December 25, 2012

How Do I Know If I Have Thin or Thick Skin?

Angie Buonassisi
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How Do I Know If I Have Thin or Thick Skin?

One of thesimplestways of determining if you have thick of thin skin onyour nose is to look in the mirror and see if the edges of your nasal tipcartilagesshow through the skin. If you can see the edges then your skin is thinner. If you can't then it is thicker.Skin thickness in rhinoplasty surgery is important because it determines how much of the underlying nasal anatomy will be visible after surgery. Thick skinned patients may not see enough of the underlying structure, while thin skinned patients may see more than they were hoping for.The good news is that the majority of patients who have the appropriate expectations of surgery will be happy with their results. Rhinoplasty specialists will be skilled at both giving their patient a realistic assessment of what can be expected, as well as select the most appropriate techniques for that patient.

Will your skin quality affect your result?

A key part of your discussion with your surgeon while in consultation should be how the quality of your skin might affect your result. A discussion of the limitations that are specific to you is critical.

About Dr. Buonassisi

Entrusting a surgeon with a central feature of your face like your nose requires a great deal of understanding of their credentials, experience, and results of procedures they’ve performed in the past. As such, patients are encouraged to seek out experienced surgeons who have performed many cosmetic rhinoplasties over a long career.One of Canada’s top dual board-certified cosmetic facial surgeons, Dr. Thomas Buonassisi leads the team at 8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic and carries extensive experience, having performed thousands of cosmetic nasal surgeries for over 20 years.

Dr. Buonassisi and Rhinoplasty Patient


Types of Rhinoplasty Procedures Offered at 8 West Clinic

  • Hump Reduction Rhinoplasty:Resizing the bump on the bridge of the nose is one of the most common reasons that people pursue Rhinoplasty. As the name suggests, this surgery works by reducing and resizing the dorsal hump of your nose, to soften and balance the nose.
  • Tip Refinement and Rotation Rhinoplasty:For patients  seeking to reduce the size of the nose, remove a hump, refine or rotate the tip of the nose. From tilting the tip up, to narrowing a larger tip; tip refinement is often combined with other Rhinoplasty procedures, such as hump reduction or correcting a crooked nose, for the most striking, natural-looking results.
  • Alar Base Reduction:Alar base reduction refers to reducing the width of the alar, or base, of the nose. It is often, but not always, combined with augmentation Rhinoplasty. A small incision is placed at the base of each nostril, and a wedge of tissue is excised so that the nose appears smaller and more narrow.

Rhinoplasty Before & After Photos

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Download Dr. Buonassisi’s Free eBook – Essential Guide to Rhinoplasty

The first step in most patients’ rhinoplasty journey is to enhance their knowledge with the freeEssential Guide to Rhinoplasty eBook.At 8 West Clinic, we focus on honest patient education and a comprehensive approach. This is why Vancouver’s leading board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Buonassisi has consolidated his 20+ years experience into the informative Essential Guide to Rhinoplasty. This eBook is an essential tool for anyone considering cosmetic nasal surgery.Download the free eBook for all you need to know about :

  • Realistic vs. Unrealistic Expectations
  • 6 Tips for Getting a Great Rhinoplasty Result
  • What Are the Most Typical Changes & How Does Your Surgeon Know What Will Look Good? 
  • What to Expect From Your Rhinoplasty Recovery

Download your free copy now.

Book a Complimentary Rhinoplasty Pre-Consultation

Ready to take the next step in your nose job journey?Request a complimentary pre-consultation with Dr. Buonassisi’s knowledgeable Patient Care Managers at 8 West Clinic, where you can undergo an exploration of your goals with surgery to uncover if rhinoplasty is right for your concerns and lifestyle.You’ll also gain important in-depth information on other factors to consider before making a decision to move forward with rhinoplasty. This can include things like cost of surgery, pre-op and post-op requirements, follow-up care, and timelines for booking your surgical consultation with Dr. Buonassisi.No matter your questions, you’ll be in the best hands. To book a pre-consultation, fill out ouronline form, or call (604) 670-8205 today.

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