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Rhinoplasty plastic surgery can help to correct the condition of enlarged turbinates. Turbinates are thin, long bones that protrude outwards from the sides of the shutterstock 88936747 200x300 - Rhinoplasty to Correct Enlarged Turbinates | Beverly Hills | Los Angelesseptum within the nasal cavity. Turbinates appear as small, curled knobs on the ends.

There are three forms of turbinates. The bones found in the upper part of the nose located between the eyes and nose are known as superior turbinates. Middle turbinates are found in the middle portion of the nose, while inferior turbinates sit right atop the nostrils.

The surgeon will evaluate the patient’s nose during the initial consultation to understand whether enlarged turbinates surgery is suitable for them. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding locations.

Turbinate Rhinoplasty

Turbinate rhinoplasty can treat turbinates that are inflamed because of allergies or irritants. Sometimes the turbinate can become constricted if a deviated septum pushes it to a single side. This leads to the opposite turbinate becoming larger to compensate for the constricted turbinate which leads to further breathing problems.

Some surgeons believe in treating enlarged turbinates by eliminating tissue to decrease their size while others do not remove any tissue. Rather, the surgeon fractures the turbinate outwardly. Turbinates produce moisture and warm the air going into the nose for proper breathing.

At times, eliminating these turbinates leads to a painful condition called atrophic rhinitis.

But if the surgeon fractures a turbinate in the outward direction and away from the septum and positions it correctly, it produces a larger passageway. This enhances breathing and facilitates proper functioning of the turbinates.

Surgical Procedure

Different techniques can be used to reduce turbinate size. The surgery to correct the size of turbinates is commonly called turbinate resection or turbinate reduction. This surgery can take place in an operating room or the surgeon’s office. The surgeon will usually perform a septoplasty and turbinate resection at the same time.

It is vital not to eliminate the turbinate completely as this can affect the overall turbinate function. The full excision of a turbinate can cause a very crusty and dry nose. Sometimes the turbinate tissue re-grows after the procedure which will require additional surgical intervention. In comparison to a complete turbinate removal, this is more acceptable.

Some techniques can reduce turbinate size without the excision of turbinate tissue or bone. Coblation, radiofrequency reduction, and cauterization are some techniques to achieve this reduction. These techniques involve a portion of the turbinate being warmed with a specialized instrument. The turbinate shrinks after some time because scar tissue forms due to the process of heating.

A portion of the turbinate can be taken out using certain procedures. In performing these procedures, the surgeon must ensure that adequate turbinate is left within the nose. The remaining turbinate can warm and humidify the air entering the nose.

A procedure known as submucosal resection is a standard technique to treat enlarged turbinates. Committed double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and other towns and cities in The Golden State for rhinoplasty.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA. 

Serving Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas of California.

Nose reshaping surgery can address physiological problems that can hinder a person’s ability to breathe properly. It can also enhance the shape of an individual’s shutterstock 127767527 2 300x277 - Types of Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgery | Beverly Hills | Los Angelesnose for better proportion with other facial features. Many types of rhinoplasty techniques can be used to meet unique patient requirements.

Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding locations.

Correcting a Deviated Septum

The septum can bend on one side creating an S-shape or outwards in a C-shape. The area where the septum bends will determine whether the surgeon needs to reshape the bony upper part of the septum near the top of the nose or the cartilaginous lower region.

Sometimes the septum may even shift from the anterior nasal spine in a condition known as a septal deviation. In such cases, the surgeon will need to address the septum’s shift and align its base with the anterior nasal spine again.

Turbinate Rhinoplasty

Turbinate rhinoplasty can treat turbinates which may have become inflamed due to allergies or other irritants. Sometimes one turbinate can contract if a deviated septum pushes it to one side. Consequently, the opposite turbinate becomes larger to make up for the constricted turbinate. This can cause further hindrances in breathing.

Nasal Polyps

Similar to oversized turbinates, nasal polyps usually occur due to allergies and irritants. Nasal polyps are harmless growths that form within the passageways of the nose and appear as soft, jelly-like bulbs. The surgeon will use a snare instrument to reach within the nose and remove them cautiously.

Types of Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Correcting the Radix

The upper bony part of the nose is known as the radix. The radix and cartilage that lies beneath it may be significant which causes a bump. A shallow radix can lead to depression and a bump. The surgeon can decrease the radix cautiously slicing off small portions. In this procedure, the surgeon may add volume to a depressed region via the patient’s own cartilage sourced from another area of their body.

Straightening a Crooked Nose

In case the patient has a slightly crooked nose, the surgeon can straighten its appearance by removing some cartilage or bone. They could also physically move tissue to address this condition. Similar to the use of a splint in the case of a broken nose, the surgeon may place a splint to hold the nose in position while it heals after this procedure.

Tip Rotation and Reduction

In case the nose does not have definition or appears too defined, it may not have a proper rotation. Rotation is the upward or downward turn of the nasal tip. The surgeon will carefully assess the base of the nose while adjusting the nasal tip by reshaping the cartilage as the width of the nasal base impacts the tension and rotation.

Projection Adjustment

The surgeon may trim a part of the cartilage at the nasal tip to reduce the projection of the nose. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA. 

Serving Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas of California.

Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgery

body 10 295x300 - Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgery | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesRhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose surgery or nose job, is one of the five most sought-after plastic surgeries performed in the US. In this procedure, the plastic surgeon will modify the cartilage and bone of the nose with precision to create the desired appearance.

Rhinoplasty provides a safe and efficient solution to women and men who may be displeased with the look of their nose. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding locations.


The ideal candidate for rhinoplasty may:

  • Have a nose that they feel is too large or small relative to other facial features
  • Have nostrils that are too pinched or flared
  • Have an off-center or crooked
  • Have a nose that is asymmetrical due to an injury
  • Have breathing issues due to internal nose irregularities

Types of Rhinoplasty

Some of the major types of rhinoplasty include:

Reduction Rhinoplasty

Reduction rhinoplasty is effective for bumps on the bridge of the nose, a longer nasal tip, or nostrils that are too flared. The surgeon will remove minute amounts of bone or cartilage to create the desired outcome.

Augmentation Rhinoplasty

Augmentation rhinoplasty is a popular nose reshaping procedure. In this case, the surgeon will perform bone or tissue grafting to augment the nasal tip and/or bridge.

Post-Traumatic Rhinoplasty

In case of trauma to the nose due to an injury, the patient can have post-traumatic rhinoplasty. Surgeons use this treatment to straighten the nose and correct a deviated nasal septum. Post-traumatic rhinoplasty patients may have suffered from a broken nose. In such instances, the surgeon may have to re-fracture the nose and set it again.

Reconstructive Rhinoplasty

Patients may need reconstructive rhinoplasty, if they have lost all or a significant part of the nose due to an accident or cancer surgery. The surgeon will re-build the nose through skin grafts, flap techniques, and other sophisticated methods.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Ethnic rhinoplasty is typically performed on people of African American, Asian, Hispanic, Afro-Caribbean and Middle Eastern descent. These patients usually have softer nasal outlines, which require the surgeon to take special care to ensure that they preserve the distinctive features on the face.

Rhinoplasty Techniques

Irrespective of the kind of rhinoplasty a patient needs, the surgeon will usually follow one of these two main techniques:

Closed Rhinoplasty

Closed rhinoplasty may be preferred wherever possible because all surgical incisions are placed inside the nose, which eliminates the risk of scarring. Though these incisions are discreet, the surgeon can still have access to a significant part of the nose to address various aesthetic concerns.

Open Rhinoplasty

While open rhinoplasty provides the surgeon with more access to the cartilage and bone of the nose, it will leave some amount of scar tissue. Through placing an incision across the columella which is the area of cartilage situated between the two nostrils, the surgeon can lift the skin off the tip of the nose and shape the cartilage accurately.

Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Keys receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and other cities and towns in this part of SoCal for rhinoplasty.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA. 

Serving Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas of California.

One type of rhinoplasty procedure that is often necessary for nasal correction is known as septoplasty. Septoplasty surgery is used to correct aspects of the nasal septum.

The nasal septum is vertically oriented and found in the center of the nose, separating the nostrils. It is composed of bone and cartilage.

When a person’s septum is misaligned or misshapen, this can impact their airflow and thus their ability to breathe unimpeded. It can also cause one’s nose to look malformed. With septoplasty, proper breathing and appearance can be restored.

If you are interested in a complimentary septoplasty consultation, contact our office. When you speak with experienced double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, you’ll be able to ask any questions you may have and will be able to get started with surgical planning.

Do you feel self-conscious whenever you look at your nose in the mirror? If so, rhinoplasty, or nasal surgery, may be perfect for you. Rhinoplasty is used to alter many different types of nasal tissue in order to resolve aesthetic and functional problems with the nose.

The nose is a complex structure composed of bone tissue, cartilage, and soft tissue. With the wide variety of rhinoplasty techniques at our fingertips, we can resculpt all of these tissues for a better-looking and better-functioning nose.

To arrange a rhinoplasty consultation and find out more about the techniques we employ, contact our office. There, you’ll be able to discuss your nasal issues with skilled double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, a caring and well-respected medical professional.

Often times, our culture stereotypes plastic and cosmetic surgery with women, but men are and continue to be a large and growing sector of the plastic surgery landscape, with male procedures increasing more than 106% from 1997 to 2012.

Men are particularly inclined to Rhinoplasty as a common procedure for various reasons. One of the main reasons men undergo Rhinoplasty is to preserve a more youthful appearance. Did you know…? Although our bones may stop growing after puberty and into our early 20’s, our cartilage doesn’t. Thus, our ears and noses continue to grow throughout our lives, which explains why older men and women may seem to have larger noses and ears than their younger counterparts, or compared to when they were younger themselves.

Other common procedures chosen by men include but are not limited to jaw augmentation, gynecomastia, liposuction, neck lift, and upper and lower eye lift.

To learn more about common procedures for men, please read Here’s Why There’s A ‘Huge Boom’ In Men Getting Plastic Surgery   and Rhinoplasty Procedures More Popular Amongst Men, or contact our office directly to speak about your questions, concerns, and interests, and to set up your complimentary consultation today.

165922019 xs - Rhinoplasty to Improve Nasal Symmetry | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesRhinoplasty can be performed for any number of reasons, whether the goal is to improve the aesthetics of the nose, the function of the nose, or both. Ultimately, what is most important is that the plastic surgeon performing the rhinoplasty has a keen artistic eye along with finely honed surgical skills. Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes is precisely such a plastic surgeon.

Indeed, Dr. Keyes is among the rare surgeons who are certified by two prestigious medical boards: The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. As a specialist in nasal surgery, Dr. Keyes is esteemed by his patients and his peers, alike. He has vast experience and a history of success in performing rhinoplasty surgeries of all types, including rhinoplasty to improve symmetry, both for purely cosmetic purposes and for the correction of injuries to the nose.

At his state-of-the-art office in Los Angeles, rhinoplasty to improve symmetry can be performed both as a first-time procedure and as a corrective procedure for patients who are dissatisfied with the results of a past rhinoplasty performed by another surgeon. Whatever your reason for wanting to undergo rhinoplasty to improve nasal symmetry, you can count on Dr. Keyes to produce results of the highest standard.

About Nasal Asymmetry

Many people are born with some degree of nasal asymmetry. For some, it is a charming trait, part of their natural beauty. Many of Dr. Keyes’ rhinoplasty patients request that he maintain some of their natural asymmetry, even as he, for example, widens the tip or flattens the bridge of a nose.

