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12 Aug 2014

The Benefits of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty


People want options. Options are good because they provide people with an opportunity to decide for themselves what works best for them according to their concerns, tastes, or personal preferences. This is true across the board in everything from the menu at a restaurant to cosmetic procedures. I know what you’re thinking: he just mentioned a restaurant menu and cosmetic procedures in the same sentence… strange. No, one doesn’t choose a cosmetic procedure over a romantic candlelight dinner, but choosing the right kind of nose job can help determine if you get to have the romantic dinner in the first place.

There are many things to consider when contemplating a nose job. Do I need it for medical or health reasons? Will rhinoplasty improve my appearance? Can I have surgery? Do I want to have surgery? Can I afford a nose job? What are my options?

Because everyone is different, their needs are different too. Surgical rhinoplasty is, after all, real surgery and the decision should be taken seriously, as there are risks associated with any surgical procedure. In some cases, where a nose job is determined to be necessary for your health, surgery is often the best way to go. Additionally, you may need extensive work as opposed to a “minor adjustment.” Surgery may be the best option in this case as well.

Nonetheless, you may not need major work done. Perhaps there are medical or physical reasons why surgery cannot be performed. Maybe it’s a simple matter that you just don’t want to have surgery or need a more affordable alternative. For these situations, non-surgical rhinoplasty is another option.

Generally, the procedure is fairly simple. In most cases, injectable fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm or calcium hydroxyapatite are used to alter the shape of your nose by filling in depressed areas, adjusting the angle of the tip or smoothing out bumps on the bridge of the nose. While non-surgical rhinoplasty cannot reduce the size of your nose, it is often very effective in correcting some breathing difficulties and augmenting some aesthetic issues to improve one’s appearance. In some cases, non-surgical rhinoplasty can even correct some mild birth defects.

Because it is not a surgical procedure, swelling and bruising are minimal and recovery time is usually very short as is the procedure itself. Typically, the results are immediately apparent. There is very little downtime, and you do not have to be in an electric hospital bed to wait for  your recovery.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a realistic alternative to traditional rhinoplasty and produces real results. However, it is not the solution for any and all cosmetic issues associated with the nose. For major reconstructive work or for longer lasting results, surgery may still be the best solution. Nonetheless, it’s important to consult with a cosmetic surgeon to find out if non-surgical rhinoplasty may be an option for you.

For more information, visit our page on Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty!

1 Jul 2014

Snoring Causes and Remedies: How Rhinoplasty Can Help You


According to The National Sleep Foundation, approximately 37 million adults are chronic snorers in the U.S. Even after a full night’s rest, many people wake up feeling groggy and tired. This can make it hard to concentrate throughout the day, and may even result in falling asleep on the job or in the car. If you’re one of these people, we have some answers for you!

Causes of Snoring:

  • Obstructed nasal airways. As a result of allergies or a sinus infection, some people may snore. Additionally, a deviated septum or nasal polyps may cause obstruction.
  • Poor muscle tone. If the throat and tongue muscles are too relaxed they can fall into the airway, which results in snoring. This can be a result of a deep sleep, alcohol consumption, or the use of sleeping pills.
  • Bulky throat tissue. Being overweight can cause the throat tissue to become thicker. Also, children with large tonsils and adenoids may snore.
  • Long soft palate. A soft palate, or even uvula, can narrow the opening from the nose to the throat. When they vibrate, the airway becomes obstructed, which causes snoring.

Remedies for Snoring:

  • Lose weight. If you have experienced weight gain, the loss of excess weight can help your snoring if you did not snore before the weight gain. Weight gain can result in additional weight around the neck. This squeezes the throat, which makes it more likely to collapse during sleep.
  • Sleeping on your side. Lying on your back causes the tongue and soft palate to collapse in the back of the throat. Sleeping on your side may prevent this.
  • Avoiding alcohol consumption. Alcohol and sedatives reduce the resting tone of the muscles in the back of the throat.
  • Rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is one of the more promising and permanent solutions to snoring. It not only alters the shape of the nose, but the function as well. Rhinoplasty results in better health and a more peaceful night sleep for you and your spouse!

Hopefully these tips will help you to get a better nights rest!

2 Jun 2014

Ideal Candidates for Rhinoplasty

Am I an ideal candidate for rhinoplasty? This is a question many people ask themselves. If your nose is too big or small, has bumps, is crooked, bent, misshapen, out of proportion with your face, has very large or small nostrils, or you have chronic sinus complaints or discomfort due to injury, you are a candidate for rhinoplasty.

Although you may have one or more of these issues, or you are seeking a new look, a board-certified surgeon will have to approve that you are healthy enough to undergo rhinoplasty surgery. This is a serious surgery and your health is number one priority. Rhinoplasty is usually performed on men and women 18 years and older. At times, a parent or guardian will give their consent for their teenager to receive rhinoplasty. The nose develops up until the age of 15, so potential candidates for rhinoplasty that are between the age of 15 to 18 will need their parent’s consent in combination with the surgeons approval.

Many candidates for rhinoplasty are looking for an improved look. Making an appointment for a consultation is recommended to discuss options that are best suited for what you desire. The surgeon will go over details with you and guide you to what is best suited for your face shape and overall look.

Those who have experienced injury to their nose, have cartilage deviation, trouble breathing through their nose and problems sleeping are also ideal candidates. Rhinoplasty can provide nasal asymmetry and alleviate symptoms that may affect the entire circulatory system.

