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About Rhinoplasty

by Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Do you have any problems breathing through your nose or do you have chronic nose or sinus complaints? Has a prior injury made your nose out of proportion to your other facial features?

Rhinoplasty or nose job surgery, is the surgical procedure that involves changing the shape and size of the nose. Dr. Ramtin Kassir MD performs this procedure for his New Jersey patients that involves reshaping the nasal bones and cartilages to produce a balanced and harmonious nose that blends with the person's facial features.


What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, or cosmetic nasal surgery, improves the shape and size of the nose. The procedure can remove a hump, change the shape of the nasal tip, and straighten the nose. The size and shape of the nostrils can be changed. The goal of rhinoplasty is often to achieve better harmony between the nose and the other facial features. Dr. Kassir is a triple board certified surgeon who has performed thousands of rhinoplasty surgeries for his patients and is considered to be one of the best Rhinoplasty surgeons in New Jersey and NYC.

Rhinoplasty has become one of the most popular facial plastic surgical procedures in recent years as more and more people seek to change the appearance of their noses. Many are unhappy with the nose they were born with while others have had the shape of the nose distorted from an injury. Disorders of nasal breathing and sinusitis often complicate the situation. A range of techniques are used to fully address the desired change in appearance as well as to improve nasal breathing and correct chronic sinus infections. Sinus surgery, if indicated, is done with endoscopes to avoid any visible incisions.

Rhinoplasty may be performed under general or sedation anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Most health insurance plans still provide some coverage for functional nasal surgery and sinus surgery.

Good Candidates For Rhinoplasty

Are you thinking about having a rhinoplasty surgery? Healthy teenagers and adults who wish to have an improvement in their nasal appearance are good candidates for the rhinoplasty procedure. The decision about having the rhinoplasty operation is a very important and personal one. You should first consult with Dr. Kassir at his surgical clinic in the Wayne, NJ, 799 Park Avenue, NYC, or Ridgewood NJ office before deciding on the operation. For most patients that undergo this nose job procedure, the results are life changing. Patients describe an increase in confidence and boost in self-esteem. The ideal NJ and NYC candidates for rhinoplasty are:

  • You are unhappy with the size and/or shape of your nose.
  • You have breathing problems limited to your nose.
  • You suffered an injury that has altered the look of your nose.
  • You have breathing problems.
  • You are over the age of fifteen.
  • You have good physical and emotional health.

Does Insurance Cover Rhinoplasty?

Insurance may cover some of the functional aspects of rhinoplasty. In other words, those procedures that improve breathing:

  • opening sinus drainage pathways (endoscopic sinus surgery),
  • shrinking large turbinates (turbinate reduction),
  • straightening a crooked septum (septoplasty),
  • valve surgery (placing cartilage grafts to stabilize the breathing passage).

Different Kinds of Rhinoplasty Procedures:

Dr. Kassir performs many different kinds of rhinoplasty procedures in NJ, including:

Revision Rhinoplasty: Revision Rhinoplasty is performed when the initial rhinoplasty procedure is unsatisfactory.

Teen Rhinoplasty: Dr. Kassir is an expert in Teen Rhinoplasty in New Jersey.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty: Dr. Kassir commonly performs African American rhinoplasty, Asian rhinoplasty, Hispanic rhinoplasty, and Middle Eastern rhinoplasty.

Celebrity Rhinoplasty: Dr. Kassir is a leading expert in celebrity rhinoplasty.


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Rhinoplasty: Questions & Answers

Is there a way to thin wide nostrils without surgery?

Generally, no. Depending on the width of the nostrils in relation to the rest of the nose, patients may either require a Weir/alar base reduction (if it is just the nostrils that are the issue) or may require a full-on rhinoplasty in which osteotomies are performed in addition to the reduction of the nostrils in order to thin the bridge of the nose as well.

Can blowing the nose or touching the nose area affect nostril width?

