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Why Requesting A Celebrity’s Nose Isn’t Always Best for Rhinoplasty Goals

Rhinoplasty before and after new yorkA rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job in New York, is treated by most people as a simple act of shopping –that is, purchasing a new nose. I know it sounds easy and straightforward.  It begins by you wanting to correct an issue with your nose. So, you browse through social media and “shop” for the celebrity nose you like, then set an appointment with your surgeon. 

Simple, right? Not really. Whenever you plan on undergoing invasive cosmetic changes, there is one crucial factor that must be addressed: your EXPECTATIONS for your surgery. In this blog, I share some of my tips for managing your expectations about getting a nose job and one crucial element for getting the nose you will love.

Only Use Celebrity Noses As Inspiration 

During a rhinoplasty consultation, I ask my patients to thoroughly discuss their desired results. This way, we can share a Unified Vision. A Unified Vision incorporates the patient’s aesthetic goals along with what I deem is surgically feasible with their given anatomy. Often times when we find certain individuals attractive, we naturally go about wanting to emulate their facial features. Celebrities under the spotlight often have variants of a slim, dainty nose that is turned-up, a.k.a. the celestial or “button nose.” My patients often bring in photos of celebrities; Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian-West, Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie, and Meghan Markle are amongst the most popular. Patients like to come prepared and bring in these photos as a point of reference for how they’d like their noses to turn out. I prefer my patients to bring in these photos because I use them as an effective communication tool to determine what the patient desires, as well as to see how realistic their expectations are.

The Goal of Rhinoplasty

I explain to my patients that the goal of a rhinoplasty procedure is to reshape the nose to create an overall improvement to the facial structure and aesthetic. In other words, a nose job can help you improve the balance of your facial features which ultimately will increase your self-confidence. But don’t expect that someone else’s nose will look right for your face. It should not be your goal to match somebody else’s appearance, but only take them as a source of inspiration. Everybody is unique in their facial features and therefore, should also be treated as such. I help my patients create a natural-looking nose that will complement their features and honor their ethnicity, rather than give them a “cookie-cutter nose” from a celebrity.

Managing Realistic Expectations

A man on the left is shown with a larger nose. On the right the same man is shown after rhinoplasty with a smaller nose.There is no such thing as a perfect nose because “perfect” has a fluid and subjective definition. It will depend on the patient’s facial structure, size, and balance. Facial plastic surgeons can produce amazing results through modern rhinoplasty techniques, but there are always limitations. Going back to having a celebrity nose –if you specifically want to have a Meghan Markle nose, you’d probably end up having to alter your entire facial structure instead of just your nose. It is very important to have an open mind during your consultation so you can listen to your surgeon’s recommendations on what the “perfect” nose is for YOU. By understanding the procedure and having a more thoughtful and practical approach to your results, you will be giving yourself a better chance of having complete satisfaction with your rhinoplasty outcome. 

Consult With A Recognized Expert In Facial Plastic Surgery

Your realistic expectations for your nose job will serve as the foundation for your cosmetic surgery. And as the surgeon, I will become the foundation of its success. Rhinoplasty is a complex surgical procedure that requires experience, expert knowledge, and top-notch skills. To set yourself up for a successful journey, begin by choosing the best facial plastic surgeon. You can review the criteria here.  

I am double board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, and am considered one of the country’s leading experts in facial rejuvenation and rhinoplasty. I have lectured on innovative rhinoplasty techniques at the 10th International Symposium of Facial Plastic Surgery, and consistently since 2007, have been voted among the “Best Doctors in America” and “Top Doctor of New York.” It is my goal to help my patients find a look that makes them feel beautiful and confident. I combine my expertise, experience, skill, and artistic eye to deliver those life-changing results.

Are You Considering Rhinoplasty?

If you are interested in undergoing rhinoplasty, always remember to only trust your face to a world-class board-certified facial plastic surgeon, and be sure to communicate your expectations to achieve the most realistic outcome. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025

Cost of Rhinoplasty

On the right, a woman is shown in profile with a bump on her nose. On the left, the same woman is shown after rhinoplasty with the bump removed.You’re ready to reshape your nose and light up your entire face with an expertly performed rhinoplasty. You want to make sure you get the most flattering, natural-looking results possible. But you’re also concerned about the cost. Is it time to search through Groupon deals, or book a trip to another country for bargain-basement surgery? While we understand wanting to save money, there is a time and a place for choosing a service based on the lowest price and surgery for your face isn’t one of them.

If you’re truly savvy about your finances, you already know that so-called “bargains” can ultimately cost more than quality goods. And that’s especially true when it comes to rhinoplasty, which is one of the most complex cosmetic facial plastic surgeries of all. Because your nose is so central to your face, you can’t hide the mistakes or hope that no one notices them. You need to get it right the first time, to save yourself both money and emotional distress. Not only that, but the nose is a functioning organ and it’s imperative that it still functions well after surgery.

Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon in New York City who specializes in rhinoplasty. He’s lectured on innovative rhinoplasty techniques at the International Symposium of Facial Plastic Surgery, written chapters on rhinoplasty for medical textbooks, and specializes in his patented NatraNose® approach to rhinoplasty procedures. Here he outlines the true costs of rhinoplasty to help you make a decision about how and where to get the most flattering nose improvements possible:

Primary Rhinoplasty

A man on the left is shown with a larger nose. On the right the same man is shown after rhinoplasty with a smaller nose.Your first nose job is considered a primary rhinoplasty, which can run anywhere from $3,500 to $25,000, depending on your location and the expertise of your surgeon. You might also opt for “tip plasty” which is less expensive but only improves the look, angle, or shape of the tip of your nose.

The nose is a highly complex, finely sculpted structure that consists of a variety of tissue types, including skin, cartilage, and bone. Lack of expertise in working with any of these mediums can result in a nose that heals incorrectly and calls unwanted attention to itself. However, a beautifully executed rhinoplasty corrects defects in the size, shape, and angle of your nose.

With an expert facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Miller, you can expect aesthetic improvements such as:

  • Shorter nose
  • Straighter nose
  • No bumps
  • More symmetrical nostrils
  • Thinner or wider nostrils
  • Thinner nose
  • Larger nose
  • More beautifully defined tip
  • Nose that harmonizes with the rest of your face

Ideally, your primary rhinoplasty is so successful that you never need revision rhinoplasties, and, after your healing period of up to one year, your new nose is everything you ever dreamed it would be. In reality, if you choose the wrong surgeon, you could need at least one revision and potentially more. In fact, up to 10% of patients who undergo rhinoplasty will seek out a revision.

Revision Rhinoplasty

On the left, a woman is shown with an asymmetrical nose and nostrils. On the right, the same woman is shown after NatraNose with a more symmetrical noseA surgeon who is not board-certified as a facial plastic surgeon, or even a plastic surgeon who doesn’t specialize in rhinoplasty, can “botch” your nose job, leaving you with a nose that looks worse than your original nose and may cost between $3,000 to $30,000 to improve.

Keep in mind, it can take up to a full year to heal after rhinoplasty and to assess whether you need additional surgery, but common reasons for needing a revision rhinoplasty include:

  • Too much cartilage removed (collapsed nose)
  • Over-rotated tip (pig-like nose)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drooping tip
  • Crooked nose
  • Asymmetric nostrils
  • Nose doesn’t harmonize with facial features
  • Nose inappropriate for ethnicity or gender

If your surgeon botched your primary rhinoplasty, you could require one or even several revision rhinoplasties. When the mistake is minor and you otherwise trust your facial plastic surgeon’s expertise, you may not be charged labor for the revision or may pay a reduced price (another reason to stay close to home for surgical procedures). However, if you changed your mind about what you wanted your nose to look like, or if the mistake is so grave that you no longer trust your surgeon, you can pay anywhere from $3,000 to $30,000 or more for each revision procedure. That’s why seeking out a bargain when it comes to rhinoplasty isn’t the best choice.

As complex as a primary rhinoplasty is, revision rhinoplasty is even more challenging. Even a well-executed primary rhinoplasty creates scar tissue in your nose. A poorly done nose job could leave a lot of scar tissue, plus create structural problems that may be difficult to rectify.

If you need a revision rhinoplasty, it is imperative to find the most qualified surgeon possible — one who specializes in revision rhinoplasty. The quality of your cartilage, bone, and skin have already been compromised enough by an inexpert surgeon. You’ll now require someone who has experience working with and compensating for that structural damage. Dr. Miller is an expert at correcting mistakes made by other surgeons and giving you the nose you want and deserve.

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty costs about 10 times less than a surgical nose job, with charges ranging from just $300 to about $1,800, depending on your location, the expertise of your surgeon, and the amount of filler that’s required to improve your nose. If your nose is bumpy or asymmetrical, but you’re otherwise happy with its length and shape, the most cost-effective solution could be a nonsurgical rhinoplasty accomplished with the aid of hyaluronic-acid based dermal fillers.

Dr. Miller also uses liquid rhinoplasty to reshape and reposition your nasal tip and recontour your nose. Other than some soreness and swelling directly after the injections, you won’t have any recovery time or side effects from liquid rhinoplasty. You will also see immediate results.  

Even though nonsurgical rhinoplasty is much less complex than rhinoplasty surgery, it still requires knowledge about the nose’s anatomy, aesthetics, and facial harmony. The good news is, if you don’t like your nonsurgical rhinoplasty, the filler can be dissolved.

If you’re nervous about rhinoplasty or you want to make some improvements to your nose while saving up for primary rhinoplasty surgery, nonsurgical rhinoplasty with dermal fillers is a great way to ease into a nose job. Many women and men opt for a nonsurgical nose job first, as a way of “auditioning” a potential new nose shape. Others are so happy with their results that they continue touching-up their nose with fillers, without ever having to undergo surgery. However, you’ll need to have re-treatments in order to maintain your results versus a surgical procedure which provides permanent results.

