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Michael Bermant, MD
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Question: Re: rhinoplasty

Hello, I am seriously considering a nose job, but my main concern is the pain and the possibility of having to get surgery AFTER that to correct possible complications. Can you give me any information about any of this? thanks

Dr. Bermant answers:

This should not be construed as medical advice. I am a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Most rhinoplasty surgery (nasal reshaping) does not have much discomfort nor frequent complications. You would not think that is the case reading postings from bulletin boards. Happy and content patients usually have little to complain about nor are as likely to post to bulletin boards.

I usually give my patients a prescription for pain medication after surgery that most find they do not need. Nasal surgery is frequently uncomfortable, not painful.

Complication rates depend on what needs to be done and the risks inherent in that particular patient. Such a discussion is better for the in office consultation.

Take a look at my bulletin boards for others who share your concerns and then go check out the main parts of my website.

I hope this information proves of some use. If my office can be of further assistance, please let us know. We can be reached at: (804) 748-7737. My staff and I try to ensure the comfort of our out of town guests during their consultations and procedures.

Michael Bermant, MD


Question: Re: sunbathing rhino

Hello,

I'm considering a nose surgery, and I'm wondering if it is safe to sunbath after a septoplasty and/or rhinoplasty.

Thanks.

Dr. Bermant answers:

This should not be construed as medical advice. I am a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

No. Sunbathing after rhinoplasty can further damage healing skin. After healing sunbathing still carries risks all face of increased skin cancer and aging problems.

I hope this information proves of some use. If my office can be of further assistance, please let us know. We can be reached at: (804) 748-7737. My staff and I try to ensure the comfort of our out of town guests during their consultations and procedures.

Michael Bermant, MD


Question: Re: rhinoplasty

Hi! I am thinking of having my nose done next month. I have a big nose and would like to know the risks of having rhinoplasty. For example: What are the chances of my nose looking worse than it does after the surgery? I have a wide nose with a little bit of a hump and also a fat tip. My Dr. also states that he has done thousands of surgeries and that there will be no problem.

Dr. Bermant answers:

This should not be construed as medical advice. I am a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

These are reasonable questions for your doctor. I spend from two to 3 hour or longer sessions with my patients going over these issues. I do not want my patients to enter the operating room with such questions unanswered. Without an examination and evaluation, I would not be able to comment on your case. Why do you check this information with your doctor. If you do not feel comfortable with those answers, let your doctor know.

I hope this information proves of some use. If my office can be of further assistance, please let us know. We can be reached at: (804) 748-7737. My staff and I try to ensure the comfort of our out of town guests during their consultations and procedures.

Michael Bermant, MD


Subject: Re: Nose Job

I broke my nose when I was a young kid. I think I was somewhere between 5-8 yrs old. Don't remember exactly. I was looking one way, running full speed the other way, and ran smack into a metal jungle gym nose first. I wish to God I never did that. Anyway, I had surgery to correct it this past September. I first went to an ENT but then decided to consult a plastic surgeon for a second opinion. The reason for this was that the ENT would have done the procedure by putting me totally under and the anesthetic used by him would have made me sick afterwards. With the plastic surgeon, he did not put me fully under. I was groggy and I drifted in and out, mostly out though, but I was breathing on my own with no tube down my throat. I felt a bit dizzy afterwards but never got sick. The day of the surgery I went to the office at 7 A.M. I was a bit nervous but that was to be expected. I went in and sat down and then they called me to the back. I changed into a gown, a hair cover, and sort of slipper-type covers on my feet. I still had my pants on under the gown. I got up on a bed and lay back while the nurse started to hook me up to monitors. It was still about 40 minutes before the surgery. About 15 minutes before the surgery, the nurse gave me a shot of valium. After about a minute, it kicked in and I started to relax. It didn't put me a drunk stupor or anything like that. It just relaxed me. I stopped fidgeting and just relaxed. After about 15 minutes they said it was time to begin and they wheeled me into the operation room. The last thing I remeber was moving myself from the bed to the operation table. I don't remember them administering the novocaine or putting me to sleep. I do remember dazing in and out during the surgery and I even remember talking to the surgeon. Don't ask me what I said because I don't remember that. I also remember him breaking my nose. They do that to set it. It didn't hurt and it didn't gross me out because I didn't feel a thing. After the surgery I had my nose put in a splint and cotton under my nose to keep the blood from dripping all over. I had to stay for a few hours to let the medicine flow out of me. They gave me intravenous fluids all during the surgery and I had to use the bathroom a lot because of it. The worst thing was all the bleeding afterwards. I had to keep cotton under my nose for about 4-5 days afterwards and I was very uncomfortable. Not in pain though. I didn't even need to fill the prescription of painkiller they gave me. I just couldn't breathe very well and I would wake up with the worst dry mouth from breathing through my mouth all night. Eating was a bit difficult also since the cotton got in the way. I never had any pain from the surgery. Maybe some people experience some. I don't know. The surgeon was very good and I guess I was lucky. I am very happy I had the surgery and nose looks a hell of a lot better now than it did before. I still don't like to take pictures and I tried to absolutely avoid them before because I didn't like the way I looked. I wouldn't recommend reading books about the procedure the night before. They include a lot of info, especially plastic surgery horror stories, that I didn't want to know about. But these occurrences are so rare that I wouldn't even worry about that. Just ask if your doctor is board certified and maybe ask to talk to other prior patients of his/hers to get their opinions. If you have any other questions, feel free to post here or e-mail me. Good luck. Hope everything works out.

