Nose Job Surgery

A well-proportioned nose acts as an anchor for the face and doesn’t draw too much attention. On the other hand, if you have a nose that’s out of proportion, you know that it can stand out in a dissatisfying way. Whether caused by genetics or injury, it can feel like there are few options for a nose that doesn’t fit your face. Rhinoplasty is one tried and true option for reshaping the nose and bringing it into better harmony with your features, and Dr. Diktaban has firsthand experience with both undergoing cosmetic rhinoplasty and producing excellent results for others. Patients put their trust in board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Diktaban for the best possible rhinoplasty in New York.


What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a facial plastic surgery procedure that aims to correct the nose’s proportion, shape, and function relative to the rest of the face. Sometimes called a nose job, a rhinoplasty is one of the most popular options for facial cosmetic surgery.

Having undergone nose surgery himself, Dr. Theodore Diktaban specializes in rhinoplasty surgery techniques with residencies in plastic surgery and ear, nose, and throat surgery. This means Dr. Diktaban is one of the leading rhinoplasty surgeons in the Manhattan area with a tremendous amount of experience. And yes, experience does matter! 

Rhinoplasty Candidates

There are many reasons that people undergo rhinoplasty surgery. In some cases, an overly large, bumpy, or disproportionate nose affects their facial profile and overall self-confidence. For example, many patients choose rhinoplasty to remove a bump on the nasal bridge, reduce the size of flared or enlarged nostrils, reduce the size of a wide nose, correct a bulbous nasal tip, or change the overall projection of their nose. In other cases, patients have an anatomical defect or sustained an injury that affects nasal breathing and changes the shape or appearance of the nose as well.

When considering rhinoplasty, it’s important that you be in good overall health and able to undergo surgery, so experienced surgeon Dr. Diktaban will discuss your health history during your initial consultation to ensure you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty.

What to Expect From a Rhinoplasty Consultation in New York City

During your rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Diktaban, he will first review your health history and examine your nose. You will have a chance to explain your concerns, such as breathing problems or unsightly nose shape. Dr. Diktaban will determine whether you are a good candidate and explain the best rhinoplasty techniques to meet your goals and achieve natural-looking results that suit your facial features. Finally, Dr. Diktaban may take photographs of your nose to best prepare for your plastic surgery.

What Happens During Rhinoplasty?

This surgical procedure can be performed using general anesthesia at our certified, in-house facility in New York City. There are a few different rhinoplasty procedures, and the exact surgical plan will depend on your goals and existing anatomy.

In general, nose surgery can be performed with two different incisions, and one may be better for you than the other. Once the appropriate incision is made, Dr. Diktaban will use a number of advanced surgical techniques to reshape, reduce, or enhance the nose according to your goals by manipulating nasal skin, bone, and cartilage.

Closed Rhinoplasty

During a closed rhinoplasty procedure, incisions are made inside the nostrils for completely unnoticeable scarring. This plastic surgery technique allows Dr. Diktaban to reshape the nose for a minimal correction like reducing bumps or straightening a deviated septum. VAPOR Nose® can be performed along with this incision pattern for fine-tuned and more significant results. Vapor Nose® is a procedure developed by Dr. Diktaban in order to remove a bump on a patient’s nose, without the use of traditional surgical tools.

Open Rhinoplasty

An open rhinoplasty incision is made across the columella, the skin between the nostrils, along with additional incisions on the inside of the nose within the natural contours of the nostrils. This allows Dr. Diktaban to lift the nose and have better access to the underlying structures nasal structure. This incision is reserved for procedures that involve crooked noses, cartilage grafts, or more extensive reconstructive surgery.

Revision Rhinoplasty

A revision rhinoplasty is a second rhinoplasty procedure performed if other plastic surgeons’ procedures led to unsatisfactory results. Revision rhinoplasties in New York utilize similar techniques to a primary rhinoplasty, but are generally more complicated and technically difficult to perform. For this reason, it’s important to choose a facial plastic surgeon who is experienced.