Septoplasty (functional nose job)

If you have a deviated septum, your septum (the nasal bone and cartilage that divide your nose in half) veers into and takes up extra space in one of your nostrils, making it hard to breathe. Many women and men require a septoplasty in addition to their desire for cosmetic rhinoplasty. A septoplasty alone will not improve the aesthetics of the nose at all.  But, since a deviated septum is a medical condition that impairs your ability to take in full breaths through your nose, your septoplasty may be covered by your medical insurance.

When you combine rhinoplasty with septoplasty, however, only the portion of the operation that’s medically necessary is eligible for insurance coverage. Aesthetic improvements are not eligible for coverage or reimbursement; don’t trust and don’t work with the unethical surgeons who say they are or who try to manipulate the system to pay for your cosmetic surgery.

What you’re paying for?

In addition to paying for the expertise, aesthetic sense, and skill of your surgeon, rhinoplasty has a number of other expenses that must be considered when making a final decision based on price. Your procedure may vary depending on how complex and difficult it is. Dr. Miller’s quotes are always all-inclusive, and include the following:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Anesthesiologist’s fee
  • Anesthesia
  • Surgical center
  • Postsurgical care (follow up visits and tests)
  • Medication-related to surgery
  • Bandages and wraps

Dr. Miller has the advantage of his own surgical suite, which helps you avoid a potentially expensive hospital stay. When consulting with other facial plastic surgeons who specialize in rhinoplasty, always ask for a complete breakdown of their price, so you won’t be surprised by add-ons in the end.

When considering the total cost of your rhinoplasty, remember to factor in the cost of recovery.  You’ll need to take time off from work, and arrange for household help. For additional information, please visit our rhinoplasty and nose job guide. 

Contact Us For a Rhinoplasty Consultation

To set up a consultation with an expert in rhinoplasty so you can have an aesthetically pleasing, well-formed nose and the Aesthetic Confidence® it inspires, contact Dr. Miller in NYC today.

Next, here are 5 Tips for Rhinoplasty Recovery after an Operation









5 Tips for Your Rhinoplasty Recovery

Planning your rhinoplasty procedure? Starting to feel nervous? Don’t worry! It’s normal to feel a mixture of excitement and anxiety before your procedure, and you’re probably speculating on how you’ll look and feel after your undergo the surgery.

While most people find that the recovery process isn’t as bad as they expected, it still pays to be prepared and set yourself up for a comfortable recovery and a beautiful result. Here are 5 tips for ensuring that your rhinoplasty recovery goes as smoothly as possible.

Tip #1: Give Yourself Enough Recovery Time

When you’re planning your recovery period, you may think that you don’t need the full 1-2 weeks of recovery time recommended by most surgeons. However, even if you feel fairly normal after the first few days, it’s important to give your body the rest it needs to recover and heal. Block off at least 10 days for the process. When you’re ready, start resuming normal activities slowly—it doesn’t pay to overdo things. Additionally, you may have some bruising during the first few weeks, which may not have you feeling very social!

Tip #2: Set up a Dedicated Recovery Area

You won’t be able to go about your normal routines during your recovery, so it’s a good idea to anticipate what you’ll need before you need it. The day before your surgery, set up a dedicated recovery area to maximize your comfort and rest.

You’ll need to sleep with your head elevated above your heart initially (to reduce swelling and to keep the nose from shifting), so it’s best to outfit an easy chair with pillows and blankets. If you don’t have a suitable chair, your bed will work as long as you add extra pillows and something to stabilize you as you sleep (such as pillows on either side of you). Make sure you have ice packs ready, along with books, magazines, or other entertainment close at hand. Finally, make sure you have your painkillers close at hand to help control any discomfort.

Tip #3: Plan Ahead for Meals

It’s easy to default to takeout when you’re not feeling well enough to cook, but salty or sugary junk food and takeout won’t cut it when you’re recovering from surgery. You need nutritious food for cellular renewal, and it’s best to prep your food ahead to make sure you’re fueling your recovery properly.

Try make-ahead recipes that can be frozen or refrigerated. That way, when it’s dinnertime, all you’ll have to do is pop a meal into the microwave with no additional hassle. Frozen meals can also often be heated in a slow cooker all day so dinner is ready by evening.

Tip #4: Take Your Meds

While it may be tempting to skip your meds and just suffer through any discomfort, this approach really doesn’t do you any favors. Take your meds according to your doctor’s guidelines, and just make sure you’re not taking more of them than you’re supposed to.

Tip #5: Treat Your Nose with Respect

Your surgeon and his team will work their magic in the operating room, but they can’t be there every step of your recovery to make sure you’re giving your nose every chance to heal properly. A surgery performed by the best surgeon can still end in a poor outcome if the nose is bumped or jostled too much during surgery, or isn’t given the opportunity to heal.

Smoking, drinking, the wrong supplements, overdoing it, or jostling the nose can all have a major negative impact on the healing process. Poor healing can lead to scarring, infection, and a poor aesthetic outcome—not something you want from a surgery that is supposed to help you look and feel better about yourself!

Always Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions

The most important tip for any rhinoplasty recovery is to follow your doctor’s pre- and post-operative instructions to the letter. It is up to you to take care of your nose following surgery, but your surgeon will give you everything you need to succeed. Read and understand these instructions thoroughly before the day of the surgery, and make sure you don’t skip any steps for your care. The instructions are given to you for a reason!

