Does the famous painter Botticelli ever allow his muse, Simonetta Vespucci, to undergo an aggressive surgery to remodel her nose? Of course not! The professor. Fabio Meneghini, an expert in Maxillo-Faccial Surgery in Milan , speaks to us about the new rhinoplasty
What is rhinoplasty?
The term "rhinoplasty", and hence the aesthetic , reconstructive and functional nose surgery , means "remodeling the nose". Nowadays there should be no aesthetic or only functional intervention because focusing on a single aspect is likely to lose sight of the main objective: a nice nose that breathes well. Rhinoplasty is not a matter of urgency, but of choice. An intervention is considered urgent for example in the case of a foreign body present in the throat: there are no alternatives and must be solved surgically so as not to suffocate the patient. Rhinoplasty, however, is an intervention that needs to be programmed without hesitation, studying every detail and decided together with the patient.
And for "aggressive rhinoplasty"?
It is not uncommon to meet people who have decided to undergo rhinoplasty and who, having failed to achieve the desired result or have not experienced any improvement in breathing, are unhappy. This is due to a number of reasons including:
- A preparation for swift and superficial intervention,
- Failure to diagnose some patient conditions such as nasal valve collapse (the narrowest part of the nasal cavities), lower turbid hypertrophy, deviated nasal septum and maxillary bone deformities,
- A rash and aggressive rhinoplasty, carried out in a few standardized steps.
The signs that appear and sometimes worsen with the passage of time as a result of an "aggressive rhinoplasty" are: the tip of the deformed nose , an irregular surface, and a backslidden or frankly deviated back. Finding a solution to these situations is not easy and a difficult reconstruction surgery is often required.
prof. Meneghini, can we talk about a new type of rhinoplasty today?
Yes, although this is not a new surgical technique but a set of concepts to apply to all patients. I personally believe that modern rhinoplasty should always be aesthetic and its goals should be the harmony, the naturalness and the balance between the nose and the other facial parts. However, modern rhinoplasty must also be:
- Functional, to allow optimal breathing from both nostrils ,
- Conservative and reconstructive, to ensure stable and lasting results,
- Ecologic, avoiding using prostheses or harmful substances for our nose.
Editor: Marta Buonomano