Timing Rhinoplasty in the New Year


This time of year individuals are overwhelmed with thoughts of resolution as they seek change and improvement in all areas of their lives. Reality check time, in most cases, it is makeover season! With the same determination that one attack’s the gym on January 1st, it is the moment to ring in the New Year right. A new nose equals a brand new you.

From a cosmetic standpoint, most people have all wondered what it might be like to finally correct or reshape the design structure that is the focal point of their face. With all of the technological advancements, various non-invasive treatments and techniques, and specialty options, individuals tend to believe there is no better time than now to take advantage of their New Year resolve, while their gusto is still going strong and time off is predominant.

Dr. Philip Miller, a leading rhinoplasty surgeon who helps patients achieve their desired look for their nose following surgery. Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job“, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed each year. Whether it is to reshape what nature provided, repair damage from an accident or injury, or alleviate structural issues that impede breathing, hundreds of thousands of patients successfully turn to rhinoplasty every year. Dr. Miller has been voted “Best Doctors” by New York Magazine consecutively since 2012.

Benefits of Rhinoplasty

A few of the unknown benefits that stick out; pun intended, go beyond aesthetic enhancement. It is clinically proven that rhinoplasty procedures can assist you in breathing easier. Some people experience difficulty breathing with the simple act of taking a breath through their nose. A misshapen septum, the structure that separates the two nasal cavities, is a contributing form of blockage within the nose.

A qualified and skilled surgeon, such as Dr. Philip Miller, can reshape the inner nose to correct the issue and restore the individual’s ability to breathe with ease. As a result, individuals can experience a better rest leading to optimal daily function. A recommended 6-8 hours of peaceful sleep each night is ideal to maintain good overall health. Rhinoplasty can alleviate common sleep ailments like excessive snoring and sleep apnea allowing a New Year full of deep sleep and pleasant dreams. After all, everyone needs their beauty sleep. An increase in rest can only enhance physical appearance and optimize a person’s overall health.

Types of Rhinoplasty

The most obvious and common of requests when it comes to rhinoplasty procedures is the ultimate upgrade in self-confidence through cosmetic transformation. With the progressive treatments available, the New Year brings new light to the variables that cultivate the best results. Each surgeon should share their records of experience with a wide range of methods, and various types of specialty surgeries through their before & afters.

From the different types of ethnic, male, teen, reduction, revision, corrective, liquid and virtual advancements in rhinoplasty, each category allows an individual to break down and educate themselves on their concerns and their options.

The decision to have a nose job is a very personal one. People usually have been considering one for an extensive period of time. If you are someone who struggles with self-esteem or other difficulties due to the shape or size of your nose, rhinoplasty surgery can be a life-changing event. The ideal rhinoplasty candidate is in overall good health, has a fully developed nasal structure (usually by 16 years of age), and is a non-smoker. The most imperative factor is realistic expectations and understanding of the final outcome. A rhinoplasty can be subtle or improve your appearance in dramatic ways. The best combination to ensure satisfactory and appreciated results is open communication with your selected surgeon and a recognition of a patient’s physical and mental stability.

Since there are so many various forms of techniques and procedures, Dr. Miller has supplied us with a breakdown:

Revision Rhinoplasty – This procedure repairs undesirable results from a previous surgery.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty –Specific characteristics and concerns are addressed for each ethnicity including Asian, Jewish, African-American, Hispanic, Persian, Korean and Middle Eastern.

Microrhinoplasty – This procedure removes bumps or humps located on the nose. The technique is less invasive than the traditional rhinoplasty technique. A tiny incision to the nostril is made to allow access to remove bony layers using a specialized microrasp.

Liquid Rhinoplasty – This non-surgical treatment modifies the shape of the nose while utilizing hyaluronic acid fillers such as Jevederm, Perlane and Restylane.

Nose Reduction – This procedure removes bone and nasal cartilage and can rearrange or trim the nose to have a smaller shape.

Septoplasty – Those who have a deviated septum will most benefit from this procedure. It realigns the wall between two nostrils by using incisions that are hidden within the nostrils.

