Archive for April, 2010

3 Quick “Yes” and “No” Rhinoplasty Answers

Saturday, April 24th, 2010
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Based on the questions I frequently hear from my Los Angeles “nose job” (rhinoplasty) patients, I thought I’d share a few quick facts about rhinoplasty. If you have questions of your own, please comment here or contact me and I’ll follow up with a personal response.

  • Is the nose always broken during rhinoplasty? No. The bones in the nose are usually only moved when the nose needs to be narrowed or after a large hump has been removed. There are certainly many rhinoplasty procedures that do not involve fracturing the bone.
  • Does a rhinoplasty fix a deviated septum? Technically, no. The procedure to fix a deviated septum is actually called a septoplasty. It is a different type of nose surgery. The septoplasty procedure is reconstructive as opposed to cosmetic (rhinoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure) and may be covered by insurance.
  • Are there non-surgical alternatives to a rhinoplasty? Yes, but they’re not for everyone. These non-surgical methods generally involve the use of injectable fillers. These fillers can “build up” but they can’t “take out.” This means that, for example, they’re a good option for people who would like a more pronounced nasal tip, but not for people who want to reduce the size of their nasal tip. Also, keep in mind that even if you’re a candidate for a non-surgical nose job, the results won’t be permanent.

These questions are just the tip of the iceberg. There’s much more you can learn about rhinoplasty. For more information, you can visit my rhinoplasty Web site.

On Facebook, It’s Personal

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
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I’m all about communication, especially when it comes to my Los Angeles plastic surgery patients. Keeping lines of communication open helps them (by feeling informed and prepared for surgery) and me (by understanding their goals so that I can achieve optimal results). I like to know what procedures my patients are looking for, what my practice is doing well, and what we can do better. Imagine my excitement when I found a way to accomplish all this, and have some fun at the same time. That’s exactly why Marina Plastic Surgery Associates is on Facebook.

Sure, Facebook may seem like old news to those of you (probably most of you) who have had a personal account for a few years. But creating a business Fan Page for our plastic surgery practice is new and exciting. We established our Fan Page in November and now, only 6 months later, we already have over 1,300 Fans.

The reason for this success? I think we have so many Fans and get such great feedback about our Page because on Facebook, it’s personal. It’s like a conversation, not a one-sided resource like a Web site (although we’ve got loads of helpful information there, too). Our Wall is a lively place patients can go for support, education, and amusement. In addition to developing personal relationships with our Fans, we use our Facebook Page to:

  • Offer Fan-only specials. We created Tabs with information that only our Fans can see, so they get exclusive access to these offers.
  • Educate patients and the public about plastic surgery – procedures, news, trends, and more.
  • Share details about our practice, including information about me, media coverage, and the treatments we offer.
  • Allow patients to interact with each other directly, to provide support and advice.

We’re constantly adding new content to our Page, so our Fans (who come from all over the country) visit us regularly to stay up-to-date. You can visit our Facebook Page to become a Fan and get immediate access to exclusive specials and fun, useful content.

Dr. Grant Stevens

I am a board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience researching and implementing new approaches to plastic surgery. At Plastic Surgery Insider, you get the benefit of my experience and authority when you read my perspectives on the latest news and procedures in plastic surgery.
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