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A rhinoplasty, or cosmetic surgery of the nose, is a very demanding procedure that requires great surgical skill, exacting technique, a keen aesthetic sense and an understanding of the myriad variables and their effects on the ultimate results. Superseding this in importance of affecting the results of surgery are patient based issues such as nasal size, configuration, skin thickness, cartilage and bony structures and previous surgery or trauma. Translation: no matter how phenomenally talented the plastic surgeon is what you start with predetermines the maximal extent of change that is possible. Using a modified adage, if you have a lemon, you can at least make lemonade. You can’t turn it into gold.

Consider what it is that you don’t like about your nose but be realistic with regard to your expectations. It may be helpful to bring in close-up photos of yourself and point out what you do or do not like. Photos of others may help clarify your concerns and tastes but realize that each nose is unique and that someone else’s nose really can’t or shouldn’t be perfectly duplicated on your face.

If you would like additional information on a rhinoplasty, chin augmentation or any other cosmetic surgery procedure that I perform or to schedule a complimentary consultation, you can contact my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

For more information, please read our blog – Coronavirus and You: Important Information

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by phone or email.