What to Expect…

  • Book your consultation. Schedule an appointment with the surgeon to discuss your treatment goals. Provide any medical records and previous health issues you had in the past.
  • Schedule your surgery. Select a time frame where you can miss work and can take several days off for recovery.
  • Prepare for surgery. Have your evaluation completed; any required blood work ans have any medications and supplies recommended by your surgeon readily available.
  • Arrive for procedure. Follow instructions regarding pre-op and make sure your have arranged a friend or a family member to drive you back from the procedure. It is also recommended to have someone stay with you for at least a day after your nose job surgery. The procedure may last up to 1 to 2 hours. Patients can recoup in a hotel, recovery facility or return home based on the recommendations of your surgeon. Rest after surgery.
  • Relax for the rest of the day after your rhinoplasty. Expect to miss about a week of work.
  • Follow post-surgical instructions. Keep your head elevated to reduce swelling. Take medications to prevent infection and pain as directed. Learn more about recovery and post-operative instructions.
  • Attend follow-up visits. You will need to visit your surgeon’s office for post-op visits for bandage removal and recovery check-ups. You will be advised when you can return to normal activities.
  • Enjoy your new nose! Complete healing after your nose job may take up to one year. Swelling, slight headache, and congestion may occur during the first year.


Recovery for the New Year

Depending on which procedure is right for you, recovery time is something to be considered this New Year. While most people around the holiday and winter season opt to take advantage of the vacation time coming their way, it is impeccable timing to heal. Through the process of recovery, patients should anticipate some standard bruising and swelling, especially around the eyes. The symptoms fade fully typically after two or three weeks, while a splint is worn for approximately a week post-surgery. Although, there is not much pain or discomfort post operatively, you should refrain from rigorous physical activity for 3 to 6 weeks. This may be a halt on snowboard/ski season, but warm, outdoor fun is better anyway! The frigid months ahead allow you the time to stay indoors, perhaps be a bit anti-social, and heal appropriately.

Rhinoplasty for the New Year is the sublime set up for a spring reveal from hibernating this winter and finally experiencing the improved quality of life you have always desired!

The time of year may be an advantage but are you ready? Is there a right age?

Rhinoplasty is among the top five most popular surgical procedures performed in the United States because it offers low risk and high quality results. Ideal candidates are those who have realistic expectations, are in good health, have a fully developed nasal structure, and will experience advanced benefits. Rhinoplasty in the New Year goes beyond cosmetic aesthetics and improvements, but techniques and treatments are more often used as corrective and restorative procedures, alleviating breathing issues, deviated septum, broken noses, and repairing overall self-confidence for other imperfections. Teens are among the largest groups of individuals educating themselves on the benefits of rhinoplasty because of the superficial advantages that it can bring.

Motives in Teens for the New Year?

Typically, individuals begin to explore the idea of rhinoplasty around puberty. They start to feel social pressures and self-esteem issues that weigh heavily on them as they transition into adulthood. Different features may grow at a quicker pace than one another, and the awkward years become an unstoppable force. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Rhinoplasty is the number one requested surgical procedure by teenagers. Although, there can be various reasons behind their motives, many are correlating this rise with the new “selfie craze” that has swept through social media to acquire a certain look.

From Ellen’s Oscar selfie to the highly criticized selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service from our own President, it is clear selfies have become the biggest and longest lasting trend in the last 15 years. Selfies are not just affecting our media sources, but they are influencing seemingly average individuals to make extreme alterations for the sake of their selfie-image. Selfie’s are accessible to us all in every social media platform as individuals flood the virtual world with their photos. The most credible way to promote your relevance is in the amount of “likes” on your selfie.

Apps have been developed to enhance these images to smooth out skin, erase dark eye circles, whiten teeth, and even thin out facial structure and features, all in a quest for the perfect picture. However, as we know, these apps are not real nor do they equal permanent changes. The results do not reflect an accurate image, leading to severe dissatisfaction with ourselves, our selfies, and our social media. Although this seems drastic, the “selfie industry” is single handedly boosting the plastic surgery industry. It is important to address this as an issue with a teen who is considering this surgery to verify they are being realistic, doing it for the right reasons, and have an understanding of accurate expectations. Most teens are not able to fully grasp and are not at a stage of mental maturity to undergo any permanent procedure.

