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Rhinoplasty NJ or nose job NJ: Dr. Kassir is a rhinoplasty surgeon in NJ and a leading rhinoplasty expert. Find rhinoplasty answers and see results from one of the best reviewed rhinoplasty surgeons in NJ.

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About Rhinoplasty

by Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | Learn More About Dr. Kassir

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.

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, 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 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 thirteen.
  • You have good physical and emotional health.

How Much Does a Rhinoplasty Cost in NJ?

Rhinoplasty costs vary by surgeon experience and geography. It can range from $10,000 to $17,000, depending on what is being done. Revision rhinoplasties are on the higher end. Some insurances cover the functional parts of the surgeries (straightening a crooked septum, opening up sinus pathways, etc).

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 rhinoplastyAsian rhinoplastyHispanic rhinoplasty, and Middle Eastern rhinoplasty.

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

What to Bring to Your Rhinoplasty Consult:

  • Your desired surgery date
  • A list of the vitamins, medications, and ointments you use
  • Any medical history, your insurance card (to check for partial coverage), and any reported breathing issues
  • Your own edited photo (any angle you want changed)
  • A portfolio of reference photos and goals that Dr. Kassir can use to craft your digitally edited image
  • Knowledge of Your Financing Options (Private, Care Credit, Alphaeon, Credit Care, or a Combination)
  • Excitement! A new nose can change your life. You make look younger, cuter, happier, and even less tired with the nose that was meant for you. This is exciting and we want you to be just as excited as we are. 

Rhinoplasty: Questions & Answers

Can oily skin damage my rhinoplasty results?

Absolutely not. Oily thick skin may be more difficult to conduct a rhinoplasty on simply because it is less elastic and tends to not drape as tightly around the newly positioned cartilage and bone, thus making the results look less apparent and dramatic. However, no damage can be incurred with this type of skin.

How is a crooked nose corrected?

There are generally two types of crooked noses: one which starts normal but is made crooked by trauma and another which is naturally crooked. The first is resolved with correction of the septal deviation and alignment of the nasal bones, while the second may require additional steps like support via cartilage grafts.

Can rhinoplasty correct asymmetrical nostrils?

Asymmetrical nostrils may be the result of an uneven septum which can easily be corrected with a rhinoplasty procedure. However, in the case that they are not, rhinoplasties can correct them still, but the procedure is much more difficult and involves the cutting away of skin from the nostril area.

What is an alar base reduction?

The alar base reduction is a surgical procedure performed on patients with an excessive wide nasal base and/or excessive nostril flares. In this procedure, thin crescent-shaped wedges are taken out from the nostril and the resulting hole is stitched up, thus reducing the nostril size.

What can be done to reduce a wide nose?

Depending on what patients define as a wide nose, there are several procedures which can be done to alleviate this problem. Osteotomies can be done to narrow the upper nose, cartilage can be removed from the middle, alar base reductions can be done to reduce nostril width (which is usually the common problem), etc. A more thorough examination is necessary to determine exactly what should be done though.

What does a nasal valve collapse surgery entail?

Generally speaking, this procedure involves the use of cartilage grafts to strengthen the cartilage on the inner nasal wall and to widen the openings. Collapse of the internal nasal valve requires a spreader graft, which is more intensive. Collapse of the external nasal valve may be alleviated with a smaller graft.

How long is the healing period post-rhinoplasty?

The full healing period post-rhinoplasty takes up to a full year, when all the swelling will eventually dissipate. However, patients will generally recover from surgery within the first few days post-rhinoplasty and will be ready for work within a week. After three weeks, you can even return to light exercise.

When is alcohol consumption post-rhinoplasty fine?

Alcohol in moderation should not a problem at around 3 weeks post-op.

What is the best scar cream after an open rhinoplasty?

This should probably be best addressed by your surgeon, but personally, I believe time is probably the best healer for scars especially if it is soon post-op.

Can an alar base procedure help correct a wide Asian nose?

Yes it can. However, alar base reduction is not suitable for ALL Asian noses as nostril rims which meet the upper lip at a straight right angle may be very difficult to fix with alar base reduction while still looking natural. This is a question probably best answered by your plastic surgeon.

How can one reduce nose size without excess skin?

