"I am just about 2.5 weeks post-op and I am ecstatic! I can breathe much better. The huge bump on my nose is now non-existent." E.F.
Ellen discusses her experience with Dr. Rady Rahban after undergoing plastic surgery for a Rhinoplasty.
What is Rhinoplasty:
When women come to see Los Angeles Rhinoplasty Surgeon, Dr. Rahban for nose surgery, it is because they are unhappy with the size, shape and/or function of their nose. Nose surgery or rhinoplasty is the procedure that Dr. Rahban will use to re-shape a woman's nose so that it is the size and shape that she is looking for.
Why you want rhinoplasty:
Improved appearance: Rhinoplasty or nose surgery means changes in micro millimeters, but it can radically change the appearance of your face. If you are unhappy with your nose because it is too large, too small, or misshapen because of an accident or birth, nose surgery can change your look in a way that creates balance and a more pleasing aesthetic.
Improved function: While your nose may be functioning perfectly, Dr. Rahban also finds that many patients who are looking for nose surgery are experiencing difficulties with breathing, allergies or vertigo: problems that could be caused or aggravated by malformations within the nose.
What you want:
A nose that looks natural. It's your nose. It needs to look as if it belongs naturally on your face. It needs to be uniquely, and perfectly, you.
A nose that fits your face. It would be great if we all got one at birth, but that just doesn't happen. Dad's nose may look great on dad, but be way too much nose for your face.
You'd like to have a nose that looks terrific with the rest of your features. Dr. Rahban understands that.
A nose that is pretty. Beauty is definitely subjective. You can make sure that Dr. Rahban understands what is pretty to you by looking through our book of before and after photos, and finding noses that you like. Dialogue with your surgeon is the best way to make sure that you agree on the subject!
A nose that looks like you. Remember Jennifer Gray? When she changed her nose, no one recognized her any more. Dr. Rahban understands that even though you are ready for change, you still want to recognize yourself when you look in the mirror.
What you can expect in your Initial Consultation:
If you are considering this procedure, please come in for a consultation with Dr. Rahban. You can expect your initial exam and consultation to take an hour or more. In your consultation, Dr. Rahban will:
- Listen to what you'd like to achieve with your surgery
- Perform a thorough examination
- Tell you exactly what he recommends and why
- Make sure that any questions you have about insurance and financing are completely answered
As part of the process, Dr. Rahban will give you the opportunity to thoroughly examine photographs of his patients, looking at his earlier work, so that you can see for yourself what to expect if he performs your rhinoplasty. He will discuss with you precisely how your facial features work together, and how things such as the distance between your eyes, the size of your lips and the size and shape of your chin all effect the results that you can expect from your surgery. It is important that you and your doctor agree on the aesthetics and mechanics of your surgery in order to obtain the results that you want.
"Patients always want to know what they are going to look like. I tell them, I work backwards. I won't tell you exactly what you are going to look like. I tell you that I am going to avoid these five things. If I avoid these five things, I am certain that you will get a beautiful, natural result." Dr. Rady Rahban
Member of The Rhinoplasty Society
The Rhinoplasty Society has stringent requirements for entry. From their website: “Members must be persons who perform plastic surgery or facial plastic surgery and who are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery… or an equivalent foreign examining board. Three years’ active practice in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery… is a must. Active members must show contributions to the education of rhinoplasty surgeons by teaching and publishing." Dr. Rahban is proud to be a contributing member of this prestigious establishment.
Dr. Rahban's Philosophy - five things you don't want:
- A nose with a pinpoint tip. This nose is called a "Woody Woodpecker" nose, and it is a sign of an overzealous surgeon. When a full, flat or round tip is corrected too much, it can narrow down to a pointy tip that looks, well, unnatural.
- A nose with a "ski slope" scoop. Often with a nose job, says Dr. Rahban, less is more. If you have a hump on the bridge of your nose, too often an inexperienced or careless surgeon will remove not just the hump. The result is a nose with a scooped bridge. This type of nose also looks unnatural, particularly on a man.
- A nose that is over-rotated. If you have started with a nose that droops down at the tip, you'll want it corrected so that it is straight. But if you go to a surgeon who isn't careful, you can wind up with a nose that is over-rotated, with nostrils pushed upward at an angle that is unnatural.
