Posted on August 19, 2015
Dr. W. Matthew White discusses the two main goals of rhinoplasty, his unique approach for creating natural looking results, and who is eligible for this nose reshaping surgery.
New York, NY – Rhinoplasty surgery is primarily used for two main purposes: to correct structural problems that affect the nasal passages or to enhance the aesthetics of the nose. Frequently referred to as a “nose job” or “nose surgery,” Dr. W. Matthew White reveals that rhinoplasty is one of the most common procedures performed at his New York facial plastic surgery practice. He has helped patients of all ages—from their teenage years to their 60s and older—improve their breathing as well as achieve their cosmetic goals.
“Cosmetically, a rhinoplasty can be used to change the size, shape, or angles of the nose to enhance your overall facial harmony and create a sense of balance among your other features,” says Dr. White. According to the facial plastic surgeon, some patients spend many years of their lives unsatisfied with the appearance of their nose, and this discontent can significantly impact a person’s self-esteem. Dr. White states that by paying close attention to each patient’s features and overall facial harmony, he can address cosmetic concerns—such as straightening a hump or improving the symmetry of the nose—for results that look natural. When performing rhinoplasty surgery for men, he also takes into account a man’s unique physiological differences to help ensure patient satisfaction. “While women who undergo rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons often seek a more slender and delicate nose, men typically desire a nose that is strong and straight to maintain a more masculine appearance,” says Dr. White.
To determine a patient’s candidacy for rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. White reviews the person’s medical history, performs a physical exam, and makes sure the patient is in good overall health. For his teenage patients, Dr. White often recommends waiting until the nose has finished growing before undergoing rhinoplasty surgery—around age 15 for girls and around age 18 for boys. “Growth after surgery can compromise the results,” says the New York facial plastic surgeon, causing, in some cases, the need for a second rhinoplasty. However, if a patient’s nose has been affected by disease or injury, restoring the ability to breathe easily becomes the primary concern. In instances of damage or structural issues, Dr. White determines eligibility for rhinoplasty surgery on a case-by-case basis.
Trained at Harvard Medical School, Dr. White is a double board-certified surgeon who specializes exclusively in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. White has completed a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a fellowship in Laser Medicine and Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at NYU School of Medicine. He is an active member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the New York Facial Plastic Surgery Society. Dr. White is available for interview upon request.