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Rhinoplasty Los Angeles - Find a board certified plastic surgeon for rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty can be performed for purely cosmetic reasons or for reconstructive reasons. Dr. Karamanoukian performs both cosmetic and reconstructive nasal surgery in Los Angeles in his Beverly Hills and Santa Monica plastic surgery offices.  Cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery can complement your face and achieve balance between your eyes, nose, and face altogether.

Dr. Karamanoukian performs reconstructive rhinoplasty for patients who have both acute nasal deformities and longstanding nasal deformities. He has mastered the art of nasal sculpting, particularly with respect to the nasal tip and nasal dorsum. If you are considering a rhinoplasty revision, schedule an appointment with our office by calling (310) 998-5534.

What is the difference between a closed and open rhinoplasty? Beverly Hills and Los Angeles rhinoplasty surgeon

What is the difference between an open and a closed rhinoplasty? 


A rhinoplasty is commonly known as a nose job.  During the surgery, a surgeon will need to trim cartilage and shave down the dorsum of the nose through several incisions.  If the nose is relatively straightforward, the rhinoplasty can be performed using small incisions placed inside the nostrils (known as a closed rhinoplasty).  If there is a lot of cartilage work to be performed, a plastic surgeon may instead opt to expose the nasal tip cartilage with an open rhinoplasty incision.  Practically speaking, a patient will not be able to discern the difference in scarring once the rhinoplasty is complete. 

To learn more about rhinoplasty procedures with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, please visit our rhinoplasty website for nose surgery in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles or call our office to schedule an appointment. 

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Checklist of 5 items to purchase before rhinoplasty: Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Expert

Rhinoplasty surgery is exciting and can result in a dramatic improvement in your facial contour.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a trusted expert in natural nose jobs and natural looking rhinoplasty surgery.  He is a double board certified plastic surgeon and offers rhinoplasty as an outpatient plastic surgery procedure.  As with all outpatient surgery, your surgeon should provide you with basic details of what to expect before and after rhinoplasty.  The following is a list of items you will need to purchase or secure prior to your rhinoplasty procedure: 


  1. Prescriptions: Most rhinoplasty surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure.  Make sure that you receive your prescriptions before your plastic surgery and fill them right away.  Speak to your plastic surgeon and your pharmacist about any drug allergies you may have.
  2. Gauze and kleenex: You will need both of these items after your surgery in order to wipe any excess mucous or blood from the nose.  The gauze can help maintain pressure on the nostrils after surgery.
  3. Reading material: You will likely be on bed rest for 24 hours after surgery.  Dr. Karamanoukian will recommend that you ambulate frequently, but try to keep your head elevated and keep some riveting reading material handy after your rhinoplasty surgery.
  4. Ice packs or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel: Ice packs will help keep your swelling and bruising to a minimum.
  5. Arnica and Bromelain: These two supplements help fight bruising and swelling after rhinoplasty.


If you are interested in septorhinoplasty, septoplasty, or rhinoplasty surgery in Los Angeles, please call our Los Angeles plastic surgery practice at (310) 998-5533 to schedule your nose surgery consultation. 

What are my options for lipoma removal? - Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica - Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian

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A lipoma is a benign tumor of fatty tissue located underneath the skin and overlaying the muscle fascia of the body.  The slow growth of a lipoma is a characteristic sign that allows surgeons to determine the likelihood of the bump being a lipoma.  Lipomas can occur anywhere on the body, but are most commonly located on the extremities as well as the torso.  Forehead lipomas are often seen as well as scalp lipomas.  Treatment of lipomas has typically been a surgical problem and is readily removed using meticulous plastic surgery technique employed by Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian.  Dr. Karamanoukian is an expert and trusted plastic surgeon in Los Angeles and can help identify, diagnose, and manage lipomas and cyst of the body. 


Dr. Karamanoukian emphasizes minimal scarring and safety in the operative removal of lipomas on the body.  In practice, Dr. Karamanoukian specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery and uses these same techniques for removal of lipomas, especially those that are in cosmetically important areas of the scalp, face, and body.  If you are concerned about scarring during lipoma removal, Dr. Karamanoukian can recommend a specific surgical plan that emphasizes minimal scars and maximizes the potential for complete removal of the lipoma.  Dr. Karamanoukian is available for lipoma removal by consultation, please call our Los Angeles plastic surgery patient care coordinator at 310-998-5533 to schedule a consultation for lipoma removal in Los Angeles.  In addition, Dr. Karamanoukian performs cosmetic plastic surgery including breast enhancement, abdominoplasty, liposuction, facial cosmetic surgery, neck-lift, facelift and rhinoplasty.

Nostril Reduction during Rhinoplasty? Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon Dr. Karamanoukian

Is there a procedure for nostril reduction during rhinoplasty?


Many patients request a procedure known as nostril reduction during their rhinoplasty.  Although nostril reduction is performed as one of the last stages during an operative rhinoplasty, the importance of nostril reduction should not be underestimated.  The shape and flaring of the nostril can determine how natural and attractive your nose looks from the anterior prospective and also the lateral, and lateral oblique angles.  Large nostrils or nostril retraction can lead to problems with the shape and contour of the nose and this remains a major concern for Dr. Karamanoukian during your rhinoplasty surgery. 


