Secondary rhinoplasty can correct unsuccessful results of a previous rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty surgery requires such great precision and finesse and it’s vital that surgeons have precise control to accurately reshape the nose and harmonize it with the patient’s face.
Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) June 05, 2012
in early May, Dr. Rod Rohrich, chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, addressed rhinoplasty surgeons from all over the world at the 17th annual meeting of The Rhinoplasty Society (TRS) in Vancouver, British Columbia. His presentation, titled “Rhinoplasty: getting it right the First Time,” covered information about current rhinoplasty techniques, surgical advances, and a review of critical rhinoplasty steps and innovative ideas for minimizing surgery complications.
Dr. Rohrich teaches and lectures throughout the world on primary and secondary rhinoplasty, and is a passionate advocate of improving the outcomes of this difficult surgery. in a field where as many as 20 percent of rhinoplasties require revision, he has maintained a personal revision rate of just four percent. His lecture series covered both technical aspects of successful rhinoplasty and pre-surgical analysis, as well as the topic of patient expectations.
“Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult procedures in all of cosmetic surgery,” says Dr. Rohrich. “It is essential to perform a thorough and precise pre-operative analysis—and talk honestly with patients about their goals.” Dr. Rohrich, who was elected TRS president at the 2012 meeting, explained patients often have unrealistic goals for the results of rhinoplasty surgery, and doctors must lead them in the right direction to assure positive results that last.
According to Dr. Rohrich, one of the most common reasons for dissatisfaction after a primary rhinoplasty is that the result does not fit the person’s ethnicity and other features of the face. “It is the surgeon’s responsibility to ensure facial harmony and ethnic consistency,” says Dr. Rohrich. “Computer imaging has proven to be an invaluable tool to help visually bridge the gap between what the surgeon knows is aesthetically possible and what the patient desires and expects as an outcome of the surgery,” explains Dr. Rohrich, who works with his medical photographers to provide complimentary computer imaging to all patients he consults for rhinoplasty.
Other reasons rhinoplasty surgeries must be revised are related to the disadvantages of old techniques and technologies. At the meeting, Dr. Rohrich covered advances and innovations that help improve surgical results and strongly advocated an open approach to surgery that allows surgeons to get a better view of the procedure. “The open approach in rhinoplasty allows for a more consistent and predictable outcome. Rhinoplasty surgery requires such great precision and finesse and it’s vital that surgeons have precise control to accurately reshape the nose and harmonize it with the patient’s face,” says Dr. Rohrich.
“In addition to surgeons staying up to date and communicating with patients about what they can do—and especially what they can’t do—we need to follow patients over the long-term to guide them through the healing process,” Dr. Rohrich said. “Patients seeking rhinoplasty should always be sure they choose a board-certified plastic surgeon or otolaryngologist who has extensive experience and expertise in rhinoplasty.”
Dr. Rohrich has taught more than 3,500 practitioners in 50 different countries over the course of his career. He co-chairs the Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium and co-authored Rhinoplasty: Nasal Surgery by the Masters, widely considered the de facto guide on open rhinoplasty.
About The Rhinoplasty Society:
The Rhinoplasty Society (TRS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the open exchange of innovative ideas and techniques concerning rhinoplasty surgery. The society consists of surgeons throughout the world who specialize in rhinoplasty. The society’s annual meetings provide a forum for invited and submitted papers in a peer-reviewed format. At each annual meeting, TRS seeks to provide education in a provocative program open to surgical specialists from around the globe who have an interest in rhinoplasty.
About Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Rod J. Rohrich holds the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He also holds the UT Southwestern Medical Center Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery. He graduated with high honors frm Baylor College of Medicine, with residencies at the University of Michigan Medical Center and fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard (hand/microsurgery) and Oxford University (pediatric plastic surgery). He has served as president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and currently serves as president of the Rhinoplasty Society. He repeatedly has been selected by his peers as one of America’s best doctors, and twice has received one of his profession’s highest honors, the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes his contributions to education in his field. Dr. Rohrich participates in and has led numerous associations and councils for the advancement of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is a native of North Dakota and is married to Dr. Diane Gibby, also a plastic surgeon. They live in Texas with their two children.