Preservation Rhinoplasty: VAPOR Nose®

Rhinoplasty procedures can help balance your features and improve your profile. However, traditional rhinoplasty isn’t always the best option for every patient. Fortunately, the field of plastic surgery is constantly evolving with newer and more effective options. Dr. Diktaban developed the innovative VAPOR NOSE® technology designed to remove nasal humps without using a knife or scissors.

What is Preservation Rhinoplasty VAPOR Nose®?

Many people have an unwanted hump on their nose that affects the shape of their profile. If you’ve decided to have a surgical procedure to address this specific concern, your primary concern is to have this hump reduced or reshaped during your surgery. VAPOR (Vaporized Assisted Profile Option Reduction) Nose is a surgical technique that can achieve this goal by instantaneously vaporizing the hump using radiofrequency energy during a non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure. VAPOR Nose is a rhinoplasty alternative that is safe, predictable, and leads to a natural result. A few benefits to the Preservation Rhinoplasty VAPOR Nose procedure:

  • No knife or incisions required
  • No sharp cartilage edges
  • No risk of over-resection
  • No age limitation
  • Maintains the integrity of the inner lining of the nose for support of form and function

To learn more and see the Preservation Rhinoplasty VAPOR Nose procedure being performed, watch this video.

Preservation Rhinoplasty VAPOR Nose Candidates

The best candidates for VAPOR Nose are patients looking to reduce protruding nasal bumps or humps with the help of a board-certified plastic surgeon. Radiofrequency technology allows Dr. Diktaban to perform a non-surgical nose job with unmatched precision. Many patients seeking rhinoplasty worry that their results may be too extreme or unnatural, but the VAPOR Nose nonsurgical rhinoplasty technique helps Dr. Diktaban avoid over-reduction of the nasal cartilage.

It’s important to be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for what nose surgery can achieve to be an ideal candidate for any rhinoplasty surgery or nonsurgical nose job. In addition, Dr. Diktaban will discuss your goals for Preservation Rhinoplasty VAPOR Nose during a consultation to ensure you have accurate expectations from the procedure.

What Happens During a Preservation Rhinoplasty VAPOR Nose Procedure?

During traditional rhinoplasty, you have two options for the incisions that might be made: open or closed. Open rhinoplasties involve making an incision through the columella that divides the nostrils. Closed rhinoplasties avoid this by making incisions directly in the interior tissue of the nose.

Dr. Diktaban prefers the closed rhinoplasty approach when performing VAPOR Nose to avoid the external scarring associated with the open approach whenever possible. During your rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Diktaban can use VAPOR Nose to reshape your nasal cartilage. Preservation Rhinoplasty VAPOR Nose involves a specialized handheld device that delivers a radiofrequency current to the cartilage in your nose. This current allows Dr. Diktaban to make precise adjustments to the size and shape of the cartilaginous structures within. This means the bump of your nose can be lowered safely, incrementally, and precisely without using nose job surgery tools.

Preservation Rhinoplasty VAPOR Nose doesn’t leave any additional scars. The radiofrequency technology affects only the nasal cartilage— thus, the rest of your rhinoplasty procedure proceeds normally, with no extra bleeding, bruising, or pain.

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Results and Recovery

Dr. Diktaban will provide explicit instructions to follow after your rhinoplasty procedure, including details about medications, swelling, and follow-up appointments. You can expect to take at least one or two weeks of downtime where you should avoid strenuous activities. It can take time for swelling to subside and for your final results to emerge, but the final result is a reshaped nasal profile that fits your face and brings the rest of your features into harmony.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of VAPOR Nose over traditional rhinoplasty?

VAPOR Nose doesn’t damage the nasal tissues, lengthen your recovery time, or affect your ability to receive anesthesia during surgery. The technology also has no negative effects on your breathing or the structure of your sinuses. Using VAPOR Nose technology, Dr. Diktaban can remove tiny amounts of cartilage at a time until your ideal results are achieved. With VAPOR Nose, there’s significantly less risk of an “over-scooped” or exaggerated result. This means Dr. Diktaban can produce discreet, natural-looking improvements to your nasal profile.