However, some people are dissatisfied with the appearance of their noses due to congenital asymmetry. Others suffer from asymmetry due to injury. Whatever the case, asymmetry of the nose often results from:

  • Deviation of the septum
  • Misshapen nasal bones
  • Misshapen cartilage

The rhinoplasty technique used to improve nasal symmetry depends on the cause of the asymmetry and the scope of the correction. Dr. Keyes always selects the most conservative approach that will produce the best results given the circumstances surrounding each individual case. Whenever possible, he uses the closed rhinoplasty technique, which allows all incisions to be made within the nose so that any resulting scars will be hidden from view. However, there are cases in which the open technique allows for better access and therefore more dramatic changes to be made to the shape of the nose.

During your initial consultation with Dr. Keyes, he will inform you of all of your options so that you can make the most confident and educated decisions possible regarding your care. He will also discuss the pre- and post-surgical instructions that you will have to follow to ensure the smoothest possible rhinoplasty experience.

Learn More about Rhinoplasty to Improve Symmetry

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose due to asymmetry, we can help. To find out more about rhinoplasty to improve nasal symmetry, please contact the plastic surgery practice of Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes today.

194241161 xs - Rhinoplasty to Narrow the Bridge of the Nose | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesPatients put their trust in Dr. Geoffrey Keyes because he is one of the leading facial cosmetic surgeons in the greater Los Angeles area. He uses his expertise to perform safe and effective rhinoplasty (nose job) that brings out the best in the patient's facial features. All sorts of revisions can be made to the nose, and we'd like to focus right now on surgery to make the bridge thinner and narrower.

Issues with Broad or Flat Nasal Bridges

Sometimes when a person's nose is flat or broad, it can have a negative effect on overall facial aesthetics. Since the nose is such a prominent facial feature, it has a tendency to alter the symmetry and appearance of the face. Even a subtle adjustment of a nose that appears broad or flat can result in changes to your overall facial appearance.

Is narrowing of the bridge possible?

Yes, it is.

The narrowing procedure can be done by careful bone reshaping. Modern surgical techniques have allowed facial plastic surgeons to revise the narrowness and thinness of the bridge of the nose without affecting the appearance of the bridge in profile. In other words, if a patient so wishes, his or her nose will look exactly the same when viewed from the side yet appear narrower when viewed from the front.

Ideal Candidates for Rhinoplasty to Address Bridge Shape/Contour

The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people who would like to alter the appearance of their nose. They should be in good health overall and not suffer from serious systemic conditions that would make the surgery risky in any manner. It's also important for patients to have realistic expectations about the surgery and what it entails in that this improves patient satisfaction and demonstrates that patients are willing to follow pre-op and post-op instructions closely.

Patients who seek to have their nose narrowed come from different ethnic backgrounds. In order to ensure the best results, we will always tailor the surgery to their needs to appear subtle rather than trying to force the patient's nose to conform to a single beauty standard.

What to Expect from Your Rhinoplasty Procedure

The rhinoplasty will be performed using general anesthetic in order to prevent undue worry and stress to the patient. An open rhinoplasty will be likely given the amount of revision to the bone and cartilage that will be required, though this sill vary from patient to patient depending on his or her needs.

During this particular kind of rhinoplasty, your surgeon will focus on removing and reshaping the bone and cartilage of the nose so that you look your very best. As alluded to above, we will strive to ensure that the results of your rhinoplasty complement the overall appearance of your face and other facial features.

Other Matters to Consider Regarding Nasal Bridge Reshaping

In addition to narrowing the bridge of the nose, we are also able to remove ridges and bumps from the bridge and even make adjustments to the nostrils and the tip of the nose. All of these matters can be discussed in full detail when you stop by for a consultation.

Learn More About Your Rhinoplasty Options

For more information about how rhinoplasty can enhance your overall appearance, be sure to contact our facial plastic surgery center today. Dr. Keyes and his entire team look forward to your visit and discussing your aesthetic goals.