Wednesday, September 21, 2011

'Renewed joy for life' after Facial Surgery by Dr. Portuese

Actual patient of Dr. Portuese

To Dr. William Portuese and the staff of Seattle Facial Plastic Surgery Center,

Gratitude is a feeling that is so often unexpressed:  a memory that is held within the heart and treasured more with every passing day.  My gratitude is deep and profound; it is for a kindness done and a gift given.

Through talent and knowledge, Dr. Portuese has gifted me with a renewed joy for life, and sparked a fresh and revitalized self confidence. He is an artist beyond measure. One who revels in giving back to his patients what they desire form life.  I move through the world feeling as though my outward appearance and my inner self are alined with one another.  I have Dr. Portuese to thank for me  feeling like I am the best that I can be.  He is a gifted and talented surgeon, who has earned his reputation with his peers and patients. I will be forever grateful to him for giving back to me what age and time had taken.

Dr. Portuese and the staff of Seattle Facial Plastic Surgery Center work hand in hand to provide the best experience possible for their patients. I have many warm and grateful thoughts straight from the heart, regarding the care given by each and every staff member.  They all possess the ability to help their patients see the world as a place of possibilities.

With love and gratitude in my heart,
Happy patient

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

See the New You – Without Plastic Surgery!

See the New You – Without Plastic Surgery

Have you wondered what you would look like without that bump on your nose? The answer is here – free of charge and worry. Dr. Bill Portuese designed an application for your smart phone where you can upload a photo of yourself and personally make the changes you want – with the simple touch of your finger. Seeing a new you has never been so easy!

Dr. Bill Portuese is a Seattle-based facial plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and one of the top rhinoplasty surgeons in the Northwest.

Download your FREE app today! You can also search ‘Dr. Portuese’ at the Apple store.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Satisfied Patient of The Seattle Facial Plastic Surgery Center

Actual patient of Dr. Portuese

Hi Everyone that I love and adore,

It was so great to see all of you last Friday. I always feel so happy when I have the pleasure to spend time in the office with you. I was so proud to introduce my friend Mimi to you, and let her know first hand how warm and friendly each and every one of you are. Her experience was everything I hoped it would be, and more. Thank-you for making her feel so comfortable. It would be my wish that everyone could be as blessed as I am to know and love all of you at Seattle Facial Plastic Surgery Center.

If you would like to be a satisfied patient, excited to introduce your friends to us - make an appointment today! Call (206) 624-6200. Hope to see you soon.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Understand the Healing Process After Your Rhinoplasty

After your rhinoplasty surgery, your board certified plastic surgeon will warn you of the healing process and what you should expect. Directly after surgery, your nose is not going to look like it permanently will. Many factors will play into the final product: thickness of skin, the nature and thickness of your tissues, and your personal healing ability.

It is also a possibility that you may need to do a “retouch” procedure. This is common.

After your procedure, here are a few things to expect:

1.      You will take prescribed medicine for a few days following the surgery because you will be in mild discomfort.
2.      Discoloration will occur, a mild degree of black and blue. It will take approximately two to three weeks to fade. Many patients use make up to cover up the discoloration, however you should consult with your surgeon regarding the ingredients.
3.      Take vitamin C for weeks after surgery, as it will minimize bruising.
4.      There will be a small amount of bleeding – however, if you experience a lot of bleeding you need to call your doctor immediately.
5.      Breathing may not feel normal, as this is expected. You may feel congested.
6.      The scar tissue will not heal completely for three to six months.
7.      Do not expose yourself to direct sun light and continue using sunscreen.

The most important thing is to follow your instinct. If you think that something is wrong, it is at your discretion to contact your surgeon immediately.

To learn more about rhinoplasty or other facial plastic surgery procedures, contact Seattle’s highly rated plastic surgery Dr. Bill Portuese at (206) 624-6200 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Do Research – Chose an Experienced Plastic Surgeon

There are many factors to take into consideration when deciding on a plastic surgeon. Look at scholarly background, along with clinical expertise.

