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  • Medical tourism is a growing trend, and this includes aesthetic medical tourism. Thanks to Dr. Rizk’s reputation as a skilled ethnic rhinoplasty specialist, many people travel from the Middle East and other areas to get a nose job. In fact, foreign patients make up a significant percentage of Dr. Rizk’s patient base.

    The Internet has made it easy and convenient to accomplish many of the preliminary tasks that need to be completed when traveling from the Middle East to the U.S. for nose surgery. The “Out of Town” section of Dr. Rizk’s website contains a wealth of information on accommodations, care after surgery, concierge services and more.

    Patients can also fill out their medical history form on Dr. Rizk’s website. Once Dr. Rizk has assessed a patient’s medical history, he asks them to send photographs of their nose via email. Then, an initial consultation can be conducted via Skype, iChat or other programs.

    Dr. Rizk’s staff can help patients connect with travel agents and arrange for assistance from trained plastic surgery nurses during the first few days after surgery. They can also help with limousine transfers and luxury accommodations just minutes from his office.

    Dr. Rizk recommends that patients traveling to see him from the Middle East plan to stay in New York for at least seven days after their rhinoplasty procedure so that he can check in on them to assess the progress of their recovery. He also follows up with his Middle Eastern patients via Skype or iChat once they have returned home.

    For more information on traveling from the Middle East for a nose job, contact Dr. Rizk’s office today – (212) 452-3362.

    While a patient’s recovery from rhinoplasty can depend on many individual factors, ethnicity is not one of them. Middle Eastern patients face the same rhinoplasty recovery process as any other patient.

    Following nose surgery, all patients, including Middle Eastern patients, can expect some swelling and bruising around the nose. Though New York City Facial Plastic Surgeon Sam Rizk, MD, FACS, is renowned for his pioneering “rapid recovery” techniques that minimize these issues, all patients will experience some swelling.

    As a result, Dr. Rizk typically prescribes some pain medication and provides his patients with a kit containing remedies to reduce swelling; this may include vitamin K, Medrol, cold compresses as well as a natural remedy called arnica montana. It is also a good idea to keep the head elevated for a few days to reduce the swelling.

    Most patients wear a small splint on the nose to protect it and keep it stable for a week or longer.

    During the rhinoplasty recovery process it is important to avoid contact sports, or any activities that may put you at risk of bumping your nose, for several weeks. Patients should be able to return to work within about 10 days.

    Most of the swelling and other symptoms should subside within a couple of weeks, but it can take months or even up to a year to see final results. It is very important that you follow Dr. Rizk’s postoperative instructions throughout this time for optimal results.

    Rhinoplasty Before & After

    August 19th, 2013

    Before and After Photos - Rhinoplasty: Patient is a 16 year old female, front view
    Before and After Photos - Rhinoplasty: Patient is a 16 year old female, left side view


    This 16 year old patient suffered from a nose deformity and difficulty breathing due to sustaining injury. She opted in for rhinoplasty to reconstruct her nasal bridge and a septoplasty to breathe better. Her nasal bridge reconstruction was with her septal cartilage. The photos show the patient 3 months post-surgery.

    The best candidates for Asian rhinoplasty share many things in common with other patients. However there are also things that can distinguish them from other patients.

    Anyone considering rhinoplasty, including Asian rhinoplasty, should:

    • Be in good physical and emotional health
    • Have a fully developed nose (15 or 16 years of age in girls; 17 or 18 in boys)
    • Have realistic expectations of the procedure’s outcome
    • Understand the possible risks and complications
    • Understand postoperative responsibilities, as outlined by Dr. Rizk

    There are also factors specific to Asian rhinoplasty that may make a person a good candidate. These may include certain anatomical differences that often apply to Asian rhinoplasty candidates, such as a flat bridge with little definition, wider nostrils, and/or a small nasal tip. Asian nose jobs often focuses on reducing, rather than augmenting, the nasal structures.
    Many Asian candidates seek to enhance nose symmetry, create a more defined tip and bridge, and/or narrow the nostrils. If any of this sounds familiar, you may be a good candidate for Asian rhinoplasty.

    Contact Dr. Rizk to learn more about Asian rhinoplasty.

    Nasal obstruction can be caused by many things, including a deviated septum, enlarged nasal turbinates, nasal polyps and nasal valve collapse. Dr. Sam Rizk’s treatment of the condition depends on the cause.

    Deviated Septum. If your nasal obstruction is caused by a deviated septum, Dr. Rizk may attempt to straighten it through a septoplasty procedure. In this procedure, internal incisions are made and the bone and cartilage causing the obstruction are removed.

    Enlarged Nasal Turbinates. The nasal turbinates are three structures made of soft tissue and bone that line the sides of the nasal cavity. Sometimes they swell and enlarge enough to cause nasal obstruction. Treatment usually begins with steroid-based allergy sprays. If this doesn’t work, Dr. Rizk may advise you to undergo surgery to reduce the turbinates.

    Nasal Polyps. Polyps refer to inflammatory tissue growing in the sinuses and nasal cavity. They often affect people with allergies or asthma. Like nasal turbinates, they are treated with steroid sprays and/or endoscopic nasal surgery.

    Nasal Valve Collapse. This refers to narrowness or weakness of the narrowest portion of the nasal airway: the nasal valve. It can be caused by prior rhinoplasties, trauma to the nose and other causes. Treatment depends on whether the collapse is internal or external and may range from special nasal strips and other non-invasive methods to various surgical approaches.

    Nasal obstruction can lead to breathing problems or sinus disease, so it must be treated. To learn more, contact Dr. Rizk’s practice today.

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