In reality, thick skin is more difficult to manage and drape over a newly created cartilage foundation than thin skin because it is more elastic and willing to stretch. Therefore, reduction rhinoplasty is considerably more difficult under these circumstances because, while skin does contract, thick skin does so far less.

Is the “work-ready” benchmark of 1 week post-rhinoplasty apply to more physically active jobs?

Depending on the degree of modification to the nose and the procedures performed, patients will generally be work-ready within 6 days to 2 weeks post-op. However, 2 weeks is usually the max, unless patients will be doing a heavy amount of exercise in which case, they are recommended to wait 4-6 weeks.

Is one week off from work enough recovery time post-rhinoplasty?

Yes, this should be enough time (7-10 days) to return to work post-rhinoplasty. However, patients must realize that bruising and swelling will still be apparent in this period of time. Therefore, if appearance is important, taking a couple more days off may be advisable.

How long will my nose feel stuffed up post-op?

Easier breathing will generally come 10-14 days post-op and will continue to improve for 6-8 weeks afterwards.

How can I fix a hanging columella?

This can easily be done by trimming the membranous and cartilaginous parts of the columella and suturing the resulting structure in place.

Is twilight sedation preferable to general anesthesia for rhinoplasty?

Both methods can be used for rhinoplasty. However, twilight sedation has been shown to produce less post-rhinoplasty nausea. However, in this procedure, patients are not given a endotracheal breathing tube which is up to the patient’s discretion.

How does the nose hold up as one ages?

Generally, the nose will tend to age with the rest of the body following rhinoplasty. Open rhinoplasties which support the nasal tissues with cartilage grafts will tend to hold up better, but they too will not stop the aging process completely.

What is the proper icing technique following a rhinoplasty?

Patients are advised to speak with their own surgeons regarding this matter. However, one method which I have seen is to use a disposable glove and fill it with ice at the fingertips, letting the finger parts of the glove rest on either side of the nose and the palm part rest on the forehead.

When can I start sleeping normally, not elevated, post-rhinoplasty?

Simply for the purpose of reducing swelling, one week of sleeping in an elevated position is probably adequate enough.

Can an alarplasty serve as a quick fix nose job?

This depends on what exactly the patient’s needs are. If the only concern is wide nostrils, then an alarplasty or a Weir reduction is ideal. However, neither of these procedures addresses questions about the tip of the nose or the bridge which are often problem areas for patients requiring a nose job.

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.

What foods are ideal after a rhinoplasty?

Hot liquid and spicy foods dilate blood vessels and increase the risk of bleeding post-op, so it is best to avoid these types of food for about 24-48 hours post-op. After this, the swelling will begin to subside gradually and diet will become less of a concern.

Can I shower after my cast was removed post-rhinoplasty?

Patients can shower after the splint is removed one week post-op. However, they are advised not to apply too much pressure while cleaning the nose.

Can rhinoplasty be used to widen nostrils?

This procedure is generally less common than using rhinoplasty to narrow the nostrils and typically uses cartilage grafts from the tip of the nose or the ear. Consultation with a surgeon is best, however, to determine a patient’s particular course of action.

I have a hole in my septum, but it does not go through all the way to the other side. Is it a septal perforation?

This may be a question best answered by your surgeon, but a hole which does not go all the way through the septum does not constitute a septal perforation.

When should I blow my nose post-rhinoplasty, and why shouldn’t I do it before then?

Blowing the nose prematurely can result in bacteria getting into the internal incision sites. In addition, pushing on the nose during the blowing process may cause shifts in the cartilage and bone which the surgeon worked so hard to avoid. Patients can safely blow their nose 1 week or so post-op.

Are there any side effects of a rhinoplasty?

The most common side effects of a rhinoplasty are relatively mild and include bruising and swelling which dissipates within weeks to months following the procedure. Some much rarer risks include bleeding (which is more of an issue for patients with a history of using blood thinners and NSAIDS), scarring which can be corrected with steroid injections, and potential infections which can be mitigated in the hands of an experienced surgeon.

Can I laugh or smile following a septorhinoplasty?

Of course! Patients are told to avoid strenuous activity like exercise for 6 weeks or so post-rhinoplasty, but smiling and laughing does not go under this category.

How can I remove a post-rhinoplasty scar?