Unless you are a member of certain African tribes who dilate his/her nostrils with nose rings that apply CONSTANT, heavy pressure, it is unlikely that touching the nose and blowing it every now and then will permanently affect nostril width to an appreciable degree.

When does swelling subside after the nostrils are narrowed?

With most alar base reductions, the swelling usually resolves completely within about a month post-op.

My swelling has gone down but there is still a bump post-rhinoplasty. What do I do?

For patients without a great deal of swelling, a bump on the nose may unfortunately be permanent and may need to be fixed via fillers.

How soon after giving birth can I have a rhinoplasty?

Theoretically, a patient can have a rhinoplasty as soon as 3 months afterwards. However, they must consider whether they will have the time or energy for a cosmetic procedure at this time. In addition, as the narcotics used during the rhinoplasty procedure may pass into breast milk, it is important for mothers to pump and store breast milk in anticipation for the procedure.

What is tip refinement?

Tip refinement is, to put it in general terms, the re-contouring and re-shaping of the nose tip for better appearance. This usually involves the addition/removal of cartilage from the tip and the suturing of the results, in addition to the use of cartilage grafts for people with thick skin to heighten the nasal tip.

Is Nose Right a scam?

Many gimmicks like these work to simply temporarily compress nasal tissues, but do not lead to any substantial changes. There is no substitution for professional work when it comes to optimizing nasal structure.

I am developing a line in the middle of my nose post-rhinoplasty. What is it?

Though it is difficult to say for sure without an in-house consultation, this may be a sign of potential irregularities in the cartilage and bone where osteotomies were performed but the bones did not come together quite as nicely as your surgeon may have hoped. This problem can usually be fixed with fillers or cartilage grafts.

Can Alar Base Reduction be done simply on the nostril area?

Yes absolutely. It is possible for this procedure to be done without touching the tip or the bridge of the nose because the incision is made as a crescent shape on the inner wall of the nostril. However, it is rare for patients to expect a reduction in nostril area without reducing anything else, especially the tip.

What is the structure that separates the nostrils on the underside of the nose?

This flap of skin between the nostrils is called the columella.

What is this funny smell in my nose post-rhinoplasty?

It may be best for patients to evaluate with their surgeon if they detect unusual smells. This may be the sign of a residual suture which needs to be removed, but could also be indicative of an infection.

Who or what determines what kind of nose is possible for me during rhinoplasty? Can I get any nose I want?

The type of nose which you get post-rhinoplasty depends on your surgeon’s skill and what you bring to the table (existing nose, genes, etc.). The goal of surgeons is to modify an existing nose and correct for any defects which bother/inconvenience a patient, not substitute one nose for another. Giving your surgeon pictures of what your ideal nose, although not always possible to recreate exactly on the face of a patient, will give him/her a good idea of what you want.

Is it normal to have headaches every day following rhinoplasty?

Because rhinoplasties often entail the narrowing of the bridge of the nose, it is normal for a minority of patients to experience sensitivity and discomfort for a period of weeks. No concern is needed.

What can be done about the callus which developed after my rhinoplasty?

Generally, calluses which develop after a rhinoplasty will heal naturally and resolve themselves gradually within 1 year post-rhinoplasty as the body reabsorbs the bone and cartilage in the callus. If this does not occur, however, the bump can be rasped (filed) away.

Can I travel to Mexico to have a rhinoplasty done?

It is my recommendation to have a rhinoplasty done as close to home as possible. While there may be perfectly competent surgeons in Mexico, there is a chance for potential complications and issues in the post-rhinoplasty period which are best addressed by going to the surgeon who performed the procedure in the first place. This may prove difficult if the surgeon is in another country.

What are the pros and cons of steroid injections post-rhinoplasty?

Steroid injections are introduced in patients to prevent the buildup of scar tissue that can actually deform the tip. However, while helpful, it can also cause atrophy of surrounding tissues and overthinning of the skin if not used judiciously.

What should I do if I get an infection post-rhinoplasty?

Serious infections following a rhinoplasty are exceedingly rare. However, when they occur, they are very easily treated like any other infection, with antibiotics and careful monitoring by the surgeon.