1.      Back to the basics – Board certification in plastic surgery and/or facial plastic surgery is a basic requirement.
2.       Academic affiliation with universities are also key factors to a surgeon’s success.
3.      Invovlement in societies and organizations. This can demonstrate that the doctor is up to date on current medicine and continues to learn.
4.      Consider the doctor’s surgery experience. If they have been practicing for several years, they are going to have more experience than a new doctor.
5.      The most important thing you can do – look at before and after pictures on the surgeon’s website. Compare your intended surgery with his or her’s past surgeries.
6.      If the photos show complex surgeries of different issues and ethnicities, they have extensive experiene – this is the doctor you want.

Dr. William A. Portuese is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery. He is the current president of the Washington State Chapter of Facial Plastic Surgeons. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Portuese call Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon at (206) 624-6200.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Plastic Surgery Statistics 2010 - Who's Getting What?

In a report released from Annual Survey of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in 2010, women were responsible for 83 percent of all surgical and non-surgical procedures.
For women under the age of 35, Botox was the most common non-surgical procedure, hyaluronic acid injections were runner up and microdermabrasion and chemical peels came in last.
Of all surgical procedures, facelifts, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, and ablative skin resurfacing were the most popular among women.
Between ages of 22 and 34, the most common procedure was rhinoplasty. Eighty-four percent of all rhinoplasty procedures were performed on this age group.
Do not let the men fool ya! Males are most commonly associated with hair transplants. However – in the last year, the amount of men receiving Botox, hyaluronic acid injections and rhinoplasty procedures has gone up.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What is a Rhinoplasty?

What is a Rhinoplasty?

Many people are unaware that the medical terminology for a “nose job” is in fact, a rhinoplasty. Do not worry – you are not the only one.

A rhinoplasty procedure is the cosmetic reshaping of the structure of your nose. While some nasal procedures are for cosmetic reasons, others may need the procedure for breathing problems like a septoplasty. If you are interested in a rhinoplasty, it is important to note that they are only advised if your facial structure has been fully established. Therefore, nose jobs are only intended for those who are finished growing completely. Generally, in females this is about 16-years-old and for males, around 17-years-old.

Procedure Details

The procedure itself greatly depends on what is being done, which will determine the scope of work. This can range from an hour to an hour and a half.  Depending on the facial plastic surgeon, some work from the inside of the nose and makes their incisions within the nostrils. This is closed rhinoplasty.  However, if you have a complicated procedure, you may be the subject to an open surgery, meaning an incision may across the columella, as is known as open rhinoplasty.  Due to the complexity of these surgeries, you may wear a small splint to maintain the new shape of your nose.


After a rhinoplasty, your bone, skin and cartilage of your nose will be reshaped. The cartilage may be grafted from inside the nose in order to achieve a desired shape. This can change the size, angle, width, and narrow the bridge of the nose.

Talk to your Doctor

Most facial plastic surgeons use general anesthesia for the septoplasty and rhinoplasty. Look for a board certified anesthesiologist to perform your anesthesia.

If you are curious about a rhinoplasty, click here to see before and after photos of several surgeries. Seattle facial plastic surgeon Dr. William Portuese is well-known in his field, specializing in rhinoplasty procedures. Call The Seattle Rhinoplasty Center at (206) 624-6200 and set up your appointment today.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Welcome to The Seattle Facial Plastic Surgery Center!

Greetings - thank you for taking the time to read my blog!

As a plastic surgeon with several years of medical experience behind me, I hope to use my knowledge to teach you what I have learned throughout my years. Don't worry - I won't use medical jargon that is difficult to understand. I am writing for the average person with general questions and concerns.

Through my posts, I hope that I can answers some questions or alleviate any uncertainy that you may have. Plastic surgery can be very intimidating, but if you truly want to make a change for the better, I encourage you to read more about it and get the full story.

Dr. Bill Portuese