Because your surgeon’s skill will be the biggest factor in your rhinoplasty’s success, it’s important to take your time and choose your provider carefully. A skilled and board certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Philip Miller is the best choice for your surgery, since becoming board certified in this field is difficult and requires years of study and practice. To learn more about rhinoplasty with Dr. Miller in New York, NY, call (646) 791-3025 today to schedule a consultation.

Next, learn if Scar Tissue will be an issue after Rhinoplasty

Will Scar Tissue Be an Issue After Rhinoplasty?

A woman on the left is shown with a larger nose. On the right the same woman is shown after rhinoplasty with a smaller nose.

Rhinoplasty surgery can change the shape, size, and structure of the nose, delivering incredible results for the right patient. But just like any other surgery, there is one major drawback if not handled well: the potential for developing noticeable scar tissue after your healing is complete. Even rhinoplasty surgery with its well-hidden incisions can create visible scar tissue. To keep your results looking more natural without such scarring, you’ll need to take some necessary precautions.

Why Does Scar Tissue Form?

There is no such thing as a surgery without some scar tissue.  When an incision is made in the skin, the body naturally creates scar tissue to heal the wounds. Scars are formed by dense, fibrous connective tissue that can seal the wound closed. Think of it as your body naturally forming a band-aid to heal a wound. It is nothing to be alarmed about, really. Once it is formed, scar tissue can sometimes be remodeled or reshaped with the help of a facial plastic surgeon or another highly trained specialist. For a rare few, the body may also produce too much scar tissue and cause problems with healing.

Where Will Scar Tissue Form After Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty surgery can be performed in two different ways:

  • Open Approach – It involves one small, well-concealed incision between the nostrils on the underside of the nose. This technique allows the greatest access to the nasal tip as well as the lower and middle third of the nose.
  • Closed Approach – Also called endonasal rhinoplasty, this technique uses incisions that are exclusively made within the inside of your nostrils. This method will not leave behind any visible skin incisions

When scar tissue forms, it will start at the location of these incisions but can become noticeable if care isn’t taken to prevent it. Patients who do experience the formation of excess scar tissue after rhinoplasty will likely develop it around the nasal tip region. Because this area may appear swollen for a time after surgery, you should raise any concerns you have about potential scarring with your facial plastic surgeon.

How Can Scar Tissue Be Prevented?

While scar tissue may be common after any surgery, there are things patients can do to reduce its occurrence:

  • Avoid smoking and drinking – Nicotine constricts the blood vessels and contributes to poor healing and scarring. Alcohol, on the other hand, not only causes skin dehydration but can also promote swelling and bleeding.
  • Don’t strain yourself – Any activity that causes your blood pressure to rise may increase your risk of scar tissue formation.
  • Follow all recovery instructions – Guidelines are provided to help you heal faster. By taking these instructions seriously, you get to avoid complications and quickly achieve your desired results.
  • Choose the right plastic surgeon – One of the best ways to prevent complications like scarring is choosing a surgeon who is board-certified, highly qualified, and experienced in the rhinoplasty procedure.

How Can Scar Tissue Be Treated?

If you experience problems with the formation of excess scar tissue following your rhinoplasty surgery, there are things you can do to reduce it, as well as medical procedures that will help you achieve more natural-looking results. Options include:

  • Steroids – A series of carefully targeted cortisone steroid injections can help minimize the appearance and extensiveness of the scar tissue.
  • Revision rhinoplasty – Corrective surgery can be performed to remove the scar tissue without impacting any other structures of the nose.

Adjustments can be made in both surgical and nonsurgical techniques, so start the conversation with your facial plastic surgeon today and take it from there.

Choose An Expert Facial Plastic Surgeon For Your Rhinoplasty

To learn more about rhinoplasty surgery and what you can do to minimize your scar tissue, book a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon who has years of experience in predicting procedure outcomes and giving patients the results they seek. Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS who is double-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, offers over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients. A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007, and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. Contact Dr. Miller’s office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

Next, learn how Rhinoplasty can Affect your Facial Features.

How Does Rhinoplasty Affect My Facial Features?

Hating your nose is one thing, but changing your nose might seem a little too risky for some. Often times, hesitation over rhinoplasty procedures can be caused by a fear that patients won’t “look like themselves” afterwards. It does seem almost too good to be true that you can fall asleep with one nose and wake up with another!  What will people think about your new nose? While that’s not exactly true, especially considering your recovery time, the idea of changing the face can be nerve-racking. If you’ve considered rhinoplasty for yourself, you might have wondered how the surgery can change your overall look. Learn more about how rhinoplasty will (and won’t) change your appearance and other facial features.

What Rhinoplasty Will Change

Rhinoplasty surgery focuses on the cosmetic and functional aspects of the nose, though the vast majority of patients seek the procedure for purely aesthetic reasons.  Even so, being dissatisfied with your nose does not always mean you’re also dissatisfied with your other features, such as your eyes, cheeks, and lips. Yet, many rhinoplasty patients appear to have a completely different look after surgery, so it’s easy to make the assumption that it’s not just the nose that is affected surgically.