Can I have an upper lip lift at the same time as my rhinoplasty?

Generally I would remain cautious about this, because traditional upper lip lifts can leave a scar that presents problems when combined with a rhinoplasty.

Can I correct my deviated septum and do a rhinoplasty together?

Absolutely. Septoplasty and rhinoplasty procedures are often performed hand-in-hand because they work in essentially the same neighborhood. If the surgeon you are planning on working with is qualified and experienced, I would definitely check in to investing in one complete procedure because it carries less recovery and surgical time.

How long does swelling take to subside post-rhinoplasty?

Swelling is variable from patient to patient depending on factors like age, smoking habits, etc. However, as a general rule, 2-3 weeks is the benchmark for when most of the swelling subsides, at which point the remaining swelling will only be visible to the patient and his/her surgeon. The remaining swelling will gradually dissipate in the next 6-12 months.

Does using a nasal splint longer than a week help?

Not usually. One must remember that the nasal splint goes OVER the surgical tape underneath, and both of these measures are used to reduce swelling post-rhinoplasty. At 7 days post-rhinoplasty, the nasal bones and cartilage are usually stable enough to not require the splint anymore.

Can implants be infected years post-rhinoplasty?

While it is rare for these cases to occur, they do occur once in about a thousand times. Generally though, if the patient bolsters their immune system with antibiotics, it will go a lot way to preventing infections.

Can cartilage shift even after a patient is recovered from a rhinoplasty and healed?

Unfortunately, yes. Cartilage makes up the framework of the nose in addition to the nasal bones, so with time, slight shifting does occur here and there. Patients with crooked noses will often find that cartilage and nasal bones have a “memory” and tend to grow in ways that were similar to the original deviation, so touch-ups may be necessary.

How can I fix a broken nose tip?

Generally, the tip is composed of a great deal of cartilage and thus may be prone to fracture. These types of injuries are generally only treatable with a rhinoplasty procedure.

How much will a tip rhinoplasty cost?

Though the figure varies widely, a typical tip rhinoplasty will run in the range of $6,000-$8,000. However, do not let cost guide you and seek a board-certified surgeon who specializes in these procedures because having to spend for a revision surgery is more expensive than just doing it right the first time.

Can I fly with a broken nose?

Yes this is fine. I would recommend carrying Afrin spray and applying it 30 minutes prior to takeoff and landing to mitigate the risk of nosebleeds.

Can I get a rhinoplasty at age 14?

As I addressed in another query, it is recommended that patients wait until their nose is fully developed before choosing to go ahead with rhinoplasty. Timing for a rhinoplasty after ages 15-17 for women and 16-18 for men is the ideal.

Will insurance cover fixing my broken nose?

Generally, surgeries which work to improve the quality of life (in this case, the goal is improving breathing) tend to be accepted readily by insurance. However, if the septum is not deviated and breathing is not an issue, the surgery will only be counted as an aesthetic/cosmetic one and will NOT be covered by insurance.

Can I smoke post-op?

Nicotine in cigarettes is a powerful vasoconstrictor (causes narrowing of the blood vessels) and must thus be avoided in order to speed up the healing process post-op. It is recommended that patients wait at least 4 weeks or so post-op to resume smoking again, but not doing so is even better.

What does cutting the depressor septi muscles do for my smile long-term?

Over the long-term, these muscles will heal and your smile should come back just fine. However, because cutting the depressor septi prevents the tip from drooping, there will be some loss of sensation in the upper lip area which will cause movement issues in the upper lip (and resulting problems when smiling) for a period of a few weeks.

Can I have a rhinoplasty with a cold?

Generally, it is best for the patient to be as healthy as possible prior to an elective surgery like this. Many surgeons will not risk a bacterial infection during a rhinoplasty as there is a possibility for complications.

When can I return to yoga post-rhinoplasty?

