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Should I Get a Nose Job?

Rhinoplasty San Francisco, CAAt Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center, we understand that choosing to get a cosmetic procedure is a major decision—but an exciting one too! If you have considered getting a nose job, also known as a rhinoplasty surgery, read on to find out if this procedure is right for you.

What a nose job is for

Has the shape of your nose always bothered you? Do you wish you could make it slightly smaller, larger, remove a bump, or alter a specific area? That is exactly what a nose job can do. A nose job can also correct breathing issues connected to nose shape and position, as well as fix disfigurement due to trauma or a birth defect.

What a nose job procedure includes

A nose job procedure is typically an outpatient surgery. This means that it generally doesn’t require you to stay the night in the hospital. Before your procedure begins, you will be given general or local anesthesia. With general anesthesia you will sleep through the entire procedure and be extremely groggy when you wake up as the anesthesia effects wear off. With local anesthesia, you will be sedated and relaxed. Your nose will then be numbed so you do not feel any pain.

For the procedure, the surgeon will make incisions in the nostrils or may need to cut along the base of the nose. The inner bone and cartilage is then reshaped to create the nose shape you want.


After your rhinoplasty procedure is completed, you may need to wear a nose splint for about six days. Bruising and swelling are common and a natural part of the healing process. After about day three, you will notice a decrease in swelling and bruising, but in some cases it can last for about three weeks. Make sure you do not participate in actives that cause excessive exertion. Take it easy and allow your body to heal fully and properly. Within about three weeks, patients can usually return to their normal activities without any noticeable signs of a nose job.

Arrange a consultation

If you think a nose job is right for you, contact Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center today. Contact our team of professionals by calling our office at 510-724-8282 (Pinhole) or 415-461-5755 (Larkspur).

Enhance your look with Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty Larkspur, CARhinoplasty is a popular plastic surgery procedure used to reshape the nose. Also known as a nose job, this procedure can be done for aesthetic as well as functional purposes. For instance, some patients want to augment or reduce the shape of their nose while others require rhinoplasty to correct breathing problems or a birth defect. A nose job is commonly combined with another cosmetic procedure.

Who can you trust to perform your rhinoplasty procedure?

Dr. Serebrakian is a double board-certified surgeon at the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center accredited surgery center in the San Francisco area. Before you schedule your nose job procedure, you will have a consultation with the doctor. During this meeting, you can share your expectations and goals for the surgery. The doctor will ask you about your medical history and address the risks and benefits of a nose job. As the doctor begins to understand your expectations, he will discuss with you the details of the surgery that will help achieve your desired look.

It is important to remember that, for instance, if you want to mimic the nose of a favorite celebrity, it will likely not look the same on you. This is because you have different bone structure and facial features that must be taken into consideration. For this purpose, a consultation will help the doctor identify how to best achieve your desired results.

What type of nose job method do I need?

There are two routes for performing a rhinoplasty: closed and open. During closed rhinoplasty, incisions are only performed inside of the nostrils. This will result in no visible skin incisions. Open rhinoplasty is done by making small incisions on the underside of the nose and in between the nostrils.

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is done by using fillers to augment or reduce the shape and look of the nose. Because this type of nose job is noninvasive, swelling and bruising are minimal.

Schedule a consultation

To learn more about how rhinoplasty can enhance your look this New Year, call Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center. You can reach our team by calling 510-724-8282 (Pinhole) or 415-461-5755 (Larkspur).

Nose Jobs: The Most Popular Cosmetic Procedure for Teens

Rhinoplasty San Francisco | Nose Job Pinole | Larkspur CARhinoplasty commonly referred to as a nose job, is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure among U.S. teens. A nose job is typically an outpatient surgery where you can go home the same day. Teens should never have a nose job until their nose has fully grown to its adult size. This usually occurs by age 16 for girls, and slightly later for boys.

The types of Rhinoplasty

There are many ways a nose job can be accomplished. These include: making the nose more in proportion with the face, getting rid of a hump, realigning the bridge, decreasing or increasing nostril size, widening the breathing passage, or fixing the nose following an injury.

The role of parents and guardians

Open and honest communication between parents and teens is vital to ensuring the success of a rhinoplasty operation. Prior to surgery, parents should arrange a conversation between themselves, their teen, and the doctor to discuss the benefits and risks. The doctor will make sure the teen is mature enough to handle the operation and has a realistic understanding of the results. If a teen thinks that getting a nose job will magically change their life, they are not mature enough. This meeting will give the teen the opportunity to share their goals, concerns, and hopes in relation to rhinoplasty.

Realistic expectations

Teens should understand that it will take some time before they see the full and final results of a nose job. Following surgery, the head must be elevated for one day. Swelling and pain will develop but can be diminished using medication and a cold compress. It could take weeks before the redness and swelling go down. This is a normal part of the healing process but can sometimes be discouraging to a teen who is impatient.

Schedule a consultation

If your teen is serious about getting a nose job, speak with them about their choice. Arrange a consultation with Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center. This consultation will help you determine if a nose job is a right choice. Call us today at 510-724-8282 (Pinole) or 415-461-5755 (Larkspur).

Your nose and aging

Rhinoplasty | Bay Area Laser Surgery CenterToday’s rhinoplasty procedures can produce subtle changes to the nose, helping to ensure that your nose is not only more attractive but also fits your face.

Plastic surgeons can reshape the nose to:

  • Repair an injury
  • Fix a deformity
  • Improve its appearance

Rhinoplasty might do more than improving your looks

A recent study suggests the procedure may make patients appear 1.5 years younger on average. Researchers asked 50 participants to look at “before and after” photos of patients who had undergone rhinoplasty, or a nose job. Then the participants were asked to estimate the ages of the patients.

Rhinoplasty patients were guessed to be younger than their actual ages

And the youthful benefits were most evident for the older patients. The researchers saw this as objective proof of the rejuvenating effects of rhinoplasty and one of the benefits of undergoing the procedure.

Rhinoplasty patients say they have an improved sense of well-being

Many patients say they notice a change in their self-perception. They report feeling better about themselves and open to making other changes and improvements to their appearance. Some even say their rejuvenated appearance makes them look younger to themselves and others.

People may look younger simply because they’re happier after their nose job

Researchers involved in the study say rhinoplasty clearly provides an added benefit for older patients. The study findings could turn an anti-aging benefit into one of the “selling points” for having the procedure. However, it may be the patient’s new outlook rather than the reshaped nose that creates this more youthful effect.

The goal of rhinoplasty is to improve the harmony of the nose and the face

Rhinoplasty patients are often hyper-focused on the nose alone. But the job of the surgeon is more than simply to make the nose smaller or straighter; the focus should be on creating an aesthetic shape that will balance your face. Many patients comment that post-rhinoplasty, “my nose finally seems to fit my face.”

Let’s talk about what rhinoplasty could do for you

In Pinole (East Bay), call (510) 724-8282; In Larkspur (North Bay), call: (415) 461-5755.

Reshaping your nose can improve your whole face

Rhinoplasty bay area | Dr. Armen Serebrakian Patients come to us with various reasons for wanting to change the shape of their noses. You may have been born with a nose size or shape that has bothered you for many years; or you may have had an accident that changed the shape of your nose. Some patients have spent a lifetime with breathing problems, often caused by a deviated septum. But whatever the reason for “nose issues,” we have solutions that can improve the shape of your nose, which can improve facial balance and your overall appearance. And we can make structural changes that can ease your breathing issues.

Surgical rhinoplasty can provide dramatic and natural results

This method for reshaping of the nose is a long-term solution to improve size and shape and remove bumps. The procedure has a long history of successful outcomes for people who are unhappy with their nose or struggle with breathing issues due to structural problems.

Most of the incisions are made inside the nose

The skin, tissues underlying bone and cartilage are all sculpted to a new, more aesthetic shape, leaving no visible scars. You will have bruising and swelling as a result of the surgery that takes some time to resolve. And depending on your needs, the procedure can be performed using local or general anesthesia.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is an option for some patients

This procedure uses injectable fillers, such as Radiesse, to alter the shape of the nose for a more pleasing appearance. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is typically performed for aesthetic reasons, but fillers can also be used to correct certain other defects. The procedure can be performed in our offices using local anesthetic. Bruising and swelling is usually minimal. Radiesse filler can allow your results to last eight months to a year. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvederm, can last six to eight months.