Unfortunately, scars cannot be permanently removed in the way that patients would like to see. However, they can be mitigated via cortisone injections and, long-term (after the healing process is complete), via laser resurfacing and dermabrasion treatments.

Can I get a cheaper rhinoplasty by residents at a university?

It is certainly possible for these arrangements to be made. However, one must remember that rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult procedures in the plastic surgery world and is ideally conducted by a doctor with a great deal of experience and the proper credentials in order to ensure a good result.

I had an indentation in my nose post-Kenalog injection. Is it permanent?

Unfortunately, this may be a permanent defect that can only be corrected via the use of fillers. Kenalog and other steroid injections are normally used for thicker skin, but can erroneously be used for thinner skin causing it to become overly delicate (which is what I believed happened here).

When can I go diving after a rhinoplasty?

It is advised that light exercise be postponed until 3 weeks post-rhinoplasty and more heavy contact sports be postponed until 6-8 weeks post-rhinoplasty. For diving specifically, due to the risk of potential nose bleeding (and the problems with wildlife that might ensue), I would recommend waiting at least 8 weeks for the nose to fully heal.

How much of a difference can rhinoplasty make for a bulbous nose?

A tip rhinoplasty is, in most cases, the best course of action for a bulbous nose because it can reduce the tip area without changing the nasal bones. However, it is important for the patient to realize that true results will not materialize until about a year or two after the procedure is completed, so patience is a major key here.

Can a 16-year old girl get a rhinoplasty?

The surgeon and the girl’s parents must consider this question and evaluate whether the patient is physically and emotionally ready for the procedure. However, at 16 years old, a female patient would be within the “safe zone” of having a rhinoplasty done.

Can rhinoplasty surgery have a negative impact on my breathing?

Generally, in rhinoplasty surgeries, form and function come hand in hand; that is, creating an aesthetically pleasing, well-balanced nose will generally result in a nose where breathing and other functions are brought up to speed as well. Certainly, badly performed rhinoplasties can alter breathing, but the trick to avoid this is to find a surgeon who is qualified and has the proper credentials.

How can a patient limit bruising post-op?

Although bruising post-op is generally a consequence of the surgeon’s actions, patients can help reduce bruising by avoiding anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen at least 1-2 weeks prior to surgery, applying ice to the surgery site for the first two days after surgery, and keeping their head elevated.

Can you change the shape of your nose non-surgically?

Unfortunately, changing the shape of your nose requires movement and repositioning of the underlying skeleton and cartilaginous structure. Fillers and other non-surgical tools will typically only camouflage defects like a dorsal hump, etc by filling it areas around the defects.

I am a teenager whose nose has been getting more crooked with time. Is this normal?

During puberty, there is an explosion of growth particularly in the nose and midface areas, meaning that any noticeable features which existed before generally become more noticeable. However, by ages 15-17 for women and 16-18 for men, the growth should stabilize, at which point septoplasties and rhinoplasties can be performed.

Why did my surgeon ask me to remove the splint myself post-rhinoplasty?

This is very unusual for surgeons to ask for patients to remove the splints themselves, simply because tugging on the splint and the still-delicate nasal tissue underneath can drastically alter the results of the procedure.

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.

Is there any fat in the nose, or is it bone and cartilage?

There is a small proportion of fat in the nose within the lateral alar sections, but this is nowhere near where surgeons typically operate. The nostrils, the bridge, and other typical surgical sites for rhinoplasty are generally bone and cartilage, meaning that weight gain or loss does not have a major impact on the results of a rhinoplasty.

Can I reduce the roundness of my nose via rhinoplasty?

Absolutely. A bulbous tip, as this is called, can easily be reduced by a tip rhinoplasty (tip-plasty) which focuses specifically on the bottom point of your nasal structure and gives it a more natural contour.

What should I ask my doctor during my rhinoplasty consultation?

Excellent question. Some things to ask your surgeon before you allow him to operate in order to determine whether he/she is worth your time could include:
What board certifications do you have?
How many rhinoplasty surgeries have you performed, especially within the last year?
May I see before and after pictures of your work, particularly with my type of surgery?
How much will this surgery cost? And how many revisions have you had to do on your work and what does that cost?
What sort of anesthesia do you use for my type of procedure?
Which hospital are you affiliated with?

When can I start lifting weights?

Patients can resume light exercise after 3 weeks post-rhinoplasty and then build up to strenuous exercise over the next couple of weeks after. However, I often recommend that they stop if they detect additional pressure in the nasal area. Increased blood flow to the area could increase the amount of potential scar tissue that forms post-rhinoplasty.

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.

How do I know when my nose is done developing?

Generally, when it comes to noses, there is no “magic number”. However, it is generally safe to consider rhinoplasty at ages 15-17 for girls and 16-18 for boys.

Why do some many people regret rhinoplasties?

The main reason why people regret their rhinoplasties is generally because they are dissatisfied with their surgeon’s performance. In order to prevent this from happening, it is suggested that patients thoroughly research their surgeon prior to going ahead with surgery and make sure that their expectations are realistic and align with the plans of their surgeon. Communication is key to this step.

Is it possible to refine the sides of my nose with a rhinoplasty?

It really depends on the problem and this matter would be best addressed with an in-house consultation with the surgeon. However, this can be done via osteotomies.

What should I do about scabs inside my nostrils post-op?

Nasal vestibulitis (the development of scar/scab tissue in the nostrils) is a common occurrence post-op, especially for patients with a history of seasonal allergies. It is suggested that patients with this condition see their doctors, who may suggest applying OTC hydrocortisone with a Q-tip to site of scar development (this will generally fix the problem within a week).

Is it normal to have headaches and pressure pains three weeks post-rhinoplasty?

Although people usually do experience some degree of discomfort and mild head/nose pain within the first few days, experiencing these same pains weeks into the post-rhinoplasty period is rather abnormal. This may be an indication of some other pathology.

Can a spreader graft fix nasal valve collapse?

Generally, most surgeons will use a spreader graft or even an onlay graft (which strengthens the cartilage more than a spreader graft, but does not really lift or support it) for open rhinoplasties, rather than closed ones. Collapsing nasal valve may be better served with an onlay graft in order to bolster the cartilage wall.

Would I know if I accidentally pulled out a stitch post-rhinoplasty?

While pulling out stitches by accident does not always cause pain, it is probably best for patients to speak with their surgeon if they suspect that a stitch was pulled out. Removing one stitch accidentally will not necessarily cause any damage, but evaluation will not hurt.

Can a rib graft make a nose bridge larger?

The rigidness of rib cartilage definitely makes it useful for procedures like dorsal augmentation (which is what I image you are looking for) and reshaping, especially in the case of revision rhinoplasties. However, there is a greater degree of discomfort associated here than taking cartilage from the septum or the ear because of the numerous muscle attachment points on rib tissue.

Can facial exercises post-rhinoplasty hurt the nose after rhinoplasty (e.g. Smiling, lifting the cheeks, etc.)?

This should not have a major effect on the rhinoplasty procedure. However, patients are advised that in the period of a couple weeks post-op, the nasal bones still aren’t fully solidified and should be treated carefully.

Is a growing dorsal hump normal in the 20s?

Probably not, as nasal growth tends to stop soon after puberty (15-17 for girls, 16-18 for boys). This may be the sign of a callus formation, or the buildup of cartilage and bone.

Can a deviated septum, if it isn’t broken, be bent back into place?

Unfortunately, no. Cartilage, while being highly elastic and bendable, is not necessarily easily movable (at least in a permanent fashion). Deviated septums can only be corrected with a septoplasty.

Will I experience empty nose syndrome after a rhinoplasty and turbinectomy?

Both of these procedures were likely performed to correct a breathing defect. If by empty nose syndrome (which is not a real condition) you mean that the turbinates have been fully removed, this is not likely unless your surgeon went hyper-aggressive on the turbinate removal —- which is not medically advised at all. I would not worry about this.

Do I have scar tissue or swelling after removing my nasal implant?

This may be fibrous tissue that can take up to a year to fully heal. Consult your plastic surgeon to ask his opinion.

I have overprojection and a hard tip following placement of a cartilage graft and a columellar strut. Is that normal?

If the cartilage graft was taken from the rib, this is a perfectly normal symptom as rib cartilage tends to be sturdier compared to septal or ear cartilage. Also, depending on the timeline post-op, this may be a normal part of the healing process and may resolve itself over time.