At around 4 weeks out or so, patients can resume light to moderate activity like yoga as long as it is not strenuous and they pay attention to any swelling which may occur (and stop activity immediately once this is noticed).

Is “Nose Secret” an effective rhinoplasty replacement?

Many gimmicks like these work to simply temporarily compress nasal tissues, but do not lead to any substantial changes. There is no substitution for professional work when it comes to optimizing nasal structure.

Is swelling post-rhinoplasty hard to the touch?

Firm swelling is common in the weeks post-op mostly in the peritip region, especially if cartilage grafts were used.

Is an 8mm to 1cm reduction on the bridge possible in a rhinoplasty?

This is doubtful. The typical removal for a rhinoplasty ranges anywhere from 4-6 mm. Some patients may warrant more, but the surgeon should make sure that he/she has a definitive plan of what to do with loose skin and whether the nose still remains proportional to the face.

When can I tan post-rhinoplasty?

Because of the general numbness and delicateness of the nose post-rhinoplasty, the nasal area is particularly prone to sun damage after the procedure and patients are generally not aware of the problem until it is too late to correct it. It is advised, therefore, that patients stay out of the sun as much as possible in the first 6 weeks post-rhinoplasty.

How sick do people typically feel after general anesthesia, and how much blood loss is typical?

Because surgeons often use lidocaine mixed with epinephrine in surgical areas to constrict blood vessels, blood loss is typically minimal during these types of procedures. Some blood may escape into the throat and into the stomach, which can cause vomiting and nausea. However, a gauze pack is usually placed in the back of the throat to catch the majority of the blood.

When does my smile return to normal post-rhinoplasty?

Particularly during septo-rhinoplasties, muscle fibers in the base of the nose and in the upper lip are slightly separated to allow for proper healing of the tip of the nose. Thus, the smile will be a little skewed as the upper lip may not properly elevate. However, this should return to normal within the first few weeks post-rhinoplasty.

Does a pixie nose require a rhinoplasty?

It is difficult to say without seeing a patient whether they are in need of a rhinoplasty procedure or not. However, a small, up-turned nose is one which requires a great deal of precision and is best handled by an experienced surgeon. Be careful when choosing your surgeon to find one that is board-certified and has had experience with these types of procedures before.

Can wearing glasses cause alterations in your nose shape growing up?

This is unlikely as the glasses only exert very slight pressure.

If I already have a broken nose, do I need to wait longer before getting a rhinoplasty?

Absolutely not. Because rhinoplasties often require osteotomies anyway, I would recommend that patients, if they do have a broken nose that they wish to have repaired, come after 5-7 days but no later than 2 weeks post-injury. At the 2 week mark, the bones will have already begun to heal and it may be more difficult for surgeons to correct the original defect.

My nasal implant is showing and stretching my skin. Should I keep it in?

This is a common complication with nasal implants, and the best course of action would probably be to have the nasal implant removed before it impedes blood flow, extrudes through the skin, etc.

How much is a rhinoplasty in Dubai?

From my sources, it seems that rhinoplasties in Dubai cost exorbitant amounts of money, far more than those in the USA. While rhinoplasties in the States may cost between 8-10k, I have heard cases of double or even triple the price in Dubai.

I have septum pain and deviation as well as enlarged turbinates. What should I do?

Generally, deviation of the septum and enlarged turbinates are not associated with pain unless combined with a sinus infection. Consulting with your surgeon is probably the best course of action, but the solution may simply be dryness of the nasal canal.

I was hit in the nose months ago and now I have a dorsal hump. Is it permanent?

Unfortunately, trauma to the nose activates osteocytes (bone-producing cells) and chondrocytes (cartilage-producing cells) to add their respective materials to the injury site, thus resulting in a dorsal bump. Sometimes, these areas are subsequently reabsorbed by the body. However, sometimes, they are not and, if this absorption is not apparent even months after the trauma, it is likely to only be solvable via surgical methods.

My nose is growing downwards and affecting my smile. What can I do?

