Recently I answered this question from a Realself user in Vero Beach, who was “Looking for the rhinoplasty specialist who can make my nose beautiful”
The question: “Most facial plastic surgeons can turn an unattractive nose into a nice looking one. My nose is not unattractive. But it is not a beautiful central spot in my face. For that it would have to have a more refined tip and nostrils. Which physician believes to be artistic enough to accomplish this? I will send you my pictures and will travel to any place in the US.”
Realself user mariannevero, Vero Beach, Florida
“When consulting with patients regarding their expectations, there are requests that automatically give me pause. One of those is the desire for the nose to be made a ‘masterpiece’, a work of art that stands alone as exemplary of our aesthetic ideals.
The reason why this causes angst is that the goals of rhinoplasty are not to create a stand-alone masterpiece, but to eliminate and minimize features that are distracting for patients. Sometimes that’s as straightforward as lowering a bump on the bridge of the nose. At other times it’s much more subtle, like tip refinement, and that is why your conversations with your surgeon are so imperative. In my opinion you want the postop nose to blend into the face in a harmonious way that is not a distracting feature, but rather a complimentary feature for your lips, eyes, etc. The Mona Lisa stands out as a masterpiece… a well-done rhinoplasty does not. It just fits so well that no one should ever suspect it.”
The idea is that your results should look more like this…
(patient of Harry V. Wright MD)
…and less like this: