February 25th, 2016
Our 23 year old African American female patient wanted to reduce the wideness of her nose. She contacted Dr. Rizk and underwent an open ethnic rhinoplasty with grafts and alar base reduction. The results show a nose that is slimmer and better proportioned for her face.
February 19th, 2015
This female ethnic rhinoplasty patient has always felt self-conscious about her large nose and nasal hump. After extensive research on the best rhinoplasty surgeon in New York City, Jennifer decided to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sam Rizk at his Park Avenue private practice. Watch the video below to follow her nose job journey and see her results.
Este paciente rinoplastia étnica femenina siempre ha sentido acomplejado por su gran nariz y la joroba nasal. Después de una amplia investigación sobre el mejor cirujano rinoplastia en la ciudad de Nueva York, Jennifer decidió programar una consulta con el Dr. Sam Rizk en su práctica privada de Park Avenue. Mira el vídeo a continuación para seguir su viaje de nariz y ver sus resultados.
June 23rd, 2014
For many people, having a rhinoplasty is the culmination of years of thought, research, and financial planning. Having come to the decision to undergo a nose job and locating a surgeon they like and trust, some nonetheless find themselves nervous and scared about undergoing cosmetic surgery. This is perfectly normal.
Preparing yourself mentally before surgery is an important part of the rhinoplasty process. Taking steps to lower stress, boost confidence, and calm nerves can make the experience much smoother. We’ve included five tried and true pre-surgery suggestions:
1. Relaxation Techniques
Prior to having rhinoplasty, many patients feel anxious. Stress and fear may lead to sleepless nights and irritability. Finding a way to feel calm is important for both mental and physical health. Some relaxation practices my patients have successfully used include:
- Deep Breathing Exercises
- Tai Chi
Maintaining a positive mental attitude throughout the process is key to a quick recovery and ultimate satisfaction with your experience. Organize a support network of friends and family to help you in the days following your surgery. Develop a post-surgery recovery plan to ensure that you rest post procedure. Knowing that you have a safe space prepared with everything you will need will help minimize anxiety.
One of the most important relaxation techniques listed above is Visualization. Visualization in this case means imagining the procedure you are about to undergo.
To do this, find a quiet, comfortable place where you can be alone with your thoughts. Many people visualize in their bed before they sleep or after they wake up. Any place you feel comfortable is fine. Close your eyes, relax your body and do the following:
In your mind’s eye, see yourself successfully preparing yourself for surgery both mentally and physically. Imagine the day of the surgery. See yourself feeling calm and confident. Picture the surgery itself. Watch as the surgeon completes all of the steps perfectly. Experience the recovery process unfolding without complications. See the perfect outcomes in the mirror a few weeks down the road.
Going through these steps in your mind will help prepare you for your big day. Studies have shown that people who visualize success in this manner experience less stress and feel emotionally better the day of surgery than those who do not.
Part of good visualization is knowing exactly what is going to happen before, during, and after surgery. This leads us to an important part of your mental preparation – education.
3. Educate Yourself About the Process
In my office, we put an emphasis on patient education. I have found that well-educated, well-prepared clients have less concerns the day of the procedure, recover faster, and are ultimately happier with their end results. Our staff will ensure that you have all the information you need about your rhinoplasty. Please do not be shy about asking questions. I am always available and happy to talk with my patients about their concerns, no matter how large or small they may be.
I also encourage my patients to educate themselves by going on the Internet and researching rhinoplasty. As with any topic online, there are good websites on the subject, and bad. Make sure you are getting your information from reputable websites. In addition to my own website, sites you might consider referring to include aafprs.org, realself.com, entnet.org, and the National Institutes of Health’s MedlinePlus website.
4. Understand What a Plastic Surgeon Can and Cannot Do
It is important to have realistic expectations about your rhinoplasty. Studies have shown that among cosmetic surgery patients that are unhappy with the results of their procedures, the most common characteristic is that they simply had unrealistic expectations. While a rhinoplasty may certainly improve one’s appearance, it is not reasonable to expect a magical or miraculous transformation. In addition, plastic surgery cannot cure depression or other psychological conditions. Often, a successful rhinoplasty can boost one’s self-confidence, but this cannot be guaranteed for everyone.
It is very important to me that my patients are choosing to have rhinoplasty for the right reasons. No one should undergo a procedure if they are seeking to look like someone else, or if they hope it will completely change their lives. Rhinoplasty can certainly improve one’s appearance, but it cannot fix all of life’s problems.
5. Understand the Recovery Process
The first thing to remember is that the recovery process takes time. It may take up to two years for your nose to completely reach its final form. Every patient heals differently and at her own pace.
