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June 1967

Rhinoplasty: A Fine Art

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Department of Rhinoplastic Surgery, Manhattan General Hospital (Dr. Fomon), and the Department of Otolaryngology, New York Polyclinic Medical School and Hospital (Dr. Bell), New York.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;85(6):685-687. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760040687018

THE PURPOSE of this paper is to point out some of the telltale evidences, often referred to as the "operative look," following a rhinoplastic operation, analyze their nature, and suggest methods to prevent these stigmata. To avoid an implication of our personal infallibility, the faults we discuss will be taken from our own humiliating experience. Owing to lack of space, only a few of the postoperative disfigurements most commonly encountered will be taken into consideration.

We believe that many telltale evidences of a rhinoplasty are due to failure on the part of the surgeon to realize that rhinoplasty is not only practical art but also a fine art. In a practical art the student must not only be taught but also trained. The imparting of knowledge is not difficult owing to the willingness of the student to learn and the willingness of the instructor to share his knowledge and experience.

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