By Dr. Seth A. Yellin

Confidence in our appearance is an important component of developing a positive self-image. As we move through life, strong self-esteem often contributes to our success.

Throughout the teenage years, our faces go through a transformation because of normal growth and development. It is during this time that our most prominent facial feature, the nose, morphs into its adult shape. It also is often during these years that nasal appearance becomes an issue.

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This patient (shown after surgery) has an improved but natural look after rhinoplasty.

It is not uncommon for teens to get self-conscious about their appearance, and if a feature as prominent as the nose is the source of that discontent, their self-confidence can be hurt.

Modern nasal surgery techniques often permit complete correction of both aesthetic and functional issues during the same procedure. However, aesthetic nasal surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, is often referred to as the most challenging of all cosmetic surgery procedures. Therefore, the expertise of the surgeon is critical to obtaining consistently excellent outcomes.

Of course it is absolutely necessary that your surgeon be knowledgeable and skilled, but, just as important, he or she must also have an artist’s eye for detail, proportion and symmetry.

If you are unhappy with your nasal appearance, you might wish to explore surgical correction. However, patients are often confused. Whom should I see? What can I afford? These are real issues that must be considered.

Allow me to share some of the wisdom that I have acquired during my 20 years in practice. Find a surgeon with experience who listens to your concerns, whose aesthetic you share and whose judgment you trust.

Don’t spend more than you can afford, but don’t choose your doctor solely on price. Though price is not an exact indicator of quality, there is truth to the statement “You get what you pay for.”

You can achieve technical success (a result that is appropriate for the treatment without complications) but artistic failure (you simply don’t look better or perhaps even worse). Aesthetic procedures are just that — aesthetic. If you don’t look naturally more beautiful after treatment, the procedures have not served you well.

This patient (shown before surgery here has an improved but natural look after rhinoplasty.)

This patient (shown before surgery here has an improved but natural look after rhinoplasty.)

Personally, I respect the ethnicity of the face and aesthetically enhance the nose in that context. Cosmetic rhinoplasty should create a natural, un-operated-on, more attractive appearance.

While rhinoplasty improves one’s appearance, the real power lies in its ability to enhance self-confidence. Achieving that goal consistently defines excellence in rhinoplasty. Choose your rhinoplasty surgeon wisely. Your face is worth it.

Dr. Seth A. Yellin is the founder and director of Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center (www.MariettaFacialPlastics.com, 770-425-7575). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and is dual board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. As one of Atlanta’s most well respected and sought after facial plastic surgeons, he has treated thousands of patients during more than 20 years in practice, with the goal of making each patient happy. Yellin is nationally renowned for his expertise in creating a natural look when performing cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery and 3D facial volumization. He has appeared on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and Fox to discuss facial aesthetic procedures and was the chief of facial plastic surgery at Emory Healthcare from 1999 to 2011.