Your nose will be swollen following rhinoplasty, and it will take time for the swelling to go down. Most swelling will go away within two weeks. After a month it will be almost all gone, but it may take up to a year for swelling to totally disappear.
Immediately following surgery, your face will be puffy. You may possibly have black eyes, though I take special precautions to minimize this and other bruising. Many patients experience bouts of nausea during the day following their operation.
Cold compresses will be used to help reduce swelling. In some instances pain medications will be dispensed to ease discomfort. Homeopathic herbal remedies like arnica montana can help you recover as well. Your head should remain elevated for a few days, and in some cases should not be moved at all. It may be several weeks before you can resume vigorous physical activity, including contact sports. You may have to sleep on your back for several weeks. You probably won’t be able to wear glasses for three weeks. Most patients are able to go back to work within ten days.
My patients usually receive a packet of remedies to speed and aid the recovery process. This packet can include herbal supplements, vitamins, and the anti-inflammatory steroid Medrol. Other medicines designed to speed recovery may be given as well.
To learn more about preparing for rhinoplasty, contact my office today.
January 25th, 2014
22 yo female who wanted just her nasal bump reduced. Patient underwent endonasal rhinoplasty and is shown one week after cast removal. No front view change was done in her nose as patient was happy with her front view.
July 30th, 2013
View before and after photos of female rhinoplasty patients of our top New York facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sam Rizk.
March 25th, 2013
25 yo female wishes to improve drooping nasal tip, bump and bulbous nasal tip. Patient underwent open rhinoplasty with tip support with her own septum cartilage to achieve a better long term result of tip support. Tip was also refined with cartilage reduction and suture techniques, and bump was removed naturally. patient is shown 1 year after rhinoplasty.
December 24th, 2012
|25 yo patient who was mainly interested in a profile reduction who underwent rhinoplasty to reduce bump and deproject the nasal tip. Patient is shown one year after rhinoplasty.|
November 19th, 2012
|30 yo Hispanic/Dominican female interested in rhinoplasty. Patient is shown 4 months after rhinoplasty to remove her bump, narrow her nose and nostrils and also correct her saddle nose deformity above her tip. Ethnic rhinoplasty entails structural grafts in the tip to achieve structural support and definition. Old techniques of Excision of cartilage alone does not achieve a natural outcome. Notice patient’s nose was not rotated because patient is tall and this nose fits her face and body better. Also she is still swollen and the nose will become more refined with time.|
September 25th, 2012
|25 year old Indian female who wanted a front view improvement in her nasal tip with more definition. Patient underwent rhinoplasty to refine her nose bridge, tip and a conservative nostril reduction and is shown 1 year after rhinoplasty.|
August 16th, 2012
|29 year old female interested in rhinoplasty to reduce bump mainly but also refine tip. Patient underwent rhinoplasty from the open approach to reduce bridge and resculpt the tip cartilages. A slight tip rotation was performed as well. The open rhinoplasty approach was chosen since patient had thick skin and no tip support requiring grafting. Grafts are fixed in position better with open rhinoplasty. Patient is shown 1 year after surgery.|
May 22nd, 2012
|29 yo female ethnic rhinoplasty patient with thick skin who had previous rhinoplasty who requests improvement in symmetry, breathing and definition. Patient underwent revision rhinoplasty with multiple cartilage grafts into tip and middle nasal vault to correct her breathing and cosmetic appearance. Patient is shown one year after revision rhinoplasty.|
April 26th, 2012
|29 year old female who is both African American and Asian who wanted a revision rhinoplasty to improve her bridge and nostril symmetry as well as give her more tip definition. Patient had an open rhinoplasty with medpor implant custom sculpted onto her bridge as well as ear (auricular) cartilage graft into her nasal tip. Patient also had revision nostril reduction. Patient is shown 1 year after revision rhinoplasty.|
April 23rd, 2012
|18 yo African American patient who underwent rhinoplasty with medpor implant and nostril reduction. Patient is shown 6 months post-surgery and although there is still some tip swelling, the general structure of tip and dorsum is much more refined. Additionally the incisions of the nostrils are on inside of nostril rather than on outside where it joins the face.|
April 11th, 2012
|This Asian patient, 23 years old wanted to improve her facial profile by increasing definition of her nose. She underwent rhinoplasty with an auricular graft, as her own septum was too thin, which increased definition and balanced her facial features. The patient is shown one year after the cosmetic surgery.|
March 19th, 2012
