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A Rhinoplasty Reshapes the Nose to Highlight Your Facial Features

For rhinoplasty in the greater Long Island, NY, Manhattan, NY areas, or Boca Raton, FL trust Stephen T. Greenberg, M.D., F.A.C.S. Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is a surgical procedure to reshape the nose by changing the underlying cartilage and bone. Rhinoplasty can now be performed to look natural, without the “operated on” appearance to the nose. Rhinoplasty surgery by Dr. Greenberg at his Long Island practice can enhance the appearance of your entire face.

Surgery and Recovery Times

Dr. Greenberg has multiple offices in New York. Rhinoplasty surgery is usually performed in his Long Island office ambulatory surgical center. You may be discharged shortly after the procedure. Nasal surgery can be performed either under general anesthesia or with local anesthesia depending on what needs to be done. Rhinoplasty takes about one to two hours, and the patient usually experiences only mild discomfort when recovering.

The incisions that Dr. Greenberg utilizes are completely hidden on the inside of the nose, usually with no external incisions! The underlying bone and cartilage is re-shaped giving the nose a natural contour. Many times, the nasal passage may need to be opened in conjunction with the rhinoplasty, which is called septoplasty. Slight bruising and swelling may occur but will reside in a few days.

Dr. Greenberg sees his New York rhinoplasty patients regularly for post-operative follow-ups with their progress. During rhinoplasty recovery, patients are usually bandaged for about four days, and normal activity can be started in a short period of time. Dr. Greenberg performs rhinoplasty surgery for a natural look without an “operated on” appearance. View our rhinoplasty before and after pictures to see Dr. Greenberg’s natural results.

What to Expect from a Rhinoplasty Procedure

If you are considering rhinoplasty by Dr. Greenberg, one of New York’s premier cosmetic surgeons, you should expect the procedure to:

  • Correct the size of the nose
  • Remove the “dorsal hump” or bump on the nose
  • Change the width of the nose
  • Define and correct the tip of the nose
  • Correct breathing problems

Achieving a Natural Appearance

Dr. Greenberg will review your desires and specific anatomical issues with you at the time of your initial consultation. By individualizing the rhinoplasty procedure for each patient, the best overall results can be obtained from the most affordable options. Dr. Greenberg believes in a very natural appearance to the nose, and strives to accomplish this with every patient.

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Improving the shape and aesthetics of your nose does not only help to improve your confidence, but can help to highlight more of your facial features. To learn more about the procedure, please contact our office to schedule your free consultation.

Rhinoplasty Can Give You Natural-looking Results

Dr. Greenberg is passionate about making the appearance of your nose look very natural following a rhinoplasty procedure. If you have a bump on your nose, it sticks out too far, or a tip that’s full or bulbous, you may be a good candidate for the procedure. Stunning results can be achieved with very minimal recovery or downtime.

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FAQ’s – Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a very common cosmetic surgery procedure. At Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery we specialize in Rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Greenberg is a nationally recognized celebrity plastic surgeon who will answer all your questions and educate you on this popular procedure. Please see the Rhinoplasty FAQ below to learn more about this procedure.

The splint will be removed between five and seven days.

You may shower 48 hours after surgery and you can get the splint wet.

You should not blow you nose for at least two weeks after surgery.

No, we do not use packing.

You may drive a couple days after surgery as long as you are not on any pain medications.

You should sleep on your back with you head elevated on two pillows.

You may work out a month after your surgery date.

Each patient is different, but bruising can last a couple of weeks.

Contacts can be re-inserted a few days after surgery. Glasses may be worn but not rest directly on the nose for at least six weeks.

You must finish all the antibotics and take all other medications as needed.

Improving the shape and aesthetics of your nose does not only help to improve your confidence, but can help to highlight more of your facial features.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure: What to Expect

At Greenberg Plastic Surgery, our rhinoplasty procedure provides a natural look with little to no visible scarring. To achieve your desired outcome, it is important to choose a skilled, highly reputable plastic surgeon. Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg has decades of experience refining the nose, perfecting a custom rhinoplasty procedure to provide optimal results. Performed in one of his Long Island, NY-area surgical centers, your individually tailored rhinoplasty can provide a natural-looking transformation.

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A rhinoplasty can have both cosmetic and functional benefits.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure
At your initial consultation, Dr. Greenberg will discuss your treatment goals, briefly examine your facial structure, and explain in detail the procedure he recommends. With an artistic eye, he considers your overall facial aesthetics and features when making custom treatment recommendations.

At Greenberg Plastic Surgery, rhinoplasty surgery is performed in one of our state-of-the-art, outpatient surgical centers. General anesthesia is often used, but patients have a choice of sedation options.

The rhinoplasty procedure is designed to restructure the foundation of the nose, altering the framework that gives it form and shape. If your goal is to reduce size or smooth a bump on the bridge of your nose, Dr. Greenberg can remove bone and cartilage. Some patients seek to augment the structure, building up the bridge of the nose. In this case, the doctor will take cartilage from another area of the body and perform a graft. Synthetic materials may also be used.