During your consultation for rhinoplasty with Dr. Karamanoukian, he will examine your nasal profile from different angles to determine whether a nostril reduction should be performed during your rhinoplasty.  Nostril reduction can be performed using two different techniques that utilize meticulous attention to detail in order to minimize the shape, width, and overall dimension of the nose.  In addition Dr. Karamanoukian will perform measurements of your nasal bridge, septum, nasal tip, columella, and nasal hump to determine the corrective technique used during your rhinoplasty.  Please call our Los Angeles plastic surgery coordinator at 310-998-5533 to schedule your consultation for rhinoplasty.

Can my breathing be improved during rhinoplasty surgery?

Can my breathing be improved during rhinoplasty surgery?


The nasal airway is an important component of a complete rhinoplasty surgery.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a trusted board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in nasal surgery and rhinoplasty.  During your consultation for rhinoplasty surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Karamanoukian will carefully examine the nose from the inside out in order to determine whether there is a medical breathing problem in combination with a cosmetic nasal construction. 


If there is indeed septal deviation, a broken or fractured septum, and problems with the airway, Dr. Karamanoukian will address these during your consultation.  Dr. Karamanoukian performs all types of nasal reconstruction and rhinoplasty surgery in Los Angeles.  Please call our patient care coordinator at 310 998-5533.


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What can I do for a bulbous nasal tip? Rhinoplasty Surgeon in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles

What can I do for a bulbous nasal tip?


Rhinoplasty surgery can be performed for a bulbous or large nasal tip.  The nose can develop in proportion or out of proportion during normal development.  The patients who have a bulbous or fatty nasal tip can often be concerned about the prominence of the tip when compared to the other elements of the nose, including the nasal bridge, and nostrils.  The bulbous nasal tip is often due to a relaxation of the underlying cartilage and also fatty tissue under the skin.  If you are concerned about a bulbous tip or a wide nasal tip and wish to undergo rhinoplasty with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, a board certified plastic surgeon practicing in Los Angeles, a consultation is required for examination and to determine your candidacy for a tip rhinoplasty.  Dr. Karamanoukian performs rhinoplasty surgery in both Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.


Rhinoplasty for a bulbous tip often requires no osteotomies or bone breaking and often has a shorter recovery.  However, correction of a bulbous tip often has a longer period of swelling as the fatty tissue underneath skin must be surgically decreased.  Please call our Santa Monica office at 310-998-5533 and speak to one of our Los Angeles rhinoplasty patient care coordinators.


Raffy Karamanoukian, MD FACS

Rhinoplasty and Facial Cosmetic Surgery

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Can I fix a bump on my nose with rhinoplasty? Los Angeles Rhinoplasty Surgeon


Can I fix a bump on my nose with rhinoplasty?


Previous rhinoplasty procedures or trauma to the nose can cause flex in the bone and cartilage which may be apparent underneath the skin and cause bumps or lumps to appear on the nose.  If you have undergone previous nose surgery or rhinoplasty and has an uneven appearance of the nasal bridge or nasal bone resulting from small pieces of cartilage or bony material, you may have options for scar revision and for revision rhinoplasty.  Our board certified plastic surgeon is an expert in rhinoplasty and surgical rhinoplasty revision, especially for uneven nasal bone for nasal cartilage that shows through the skin.  Revision rhinoplasty can be performed with minimal downtime and can dramatically improve the overall appearance of the nose and nasal bridge.  Revision rhinoplasty surgery is often combined with other cosmetic facial surgery in order to redefine and improve the overall contours of the face.  Rhinoplasty revision can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures on an outpatient basis.


If you have questions about rhinoplasty revision or wish to remove a small bump on the nasal bridge or nasal dorsum, please call our Los Angeles plastic surgery office at 310-998-5533 and speak to one of our rhinoplasty patient care coordinators to schedule your consultation for rhinoplasty revision.

Can I undergo a rhinoplasty and body liposuction at the same time? Los Angeles Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


Can I undergo a rhinoplasty and body liposuction at the same time?

The most common body contouring procedures include liposuction and micro-liposuction surgeries.  These techniques can redefine the abdominal contour and can tighten loose skin around the bellybutton, abdomen, and flanks.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is an expert in body contouring surgery and facial cosmetic surgery.  He emphasizes the importance of cosmetic plastic surgery and redefining body shape and also facial cosmetic surgery to invigorate the face.  The patients who undergo liposuction procedures may also benefit from a facial cosmetic surgery such as rhinoplasty or lip augmentation.  Rhinoplasty is an outpatient surgical technique to recontour the nose and minimize the appearance of a strong nasal bridge, flared or widened nostrils and nasal tip.  Rhinoplasty and liposuction are complementary cosmetic surgery procedures that can be performed safely without major surgery or complications.

In the Los Angeles area, please call our cosmetic plastic surgery patient care coordinator at 310-998-5533 and schedule your consultation for rhinoplasty, septoplasty, or abdominal and lower body liposuction.


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