|24 year old female who wanted a straighter nose from the front view and a slightly lower bridge from the profile. Patient did not want much change in her tip. The patient had a collapse on the left part of the nose from an injury and also had a deviated nasal septum to the right. The patient underwent a very conservative rhinoplasty and septoplasty and use of septum cartilage as grafts on the left part of her nose to make it appear straighter. The profile was also lowered very conservatively.|
March 2nd, 2012
|25 year old Indian/middle eastern patient with typical ethnic rhinoplasty characteristics of thick tip skin, wide nostrils, drooping nasal tip and weak tip support. Patient also has frontal asymmetry of the nose. Patient underwent septorhinoplasty and nostril reduction. Cartilage grafts were placed in the patient’s tip from her own nasal septum to support and define her tip. The nostril reduction was performed from an incision on the inside rather than the outside of the nostril. The right nostril was much larger than left nostril before rhinoplasty. The bump was removed conservatively. Ethnic rhinoplasty patients do not like major nasal rotation up or a very low nasal bridge. Results are shown postoperatively at 1 year.|
December 2nd, 2011
|26 yo female who underwent previous rhinoplasty who wanted further improvement in shape of her nose. She was unhappy with the boxy tip which was also overprojected as well has her bony bump (slight). She underwent secondary rhinoplasty with correction of the boxy tip as well as deprojection of the nasal tip (bringing it closer to her face) and reduction of the bony bump. Patient is shown 1 year after surgery.|
October 18th, 2011
|13 year old female with history of 2 previous nasal fractures who developed a crooked nose with a nasal bump as well as difficulty breathing after her injuries. Patient was also teased and bullied regarding her nose. Patient showed other signs and symptoms of full growth such as a fixed shoe size and having had her menses. Patient is shown before surgery and early after surgery (2 weeks). Notice nose is crooked and tip is bulbous in addition to profile drooping and nasal bump. Realize also patient’s nose is out of proportion to her small face.|
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June 27th, 2011
|23 year old female who wishes mainly a profile change in her nose. The bump was removed and the tip was deprojected slightly. Patient wanted a very natural result and no rotation of the tip. The rhinoplasty was done with the endonasal (closed) approach. Patient is shown 6 months following surgery.|
April 27th, 2011
|32 year old female complains of nasal bump and crooked nose to left as well as bulbous nasal tip. Patient also had difficulty breathing through the nose secondary to a deviated nasal septum. Patient is shown 4 months after septoplasty and rhinoplasty with bump reduction, tip support grafts, as well as spreader graft in right middle vault to correct a right sided middle vault collapse. Patient is still swollen in the tip but the nose looks straighter and more defined. The bump is reduced conservatively. Dr. Sam Rizk likes a strong bridge, not a scooped one and customizes the nose to the patients’ other features. Some profiles may be lower in some patients than others, depending on facial proportions and harmony.|
March 16th, 2011
|54 yo female with history of severe nasal trauma to nasal bridge/nasal reconstruction. Patient has a severe saddle nose, overprojected nasal tip, deviated nasal septum, and multiple collapsed areas in external nasal valve region. Patient underwent rhinoplasty, septoplasty, as well as medpor implant placement on nasal bridge. Patient had septal cartilage grafts to external nasal valve and nasal tip as well. Patient shown 4 weeks postoperatively. Patient was given options of rib versus medpor for the nasal bridge and chose the medpor instead after the advantages and disadvantages of each were given.|
March 15th, 2011
|26 yo Greek/Mediterranean patient who underwent rhinoplasty to elevate nose, remove nasal bump and narrow the tip. It is very common in Greek patients to require tip support and in this case a columellar strut was used to support the nasal tip. specialized sutures and cartilage grafts were used to define the nasal tip.|
March 7th, 2011
|34 yo latino/hispanic female interested in a profile change in her nose only. Patient has a history of nasal injury where she developed a nasal bump. Her tip cartilages were weak and required grafts to create more tip support. The tip was rotated slightly and the nose was shortened to create an aesthetically pleasing profile which fits the patient’s face.|
January 19th, 2011
|24 yo female who underwent revision rhinoplasty with Dr. Sam Rizk using banked rib cartilage and temporalis fascia to correct an overshortened, scooped nose with multiple areas of collapse secondary to previous rhinoplasties. Patient is shown 1 year following revision rhinoplasty with Dr. Rizk. The short nose is one of the most difficult deformities to correct.|
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January 14th, 2011
|Patient is a 24 yo african american female who underwent an open rhinoplasty with alar base reduction. Patient is shown 6 months after her rhinoplasty. This patient had a bump (rather than being flat on the bridge like most african american noses) and a bulbous tip. Her tip cartilages were weak and soft and she had thick skin. Dr. Rizk used her own cartilage obtained from the nasal septum to graft her tip and make her nose more refined, as well as removing her bump. Her nostrils were reduced conservatively.|