In reality, rhinoplasty surgery is exclusively performed on the nasal structure, internal and/or external, unless the patient and facial plastic surgeon have agreed to include additional facial surgeries such as a chin augmentation or facelift. The surgery will chance the shape, projection, appearance, size, or some combination of these elements to achieve the desired result. Your eyes, lips, cheeks, and chin will all remain structurally the same.

Why Your Nose Can Change Everything

As mentioned, many patients wonder why changing the nose can have such a dramatic impact on the surrounding nasal features and even the overall aesthetic of the face. Consider that the nose is the central feature of the human face, a sole structure that extends forward from the cheeks, forehead, and jaw to add dimension and definition. From the side, a nose can give the profile its shape and structure, setting the tone for how the rest of the facial features will fit together.

Given this important positioning, the nose can make or break the facial harmony of any man or woman. With a nose too big or small, too crooked or straight, too hooked or flat, the entire perception of the face will change. Altering the nose through rhinoplasty will typically help the other facial features to get noticed, now that facial balance and harmony have been restored. By working with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Miller in New York City, achieving the overall look you want could be as simple as one surgery.

How Rhinoplasty Surgery is Performed

The rhinoplasty procedure can be performed using two different types of incision patterns: open or closed. In a closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are located inside the nostrils and leave behind no visible scarring externally. The range of access is a bit limited with this approach, so it is less often performed. In an open rhinoplasty, on the other hand, an additional incision is placed between the nostrils on the underside of the nose, allowing better access to the nasal tip, lower and middle third areas of the nose. The approach your facial plastic surgeon will use varies greatly on what changes you are looking to achieve through your surgery. Discuss your concerns and personal desires for surgery with your surgeon during a one on one rhinoplasty consultation to get started with the planning of your procedure.

Plan Your Own Rhinoplasty Surgery

To learn more about rhinoplasty surgery and what it could achieve for you, book a consultation with the right facial plastic surgeon today. He can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery, offering over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients.

A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

Next, learn how to Protect your Nose after Rhinoplasty

Protecting Your Nose After Rhinoplasty

rhinoplasty procedureRhinoplasty surgery is designed to change a patient’s nasal structure, performed to achieve a specific cosmetic or functional result. The reasons for seeking rhinoplasty surgery are as varied as the noses these patients want changed. Rhinoplasty is an investment of your time, money, and energy into your appearance, self-confidence, and satisfaction. The last thing you want is to ruin your results after surgery. Follow these guidelines to preserve the results of your own rhinoplasty procedure once your recovery period has ended. For additional information on this you an review our rhinoplasty and nose job guide. 

Why the Nose Is So Vulnerable

The nose sticks out from your face all on its own without any other features to protect it. Your nose is often the first place you will sustain any facial injury. Athletes are particularly prone to nasal trauma because of contact with other players, accidents with equipment, and falls. Anyone, not just athletes, can sustain damage to the nose. It is a very sensitive and delicate part of the body comprised of fine bones, cartilage, and tissue.

After rhinoplasty surgery, your nose will be extra vulnerable as a result of the changes made to this structure. Your bones, cartilage, and surrounding tissues will be more fragile as they heal, sometimes for up to a year after surgery. Before the nose has fully set, small incidents can result in more dramatic injuries. Even after your nose has set, protecting it from the inside out can make the difference between preserved rhinoplasty results and a revisit to your facial plastic surgeon.

Think About a Protective Mask

If you are active in activities like soccer, basketball, running, hiking, or anything where you might injure your nose, it might be a good idea to find a way to keep it protected. An accident or injury can happen at any time, but you’ll be especially prone to damage if you’re very active. Wearing a protective mask during the times when you are most at risk for an injury can keep your rhinoplasty results intact.

Wear a helmet when you’re skiing, playing hockey, riding a motorcycle, or participating in other activities where a face mask and helmet are recommended. For other activities like tennis or baseball, a custom-made protective mask can be designed to cover your nose and midface area. Talk to your facial plastic surgeon about where to find custom-made acrylic masks or splints made from other, less expensive materials. Specialized nose guards can also be obtained from many sporting goods stores at a reasonable cost.

Stay Out of the Sun

After rhinoplasty surgery, your nose should also be protected from the sun. For a time following your surgery, the changes made to the nasal structure will leave it more susceptible to discoloration and sun damage. Keeping your nose covered and protected from the sun is essential to allowing it to heal naturally. Apply sunblock regularly to the nose and the face alike, remembering to reapply it after you go swimming. Adding a hat or umbrella can increase your protection so plan ahead when you’re heading outside for the day.

Plan a Rhinoplasty Consultation With an Expert

To learn more about rhinoplasty and how you can best preserve your own results, book a consultation with the right facial plastic surgeon today. He can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery, offering over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients.

A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.