I have a bump in my nose several months post-rhinoplasty. Why?

Although this may still be residual swelling, it is most likely hard bone tissue which unfortunately must be fixed via a revision rhinoplasty. Talk to your surgeon about your best options at this point.

Can I run 2 weeks post-rhinoplasty?

Any activity which increases blood pressure (even light exercise) can present a problem in terms of swelling. I often recommend to my patients that they refrain from running until at least 3 weeks post-rhinoplasty.

How much does a hump filing cost?

It is difficult to determine the cost of reducing a hump because patients will have different requirements. Small humps will require smaller procedures, but typically, the cost to reduce a hump is synonymous with the cost of a rhinoplasty which will cost in the neighborhood of $8000-$10,000.

Can indentations at the tip of my nose be fixed non-surgically?

Although some surgeons will recommend using fillers for indentations in the nose, these fillers offer only a temporary fix to a more permanent problem and have been shown to cause other problems like redness of the skin. Often, what patients are dealing with in these types of indentations are separation of cartilages in the nose which can only be corrected with rhinoplasty procedures.

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.

When can I get my septum pierced post-rhinoplasty?

I would suggest not getting it pierced. Because of its importance in breathing and the possibility of cartilage reabsorption after surgery (which can potentially undo the results of the procedure), the septum is best not touched post-op.

What causes polly beak deformity?

Polly beak deformity, the common name given to supra-tip fullness, can be seen due to excision of dorsum just above the tip and also from poor nasal tip projection, both of which give the impression of an unnatural curve at the tip.

Why does the skin thicken after a rhinoplasty?

Unnatural thickening of the nose, other than from swelling, may be caused by the buildup of scar tissue underneath the skin, particularly if the patient has had multiple rhinoplasties. This can be solved by cortisone or Kenalog injections.

There is too little of an angle between my columella and my upper lip. What can I do?

This correction can be accomplished very easily under local anesthesia. Here, the tip of the nose is rotated upwards and held in place via sutures and the columella is trimmed slightly.

Can I get a free surgery if I have been referred to a cosmetic surgeon by my doctor?

Unfortunately, this is highly unlikely. Insurance will likely pay for any functional defects like a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates which result in breathing difficulties, but any cosmetic changes will likely have to be paid out-of-pocket.

When can I wear glasses post-op?

It is recommended that, if patients have contact lenses, that they utilize those rather than glasses for at least 4 weeks post-op. However, if glasses are the only vision correcting tool available, they can be worn over the splint. When the splint is removed, however, patients are recommended to tape their glasses to their forehead or acquire a common pharmacy device which allows the glasses to rest on the cheeks.

Is it normal to have post-rhinoplasty snot and boogers?

Yes, especially in the first few weeks post-op. Saline solution applied via Q-tip is probably the best way to combat this.

There is a red scab-like dot on my face post-rhinoplasty. What is it?

Though this is difficult to evaluate without an in-house examination, this could be a spider angioma which can easily be treated with laser treatment.

Can a nasal rinse be used post-rhinoplasty?

Nasal rinses can start to be used one week post-rhinoplasty, but patients must remain gentle with them.

A flesh covered ball came out post-rhinoplasty. Is that normal?

Completely. It is normal for residual blood and tissue to remain within the nose, especially if the patient does not blow their nose post-rhinoplasty (which they shouldn’t), and mix with the mucous produced there.

What should I do for a flat nasal bridge?

If the flat bridge is from fractures, then osteotomies can be done to narrow a wide nose. If congenital then osteotomies may not be enough and dorsal onlay grafts may be necessary.

What is the recovery time for a closed rhinoplasty?

This is where patients should learn the distinction between healing time and recovery time. The healing time, that is, the full realization of the results of the procedure and the full reduction of swelling and bruising, of a rhinoplasty is about a year. However, patients are generally work-ready within 7-10 days which I would consider the primary concern regarding “recovery time”.

Can rhinoplasties affect my singing voice?

Correction of a nasal septum deviation during rhinoplasties will definitely cause a change in the voice, the extent of which can vary, due to change in airflow and the subsequent effects it has. However, unless the septum is being manipulated, it is unlikely that other types of rhinoplasty would affect the voice in a noticeable manner.