Recovery time differs for each patient. The time frame depends on the extent of the rhinoplasty surgery. When you wake up from surgery you can expect to feel groggy, tired, naseaus, discomfort, pain and tenderness. The surgeon will prescribe pain medication to eliminate pain and antibiotics to fight infection. Usually patients return home the same day. Driving is not recommended and alternative transportation is encouraged. Having someone drive you home or taking a taxi home are both popular ways rhinoplasty patients prefer to get home in New York City.

For the first few days after surgery your nose will feel stuffy, similar to when you experience a head cold. The stuffiness will cause you to breathe through your mouth. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself at home. It may include following correct dosage of your prescriptions, changing gauze, bandages and more.

You will want to schedule several days of rest immediately following your rhinoplasty surgery. You will need this time to follow your surgeon’s instructions, rest and recuperate from surgery. Many times a follow up appointment is scheduled to assure everything is healing properly and the removal of sutures may be required. Patients are usually capable of resuming their daily activities after seven days of recovery.

Benefits from rhinoplasty surgery include improved self confidence, improved breathing and sleep plus an overall feeling of wellness. When considering rhinoplasty, you will want to discuss your options with a board-certified surgeon and allow them to confirm if you are an ideal candidate.

28 Apr 2014

The Emotional Benefits of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job”, improves the size and shape of the nose. The procedure can remove a hump, alter the size of the nasal tip, and straighten the nose. While rhinoplasty is typically used to correct a flaw it can also have strong emotional benefits.

Most people who undergo rhinoplasty had contemplated the decision for years. Out of those who have had rhinoplasty, the majority is middle-aged or older. With that being said, many people endure years of embarrassment as a result of real or perceived imperfections of the nose. These same people believe that rhinoplasty will bring them happiness and more confidence.

Our society puts an emphasis on appearance, and consequently people are apt to judge others and hold them to the societal standard of beauty. This often leads to self-scrutiny, or the desire to meet this beauty standard. The best candidates for rhinoplasty are those that have realistic expectations.

Rhinoplasty can help people who are self-conscious about their nose by improving the self-esteem and confidence. Many people report feeling better after undergoing rhinoplasty. If you have realistic expectations, rhinoplasty can help to improve emotional aspects immensely.

Dr. Kassir is a triple board certified surgeon who has performed thousands of rhinoplasty surgeries for his patients and is considered to be one of the best Rhinoplasty surgeons in New Jersey and NYC.

Preparing For Rhinoplasty

Before scheduling your rhinoplasty, you should meet with Dr. Ramtin Kassir to discuss if surgery is the best option for you. This meeting typically includes the discussion of:

  • Your medical history. This includes nasal obstruction, surgeries and any medications that you take. If you have hemophilia, you may not be a candidate for rhinoplasty.
  • A physical examination. A complete physical examination will be completed, including blood tests. The skin will be inspected inside and outside of the nose. The examination ultimately will determine what changes need to be made, and how your physical features will affect the results.
  • Pictures. In the office, pictures of the nose will be taken from various angles. Computer software may be used to manipulate the pictures to display possible outcomes. The pictures are also used for before-and-after purposes, and to guide aesthetic goals.
  • Expectations. Dr. Ramtin Kassir will discuss your motivations and goals with you. He can explain what rhinoplasty can and can’t do for you, and the nature of your results.

Before your nose job surgery, you should avoid any inflammatory medications (Advil, Motrin, and others), as it will increase bleeding. If you smoke, you should consider quitting. Smoking inhibits the healing process and increases the likeliness of contracting infection.

16 Apr 2014

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Questions & Answers

Plastic surgeons perform nearly 250,000 nose jobs (medically termed rhinoplasty) every year. This is indeed a surgery—rhinoplasty requires anesthesia, IV medication, scalpels, and bandages. For many individuals in NY who rethinking of getting a nose job, the simple fear of surgery is enough to prevent them from improving the appearance of their nose.

Fortunately, there is a middle-ground when it comes to having a nose job. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is able to correct undesirable bumps or curves on the nose. This medical technique can also create a better bridge if your nose is flat, narrow, or scooped. You can have all of this—without going “under the knife”!

Do you have questions about non-surgical rhinoplasty? Take a look at our questions and answers below to get more information:

Q: How does a non-surgical rhinoplasty work?

A: Non-surgical nose jobs use dermal fillers to change the shape or contour of your nose. Specifically, Dr. Kassir uses Restylane, Perlane, and Radiesse. These fillers are carefully injected into the nose and then shaped to fit your desired results.

Q: Will I need a recovery period after having a non-surgical rhinoplasty?

A: Here’s a great answer—no! This medical technique can be completed during a brief office visit and you can go back to your daily activities immediately.

Q: Is there a cost advantage to choosing a non-surgical nose job instead of a surgical rhinoplasty?

A: Of course, a full surgery costs more than a procedure that can be completed in an office chair. The exact difference in the procedures’ cost will depend on your individual cosmetic surgery needs. Remember, a surgical rhinoplasty will also require more downtime and more time away from work.

Q: Will the results last?

A: The results of a non-surgical rhinoplasty will likely last one year. After that, you may need to return to the office for a repeat procedure.

If you still have questions about non-surgical rhinoplasty, feel free to call Dr. Kassir at his offices in New York at 212.288.3000 or visit his clinic located at 799 Park Ave New York, NY 10021. His friendly staff will be able to answer all of your questions and schedule a consultation, if you wish.