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Dr. Kouros Azar has provided answers to some of the most common questions he is asked about nose reshaping surgery, technically called rhinoplasty, from Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Simi Valley patients.

If you have additional questions about rhinoplasty or any cosmetic procedure, request a consultation with Dr. Azar to discuss the possibilities. Or, you can call our office at (805) 250-0077 and one of our knowledgeable, friendly staff members will schedule your appointment.

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How old do I need to be to have nose surgery?

It's important for your facial development to be complete before having nose surgery. Young people should be at least 16 for surgery, but may come in sooner for consultation. During your consultation, I will help you set realistic expectations and make sure you have sound reasons for wanting the procedure.

What's the difference between open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty?

With open rhinoplasty, an incision is made in the skin between the nostrils (columella). With the closed technique, incisions are made inside of the nose. I typically use the open technique because it gives me the best access to the inside of the nose and provides greater control of the final result. While this technique does leave a scar, the scar is under the nose and will barely be noticeable within a few months. Most nationally recognized rhinoplasty surgeons use the open rhinoplasty technique.

Can you correct my breathing problem in addition to improving the shape of my nose?

It's common to combine functional rhinoplasty with cosmetic improvement. I can enhance the external appearance of the nose while simultaneously improving its function by repairing a deviated septum, reducing turbinates or making other improvements to the internal components of the nose.

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My nose seems to be out of proportion with the rest of my face. What can you do?

Rhinoplasty can often be used to create balance between facial features and help the face look more attractive overall. Your nose shouldn't be the first thing people notice when they look at you. I can also use facial implants instead of, or in addition to, rhinoplasty to achieve facial harmony. Another option is to use an injectable dermal filler to sculpt areas of the nose. This is sometimes referred to as non-surgical rhinoplasty.

How do I know that you understand the results I want?

An important part of the rhinoplasty consultation in my office is patient image analysis. Our advanced computer imaging system not only shows me what you have in mind but also allows you to see an approximation of what you may look like after surgery in 3D. While this is not a guarantee of your results, it's a useful tool in helping you visualize the improvements that are possible. The simulated images are for viewing in our office only, they cannot be printed or emailed to you.

I had rhinoplasty from another surgeon and don't like my results. Can you help?

While any rhinoplasty requires specialized knowledge and surgical skill, with revision rhinoplasty these qualifications are absolutely essential. Revision rhinoplasty is a complicated procedure because areas of the nose might need to be rebuilt if too much cartilage or other tissue was removed. Also, there is often scarring from the earlier surgery, which can create additional challenges. It takes experience to correct the patient's concerns and provide an attractive, natural looking result. Dr. Azar has a great deal of experience with revision rhinoplasty and can spend time with you to discuss a plan to correct the problem. One essential component of the discussion and your care is to have access to the medical records from the previous surgeon. We can obtain them for you or you can bring them with you.

Can you perform another plastic surgery procedure along with my rhinoplasty?

Yes. If the patient is a good candidate, I can safely combine nose surgery with other procedures such as an eyelid lift, otoplasty (ear surgery) or facial implants to provide multiple improvements with a single recovery period.

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Our office is conveniently accessible near the junction of Highway 101 and Highway 23 in beautiful Thousand Oaks. Our visitors travel to see Dr. Kouros Azar from throughout Southern California. Here are helpful driving directions to our office. Please select your location to get started.

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