Dr. Phillip Miller is widely acclaimed as one of New York City’s Premier cosmetic, facial and specialty rhinoplasty surgeons and has experienced a radical boom in business and inquires due to this intense distortion of one’s physical image and one’s self-esteem. Dr. Miller has experienced a 10% increase in rhinoplasty surgery consultations based on this information and people’s desire to achieve their ideal nose for their selfie. Dr. Phillip Miller is at the forefront of this evolution and hopes to address and discuss the potential affects and future outcomes.

It is crucial teens are fully developed physically as to not negatively affect any future growth and functionality that may cause them trouble later on. Parents and teens alike often wonder if there is a specific age requirement associated with rhinoplasty for teens.

When Is Too Young?

The first question for parents and teens is the age factor. Girls are considered fully developed at the age of 14 to 15 and boys are fully developed by 15 to 19 years old. Dr. Phillip J Miller also takes into account the maturity level of his clients and their ability to make mature responsible decisions. Teens should understand that rhinoplasty is a permanent change to their appearance and they are making a life changing decision. Dr. Miller is so passionate about his clients that he insists on having the consultation with the teen who are interested in rhinoplasty with their parents. Both parties are always involved in the consultation and encouraged to discuss their point of view openly with Dr. Miller. While all teen patients have to mandatorily meet the age requirement, at times, other reasons may play a factor in possibly delaying the procedure for a short period of time.

Parents Concerns

Parents may become concerned about the timing and reason their teen is seeking to have rhinoplasty. Parents may also feel that it is best for their teen to wait a bit longer before undergoing the procedure. Teens under the age of 18 need parental approval to undergo surgery, and therefore the final decision rests on the parents. The teen candidates, parents or guardian should take their time and weigh all factors, risks and benefits before making their final decision to approve the procedure.

Teens who receive rhinoplasty surgery, which is also commonly referred to as a nose job, tend to feel rejuvenated, have a fresh outlook on life and improved self-confidence and self-esteem. Many teens will also continue to make improvements such as eating healthier to maintain a healthy body weight and purchasing new clothes to express their new found self-confidence and outlook on life.

Consultation for Teens

The consultation is an in-depth conversation that requires the teen who is interested in rhinoplasty and their parents or guardian to meet in person at the plastic surgeons office to discuss the procedure. Dr. Miller is passionate and dedicated to ensuring the candidate is psychologically ready for all aspects of surgery by conducting an assessment. Dr. Miller discusses the procedure, risks and benefits of the procedure and allows the future patient and their parents to ask as many questions as they wish. Educating candidates about the procedure, is the first step towards making the future patient understand that this is a permanent decision that will affect the way they look throughout the rest of their lifetime.

The Right Candidate

Teen candidates, and all candidates for that matter, need to have realistic expectations of the outcome, fully understand the risks as well as the benefits of the surgery and have proper motivation towards rhinoplasty. Usually rhinoplasty is used to correct constricted breathing issues, deformities and provides subtle changes to the shape and size of the nose. Teens need to be physically and psychologically ready for the procedure. This is determined by the doctor during consultation. Other ideals would be overall exceptional health.


About Dr. Phillip Miller

Dr. Philip J. Miller is noted as one of New York City’s premier cosmetic and facial plastic surgeons. With more than 20 years of experience, he enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a leading expert in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. Dr. Miller is double board certified in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. He is consistently voted one of the Best Doctors in America, as well as a Top Doctor of New York.

As a testament to his superior skill, experience and reputation, Dr. Miller regularly treats patients from around the world who travel to his Manhattan office for his nose job services. In addition to performing all aspects of general rhinoplasty procedures, Dr. Miller places a special emphasis on revision rhinoplasty, ethnic rhinoplasty, male rhinoplasty and teen rhinoplasty. His superior results and exceptional bedside manner have earned him a well-deserved international reputation as one of the premier rhinoplasty surgeons in the world. He enjoys an excellent reputation among his peers, and is a respected and regular speaker at national conferences and conventions related to cosmetic facial surgery, with an emphasis on the latest techniques and trends related to rhinoplasty procedures.

Dr. Miller is an accomplished author and editor, having contributed his expertise to numerous publications and professional journals, including Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics and Clinics of Plastic Surgery. He regularly appears on television, including NBC’s The Today Show and The Discovery Channel. He is consistently featured in prestigious newspapers such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and popular magazines including Elle, Marie Claire, W, Hamptons and Gotham Magazine. View Dr. Miller’s Curriculum Vitae.

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