Hello, I'm Dr. Jennifer Levine. I'm a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in New York City. Today I'm going to be talking about a very exciting subject to me, rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty really means to change the shape of your nose. You may want to do this because you have trouble breathing or because you're unhappy with how the nose looks. In either way, it's very important that rhinoplasty be done by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon because we know the nose both inside and out.

I like to think of the procedure starting with the consultation. At this time, I will review with you all of your concerns, both regarding the appearance of your nose as well as the breathing. When I examine you, I'm not only looking at your nose, I'm looking at your entire face because the idea of a rhinoplasty is to make the face look better. So my goal is for you to look as natural and to really be the best version of yourself.

I am a artist and I like to regard each patient as like an individual work of art. I start with basically the same strategies that Leonardo da Vinci used, which is that I break the face up into thirds and I look for facial harmony and balance. Since I'm also a doctor, I also take into account any history of functional problems as well, meaning trouble breathing, sinus infections, bleeding or any trauma that you've had to your nose.

After we go over all of your concerns in detail, I take a set of photographs in six specific views that really highlight any issues that you may have. We go over these views and I also will show a computer simulation of different ways that I think that the nose should look.

Once we decide to go through with the procedure, I go over a very detailed list of both pre and postoperative instructions, so that your recovery is as smooth and easy as possible. It's my goal to have you back to your regular activities within a week. I do my surgery at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. The surgery is done under general anesthesia. You'll have a little cast on your nose and that will be on for about six days. Once the cast comes off, you should be ready to go.

This is Dr. Jennifer Levine. Thank you for listening.

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