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Your Deviated Septum: Causes, Effects and Treatments

The term “deviated septum” has become much more commonplace today than ever before. Still, even those who have been diagnosed with a deviated septum don’t fully understand what causes it, what it can do, and how to correct it. Those who have a deviated septum have likely been diagnosed by a primary care physician or ear, nose, and throat specialist, but they may not have discussed the issue with a facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Miller. Learn more about this condition and what can be done to reverse it.

What Is a Deviated Septum?

Inside the nose, the nasal passages are separated by a small, delicate piece of cartilage. When this cartilage is straight, both airways are unobstructed and capable of breathing in equal amounts of air. A deviated septum occurs when this cartilage is misaligned. It can result in imbalanced or difficult breathing, sinus drainage problems, and even trouble sleeping. An estimated 80 percent of people have a deviated septum to some degree, many of whom do not know it.

What Causes a Deviated Septum?

Most of those who have a deviated septum are born with it. In other cases, trauma or injury to the nose can result in a deviated septum. Whatever has caused this condition, the symptoms will be the same. If you have experienced any of the following issues, you may have a deviated septum:

  • Chronic nasal congestion, typically with one size being more congested than the other
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Recurring sinus infections
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Facial pain around the nose and sinus cavities
  • Frequent headaches
  • Postnasal drip
  • Loud breathing or snoring when sleeping, sometimes causing sleep apnea

How Is a Deviated Septum Treated?

When a deviated septum is causing moderate or severe symptoms, treatment is necessary to achieve some relief. In some milder cases, medication can provide a temporary solution, but the only real way to address the underlying problem is with a special nasal surgery called septoplasty.

A septoplasty surgery is a type of rhinoplasty that focuses on the internal workings of the nose, specifically the correction of a misaligned septum. During this procedure, your facial plastic surgeon makes a small incision to gain access to the inside of the nose. The specifics of your septoplasty will depend largely on what has caused the imbalance of your nasal passageways. In some cases, the cartilage can be adjusted and in other cases, your septum needs to be reduced in size to alleviate the trouble.

After your surgery, you may be sent home with internal splints or other supports to stabilize the septum as it heals. Very minimal swelling or bruising will result if only your septum has been altered during surgery. Many patients opt to make aesthetic changes to the nose as well, making septoplasty a small part of their full rhinoplasty procedure. You should be at least 16-17 years old to be considered for septoplasty surgery to ensure that your nose is fully mature.

Learn More About Septoplasty From a Facial Plastic Surgeon

Septoplasty can greatly improve your breathing and sinus troubles, especially if you are considered a good candidate for the procedure. To get more specific information on how this surgery can help you, book a consultation with the right facial plastic surgeon today. He can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process, from preparation to the rhinoplasty healing process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery for over 20 years and has the experience and knowledge to offer the best results to his patients.

A recognized rhinoplasty expert, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery conferences. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

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What You Need to Know About Male Rhinoplasty

Male Facelift Model in New YorkRhinoplasty surgery is performed on male and female patients alike by facial plastic surgeons across the world. While women still comprise a greater number of rhinoplasty patients, the number of men seeking this surgery is on the rise. If you’re a man considering rhinoplasty, here are some quick facts to know as you plan your consultation and surgery.

How Are Male Patients Assessed as Candidates for Rhinoplasty?

Before you can schedule a rhinoplasty surgery, your nose must be fully mature. If your nose is still growing, you will have problems with your results changing over time. Once your nose is set in its adult shape and size, rhinoplasty can make life-long changes and achieve the results you want to see. Nasal maturity usually occurs in the teen years, typically around 15 to 17 years old for male patients.

Beyond your age and nasal maturity, all patients of rhinoplasty should be in good overall health without any conditions or lifestyle factors that could delay healing. You should also be a nonsmoker to avoid potentially harmful complications during and after surgery. Finally, you should have a reasonable expectation for your own rhinoplasty results to ensure your satisfaction at the end of your recovery period. If you’re not sure if you would make a good candidate for rhinoplasty, meet with an experienced facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Miller to get his or her opinion.

Do Differences Exist Between the Male and Female Nose?

Every nose, every patient, and every rhinoplasty is unique, but there are some characteristics shared among men and others shared among women. Most noses are similar in structure, but preferences in outcomes usually differ.

On average, male patients also tend to have thicker and more vascular skin. As a result, careful measures must be taken to penetrate the skin of the male nose without causing excessive bleeding or fluid retention after surgery.

Finally, many men considering rhinoplasty may have injuries from sports activities, childhood accidents, and other injuries. A higher percentage of male patients have deviated septums, past breakages, and other problems as a result, including breathing issues. For this reason, many male rhinoplasty surgeries will work to alter the appearance of the nose while improving its function at the same time.

How Are Male Patients Psychologically Affected by Rhinoplasty?

Men who are approaching the rhinoplasty process may have different psychological considerations than female patients. It is not as common a procedure among men, especially for cosmetic reasons, and that can lead to doubts, embarrassment, and other negative emotions. As a male rhinoplasty patient, it’s important to focus on the benefits you will receive from your surgery, including an improved appearance and boost of self-confidence because of your new look.