Types of Rhinoplasty
Whenever possible, Dr. Greenberg uses a closed rhinoplasty technique, so incisions are made on the inside of the nose. Accessing the interior structure from inside the nasal passages, the skin is lifted from above to complete the necessary modifications. With a closed rhinoplasty, you will not have exterior scars, and could enjoy minimized swelling and faster healing. For patients who seek to taper and refine the appearance of their nostrils, additional incisions may be made along the creases. When all supporting structures are reshaped, the skin is gently repositioned, and incisions are closed with sutures. A closed rhinoplasty is surgically complex, requiring specialized skill and experience, but the method offers many benefits, and Dr. Greenberg is immensely qualified in this procedure.

For some patients, open rhinoplasty is a better choice. For this procedure, Dr. Greenberg will create an additional incision across the columella, the small piece of tissue between the nostrils. The skin is then lifted from below to access bone and tissue. Dr. Greenberg is able to minimize scarring for these procedures using his advanced techniques.

A closed rhinoplasty is surgically complex, requiring specialized skill and experience, but the method offers many benefits, and Dr. Greenberg is immensely qualified in this procedure.

For patients who suffer from impaired breathing or conditions such as a deviated septum, a septoplasty will be performed. While straightening and repositioning bone and cartilage to improve breathing, Dr. Greenberg can incorporate desired cosmetic enhancements at the same time.

After Surgery
Rhinoplasty patients are fitted with soft splints and gauze packing to support the nose during the initial healing phase. These are removed at your first follow-up appointment, along with any sutures. Some bruising and swelling is to be expected, but pain should be minimal and easily controlled.

You can expect to return to normal activities within a week or so. Swelling will diminish substantially after a week, and continue to gradually subside over a period of months. During that time, the permanent shape of your nose will emerge, and you could enjoy continued refinement. Once healing is complete, you can expect a beautiful, natural-looking nose that enhances and balances your unique facial features.

Enhance Your Appearance
Dr. Greenberg’s patients trust his widespread reputation for proven expertise in the field of cosmetic surgery. To schedule a rhinoplasty consultation, please call our office at (516) 364-4200 or contact us online today.

What to Expect During Your Rhinoplasty Recovery

Rhinoplasty recovery times and experiences will differ for each patient at our Manhattan, NYC, facility. Due to the highly skilled techniques and expertise of Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg, patients can usually return to normal activities in about a week. Your recovery time will depend on the type of rhinoplasty procedure you have, and whether you pair it with another cosmetic procedure, such as chin surgery. During your initial consultation, Dr. Greenberg will review your overall cosmetic goals with you to individualize your procedure, as well as provide the necessary tools for a successful recovery.

What to Expect After Your Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is one of the more popular cosmetic procedures performed by Dr. Greenberg. In order to achieve a successful rhinoplasty with results you are happy with, it is important to carefully follow your at-home recovery instructions.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Greenberg will review your overall cosmetic goals with you to individualize your procedure, as well as provide the necessary tools for a successful recovery.

Due to the anesthesia used during your procedure, you will need someone to drive you to and from your surgery. We also recommend having someone stay with you the first couple of nights. For the first few weeks of recovery, it is vital you carefully monitor your daily activity and get plenty of rest, as well as:

  • Diligently take your medication as prescribed
  • Keep your head elevated while sleeping for the first few weeks
  • Brush your teeth gently, especially near your upper lip
  • Regularly ice and change out bandages to avoid swelling and infection
  • Take baths rather than showers to keep sutures and bandages dry
  • Eat soft foods and limit sodium intake to minimize swelling
  • Wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher for six months

To speed up your healing and recovery, it is also important that you:

  • Avoid blowing your nose for two weeks
  • Avoid bumping or squeezing your nose for several months
  • Avoid clothing that goes over your head
  • Avoid exercise until released by your doctor
  • Avoid wearing glasses and sunglasses for one month
  • Avoid smoking for at least two weeks before and after surgery
  • Avoid flying for 10 to 14 days

Your Recovery and Results
Each rhinoplasty performed by Dr. Greenberg is unique to the individual patient. However, below is an estimated timeline of what to expect during your rhinoplasty recovery.

  • Days 1-2: Ice for the first 24 hours and take medication as directed. You can expect mild discomfort and some swelling and bruising around your nose and eyes. To avoid infection, change bandages as directed.
  • Days 3-4: You can expect an increase in bruising and swelling around the eyes and nose.
  • Days 5-7: Dr. Greenberg will remove sutures and nasal packing during your first follow-up appointment. Although it is possible to see a visible difference in the shape of your nose, you will still have some bruising and swelling.
  • Days 8-21: You will notice an improvement in your breathing, as well as a major decrease in bruising and swelling. Depending on how you are healing, Dr. Greenberg may release you to full activity.
  • Months 1-3: You should expect additional follow-up appointments over the next few months after surgery as your nose continues to heal and settle into its shape.
  • Year 1: Fully healed and enjoying your final results. Due to the uniqueness of rhinoplasty, it is important to be patient during recovery. It could take up to a year before your nose completely takes shape.

If at any point during your recovery you notice an increase in pain, elevated temperature, or an unusual amount of bleeding, please call our office right away. As with any cosmetic surgery, there is a possibility of scarring. With rhinoplasty, all incisions are made on the inside of your nostrils in order to minimize scarring.

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Dr. Greenberg can explain rhinoplasty recovery in more detail and answer any questions you have with a personal consultation. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.

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