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Rhinoplasty is one of the most common types of plastic surgery performed in the United States. Despite its popularity, there is a large amount of false information circulating about the procedure. The following are common myths about rhinoplasty:
1. Rhinoplasty is a painful procedure.
Rhinoplasty is almost exclusively performed under general anesthesia, meaning that the patient will be asleep during the entirety of the procedure. After the surgery, most patients describe their discomfort as something similar to a bad head cold as opposed to any sort of severe pain. The discomfort wears off within 7 to 10 days. In many cases, the most uncomfortable aspect of rhinoplasty involved the use nasal packing. However, nasal packing has improved in recent years and is often not required.
2. The surgeon can make my nose look like anything I want.
Some patients believe that rhinoplasty is simply replacing an old nose with a new one of a completely different size and shape. This is simply not true. Surgeons must work with what they are given, meaning your existing nose, and a good plastic surgeon will only change your nose in ways that complement your facial features. Patients considering rhinoplasty should have realistic expectations about what can and cannot be done to their nose.
3. Ethnic rhinoplasty patients will end up with Caucasian looking noses.
Most people seeking nose surgery want realistic-looking results, so it is understandable that non-Caucasian patients would fear the results of rhinoplasty. There are many plastic surgeons, including Dr. Batniji, who have vast experience in performing ethnic rhinoplasty. They will be able to plan out a way to produce a nose that fits with the patient’s desired look while also retaining their ethnic identity.
4. There will be no scars.
This myth attracts many people to the procedure, but is untrue. Most of the incisions in rhinoplasty are inside the nose, so the scarring is not visible. Sometimes, an additional small incision is made on the underside of the nose which is almost invisible once the incisions have healed after six weeks.
Your best resource for information about rhinoplasty is your surgeon. If you are interested in rhinoplasty or have some questions about myths that you may have heard, please contact Newport Beach facial plastic surgeon Dr. Rami Batniji today at 949-650-8882.
The cost of rhinoplasty, or any cosmetic procedure for that matter, is one of the most important factors for many people when they decide to have plastic surgery. The cost of rhinoplasty is varied depending on geographic location and the experience of the surgeon. The following are points to consider when thinking about how to finance your rhinoplasty surgery.
Most insurance plans do not cover cosmetic procedures. Rhinoplasty is sometimes covered if the patient needs it for a medical purpose. Examples of this would be a broken nose or correcting a deviated septum to assist with breathing. Some insurance companies will cover part of a reconstructive rhinoplasty due to severe injury or trauma. Even if you insurance does cover the procedure, it may not pay for associated costs related to any cosmetic changes made.
Doctors understand that many patients do not have the means to pay the upfront cost of rhinoplasty. Many offices provide financing options that will allow patients to spread out the total cost of the procedure over several months. Dr. Batniji’s practice provides financing through Care Credit, an outside company that finances medical procedures.
Patients should have an idea about what they can afford before deciding to have rhinoplasty. Price should not, however, be your deciding factor on who performs your surgery. It is important to shop around, but be wary of surgeons that quote prices significantly lower than others in the same area. You should also choose a surgeon who performs multiple rhinoplasties each week, as opposed to just occasionally. Choosing an inexperienced surgeon could increase your risk of needing a revision rhinoplasty, which will cost you more money in the long run.
Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Rami Batniji of Newport Beach, California, is highly experienced in performing rhinoplasty. He will be able to consult with you about the differences between a cosmetic and medically necessary nasal surgery. His team will also be able to advise you on financing options available. Call today at 949-650-8882.
There are multiple reasons why people have nose surgeries. They could be for cosmetic reasons, to improve breathing, or a mixture of both. After surgery, though, all rhinoplasty patients share similar needs for recovery. Adhering to the following instructions will help you get to a fast and safe recovery, maximize your results, and help to prevent you from needing corrective surgery to fix problems associated with improper healing.
Avoid vigorous exercise for at least two weeks. This includes exercises that contain aggressive movements like jumping up and down. As you ease back into exercise and sports, be especially careful with activities in which you may hit your nose, like football or basketball.
This may sound harsh, but you will have to quit performing some very natural actions during your recovery. This includes laughing, smiling, chewing aggressively, and blowing your nose. Please remember that this is only temporary, and restricting the movement of the nose will help with recovery. Eat soft, mild foods that require minimal effort.
Do not use tobacco for a minimum of three weeks (this advice should be heeded before the surgery as well). Tobacco use decreases blood circulation which hinders the healing process.
Limit sun exposure for three months following surgery. You should always use sunscreen when outside, but this is especially important after a nose job. Limiting damaging sun exposure is critically important since too much sun can cause permanent discoloration on your nose.
Before having the procedure, your surgeon should provide you with a recovery plan specific to your health and background. After the procedure, make sure you understand the recovery plan before you go home. Do not deviate from the plan unless you have explicit permission from your surgeon. If you are experiencing complications or unexpected side-effects, do not attempt to self-medicate or fix the problem. Call your surgeon immediately and follow his or her directions.
