Dr. Shaw describes rhinoplasty/nose reshaping surgery.
Rhinoplasty is reshaping of the nose through very minute surgical techniques that alter the structures of the nose and of the multiple surgeries that I do, the rhinoplasty seems to change the face the most. If you want an anatomy lesson of the nose, the lower cartilages are here, the upper cartilages are here, and the bone is here. So oftentimes in a nose, the dorsum might be high and we can reduce that by removing some of this septum through here. The tip cartilages oftentimes are not in the proper alignment.
Oftentimes I do an open rhinoplasty, which involves a small incision along the bottom of the nose, which would be right here and it gives me tremendous control of the nasal tip, something we didn’t have years ago. It gives us the opportunity to suture the cartilages together. We can shape them into a more pyramidal look, where some noses might be a little more boxy. I can even take these cartilages like a tripod and reduce the projection of a nose in the case of a nose that has a very high projection.
So with the open rhinoplasty and all the adjustments I can do to the cartilages of the nasal tip, I can create almost virtually any nasal shape that I want. So there’s the dorsal reduction or the hump reduction, which is very typical, the suture contouring of the nasal tip. At the same time if the nose is widened, what’s called an osteotomy is performed on both sides, and the nasal bones are narrowed as well giving the proper shape and contour to blend in with one’s face.
Dr. Shaw, M.D.:
Dr. Lawrence Shaw, M.D., was born on Long Island, New York in 1954 where he lived through High School. He did his undergraduate studies at Emory University and received his medical degree from New York Medical College in 1979. Dr. Shaw then completed a five-year General Surgery residency and was board certified by the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Shaw is a double-boarded Plastic Surgeon, which required 7 years of surgical training alone. Since completing his plastic surgery residency training at the Phoenix Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency in 1986, Dr. Shaw has performed thousands of plastic surgery operations. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify doctors in Plastic Surgery. Dr. Shaw is also certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of regional and national medical societies including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and he American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.