What may be interpreted as nasal growth past the age of 20 or so (when nasal growth actually stops) is rotation of the tip of the nose downwards due to gravity and aging. This can be corrected via a tip-plasty in which the depressor septi muscles which cause nasal drooping are partially released and the tip is lifted, sometimes via a cartilage strut.

There is some nostril asymmetry following my rhinoplasty. Should I be concerned?

Not at all. Again, swelling is a perfectly normal part of the post-rhinoplasty healing process and will take up to a year to fully dissipate (especially in the tip and nostril area). Therefore, most imperfections seen post-rhinoplasty are merely the result of swelling and will also disappear.

Did a nasal fracture cause my headaches?

It is definitely not uncommon for patients who experience nasal fractures to experience headaches. It is best for these patients to go to a well-qualified surgeon to plan their best course of action.

Why does my nose whistle when I breathe post-rhinoplasty?

Whistling in the nose post-rhinoplasty is generally caused by a small opening, usually a minor septal perforation (hole in the septum of the nose). This may have been caused by the harvesting of septal cartilage and should be evaluated by your doctor.

Is my nose still supposed to be swollen months post-rhinoplasty?

It is completely normal for swelling, particularly in the tip of the nose, to still be present up to a year post-rhinoplasty.

Can the fatty tissue in my nose be thinned out?

Many ethnic patients, particularly African-Americans, have thickened nasal tips as a result of excess fibro-fatty tissue. During a rhinoplasty, this tissue is removed and cartilage is harvested from the ear, etc. to shape the tip.

To narrow the nose, can I have the fat in my nose taken out?

Unfortunately, the amount of fat in the nose is not substantial enough nor is it confined to the right areas (it is mostly in the tip of the nose) to have it drawn out in the effort to correct a wide nose. Narrowing the nose often consists of narrowing the nasal bones themselves via osteotomies.

Can I use fillers to restore volume to my face after a rhinoplasty?

Certainly, fillers like Juvaderm and Restylane can definitely help with this. However, if you are looking for a more permanent solution, I would also suggest fat fillers harvested from your own fat deposits.

Can I do certain exercises/massages to help elevate the tip of my nose?

Unfortunately, there are no easy fixes for tip elevation like exercises or massages and the only option which is known to surgeons today to correct droopy tips is a full rhinoplasty which will help elevate the cartilage within the nose and reposition the muscle (depressor septi) which is responsible for the drooping.

Why did I lose my sense of smell post-rhinoplasty?

Loss of smell immediately post-rhinoplasty is usually temporary due to the blockage of nasal passageways from swelling. However, it may be advisable to wait and, if things do not improve, to visit an otolaryngologist for a smell test to check for damage to the olfactory nerve.

Can pregnancy make my nose swell more after rhinoplasty?

It is common for nasal swelling to occur in women during pregnancy, regardless of whether or not they had a rhinoplasty procedure done. This is due to fluid retention.

My nose is getting bigger. Will rhinoplasty help?

Nasal growth generally stops after a patient reaches his/her 20s. However, acne outbreaks and rubbing the nose due to allergies may thicken the nasal skin and changes in the underlying nasal bones and cartilage may cause drooping of the tip. In this case, rhinoplasty will help with the appearance of a patient’s nose.

How can I tell if I have thick nasal skin?

The best way to evaluate thickness is probably by pinching individual portions of the nose from top to bottom and examining how thickness increases going in this direction. Thick skin is generally relevant in the tip and tends to be rather oily. If the patient easily manipulate the skin over the tip, it is thinner.

There is still swelling years post-rhinoplasty. Is something wrong?

This may be something that is best evaluated by your surgeon, but the likely cause of this is poor lymphatic drainage and scar tissue which may have accumulated.

How much does alar base reduction cost?

If done under local anesthesia, this procedure will typically run within the $2000-$3000 dollar range. However, this cost can vary depending on geographic area, the patient’s choice of anesthesia, etc.

Does swelling fluctuate post-rhinoplasty?