Preservation Rhinoplasty

Preservation rhinoplasty is a new technique where the surgeon preserves as much of the natural tissue as possible when performing the rhinoplasty procedure. This technique helps create a very natural-looking outcome.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Rhinoplasty comes with a long recovery period because of the delicate structures of the nose. You’ll experience significant swelling and bruising for 5-10 days, during which time it’s extremely important to rest and avoid strenuous activities. You should also make sure to sleep with your head elevated on some pillows or a reclining chair, avoiding sleeping on your side or stomach. Laying down or bending over can increase swelling and negatively impact your results because of the many blood vessels present inside the nose.

Generally, patients wait about 1-2 weeks before returning to work or school. You may require 2-3 weeks if you work a more strenuous or public-facing job. You may wear a splint during this time and Dr. Diktaban will remove it during a follow-up appointment. There, he’ll assess your results and determine when you can begin returning to regular activities. Once your splint comes off, you should avoid wearing glasses or sunglasses until the nose is completely healed. This is because resting glasses on the bridge of the nose can cause indentations.

Finally, you should avoid blowing your nose during recovery since it can worsen swelling and put pressure on the recovering tissues. It’s common to experience dry, itchy eyes during the first few weeks. This can easily be managed with eye drops, and Dr. Diktaban can recommend the right ones for your needs.

Rhinoplasty Results

Although you’ll see your results begin to emerge over the course of the first few months, swelling may continue to subside for up to a year after your procedure, mostly in the tip of the nose. It can be distressing for many patients to undergo recovery for so long, but keep in mind that the results are worth it. It’s important to be patient and trust the process. Dr. Diktaban can help you understand more of what to expect as a rhinoplasty patient himself.

Fortunately with rhinoplasty, there is little scarring to worry about. The more important result of rhinoplasty is that your ability to breathe is maintained or improved along with its cosmetic look. For this reason, it’s important to select a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty and can help prevent future problems.

Rhinoplasty Cost

The cost of rhinoplasty varies depending on the extent of the surgery and how long the procedure takes. We also offer a variety of rhinoplasty techniques, including traditional rhinoplasty and VAPOR nose. To determine the exact cost of your rhinoplasty surgery, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Diktaban at his New York office. He will assess your nose and discuss your individual cosmetic goals to determine the cost of your procedure.

Schedule a Consultation

If you experience breathing problems or are unhappy with the size and shape of your nose, a rhinoplasty is one of the best ways to transform your face for the long term. New York rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Diktaban has proven experience performing highly effective rhinoplasties with natural results. To get started, contact our Manhattan office by calling 646-906-9449 or filling out our online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does deviated septum surgery change your nose?

A deviated septum can effect the external appearance of your nose. There is an old phrase-"where the septum goes, so goes the nose"

How should I sleep after nose surgery?

You can sleep on your back and on either side but not face down.

How should I sleep after rhinoplasty?

You can sleep on your back and on either side but not face down.

Why do nose jobs collapse?

A nose will collapse if too much cartilage and/or bone support is removed or weakened. It is important to maintain or create support to the nasal frame work located between the overlying skin and inside lining.

Can a nose job make your nose smaller?

If a smaller nose is aesthetically desired then a nose job can achieve that depending on the cartilaginous and bony framework of the nose.

Can I sleep on my side after rhinoplasty?

You can sleep on either side and on your back. Of course, you cannot sleep face down.

Can nasal bone be shaped?

The nasal bones can be shaped with chisels and rasps (file) to effect the desired shape.

How do I prepare for a nose job?

Preparation for your nasal surgery will be dictated by your surgeon. Every surgeon has his or her way of taking you through the surgery.

How long does a nose job take to perform?

The time varies tremendously will the scope of work. It can be as little as a half hour and up to 4 hours.

How long does non surgical rhinoplasty last?

A nonsurgical rhinoplasty with fillers can last several months and even more than a year in many cases.

How long are you swollen after rhinoplasty?

The most swelling will take place within the first 48 hours. After that, you will see a gradual resolution that goes on gradually for several weeks. In general, you will be presentable at around 7 to 10 days.