Plan a Rhinoplasty Consultation With an Expert

Both men and women can benefit from the changes possible through rhinoplasty. To get more specific information on how this surgery can help you, book a consultation with the right facial plastic surgeon today. He can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery for over 20.

A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery conventions. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

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There’s No Shame In Rhinoplasty

Male Rhinoplasty Surgery New YorkFor a long time, rhinoplasty surgery has ranked among the top most requested procedures for men and women. For just as long, rhinoplasty patients have been afraid to reveal their surgical results to friends and family.

Despite the many advances made in rhinoplasty techniques and medical technology, a stigma still surrounds “nose jobs.” Even this term seems to undermine the value that can be found in refining or reshaping the nasal structure. If you’re planning a rhinoplasty surgery or have been a patient recently, it’s time to be proud of the well-crafted results of your nasal surgery and stop being ashamed.

Why Does the Stigma Exist?

The stigma of rhinoplasty is tough to trace back to its roots. It seems that everyday women and Hollywood starlets alike have gone to great lengths to cover up rhinoplasty surgeries from their loved ones and the public eye. Many patients choose subtle changes to achieve their results without drawing too much attention. Others use other methods to distract from their nasal changes, like a new hairstyle or makeup look. We’re so happy to reinvent ourselves through our fashion, our careers, and even our personal lives, but not through a helpful cosmetic surgery like rhinoplasty. Where does this come from?

Only speculation can answer this question. Some of the possible reasons could include:

  • Social rejection for anyone who changes what nature has given us.
  • Familial rejection because of changes to hereditary nasal characteristics.
  • The idea that surgery is a “cheap” way to “buy” beauty.
  • Jealousy of others who have not sought the procedure for themselves, either because of fear or financial difficulty.

What Are Your Reasons for Surgery?

There is an obvious disconnect between the reasons patients seek rhinoplasty surgery and the reasons they are judged for it. The vast majority of prospective rhinoplasty patients are looking for a way to balance their facial features, improve their self-confidence, reverse damage from a previous nasal trauma, resolve functional problems, or just achieve the nose they’ve always wanted to have. These reasons are genuine and very personal. Ultimately, your choice to have rhinoplasty surgery is yours alone and those who would judge you cannot truly know your motivations. Consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon to create the right surgical plan that can help you to create facial harmony among your nose and other features.

How Can You Be Proud of Your Rhinoplasty Results?

The choice is up to you whether you will hide your results or embrace these beautiful changes. A rhinoplasty surgery can boost your self-image and end years of hiding from the camera, avoiding mirrors, and listening to the insults of others. Rhinoplasty can resize a nose that is too big or small, reshape a pointy or bulbous nasal tip, remove a bump or hump from the nasal bridge, and much more. Some of these aesthetic concerns can interfere with your happiness, self-worth, and other areas of your life.

If you’re not sure how to tell others about your rhinoplasty surgery, consider these helpful tips:

  • Talk about your surgical plans ahead of time with your loved ones, individually or as a group.
  • Don’t be too specific about the details unless you are asked.
  • Be open about your motivations for surgery so they understand how much thought has gone into this personal choice.
  • Be sensitive that your family members might be insulted if you talk negatively about nasal features you share. Stick to the basics and don’t offend them, especially if they’re opting not to make surgical changes of their own.
  • Don’t be defensive. Not everyone will understand your choice, but remember that it is yours to make. Don’t be pulled into an argument if a loved one doesn’t support your choice initially. Make the decision that is right for you and respect that others will choose differently for themselves.

Even the simplest choices we make in life, from drinking a latte late at night to trying a bold new hair color, can stir reactions in those who care about us. Trust that your loved ones will ultimately be there to support you in the end. Be proud of the results that you can achieve with rhinoplasty surgery and the happiness you will experience as a result.

Consult With a Rhinoplasty Specialist to Plan Your Procedure

To achieve rhinoplasty results you can be proud of, book a consultation with the right facial plastic surgeon today. He can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery and offers over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients.

A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

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Ten Things to Avoid After Rhinoplasty Surgery

Man with asymmetrical nose is seen in left picture, and has a straight nose after rhinoplasty in the second picture.

A rhinoplasty procedure can give you results that are dramatic, satisfying, and very positive. But the surgery is just half the battle. Once you’ve left the operating room to head home and begin your recovery, maintaining these new changes and actualizing these results will be all up to you. While each person will recover at a different pace, you have a hand at making your road to recovery much smoother, without any complications, unwanted side effects, or delays. Learn about the things you must avoid in order to achieve the rhinoplasty results you truly desire and to feel better as quickly as possible.


Your Rhinoplasty Recovery Process

After your rhinoplasty surgery procedure, you will be sent home with a care sheet along with your pain medications. You’ll also need a friend or family member to act as your chauffeur for the day. You’ll likely feel a bit disoriented, drowsy, and maybe dizzy or nauseous after your anesthetics have begun to wear off. Take your prescribed pain medication as directed during this time and don’t miss your doses. Keep in mind that your recovery will rely on your body being rested and relaxed, so don’t create stress by being uncomfortable or in pain.

