continue to improve over the course of a year as his swelling completely resolves. Read More
This 18-year-old woman wanted a more feminine nose. Dr. Stoker performed a rhinoplasty to accomplish her goals. She now has the beautiful and natural appearance that she desired. She is shown before and six weeks following her surgery.
This 28-year-old woman sustained a severe nasal fracture that caused her nose to slant to the left. The fracture had also caused the nasal bone to protrude on her left side and she had a severely deviated septum that made it difficult for her to breathe, especially at night. Tired of suffering for years and losing sleep because she had to breathe... Read More
This 28-year-old woman desired to have a more ideally shaped nose. Dr. Stoker performed a rhinoplasty procedure to accomplish her goal. She is shown before and one month following surgery. Although her result is already beautiful, it will continue to improve over the course of a year. Read More
This 57-year-old woman wanted to improve her breathing ability as well the appearance of her nose. Although another surgeon had performed rhinoplasty and septoplasty for those same reasons 7 years previously, she was disappointed with her results.Revision rhinoplasty and septoplasty in Los Angeles are often requested by men and women who consult... Read More
This 22-year-old woman wanted to improve her breathing as well as the shape of her nose. She began to research plastic surgery in Los Angeles and scheduled a consultation with the talented surgeons at Dr. Stoker's Practice.When she came in for her meeting, she explained to her surgeon that she desired a more feminine-looking nose. She... Read More
This 21-year-old woman wanted to improve the appearance of her nose through surgery. Unhappy with the slight bump on her nose, she wanted to smooth it out and create a more feminine slope. After hearing about Dr. Stoker's Practice in Los Angeles, she decided to schedule a consultation with a board-certified Los Angeles plastic surgeon.During... Read More
After a member in her family had a similar operation, this 33-year-old woman decided to explore nose surgery. Concerned about the prominence of her nose and the way it curved downward, she wanted to find an experienced Los Angeles nose surgery specialist who could help her achieve optimal results.After some consideration, she scheduled a consultation... Read More
This 17-year-old girl was unhappy with the shape of her nose so, with the permission of her parents, she began looking for a Los Angeles plastic surgeon who could subtly reshape her nose to narrow her bridge and create a perkier slope. After some consideration, she and her parents decided to contact Dr. Stoker's Practice for a consultation.During... Read More
This 31-year-old woman wanted only a subtle improvement to the shape of her nose. She was unhappy with the slight dorsal hump on the bridge of her nose and wanted her nose to have a more gradual slope. After considering her options for rhinoplasty, she decided to contact Dr. Stoker's practice for an appointment.When she met with her surgeon,... Read More
This 25-year-old woman wanted to reduce the prominence of her nose and ears while maintaining her ethnic appearance. She decided to learn about her options by consulting with a Los Angeles plastic surgeon who performed rhinoplasty. She eventually chose to contact Dr. Stoker's Practice.She expressed her concerns to her surgeon. He explained... Read More
This 40-year-old male desired to straighten his nose, decrease its size and improve its proportions. Dr. Stoker performed a rhinoplasty and septoplasty to accomplish his goals. The patient is shown before and two months following his surgery.
This 34-year-old woman desired a less prominent and more feminine nose. Dr. Stoker performed a rhinoplasty using a closed approach with all internal incisions. She is shown before and two years following her surgery.
At the beginning of each consultation, I listen to your goals and perform a thorough analysis to evaluate the proportions of your face and nose. Working together, we will discuss the techniques that are best suited to your needs and develop a personalized solution to help you improve the appearance and structure of your nose. For patients considering nose surgery in Los Angeles, it’s important to understand the techniques that are available to you.
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All incisions are placed inside the nose except for a tiny incision in the little column of skin that separates the nostrils. Open rhinoplasty allows me to lift up the skin and soft tissue to expose the underlying cartilage and bone for precise adjustments. Often, I describe this technique as “lifting the hood of a car to work on the engine.” As you can imagine, this offers more visibility and access than working only “underneath the car.” For patients who need significant tip alteration and for revision surgeries, open rhinoplasty is usually the best option.
This is the traditional technique that surgeons have been performing for many decades. All incisions are placed inside the nose, limiting access and visibility. The technique is most common for patients who want to narrow the nose, or to reduce or augment the bridge of the nose. Closed rhinoplasty is an excellent choice when significant changes to the nose tip are not required. I use this technique for about 30 percent of my patients.
You’ve probably heard the term “deviated septum” quite a bit. The septum is the internal cartilage that separates the nostrils. For patients who have deviated noses or obstructed nasal airways, a deviated septum is frequently the cause. Septoplasty is designed to open the nasal airways, straighten the septum, and possibly straighten the nose. The septum is also the best source of cartilage grafts when needed for more complex nose adjustments. Oftentimes, patients who opt for septoplasty have both cosmetic and functional goals for surgery.
Refining the nasal tip is one of the most challenging aspects of rhinoplasty. Tip grafts typically come from the septum, ears or ribs. They may be used to improve projection and contour of the nasal tip. Grafts allow the surgeon to achieve more substantial changes than would be possible only adjusting existing cartilage. This technique benefits patients who have flat or asymmetrical noses and is usually critical for revision rhinoplasty.
Imagine putting a clothespin on the soft portion of your nose and trying to breathe. That is what it’s like for patients with obstructed nasal airways due to narrow internal valves. To remedy this I recommend spreader grafts. Spreader grafts are internal cartilage grafts used to widen the nasal airways and improve breathing function. The grafts are not visible externally unless desired, and are usually created with cartilage from the septum or ears.
Each person has finger-like structures on the inside of the nose that clean and moisten inhaled air. These structures are called the turbinates. In some cases, the turbinates become enlarged, making it difficult to breathe. Turbinate outfracture or reduction improves nasal airflow by reducing this obstruction. This technique is performed entirely through the nostrils, ensuring that incisions are not visible from the outside.
Expert rhinoplasty surgeons in Los Angeles have extensive experience with all of these techniques and will help you design the best plan to meet your goals.
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