If you’re ready to improve your breathing or your appearance, simply call

Let’s talk about your goals for your nose and decide which procedure could be right for you. Call for a consultation today: Pinole (East Bay) office (510) 724-8282; Larkspur (North Bay) office (415) 461-5755.

A Rhinoplasty Procedure Without General Anesthesia

non-surgical rhinoplasty bay areaA rhinoplasty – a surgical procedure that is used to correct deformities or aberrations of the nose – is typically done under general anesthesia.  As rhinoplasties can be complicated procedures, patients would have to go under this type of anesthesia to ensure maximum comfort and safety throughout the duration of the surgery.

However, there are rhinoplasty procedures that can be done under local anesthesia with sedation, in just a few hours, with minimal downtime.

Armen Serebrakian, M.D., of the accredited and certified Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center, is proud to offer ‘local anesthesia’ rhinoplasty procedures.  Dr. Serebrakian – double board-certified by the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery and American Board of Head & Neck Surgery – can ensure that patients are comfortable yet conscious while undergoing their rhinoplasty procedure.  By keeping patients alert, Dr. Serebrakian can monitor your facial expressions, muscles, and nerves, thus providing you with the most natural-looking and safe rhinoplasty procedure.

In addition to this advantage, there are many other benefits to using local anesthesia, including the following:

  • General anesthesia can be risky for a few individuals, especially those patients who smoke, are obese, have high blood pressure, have drug allergies, or have a history of adverse reaction to general anesthesia. Performing a rhinoplasty under local anesthesia essentially negates these concerns; however, during the consultation period, Dr. Serebrakian will ask about your medical history to ensure that you are an appropriate candidate for the procedure.
  • The procedure is surprisingly short, as it usually takes just a few hours (more complicated procedures may require more time and/or general anesthesia).  A rhinoplasty under local anesthesia can be performed on an outpatient basis at The Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center.
  • Recovery time is minimal, and many patients find that they’re able to return to work much more quickly than with a traditional rhinoplasty.

If you’re interested in learning more about a rhinoplasty procedure without general anesthesia, schedule a consultation with Dr. Serebrakian at The Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center. Our East Bay office, located in Pinole, serves Martinez, Berkeley and Walnut Creek. Our North Bay office, located in Larkspur, serves San Francisco and Marin county.

To learn more simply fill out the form in the top left corner, or call 510-724-8282 for our East Bay office or 415-461-5755 for our North Bay office.

What You Need to Know About a Nose Job (Rhinoplasty)

nose reshaping bay areaThere’s a popular expression that indicates that the “nose has it” – and sometimes, that “it” can be an altered or different facial appearance than what we’d like to see.  Our noses can have a major influence on our overall look and appearance.  You only need to look at Hollywood celebrities to see how much of a difference a rhinoplasty, or nose job, can make (hello, Jennifer Aniston and Ashlee Simpson!).

When you feel that the appearance of your nose is holding you back, it can be difficult to gain the confidence you need to conquer your day-to-day activities.  If you’re ready to make a big change, then you should visit Dr. Serebrakian at the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center for a rhinoplasty consultation.

Dr. Serebrakian is a board certified head and neck surgeon, as well as a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, California Society of Cosmetic Surgery, and California Society of Facial Plastic Surgery.  Therefore, you can be sure that when you’re undergoing a nose job at the accredited and certified Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center, you’re putting your nose in the hands of the very best.

What Will Happen During Your Rhinoplasty Procedure?

Your rhinoplasty procedure will involve meeting with Dr. Serebrakian for an initial consultation, during which an appropriate gallery of before & after photos will be reviewed.  Once you’ve communicated the results you’re looking for, you will undergo the rhinoplasty procedure.  Generally, this involves going under a local, or in more cases, general anesthesia).  The rhinoplasty will involve reshaping the nose’s cartilage and tissue to produce the desired results that will fit to the individual’s face and ethnicity.

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Recovery from a nose job can vary, from only four days to up to ten days, as it takes time for the nose’s delicate cartilage to heal from the procedure.  For the first week after the procedure, you’ll wear a reshaping bandage, which will help keep your new nose shape in place.  You may want to take a week off of work, which gives the nose time to heal and the bruises to reduce in severity.

Depending on your consultation, you may even discover that you don’t need to undergo an invasive nose job.  Many advances in rhinoplasty have made it possible for the nose to be reshaped without undergoing surgery.  Radiesse fillers can give you the temporary nose shape you’re looking for; however, you will need to maintain these results with regular appointments.