Can any plastic surgeon use VAPOR Nose?

Not all plastic surgeons can offer VAPOR Nose technology. That means you’ll need to select a plastic surgeon with the proper experience and facilities to offer this specific treatment. As a board-certified ENT and plastic surgeon, Dr. Diktaban has exceptional expertise in nasal surgery and rhinoplasty procedures. Dr. Diktaban uses state-of-the-art surgical techniques such as VAPOR Nose to safely produce natural-looking results.

How does the Vapor Nose technique lower the cartilage hump?

The cartilage hump is lowered completely without a knife and scissors. A pencil type handpiece is connected to a fine needle tip insert that vaporizes the cartilage hump down to the desired profile.

Are there any age limitations?

There are absolutely NO age limitations to the Vapor Nose technique.

Are there any ethnic limitations?

There are absolutely NO ethnic limitations to the Vapor Nose technique.

Does the Vapor Nose technique create bleeding in lowering the cartilage hump of the nose?

The Vapor Nose technique lowers the cartilage hump of the nose in a bloodless manner. That increases the surgeons visualization during the hump or bump lowering.

Can the Vapor Nose technique be used in primary and revision nasal procedures?

Whether it is a primary case or a revision case, the Vapor Nose technique can be used as long as it is applied to the cartilage to lower the entire cartilage profile or a portion of the cartilage profile.

Is there a risk of over lowering the profile to give a scooped out profile?

The Vapor Nose technique incrementally lowers the cartilage profile of the nose WITHOUT overcorrecting it. That is a real plus in achieving the desired profile.

Wii the Vapor Nose leave the cartilage profile with sharp edges?

The Vapor Nose technique feathers the cartilage profile down without leaving sharp edges.

Can the Vapor Nose technique be used in both the closed and open approaches to nasal surgery?

The Vapor Nose technique can absolutely be used in both the closed and open approach to rhinoplasty surgery as determined by the surgeon.

Is there any special instrumentation required in order to perform the Vapor Nose technique?

Dr. Diktaban modified a standard Aufricht Nasal retractor which is insulated to prevent heat conduction to the overlying skin and also has an incorporated suction cannula to evacuate the heated plume (smoke) and increase visualization.

Does the Vapor Nose technique cost more?

The answer is simply....NO!

What does Vapor Nose stand for?

Vapor Nose is an acronym that stands for: Vaporized Assisted Profile Option Reduction.

Will my nose look different with the Vapor Nose technique?

The nose will look better without the bump or hump. The nose will look better because the profile is corrected and the nose will have softer cartilage contours which leads to a natural looking nose.

Does the Vapor Nose require different anesthesia?

There is absolutely no impact on the type of anesthesia used. The surgeon can use the type of anesthesia that they would use for any routine rhinoplasty that they are comfortable with.

Will I bruise more or have more pain with the Vapor Nose technique?

The Vapor Nose will have no impact. In fact, the cartilage profile is bloodless as it is incrementally lowered using the vaporizing technique. In addition, there is no pain or discomfort associated with the lowering of the cartilage hump or bump using this technique.

Is Vapor Nose a Preservation Rhinoplasty Technique?

The Vapor Nose incorporates preservation concepts in handling the cartilaginous hump or bump of the nose. There is absolutely no conflict between Vapor Nose and Preservation Rhinoplasty techniques.

Will the Vapor Nose techniques increase the time of surgery?

Vapor nose should not lengthen the time of surgery significantly or lengthen your recovery time.

Will the Vapor Nose technique effect my breathing?

No, the Vapor nose technique will not negatively affect your breathing. It preserves the internal nasal lining which stabilizes the internal nasal valve that is related to nasal function.

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.