What does an alar rim graft do?

Alar rim grafts are used to reduce the height of the ala and correct nostril shape and thickness.

Is a long nose only shortened by rotating the tip?

It depends on the nose which the surgeon is starting with. This type of technique is ideal for patients who have the combination of a droopy tip and a long nose. However, if the tip is normally rotated, there is no need to mess with it and the issue would be better resolved by shortening the septum and bringing the inferior tissues upward. Consultation with a surgeon is probably the best way to determine a patient’s course of action here.

Does the nasal tip drop after rhinoplasty?

Of course, after the surgery, the nose ages just like the rest of the body and drooping does occur. However, this only occurs at a gradual rate and is unlikely to look unnatural. For patients concerned with the possibility of an upturned nose following surgery, it is important to recognize that there will be significant swelling in the columella region (the bottom part of the nose where the incision was made) that will cause upward rotation of the nose, but this will dissipate over time.

When will internal swelling subside post-rhinoplasty? I want to breathe!

In some cases, rhinoplasty patients will experience a permanent decrease in breathing due to factors like smaller nostrils, formation of scar tissue on the inside wall of the nostril, etc. Generally, though, breathing difficulties should subside within 2-3 months post-rhinoplasty, but may dissipate as soon as 2-3 weeks.

Can I reduce the size of my nose non-surgically?

Unfortunately, this is highly unlikely. Non-surgical nasal modifications, by their nature, use fillers to make certain areas bigger in relation to others, so surgery is the only option to reduce nose size.

How can I combat excessive “nostril show” post-rhinoplasty?

This unintended consequence of a rhinoplasty, which is normally caused by over-removal of tip cartilage and the resulting upward rotation of the lower edge of the nostril, can be addressed with a columellar tuck which reduces the distance from the base of the nose to the columella (thus allowing the nose to seem normally rotated) and an alar rim graft which weights down the nostrils a bit, thus showing the nostrils less.

Can rhinoplasty scar tissue be corrected/fixed?

While slight scarring is common for rhinoplasty procedures, unsightly scarring in the sites of external incisions, etc. is relatively rare and may warrant aggressive treatments like kenalog (steroid) injections. However, a consultation may be needed for this.

How is a male rhinoplasty different from a female rhinoplasty?

Generally, the same techniques are done regardless of the sex of the patient. However, the goals are different, as ideal male and female noses are obviously different. Males are usually better suited with a more defined bridge, a greater degree of tip projection, less tip rotation (90 to 95 degrees is suitable), and greater width in the middle of the nose. Females can tolerate more tip rotation, subtle dips in the supratip region, etc.

Why are osteotomies done instead of rasping in some cases?

Both of these techniques are used in cases where there are dorsal humps. Rasping is used when there is a small dorsal hump and is what patients often refer to as a “shaving” of the dorsal hump. However, in cases where there are large dorsal humps, shaving away the dorsal hump will result in a very flat nose with a larger hole (called an open roof deformity). The solution to this are medial and lateral osteotomies which realign the nasal pyramid and close up the hole in order to produce a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Why does some packing come with nasal tubes?

A major complaint which patients have with nasal packing (gauze which pushes the skin against the septum for better healing) is that they feel congested and are forced to breathe through their mouths. For this reason, nasal packing with tubes are introduced to help the patient breathe through the nose and feel less congested.

Can I have Jennifer Aniston’s nose?

This depends on how her nose works with your existing facial features and how similar your noses are. It is always good to bring in pictures to your surgeon’s office to get him/her a sense of what you want your final result to be. However, patients must realize that celebrity noses do not necessarily look good on every face and that the surgeon can only modify existing noses, not create new ones.

My nose tip looks too round post-op. Should I be concerned?

As surgeons will tell you, the REAL post-op look after a rhinoplasty does not actually form until about a year after the surgery is completed. Minor swelling, particularly in the tip, may exist until then, but it should not be a concern to the patient.

My nostrils close when I breathe through my nose. What’s wrong?

These symptoms may be attributed to nasal valve collapse which can be corrected via spreader grafts that are harvested from septal cartilage or, in rare cases, ear cartilage.

Is there significant risk of smoking marijuana related to the anesthesia?