Dr. Bermant answers:

This should not be construed as medical advice. I am a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Your experiences are very common for this operation. Most board posts are from people with problems and complications. Such complications are rare and thus, at least from reading bulletin board posts, learning about such surgery can scare many. Most of my patients do not use their pain medications either. The typical discomfort is like a pressure fullness phenomenon from the nasal swelling (different for different operations). Your bleeding is not common. Most experience some drainage from the nose, this may be blood tinged but usually becomes clear shortly after surgery. Anesthesia depends on what needs to be done. Local anesthesia with sedation is great for many types of rhinoplasty. Work deep in the septum (central wall separating the nasal passages, is often better with general anesthesia (going to sleep with a tube down the throat).

Learning more about your doctor is important. Board certification is a good start.

What bothers you about the appearance of your nose? Have you brought these concerns to your doctor? Most of my patients after surgery have less problems with concerns about their image. Rhinoplasty can be for breathing problems only but is frequently about appearance also.

I hope this information proves of some use. If my office can be of further assistance, please let us know. We can be reached at: (804) 748-7737. My staff and I try to ensure the comfort of our out of town guests during their consultations and procedures.

Michael Bermant, MD


Question: Re: rhinoplasty

Hello,

I love your web site! I recently underwent nasal surgery and although so far I am pleased with the results, I wish I had visited your site beforehand. My question to you is this; I had my surgery less than 3 weeks ago and I am now experiencing significant(I realize how subjective this is) discomfort. In general things feel very hard, almost like my nostrils have sand or glass in them. My surgeon did mention that some hardness may develop but I guess I was not expecting this. How long should I expect this to last and is there anything that one could expect to be done to allieve the discomfort??

Sincerely,

S

Dr. Bermant answers:

This should not be construed as medical advice. I am a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

After some nasal surgery there can be some dried blood / mucous inside the nose that can give some patients the feeling of "something" hard inside the nose. Healing tissue also feels "harder" than uninjured tissue. It really depends on what was done surgically and what is now going on. The possibilities are just too extensive to speculate without an examination and evaluation. These are good questions for your doctor. If you were my patient, I would want to know about your concerns and answer them. But without that examination and knowing what was done surgically, any comments would be just speculation.

Thank you for your kind comments about my website.

I hope this information proves of some use. If my office can be of further assistance, please let us know. We can be reached at: (804) 748-7737. My staff and I try to ensure the comfort of our out of town guests during their consultations and procedures.

Michael Bermant, MD


Question: Re: Rhynoplasty

I am interested in rhynoplasty. My case is very similar to Case 3's. I just want a hump removal, though. What would be the price range for this procedure? How long does it take and what is the recovery time?

Thanks.

Dr. Bermant answers:

This should not be construed as medical advice. I am a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

There are many types of nasal surgery. Case 3 had a septorhinoplasty. That surgery was much more extensive than just a hump reduction. That surgery was a septorhinoplasty. Cost of surgery depends on what needs to be done. My surgeon's fee for rhinoplasty depends on the problem to be treated. A minimal hump reduction costs less. There are additional charges for some forms of anesthesia, operating room fees, and other factors. We are glad to help you explore your concerns during a consultation or preliminary remote discussion. Jane is my office manager and can better discuss prices and fees. She can normally be reached at our office by phone Monday - Friday 9-5 Eastern Time at (804) 748-7737.

I hope this information proves of some use. If my office can be of further assistance, please let us know. We can be reached at: (804) 748-7737. My staff and I try to ensure the comfort of our out of town guests during their consultations and procedures.

Michael Bermant, MD


Question: Re: nasal surgery

Hello,

I recently had nasal surgery on my nose and the results were great. My "former nose" was crooked and was pointy on the tip and there was a "nasal bump" on top. I always felt insecure about it only when it got big when I was a teenager. People often teased me about my nose and said nasty things to me but after my rhinoplasty, people were more nicer to me and said I am pretty. My doctor is a genius about fixing my nose and what kind of shape it should look like. My nose doesn't have a nasal bump anymore and the tip of my nose is shorter now. I like myself more now that my nose is more attractive.

Sincerely,

S

Dr. Bermant answers:

This should not be construed as medical advice. I am a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

I am glad you had such a positive outcome from the surgery. Nasal deformity can be a very emotional issue. Your story sounds very familiar, it is how most surgery of this nature goes. Message board posts tend to be from patients who still have issues, questions, or problems and thus tend to skew the reader's perspective of reality. Thank you for your note.

Michael Bermant, MD


Hi Dr,
 
I saw your nasal surgery procedures and some of sample pictures. But i couldnt get of my type. I am from pure black african origin and need my nose to make a bit narrower. Therefore i would like to know how much it would cost. The other thing is can i transfer the new nose to my offsprings? I mean if any DNA change?
 
thanks

Dr. Bermant answers:

There are so many variations to the nose, it is impossible to put all possibilities here. Black rhinoplaslty is an artform. I prefer techniques that preserve the ethnic beauty of the nose. Rhinoplasty surgery is not passed onto your children. The before surgery nose is what is inherited. Parents do tend to offer surgery to their children once the nose has grown enough to minimize social stress and problems.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD

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