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The nose is probably the most distinguishing feature of the human face. The ability to perform safe surgery with aesthetically pleasing and natural, un-operated results sets apart the inexperienced from the highly skilled surgeon. Dr. Sarikhani enjoys performing these procedures on a regular basis with a high patient satisfaction rate and secondary revisions are rarely needed. Dr. Sarikhani is often called on to perform not only the primary cosmetic nose reshaping but has performed hundreds of the most difficult and challenging reconstructions and corrections of unacceptable or poorly performed procedures. It is Dr. Sarikhani ’s philosophy that virtually every cosmetic nasal reshaping can be safely accomplished without any visible scar, and that a very natural, un-operated and functional result is his ultimate goal.



Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, is a surgical procedure intended to refine the shape, profile, and contours of the nose. In recent years this procedure has become a very popular cosmetic enhancement. Nose surgery is most commonly intended to alter its aesthetic appearance; however, many people require corrective nose surgery to address issues like a deviated septum or problems breathing. With rhinoplasty, it is possible to change the size of the nose, larger or smaller, alter the shape of the nose by altering the tip, a bump on the bridge, or the size of the nostrils, and even to change the angle of nose in relation to the upper lip. There are many options for nasal surgery that Scottsdale’s Dr. Driush Sarikhani will gladly discuss with you during a consultation.

Even with the smallest change, a nose reshaping surgery can have a very positive impact on your appearance, confidence, self-esteem, and interaction with friends and loved ones.


There are a wide number of reasons men and women might want nose surgery. The two primary benefits that people want are either cosmetic enhancement or a functional improvement. Many have both of these concerns and seek out nasal surgery to correct multiple issues at once.


Cosmetic deformities of the nose can hinder your lifestyle as they can be a source of embarrassment. Examples include a wide base of the nose, drooping tip, a dorsal bump, as well as varying post-traumatic deformities. Cartilage or bone can be shaved from a large nose to give it an even slope. In contrast, if you feel that your nose is too small, cartilage can be harvested from a donor location (ear or rib graft) and used to add structure to your nose. Prior nasal surgeries can leave you with less than desired results, which can greatly increase the technical difficulty to achieve an optimal result. Dr. Sarikhani will listen to your concerns during your consultation to ensure that this time you achieve your aesthetic wishes.


One of the most common functional issue people address with nose surgery is a problem with breathing. There are many causes of this that include a deviated septum, swollen turbinates, and other issues with the nasal passages. These conditions can be present since birth or they may be problems encountered as adults, like trauma or cancer on or within the nose. Another very common reason for functional rhinoplasty is to revise a prior nose surgery that caused problems with breathing or the normal operation of the nose.

Many issues can contribute to breathing problems, but Dr. Sarikhani will take the time to very carefully examine your nose during your consultation to perfectly understand the physical issues presented by your condition and to recommend the most appropriate procedure to address it. With his long experience and careful attention to detail you can be assured that Dr. Sarikhani will recommend the very best customized procedure to help you regain the functioning of your nose.


Many people find their nose to be less attractive than they would like. It may feel out of balance with their face. It’s also common for people to have concerns about the shape or function of their nose based on prior injury, diseases such as cancer, or birth defects. Both men and women interested in nose surgery are concerned with either the appearance or function of their nose and generally hope achieve one of the following:

  • Make the bridge of the nose more straight
  • Eliminate a bump on the bridge
  • Alter the appearance of the tip
  • Make the nose larger or smaller
  • Correct airflow and breathing
  • Refine the nose/lip angle
  • Change the shape of the nostrils

 It is also critical that nasal surgery be performed only after the face has fully matured, generally after adolescence and that patients be in generally good health and not smoking.

For many people of different ethnicities, it can be critical that your plastic surgeon understands your specific needs. Dr. Dariush Saikhani is an expert at Ethnic Rhinoplasty, taking into consideration all the issues that relate to specific types of skin and contour. In this way he can alter the shape of your nose while maintaining the unique character of your face.


During a consultation for nose reshaping surgery, Dr. Sarikhani will have many things to review and discuss about your specific case in order to provide you with the best results. He with look very closely at the structure of your nose, considering the bones and cartilage that are central to its shape in addition to the thickness and texture of the skin, as well as your age. While many adolescents show an interest in nose surgery, most experienced plastic surgeons recommend waiting until the patient is fully mature both physically and emotionally.

Upon arriving for you consultation you will be thoroughly examined to assess the condition of your nose, carefully considers your desired outcome, and determines a unique plan for your procedure that will deliver the best results possible. Dr. Sarikhani also feels strongly that the nose should be evaluated with the other proportions and main facial features such as the cheeks, chin, and jawline. Before and after photos will also be available so that you can review potential results. No result can be perfectly guaranteed, but you can be secure knowing you are in the best possible hands. It’s recommended that you bring with you a picture demonstrating the result you would like.

Dr. Dariush Sarikhani  and his staff understand very well that making the choice to have cosmetic surgery can be difficult, and so we do our very best to make the entire process easy and comfortable. To ensure your comfort and peace of mind, we ensure that our staff works closely with you from the time you arrive throughout the recovery process.


There are many steps in preparing for nose surgery. Dr. Sarikhani will explain to you the various medical tests and examinations needed before surgery. Prior to your procedure you will need to acquire a few prescription medications, including pain medication and antibiotics, to ensure that you have everything you need once the procedure has been performed. One thing that’s absolutely critical is to avoid any herbal supplements or anti-inflammatory drugs for a number of weeks before and after surgery as these may prevent blood from properly clotting and could impede healing. It’s also important that you have someone who can drive for you after the surgery as you won’t be able to do so on your own.

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