The Art of Rhinoplasty
By: Julia Weston
As the Marketing Manager and a new employee at The Centre for Plastic Surgery I have had to spend much of my time learning about the office, the physicians, and our other providers. In this process, I found out that we are home to West Michigan’s foremost Rhinoplasty surgeon! Dr. Brundage is not only passionate about this procedure but with over 30 years of experience he is also artful & extremely competent. Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult procedures for plastic surgeons to learn and one of the most intimidating procedures for patients to commit to. It is a surgery that will result in a permanent change to the patient’s face. It is essential that Rhinoplasty patients find the right physician, which is why I decided to write this blog.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that changes the shape of the nose. It can be motivated by a desire to change the appearance of the nose, to improve breathing, or both. The nose is comprised of bone & cartilage. In Rhinoplasty, modifications can be made to the bone, cartilage, and surrounding skin. Of all cosmetic procedures performed, it can take the longest to see the final result. The healing process can take up to 12 months to be complete. According to Dr. Brundage” Rhinoplasty can be performed on patients that are full grown so most candidates are 18 and up. Patients seeking a Rhinoplasty surgeon should look for someone that has completed many surgeries, has a good body of work to show, and has digital imaging capabilities”.
After reviewing several of the before & after photos in our files, one of the things that struck me is how natural his results are. So many times I have seen people that look like they have received a “cookie cutter” nose. As Dr. Brundage explains “surgeons are generally trained to perform Rhinoplasty in one way. It takes years of experience to understand where to remove & where to add. When I look at a patient’s nose I look at it as a part of the whole-creating symmetry according to the entire face. There is no definition of a perfect nose. Finding the right balance is about looking at each part of the patient’s face & considering what they want to achieve”. The photos below are an example of an 18 year old patient that had experienced trauma to the nose during soccer. She also complained of the “hump” on the bridge of her nose as well as the shape of the tip. As you can see, Dr. Brundage was able to correct the issue with beautiful, natural results.
Like all our surgeons at CPS, Dr. Brundage looks at each patient as an individual. He takes their wants and needs into consideration before deciding on how to proceed with surgery. When asked what he loves the most about performing this surgery he said “I enjoy being extremely comfortable in performing this surgery. I am grateful for the 30 years of experience in doing Rhinoplasties. Seeing a patient and having the confidence that I can achieve a great result is very rewarding”. For more information about Rhinoplasty, visit our Rhinoplasty page or contact us for a consultation.