Brian D. Cohen, MD, a dedicated plastic surgeon who is highly skilled in rhinoplasty for men, one of the most common cosmetic procedures requested by men in the greater New York area
Dr. Cohen is not only skilled at his craft, he is highly attuned to both the emotional and physical needs of his male patients.
How Dr. Cohen Approaches a Rhinoplasty for Men
Dr. Cohen believes that your initial consultation is of utmost importance because that is where you and he will get to know one another and come to a mutual understanding of your particular needs, desires, and expectations. During your consultation, Dr. Cohen will answer all of your questions and concerns and explain precisely what your rhinoplasty can accomplish. He is well aware that men who know what to expect from the procedure are those who are likely to be most delighted with the results.
Reasons Men Have Rhinoplasty
There are a number of reasons men consider rhinoplasty (nose jobs), but the underlying one is almost to improve their appearance. The significant change they see in the mirror, and in the smiles reflected back by those around them, combine to increase their self-esteem. Dr. Cohen is gratified to be in a profession that can bring increased ease and happiness to so many of his fellow men.
Specific reasons for rhinoplasty include:
- Correction of a birth defect
- Reconstruction of a nose injured in an accident or by an assault
- Removal of a structural bump or “hook”
- Modification of the width of the bridge
- Buildup of an area of depression
- Contour of the nasal tip to make it wider, narrower, less droopy, or more or less upturned
- Alteration of the size of the nose so that it is more in harmony with other facial features
- Alteration of the width or shape of the nostrils
The changes rhinoplasty makes to the nose can improve the angle between the nose and mouth as well as make the patient’s profile smoother and more appealing. After a nose job, your face will typically be more symmetrical, not to mention more handsome.
While some nose jobs are performed for functional, rather than cosmetic reasons, with a gifted surgeon like Dr. Cohen performing the operation, the results will be aesthetically pleasing in addition to repairing any functional abnormality.
What makes you a good candidate for male rhinoplasty?
Although rhinoplasty is a wonderful procedure for those who need it to correct or repair an obvious defect or to make them feel less self-conscious and more at ease with their appearance, nose jobs are not for everyone.
In order for Dr. Cohen to consider you a good candidate for rhinoplasty you should be:
- At least 13 years of age
- Have completed facial growth (for males, this usually occurs by age 16, but may continue into the early 20s)
- In general good health
- A non-smoker
Dr. Cohen will make certain that you are the one who desires a nose job, not your parent or romantic partner, and that you have realistic expectations concerning the surgery.
How is a rhinoplasty performed?
There are two basic techniques used in rhinoplasty procedures: open and closed. Either may be performed under IV sedation or under general anesthesia, and both are usually outpatient operations. During a closed rhinoplasty, Dr. Cohen works through an incision made inside the nostrils, while in an open rhinoplasty he makes the incision across the tissue between the nostrils (known as the columella).
Whichever method is appropriate in your case, Dr. Cohen will gently lift the soft tissues covering the nose and sculpt the bone and cartilage to the desired shape. If necessary, he will use additional cartilage removed from the septum (the bone and cartilage within the nose that separates the nostrils) to augment other nose tissue.
If you have a deviated septum, meaning your septum is crooked and interfering with optimum breathing, during your rhinoplasty Dr. Cohen will adjust the septum (septoplasty) and other inner structures to remedy the problem. Once the difficult part of the procedure is finished, Dr. Cohen will carefully replace the lifted tissue and stitch it closed.
Septoplasty May Be Performed with or without a Rhinoplasty
While the septoplasty may be performed during the rhinoplasty, as described above, in some cases only a septoplasty is necessary. The nasal septum has three functions: to support the nose, to support the mucous membranes, and to help regulate nasal airflow. While a septoplasty may be indicated primarily as a way to address medical concerns, it may also be necessary in conjunction with a rhinoplasty in order to ensure that the reshaping of the nose does not reduce the patient’s ability to breathe.
Recovering from Rhinoplasty
Although the nasal correction will be immediately visible after the procedure, you should be prepared for some puffiness, swelling, bleeding and bruising. In other words, you will not yet see the finished product. You will probably experience aching in your nose and perhaps a dull headache. Most patients feel back to themselves within a few days and are able to return to work that does not involve strenuous exercise in about a week.
Minor swelling may persist for 6 months and will typically be more noticeable when you first wake up, receding during the day. If you wear contact lenses, you will be able to wear them soon after surgery, but if you wear glasses you may have to contrive to wear them for several weeks (propping them on your cheeks or taping them to your forehead) so as not to interfere with nasal healing.
Rhinoplasty for Men Carries Minor Risks
All surgical procedures carry risks, even rhinoplasty, though the risk level of a nose job is very low. When complications do occur, they are typically minor and easily dealt with. These risks include: infection, bleeding and minor contour irregularities.
Dr. Cohen Also Performs Revision (Secondary) Rhinoplasty
There are cases, albeit rarely, in which you may have undergone an unsuccessful rhinoplasty and want to have a second procedure to repair the damage. Such revision surgery is more difficult to perform than primary rhinoplasty because  there is less cartilage left to work with and  there may be scarring or tightening of the affected skin (contracture) to deal with. Fortunately, if you come to our office for revision rhinoplasty, you will have Dr. Cohen as your rhinoplasty surgeon, a man with a reputation for refined skills in this special area.
Considering a Rhinoplasty? Contact Brian D. Cohen, MD
If you are a man in Nassau County or Manhattan and feel that your quality of life would be improved by a nose job, don’t hesitate to contact one of our offices. Why not meet with Dr. Cohen and discuss your options?