You may choose to undergo rhinoplasty for several reasons that could range from heart-related concerns to cosmetic issues you hope to fix. It is a standard and well-known procedure that is considered safe and reliable. However, several myths exist around the process that might make it difficult or scary for you to make that initial consultation.
If you live in Upper East Side, New York, trust Dr. Theodore Diktaban and his expertise to help you achieve your desired results. Dr. Diktaban is double board-certified in ENT and Plastic Surgery, which makes him a recognized and reputable nasal specialist.
Common misconceptions about the rhinoplasty procedure
Myth: Rhinoplasty is a complicated and potentially dangerous procedure
Rhinoplasty can be a complex procedure that requires careful surgical diligence and understanding to be executed appropriately. The nose is the center of your face and consists of bone and cartilage that make up your nasal cavity. However, this does not mean that it should produce painful results. In fact, most patients only report experiencing minimal discomfort that is often relieved with over-the-counter (OTC) pain reducers.
Some potential side effects of a rhinoplasty may include swelling, bleeding, numbness around the nose, or an adverse reaction to the anesthesia being administered. Bruising is a normal part of the procedure with some people more prone to bruising than others.
When approaching every rhinoplasty, Dr. Diktaban keeps a few goals in mind. As he is shaping your nose, Dr. Diktaban considers your facial proportions and ethnicity. This ensures that your results are natural-looking and fit in well with the rest of your features. You will meet with Dr. Diktaban before the procedure to discuss your expectations and determine whether or not you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty. This will be assessed through blood work and any other additional examinations that are necessary to make a complete evaluation.
Photographs from different angles will be taken of your nose as before and after references. There are two approaches that Dr. Diktaban takes with rhinoplasty. It can be performed either as a closed or open rhinoplasty procedure. There is also a brand new cutting-edge procedure called the preservation rhinoplasty that very few doctors perform besides Dr. Diktaban.
In an open approach, he creates a small incision between your nostrils. Dr. Diktaban, however, prefers a closed approach and will use it whenever possible. This involves making an incision on the inside of your nose where traces of surgery are not evident.
VAPOR NOSE® uses a handheld device to remove nasal humps with radiofrequency. It is a precise system that doesn’t require incisions or cause scarring, allowing you to minimize your overall risks. This technique was developed by Dr. Diktaban who was inspired by the ability to make incremental changes to the nasal cartilage without breaking your skin. Dr. Diktaban is confident in his ability to properly execute the Vapor Nose technique giving you natural-looking results in no time.
Myth: Recovery time is extensive
People who have a reluctance about undergoing rhinoplasty often cite the recovery time as their concern. Although this may feel like an intense, surgical procedure that would require significant downtime, most people can return to their normal activities in as little as two weeks. After the procedure, Dr. Diktaban applies an external splint, which he will remove after a week. You may resume regular exercise after a month following your surgery. To ensure proper recovery, it is crucial to follow Dr. Diktaban’s post-op instructions.
Here are some ways you can take care of your results during the recovery:
- Avoid blowing your nose – This will help minimize irritation and potentially interfering with your final result.
- No swimming or showers for the first week following your surgery. You will need to keep bandages dry. Bathing is a good alternative to showering during this period.
- Avoid strenuous physical activity-. Going to the gym or even normal activities like lifting or pushing something heavy can increase the pressure in your nose. This will make it difficult for swelling to subside and for your nose to recover completely.
- Stick to button-up shirts, and avoid wearing glasses. Pullover sweaters or t-shirts can accidentally hit your nose and apply unwanted pressure to the bridge. Wearing contacts or a shirt with a zipper can help you avoid hitting and moving your nose out of place.
- No smoking, drinking alcohol, or direct sunlight. Alcohol can cause bleeding to increase and interact poorly with any medication prescribed to you for your pain. You should stay hydrated and avoid direct sunlight once your cast is removed.
If you’ve been wondering about rhinoplasty, Dr. Diktaban is an excellent option for helping you achieve your goals while complementing your natural features perfectly.
Myth: Anyone is qualified to perform rhinoplasty
You can’t make your nose look like your favorite celebrity, and any good surgeon knows this. There is no one-size-fits-all approach for several reasons. To achieve the look you desire, you will need to conform to reasonable expectations about what is possible based on the structure of your nose. In most cases, it is possible to alter the nose completely. However, there are limitations to consider.
Trained specialized Dr. Diktaban has an extensive knowledge base concerning what rhinoplasty requires in both aesthetic and functional aspects. The full results of the procedure will not be evident until the swelling subsides and your body begins to adjust to the changes. It could take a month or two after surgery to see the final result.
If you’re thinking about rhinoplasty as an option, contact our office, or book an appointment online.
Dr. Theodore Diktaban, MD FACS, a double board-certified plastic surgeon with 35+ years of experience, specializes in safe and subtle cosmetic treatments, enhancing natural beauty and boosting self-confidence in the Upper East Side and New York City.