Dr. Rami K. Batniji is a renowned facial plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty expert located in Newport Beach, California. To learn more about rhinoplasty and the recovery, contact Batniji Facial Plastic Surgery at (949) 650-8882.
If your teenager asks you for a nose job for his or her birthday, you probably shouldn’t run down to the nearest plastic surgeon, but you also shouldn’t immediately deny their request. Rhinoplasty is the most common type of cosmetic surgery performed on teenagers. It is not unheard of for teens to return from summer break with a new nose or another cosmetic procedure done. Despite this, cosmetic surgery is a major decision for parent and child and the decision should not be taken lightly.
Is your child old enough for rhinoplasty? Girls should be at least 15 or 16 years of age, and boys slightly older before they have any cosmetic surgery. If a rhinoplasty is performed before a teenager has finished growing there is a risk that the shape of their nose may change due to continued growth after the surgery and a revision rhinoplasty may be needed in the future.
In addition to physical maturity, you child should also be emotionally mature and have realistic expectations about their looks after surgery. They should not have surgery because they want to be more popular or look like a certain celebrity. They should also understand the time it takes to heal and be comfortable with the fact that the final result may not be exactly what they expected.
Can you afford this procedure? Unless it is deemed medically necessary, rhinoplasty is considered an elective procedure and is usually not covered by insurance. Your child should understand the financial obligations associated with this procedure.
If you and your teen decide that a rhinoplasty is the best option for his or her cosmetic needs, you should seek out a surgeon with significant experience performing rhinoplasty on younger patients. He or she should be able to explain the risks associated with teenage rhinoplasty and provide a plan for recovery.
If you and your teen are seriously considering cosmetic surgery, contact Dr. Batniji of Batniji Facial Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, California, for a consultation at 949-650-8882.
I have non-allergic rhinitis. Is it possible for someone with this condition to have rhinoplasty?
It is possible for you to have a rhinoplasty to address the appearance of the nose. Occasionally, we combine rhinoplasty with functional surgery, such as septoplasty to correct a deviated septum and turbinate surgery to address enlarged turbinates. One of the goals of these functional surgeries is to improve nasal function. While non-allergic rhinitis may improve with turbinate surgery, I would advise you that medical therapy is an important treatment for your condition. As well, I would advise you that rhinitis may persist after rhinoplasty.
When removing a hump or bump on the nose, what are the instances when it would be filed down versus broken?
A bump/hump along the bridge of the nose can bony and/or cartilaginous in nature. Traditional approaches to reducing a bony bump/hump along the bridge of the nose include rasping with a carbide tungsten rasp or chiseling off the bump with an osteotome. Rather than using these traditional methods, I utilize precise powered instrumentation designed by the company, Bien Air, to delicately reduce the height of the nasal bony bump/hump. For those bony bumps/humps less than 2 millimeters, I tend to favor using the micro rasp. For anything taller/larger than that, I use the precision of the micro saw. For a video that further describes this technology, please visit our youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=838N2M5MgRw
Do most doctors use powered rasps nowadays for rhinoplasty? What's the benefit over a manually powered rasp?
No, most surgeons do not use powered rasps. I have been using powered rasps for over 2 years. This technology allows me to shave down the bony hump of a nose with great precision and minimal trauma to surrounding tissue. For more information regarding this technology, see this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=838N2M5MgRw
How do you make a nose that's too large smaller with rhinoplasty?
There are a variety of methods we use to make a large nose smaller. For example, if you have a big hump along the bridge of the nose, we can refine that hump using precise micro-rasps. Unlike traditional methods of taking down a hump, which include a chisel and hammer, the precise micro-rasp allows us to shave down the hump incrementally. Also unlike traditional methods which are performed by "feel", I am able to directly visualize the hump as we take it down.
I keep hearing that patients of ethnicity have thicker skin and that special techniques need to be used for rhinoplasty, but what are these special techniques?
In ethnic rhinoplasty, some patients may have thicker skin. Patients with thicker nasal skin pose a challenge to achieve refinement of the nasal tip. There are some special techniques we use to achieve refinement of the nasal tip in the thicker nasal skin. One of those techniques include using sutures to reshape the original nasal tip cartilages. If this technique does not achieve refinement, then we use tip grafts. Tip grafts are made of cartilage that is obtained from the patient's nasal septum. The tip grafts are sutured to the original nasal tip cartilages to further achieve refinement.
Is alloderm a good choice when the nose needs to be built up? How is it used?
While alloderm has been used with nice results, I tend to prefer using your own tissue to build the nose back up. My preferred material is something called temporalis fascia. This is a thin layer that covers a muscle in your temple region. I can access and obtain this fascia through a small incision well hidden within your hair. In addition to temporalis fascia to build the nose up, sometimes we need more material if the nose needs to be built up even further. In these circumstances, I like to use your own cartilage. The preferred source of this cartilage is from the nasal septum. Other potential sources include ear cartilage and rib cartilage.
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