Drs. Jerome and Tom Liu believe rhinoplasty is capable of changing a patient’s appearance in ways that make the preoperative consultations and decision-making processes vitally important to the procedure’s success.
Posted on October 1, 2013 in
San Jose, CA – Drs. Tom and Jerome Liu consider rhinoplasty (otherwise known as a “nose job”) as an exceptional procedure. Unlike other plastic surgery procedures that focus on tightening loose skin or removing excess fat—like the tummy tuck or liposuction—rhinoplasty has the ability to address the patient’s underlying physical structure of the face, creating an aesthetic that is more balanced and proportional with the rest of the patient’s features.
Due to the significant changes in appearance that can result from rhinoplasty, Dr. Jerome Liu and Dr. Tom Liu often require two consultations before proceeding with the operation to ensure that their patients understand the logistics of the surgery and have realistic expectations in regard to their results. They say that clear doctor-patient communication is essential during these consultations to answer all patient questions, address patient concerns, and make sure the patient and the surgeon are working toward the same aesthetic goals.
While rhinoplasty is often used for reasons of cosmetic enhancement—including reducing the width of the nose, reducing the dorsal hump of the nose, or creating a bridge for a flat nose—the procedure can also be used to address serious medical concerns. Patients that have a “crooked” nose or a deviated septum may have severe difficulties breathing. Drs. Tom and Jerome Liu highlight that while cosmetic enhancements of the nose are never covered by insurance, functional rhinoplasty performed for medical reasons may be covered. During each rhinoplasty consultation, Drs. Tom and Jerome Liu examine the patient for obstructions of the nasal air passages and to ensure the septum is in its proper place to optimize breathing.
According to the San Jose plastic surgeons, another important part of the consultation process focuses on the anticipated size and shape of the patient’s new nose in relation to the rest of the face. In particular, each patient’s chin is carefully examined. Due to the intimate relationship of the nose and the chin, changes in size and shape of either structure affect the relative appearance of the other. Some of Drs. Jerome and Tom Liu’s plastic surgery patients opt for chin enhancement along with rhinoplasty to create an even more balanced and proportional new look. However, the decision for rhinoplasty or chin enhancement is not one that should be made lightly, which is why both doctors say they spend a great deal of time ensuring their patients are making educated choices during the preoperative stages of the procedure.
About Jerome H. Liu, MD, MSHS
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jerome Liu is a graduate of Brown University and earned his medical degree at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Liu is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In addition, Dr. Jerome Liu is a regular guest/adjunct faculty member for the Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium held annually in March. Dr. Liu is available for interview upon request.
About Tom S. Liu, MD, MBA
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tom Liu is a graduate of Northwestern University and earned both his medical degree and his MBA in a five-year program at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Liu is available for interview upon request.
For more information about Liu Plastic Surgery, visit liuplasticsurgery.com or facebook.com/LiuPlasticSurgery.