Get plenty of sleep during the first few days of your recovery. This will allow your body to heal properly. You can expect some swelling and tightness, redness and bruising, and experience some pain and discomfort. If any of these symptoms change at all, suddenly worsen, or become concerning to you, contact your facial plastic surgeon for assistance. But above all, simply follow your surgeon’s instructions for your best healing results. By avoiding the following items, you help to ensure that your nose looks its best while feeling your best. 

#1 – Strenuous Activities

While recovering from your rhinoplasty, you must avoid any strenuous activities like high impact exercising, heavy lifting, and anything that involves vigorous movement. There are several reasons to avoid these activities. Firstly, the excess blood flow to the face can increase swelling and even put you at risk for bleeding. Secondly, your sweat can compromise the healing process of your skin. Lastly, vigorous or strenuous activities can put you at risk for damage to the nose. When your nose is healing from surgery, the bones are often not set, making it more susceptible to damage, breakage, and shifting.

#2 – Blowing Your Nose

Allergies, colds, and the flu virus are difficult to contend with any time of the year, but they can be downright dangerous soon after your nasal surgery. For the weeks leading up to your surgery, steer clear of anyone who appears to be ill and wash your hands regularly. Don’t be afraid to carry hand sanitizer around or spray Lysol to your work area to make sure you’ve killed all those germs. Catching an illness before surgery can delay your procedure or, if symptoms show up after surgery, blowing your nose or sniffling can disrupt proper healing and cause bleeding.

#3 – Staying Out In the Sun

While a pool day or a tropical vacation always sounds like a good idea, be careful. Sun exposure can burn the nose, create discoloration at any incision sites where scar tissue is present, or increase your risk for certain complications. Even if your facial plastic surgeon has given you the all clear beforehand, wear a hat and some heavy-duty sunscreen to be extra safe.

#4 – Wearing Glasses

If you wear glasses regularly, you’ll need to try out contact lenses for a little while to allow time for your nose to heal properly. Glasses rest on the bridge of the nose, often leading to indents on the softened cartilage and tissue. While your nose is still healing, you’re best served by setting those glasses aside for a bit.

#5 – Bumping, Hitting, Or Touching Your Nose At All

After rhinoplasty surgery, you’re going to be curious about what your new nose feels like, but it’s not a good idea to touch it, push on it, or poke it. Not only will it probably hurt, but you risk misaligning the bones, reshaping the cartilage, or undoing your results in some way. To keep the nasal shape safe from contact, avoid these activities:

  • Any form of exercise or sports, especially those that are high impact
  • Throw-and-catch games or other activities where an object might come in contact with your face
  • Pulling clothes over your head. Instead, stick to button-front shirts and pajamas
  • Carrying or lifting items
  • Playing rough with children or pets

Basically, try to keep your nose safe and protected from anything that could cause an injury. But of course, accidents sometimes do happen. If you encounter any problems after your rhinoplasty surgery, talk to your facial plastic surgeon about what steps you can take to reverse the damage or to plan a revision rhinoplasty procedure.

#6 – Lying Flat

Lying flat on the back might be comfortable for some, but it’s a dangerous activity for rhinoplasty patients. With the head at the same level as the heart, the blood flow to the face and nose will be increased. This can encourage excess bleeding, increased swelling, and even greater pain. What position is best? Prop your head up with a pillow or sleep on a reclining chair at an angle.

#7 – Wearing Makeup

Don’t wear makeup –yet. While wearing makeup is a great way to cover up any post-surgical bruising around your nose and eyes, applying cosmetics to the healing skin and incisions can cause complications and increase your risk of infection. Steer clear of concealers, powders, and other makeup products until you are considered healed enough to use them. Talk with your facial plastic surgeon for more information on your healing time frame.

#8 – Smoking And Drinking Alcohol

Smoking and drinking alcohol are dangerous activities for any patient healing from surgery, including rhinoplasty. The nicotine in cigarettes can restrict the blood vessels and reduce blood flow to very low levels, inhibiting proper healing. Alcohol, on the other hand, can interfere with your medications and thin your blood, promoting excess bleeding. To be safest during your recovery, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least three weeks after your rhinoplasty surgery.

#9 – Eating Hard Or Chewy Foods

Especially for the first few days wherein facial movement must be minimized,

avoid foods that need a lot of chewing. Avoid munching on fruits like apples and pears, as well as raw vegetables like carrots. Gums and steaks can be harmful too since they put a lot of pressure on the jaw. 

 #10 – Getting Constipated

Bowel movements are typically irregular right after your surgery. The condition can be quite uncomfortable, so the best way to reduce this risk is to consume foods that are rich in fiber. For the first few days, you can have oatmeal or blended smoothies made of high-fiber fruits and vegetables. If after a couple of days, you still have not had a bowel movement, you may ask your doctor about taking a mild laxative.

Remember to always ask your surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your recovery period.

Consult With A Rhinoplasty Specialist For Your Procedure

Just like any other surgery, preparing for rhinoplasty can be nerve-wracking. However, feeling confident that you’ve selected the right plastic surgeon can help put you at ease. Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery and offers over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients. A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007, and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (646) 791-3025.

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