What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a 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 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!
There are many reasons that people undergo rhinoplasty. 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, or change the overall projection of their nose. In other cases, patients have an anatomical defect or sustained an injury that affects the breathing function of the nose 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 board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Diktaban will discuss your health history during your 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 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 techniques to reshape, reduce, or enhance the nose according to your goals by manipulating nasal skin, bone, and cartilage.
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 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.
An open rhinoplasty incision is made across the columella, or 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. This incision is reserved for procedures that involve crooked noses, cartilage grafts, or more extensive corrections.
A revision rhinoplasty is a second rhinoplasty procedure performed if an initial surgery 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.
Results and Recovery
Rhinoplasty comes with a recovery period because of the delicate structures of the nose. You’ll experience swelling and bruising for five to 10 days, during which time it’s extremely important to rest and avoid strenuous activities. Generally, patients wait about a week to two weeks for their recovery time before returning to work or school. You should avoid contact sports, wearing glasses, and blowing your nose during recovery, as these things can affect your 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. The result is a balanced and more harmonious nose with maintained or improved ability to breathe.
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.