- A super narrow nose. Maybe you've seen someone with this nose job: their nose looks impossibly thin and fragile. Too much has been removed. The nose looks unnatural - and it may take corrective surgery to help you breathe.
- A nose with collapsed nostrils. If your nose looks tiny and perfect right after your surgery, that can be a red flag. The swelling in your nose will take over a year to completely subside. This means that if your nose is really small right after surgery, it will probably be too small after a year or two. And if the nasal support has not been rebuilt or left intact, your nostrils could collapse. It won't just look unnatural. It will also make it extremely difficult for you to breathe.
What you want to know about your nose surgery:
Your rhinoplasty surgery is an out-patient procedure, but that doesn't mean that it is minor surgery, or that it will be brief. After your consultation and examination with Los Angeles Rhinoplasty Surgeon Dr. Rahban, he will be able to estimate for you the length of time that you can expect your procedure to take. When it is done correctly, rhinoplasty is exacting, artistic work that requires careful attention to the tiniest of details.
"Remember: if it's made by hand, it takes time." Dr. Rady Rahban
For the best possible results, expect that your surgery will be performed while you are under a general anesthetic.
The surgical incisions that Dr. Rahban uses may be confined to the inside of the nose, (often called a "closed rhinoplasty"), or they may include an additional small incision under the tip of the nose (often called an "open rhinoplasty"). Dr. Rahban is very proficient with both techniques, so he can make an independent choice for your surgery, using the technique that will allow him to give you the best possible results.
Once the incisions are made, Dr. Rahban will separate the skin of the nose from the underlying bone and cartilage. Next, he will carefully reshape the bone and cartilage of your nose, providing the structure that will reshape your nose, and correcting any breathing issues that you may be experiencing. Finally, he will redrape the skin over the new nose structure, and close the incisions.
Dr. Rahban will rebuild your nose from the inside out.
Los Angeles Rhinoplasty Surgeon, Dr. Rahban notes that many plastic surgeons focus on removing parts of your nose in order to make it smaller. This is called a "Reduction Rhinoplasty," and it is easier for the surgeon to perform. However, if the structural parts of the nose – bone and cartilage – are merely removed rather than reshaped, the structure of the nose is compromised. Overtime, as the tissue swelling reduces, the nose can contract, shrink and even distort.
Dr. Rahban focuses on performing instead a "Structural Rhinoplasty." In his words:
"I take out the things that you don't need, and then I put in new grafts, new struts and beams, new things that will reinforce the nose. You don't see it, it's the stuff that keeps the nose looking great at 1 year, at 5 years, at 10 years."Dr. Rady Rahban
What you can expect after surgery:
Same day. You'll need someone to drive you home and help you for the first 24 hours after your surgery. The surgery is usually very well tolerated, and while pain medication is available, most patients find that they don't need it. There will be swelling, and from no bruising to mild bruising. You will have a splint, and some packing.
One week. The splint will come off, and you can go back to work. There will still be some swelling.
Six weeks. You'll look great. Only you and Dr. Rahban will know that you are still swollen. But you still have a long way to go to reach your final goal. Says Dr. Rahban:
18 months. The swelling is completely gone, and your nose has stably reached its final size and shape. You look great!
"I tell patients, '80% of your results come in the first 6 weeks to 2 months. The last 20% happens over a year to 18 months."Dr. Rahban
What Our Patients Say: Ellen F.
"For years, it was a dream to get the huge bump on my nose taken off and my nose straightened but the cost and other priorities in life always came into play and put the dream on the back burner of life.
"I'd experienced nasal problems all my life from really bad allergies to post nasal drip blockage causing vertigo. I'd always felt that the left side of my nose wasn't working too well, but didn't realize just how bad it was.
"So when Dr. Rahban checked all my nasal functionality and saw that he could improve it inside AND out, how could I walk away and put this on the back burner again?!
"I am just about 2.5 weeks post-op and I am ecstatic! I can breathe much better and smell things I never could before and my nasal problems have somehow been diminished to a minimum. The huge bump on my nose is now non-existent and my nostrils look so much smaller thanks to his being so creative!" - Ellen F.
Come in for a Consultation with Dr. Rahban
When Dr. Rahban does a consultation with a prospective patient, he wants it to be two things above all others: thorough and honest. He will find out from you just what you want from cosmetic surgery. And he will tell you honestly if you can get the result you want, and how he can best help you do so.