No, there has not been enough scientific studies to establish any sort of link between smoking marijuana and discomfort/pain following anesthesia. But, why risk it?

Can I swim or use the sauna post-rhinoplasty?

I would wait at least 6 weeks or so before swimming again simply because of the risk of contact to the nose. As for the sauna, it will tend to be very dry which could bring about a nosebleed, so I would also wait for about 6 weeks here too.

There is an odd cheesy smell in my nose post-rhinoplasty. Should I be concerned?

It is rare for patients to experience this sort of symptom post-rhinoplasty. This may be a sign of an infection and must be looked at immediately by your surgeon.

How bad is Rhinoplasty Swelling?

Swelling after rhinoplasty varies depending on the what and how much work was done on the inside of the nose. Our general advice to patients is to expect that 80% of the swelling subsides after 2 weeks, and 90% after 2 months. Healing will be complete by about a year after the procedure. We have patients avoid any type of medications that may thin their blood (aspirin products, garlic, vitamin E, etc), and have them supplement with Vitamin C, arnica and other homeopathics prior to the surgery. It is very important to avoid alcohol before and after the procedure. If necessary we can give steroids to reduce excessive swelling post operatively.

My nose is too upturned post-rhinoplasty. What can I do about this?

Especially for patients post-rhinoplasty, upturning and swelling of the nose is perfectly normal for at least 6-8 weeks and may persist for up to a year (on a more gradual scale, of course). As I like to tell patients, you don’t really know how well a rhinoplasty turned out until at least 6-8 months in and you don’t see the full extent of the results until at least 1 year post-rhinoplasty.

Why is my tip so stiff 6 months post-rhinoplasty?

Especially if cartilage grafts were introduced, it is normal for stiffness to remain post-rhinoplasty for up to a year due to the trauma which the tip of the nose in particular undergoes during the procedure.

My nose is runny after rhinoplasty. What should I do?

This is a condition called vasomotor rhinitis which can be resolved with sprays like ipatroprium bromide or atropine. Consultation might be necessary, however, to make sure it is not part of a more serious issue.

Will my tip drop years post-rhinoplasty?

After a rhinoplasty, the nose behaves just like any part of the body in that it follows a natural aging process. Tip drooping is a significant part of the aging of the nose and even applies to noses that have undergone rhinoplasties. Consider this: Rhinoplasties turn back time in terms of nasal aging, but they do not freeze it.

Can I perform a rhinoplasty on just one side of my nose?

Unfortunately, given the nature of how a rhinoplasty works, it is impossible to simply just fix “one side of the nose” during the procedure because a rhinoplasty is about balancing the nose and maintain harmonious symmetry.

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.

I have disproportionate swelling on my columella. Is this normal?

It could be. Many surgeons who make a columellar incision will find that whatever side the incision is made on will tend to swell more than the other side. However, if the columella appears to have shifted, it may require the resectioning of septal cartilage.

Can I achieve adequate tip definition even with thick skin?

Because thick skin is generally more elastic and less pliable, it tends not to drape as gracefully over the newly aligned cartilage and bone in a rhinoplasty. That being said, however, notable results still can be achieved with ethnic rhinoplasty via the use of cartilage grafts to give the underlying framework of the nose under the skin more definition that will be apparent even under thick skin.

Did I accidentally crack my cartilage by squeezing a blackhead?

It is doubtful, as it takes a substantial amount of force to actually fracture cartilage or bone tissue. Get it checked out by a plastic surgeon to make sure though.

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.

When can you resume fish oil and multi-vitamins post-rhinoplasty?

The standard answer for this is generally about 2 weeks, but consult with your surgeon and ask his/her opinion since different surgeons will handle this issue differently.

Can a deviated tip be corrected without rhinoplasty (ex. Grafts, etc.)?

Yes, this can be done. It is rare, but grafts can be applied to the tip area to help with deviation, especially one that is caused by nasal trauma (punch to the face, etc.). Fillers may also help if you are for non-surgical solutions.

Can I correct asymmetrical cartilage deposits?

It is difficult to answer this question, primarily because it is unclear where the cartilage deposits are. In the simplest case, a tip rhinoplasty can be performed via small incisions through which the excess cartilage will be shaved. However, there may be more complicated procedures which need to be performed.