How long do splints stay in after septoplasty?

Nasal splints placed in the nose will stay in roughly for 1 to 7 days depending on the scope of work and the surgeons preference.

How long is recovery from rhinoplasty?

Nasal recovery usually takes 5 to 10 days. By that time, the splint has been removed and the bruising has resolved partially or completely.

How much does it cost for a good nose job?

The cost is so variable depending on the scope of work, the surgeon and what part of the country. Anywhere from $5000 to $15,000.

How much is a nose job?

The cost is so variable depending on the scope of work, the surgeon and what part of the country. Anywhere from $5000 to $15,000.

What is closed rhinoplasty?

The closed rhinoplasty technique involves incisions totally confined to the inside of the nose without any scars on the outside.

What is external rhinoplasty?

The external rhinoplasty technique involves incisions both on the inside and the outside of the nose. The external incisions leaves a small scar on the partition between the two nostrils.

Can rhinoplasty help sinus problems?

If the rhinoplasty surgery addresses an improvement in your nasal breathing then that can result in alleviating sinus problems.

Can you die from rhinoplasty?

Unfortunately, any surgery on the body can result in death which would also include rhinoplasty surgery. Proper preparation with a medically cleared patient should lessen that ;result from happening.

Do spreader grafts widen the nose?

The specific placement location of spreader grafts will not widen the nose. However, an overly narrow nose might benefit from some increased width that can be accomplished with spreader grafts.

Can nasal polyps change shape of nose?

Nasal polyps alone should not change the shape of the external appearance of the nose. Nasal polyps developed on the inside of the nose and sinuses.

What is a bulbous nose tip?

A bulbous nasal tip refers to the ball shaped nasal tip that relates to the size shape and position of the tip cartilages. The bulbous tip is a very common complaint people have along with a hump or bump of the nose.

Will the tip of my nose get smaller after rhinoplasty?

Immediately after surgery your nasal tip will be swollen maximally for the first 48 hours. After 48 hours, you will see a marked reduction in swelling that goes on for several weeks.

What are the side effects of rhinoplasty?

With any operation on the body there are many common side effects like bleeding, infection and scarring which can also occur with nasal surgery. In addition, surgery on the nose can result in impaired breathing, change in smell, unsatisfactory appearance and a change in voice just to name a few.

What types of nose jobs are there?

There are 2 approaches to nose jobs. One is the closed approach with no scars on the outside of the nose and the other is the open approach with scars both on the inside and the outside of the nose.

How long do I wear a splint after rhinoplasty?

Before you return home after surgery, you’ll be fitted with a nasal splint to aid your recovery. Most patients wear these for around 4 to 6 days, although Dr. Diktaban will give you the best indication of your timeframe during your follow-up appointments.

Does insurance cover rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is sometimes used for medical purposes to correct a deviated septum or other breathing issues. In these cases, insurance will sometimes cover the cost. In other cases, rhinoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure and may not be eligible for insurance coverage. We encourage each patient to speak with their provider before their procedure to determine whether they can expect coverage.

Can rhinoplasty fix a deviated septum?

A deviated septum is a condition where the cartilage and bone that separates the two channels of the nose becomes crooked and cuts off air flow in one or both passages. This can be the result of genetics or injury. In most cases, a rhinoplasty can straighten the septum and allow for better breathing.

What is a revision rhinoplasty?

For many different reasons, patients can sometimes require a second rhinoplasty procedure to correct their previous results. This is usually called a revision rhinoplasty.

Do nose jobs last forever?

A nose job, or rhinoplasty, provides permanent results. However, the aging process will continue, which may impact the look of your nose over the years.

Does your voice change after rhinoplasty?

Most people do not experience a change in their voice following rhinoplasty. However, there are some cases where a slight change in voice quality has occurred.

Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS
Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

For over 35 years, Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS, has made it his life's work to enhance the natural beauty of his patients in the Upper East Side and surrounding areas of New York City. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Diktaban provides the ideal blend of realistic, aesthetic, and safe cosmetic treatments and procedures.