It does not fluctuate really, as much as it subsides gradually. Most of the swelling goes down within the first 10 days, with pretty much all of it disappearing within 3 or so months. Full healing should take place after a year or so.

What can I do for a drooping columella post-rhinoplasty?

A drooping columella can be addressed by removing a small section of skin and cartilage from the area and then simply patching up the area.

Why is my healing process so slow after my alarplasty?

Like most rhinoplasty procedures, it will take a full year before all the results of an alarplasty show. In the meantime, it is best for patients to stay out of the sun, avoid smoking and just generally follow the doctor’s instructions.

Can my nose be made straight in spite of my asymmetrical facial features?

Rhinoplasties can indeed be performed even if the patient can has asymmetrical facial features. However, it is best for these patients to seek out experienced, board-certified surgeons who have a good sense of how to perform these types of procedures.

What is alar flaring?

The ala refers to the lower sides of the nose where the nose joins the cheek and alar flaring refers to an ala that has more curvature than necessary and does not slope gently to meet the cheek. This makes the patient look more angry, as this is a typical evolutionary sign of anger.

Will weight lifting affect my rhinoplasty results?

The reason patients are advised to wait at least 4-6 weeks before undertaking strenuous activity like weightlifting is because of the increased risk of nosebleeds resulting from heightened blood pressure. Patients can experiment at this point to a degree: try weightlifting moderately once and see if swelling has increased (if so, stop and try again in a week or so).

Would I be turned down for rhinoplasty if I have a bifid tip?

Absolutely not, unless it presents a significant medical issue during the surgery (which is unlikely). In fact, the bifid tip can even be fixed during the procedure by suturing the lower tip cartilages closer together and then filling in the resulting dip in the nose with filler or cartilage.

Does the nose become smaller following rhinoplasty surgery?

Due to the contraction of scar tissue as well as the reduction of residual swelling, the nose does indeed decrease in size over the course of the post-rhinoplasty period to match the expectations (hopefully) of the surgeon and the patient.

Can my wide nose be made to look more feminine?

Certainly. Ethnic noses (in which this is often the case) can be made more feminine via reduction of the nostrils and the bridge of the nose as well as alar reduction surgery (to reduce nasal flare).

What causes scar tissue buildup post-rhinoplasty?

Patients must realize that the rhinoplasty procedure, even if done by the most skilled surgeon, does cause a great deal of trauma to the nose. Scarring is simply one method the body uses to heal the wounds caused by this operation.

How long does recovery typically take?

The final shape of the nose following a rhinoplasty does not truly finalize until after a year following the procedure. When the cast is removed after about a week, swelling will be readily apparent, but this will eventually subside enough within 10-14 days after the procedure for patients to be “restaurant-ready” (recovered enough to go out in public). 75-80% of your results will be mostly apparent after 3-4 weeks.

Does my nose spreading (when I smile) get better as the post-rhinoplasty period goes on?

Unfortunately, nostril over-spreading during smiling or even while resting is not something which is fixed by a typical rhinoplasty. Although post-op swelling may contribute to this, patients who are dissatisfied with their nostrils post-rhinoplasty may want to consider alar base reduction.

Is it possible to change the tip or completely reshape the nose during a rhinoplasty?

Going into a rhinoplasty, a patient must be aware that there is only so much a surgeon can actually do. In other words, we cannot completely reshape a nose into a form which it is not, but we CAN modify its existing structure. A droopy tip, for example, can easily be fixed.

How long does an alarplasty take to heal?

Alarplasty scars tend to stay well hidden, but may take a while (several months) before becoming fully camouflaged. Once the swelling and bruising is resolved, the smile will develop normally after six weeks.

Do rhinoplasty results really take a year to show?

In general, full healing (that is, full dissipation of the swelling from the procedure) will take up to a year to heal properly. However, the bruising and swelling which results varies widely depending on if osteotomies were performed, the type of rhinoplasty performed, etc. The majority of the swelling, however, in most cases will resolve itself within 4 months and the nose will generally be presentable to the public without significant issues within 1-2 months.

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