Can I clean out dried blood one day post-op?

Most surgeons will recommend that patients utilize saline solution and apply it to problem areas via Q-tip, and then use another Q-tip to then absorb the remaining crusted blood loosened by the first Q-tip.

Is it a problem if I have been sneezing a lot post-rhinoplasty?

Try to sneeze through your mouth as much as you can post-op simply because trying to suppress a sneeze through the nose can lead to pressure issues that can alter the results of the rhinoplasty and lead to nosebleeds.

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).

Can I die from complications of rhinoplasty?

Of course, every surgery carries with an inherent risk. However, as long as the patient in question is healthy and gives us a full run-down of anything (allergies, etc.) which could cause problems, the risk of them driving to my office to do the rhinoplasty has more inherent risks than the rhinoplasty itself.

Should I be bleeding after a rhinoplasty?

Some bleeding is generally expected post-rhinoplasty within the first few days, but bleeding in which the dressing is soaked or blood is emerging from the pharynx (throat) is rare. For this, consultation with a qualified ENT surgeon might be necessary. If the bleeding in question is years post-rhinoplasty, it is more likely caused by dryness in the nose, as are most nosebleeds.

Can taping my nose help maintain the results of my rhinoplasty?

Taping the nose is simply a measure to reduce swelling in the nose post-rhinoplasty and, unfortunately, is not a powerful enough force to help maintain the cartilage and other moved structures in place post-rhinoplasty.

How long post-rhinoplasty should I wait to have sex?

It is best for patients to avoid any form of strenuous activity, including sex, for at least 3 weeks post-rhinoplasty in order to reduce the risks of cut down on swelling and mitigate the risks of hematoma and post-operative bleeding.

Can I simply just have a nasal hump removed rather than having a full-on rhinoplasty done?

Unless the nasal hump is small, it is probably best to having a full-on rhinoplasty simply because of the risk of open roof deformity (shaving off a larger bump leaves a hole that can only be filled with osteotomies that force the nasal bones inward). In addition, removing the nasal bump without having tip work done also makes the nose look unintentionally longer as well.

Is it normal for my nose to twitch post-rhinoplasty?

Patients may experience paresthesias post-rhinoplasty, which is a zapping sensation that occurs when sensory nerves begin to regrow in a trauma-affected area. However, twitching is unusual and should be addressed via consultation with the surgeon.

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 I preview results of my rhinoplasty prior to surgery?

Most surgeons will have some of imaging software that allows patients, during consultations, to see EXACTLY what the doctor plans on doing and also lets them do a before-and-after side-by-side comparison of the results. I have found that this very comforting for patients and highly advise patients to see a surgeon who has this software.

I have small, hard bumps on my nose post-op.

Generally, hard bumps on the nose post-op are the results of swelling due to the instruments used in osteotomies (controlled breaks in the nose made to correct the nasal deformities). Patients should consult with their surgeons upon seeing these bumps, just in case they are the results of other issues, but should generally not be concerned.

Can steroid injections help if I have a hard tip following surgery?

Steroid injections about a year or so post-op can definitely help with any residual swelling and can soften up the tissue in problem areas, but have your surgeon complete these procedures.

Why is my nose tip still swollen after surgery?

As stated in other queries, the true results of a rhinoplasty do not materialize fully until after a year post-op. Residual swelling particularly in the tip is extremely common among rhinoplasty patients, so no concern is necessary if this condition persists.

Can a bulbous nose be made smaller?

Absolutely, and this is usually done with an open rhinoplasty. The base of the nose is narrowed and support is brought in via septal or ear cartilage to make the tip sturdier.

My stitches aren’t dissolving one month post-rhinoplasty. Why?

Generally, these stitches should not last longer than a week or two (absorbable). Evaluate with your surgeon to have them removed.

How can I fix my pointy nose?

A rhinoplasty is probably the best option for patients looking to decrease the projection of their nose and adjust their tip cartilages in an appropriate manner.

How can I tighten my nasal skin post-rhinoplasty?

Generally, skin will not need any help contracting and tightening appropriately following a rhinoplasty, so patients with abnormally looser skin are encouraged to wait it out and check for new development. However, steroid injections may help alleviate some of these problems.

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