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. Whether because of 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 rhinoplasty and producing excellent results.

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, it’s one of the most popular options for facial cosmetic surgery. Having undergone nose surgery himself, Dr. 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!  

Rhinoplasty Candidates

There are many reasons that people undergo rhinoplasty. In some cases, an overly-large, bumpy, or disproportionate nose affects their confidence and overall facial profile. In other cases, patients have an anatomical defect or sustained an injury that affects the breathing functions of the nose. When considering rhinoplasty, it’s important that you be in good overall health and able to undergo surgery, so Dr. Diktaban will discuss your health history during your consultation.

What Happens During Rhinoplasty?

This procedure can be performed using general anesthesia at our certified, in-house facility. Rhinoplasty can be performed a couple different ways, 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.

Closed Rhinoplasty

During a closed rhinoplasty procedure, incisions are made inside the nostrils for completely unnoticeable scarring. This allows Dr. Diktaban to reshape the nose for minimal correction like reducing bumps or straightening the septum. VAPOR Nose® can be performed along with this incision pattern.

Open Rhinoplasty

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 more often reserved for procedures that involve crooked noses, cartilage grafts, or more extensive corrections.

Results and Recovery

Rhinoplasty comes with a recovery period because of the delicate structures of the nose. You’ll experience swelling and bruising for 5 to 10 days, during which it’s extremely important to rest and avoid strenuous activities. You should avoid contact sports, wearing glasses, and blowing your nose, 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 can 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 nasal breathing.


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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 surgeon's 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.

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.