If you’re ready to achieve the facial appearance you’ve always wanted, visit Dr. Serebrakian, with his 27 years of experience in rhinoplasty surgery, at the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center today. We have offices in Pinole and Larkspur, and we serve all of the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Martinez, Berkeley and Marin County.

To get in touch with us just fill out the form in the top left corner, or call 510-724-8282 for our East Bay office or 415-461-5755 for our North Bay office.


Rhinoplasty Revision: How to Correct a Satisfactory Nose Job

There’s no denying that you had high hopes for your rhinoplasty procedure.  From dreaming of your new and improved facial features to feeling more confident about showing your face to the world, you were certain that a nose job was the answer to your body confidence issues.

But fast-forward past one failed rhinoplasty procedure, and it quickly becomes evident that your new nose job is a huge source of embarrassment and misery.  Not only did you not get the nose shape you wanted, but the surgeon completely botched the nose job altogether, leaving you looking less than your best.

If this sounds all too familiar, then there’s good news on the horizon – you can fix a botched nose job with a rhinoplasty revision.

Rhinoplasty revision is a term that’s applied to nose jobs that are specifically done to correct a botched rhinoplasty procedure done by another surgeon.  Rhinoplasty procedures are surprisingly common; it’s estimated that ten to fifteen percent of rhinoplasty patients have to undergo correctional surgery to get the nose that they originally intended to receive.  Add to the fact that nose tissues and cartilage are notorious for reshaping and resetting after a rhinoplasty procedure, it’s no wonder there’s such a strong demand for rhinoplasty revision.

Before signing up for a rhinoplasty revision, it’s important to carefully think over your reasons for wanting to undergo a nose job correction.  Many people are often unhappy with the initial shape of their nose after a rhinoplasty, and think that it needs immediate correction.  However, as previously mentioned, the nose is notorious for shifting shape; sometimes you won’t see your ideal nose shape for a year after having the procedure done.  If you’re in the midst of this recovery period, then it might be in your best interests to wait and see how your nose turns out.

If, however, your rhinoplasty surgeon has done an unacceptable job that’s complete off the mark of what you wanted, then you might want to schedule a rhinoplasty revision as soon as possible.  There’s no need to suffer with the nose you never wanted to have – so talk to a different surgeon to see if a rhinoplasty revision is right for you.

At the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA, we can help repair and transform your botched nose job into the nose you initially wanted.  Fill out the form in your upper right to get 10% off this and other procedures, or call us at 510-724-8282 for our East Bay office or 415-461-5755 for our North Bay office.



Rhinoplasty: Get the Nose You Were Meant to Have

It’s no secret that the shape of your nose can have a major influence on the appearance of your face.  For example, take a look at one of the most famous rhinoplasty patients: Ashlee Simpson.  Before her rhinoplasty surgery, her nose was overwhelming compared to her petite facial features; however, after re-shaping her nose, her face looks perfectly proportioned, resulting in more work as a spokeswoman and a model.

If you’ve felt that you’ve been handed a nose that isn’t right for your face, then a rhinoplasty procedure may be just what you need.  The procedure involves the surgeon making tiny incisions in the inside of the nose, so the surgery scars aren’t evident as they heal.    The surgeon then reshapes the nose by sculpting the tissue, bone and cartilage into the shape that you desire.

Most rhinoplasty procedures are relatively simple, and involve little time in surgery.  For common nose reshapings, the patient will be treated with a local anesthesia with sedation, or a general anesthesia if needed; once the patient is asleep, the procedure takes no longer than one or two hours.  Complicated rhinoplasty procedures might take longer, so be sure to ask your surgeon his or her estimate of how long your surgery will take place.

Rhinoplasty recovery times are generally not lengthy, of course it takes time for the delicate cartilage and tissue to heal from the procedure.  Your surgeon may advise you to take a week or two off of work to recover, which also gives the bruising time to reduce.  For the first week after the procedure, you may need to wear a shaping bandage over the nose, which will help keep your new nose shape in place.

If you’re not a fan of surgery (and let’s face it, who is?), then you’ll be delighted by recent advances in the rhinoplasty industry.  Non-surgical rhinoplasty can be used to temporarily reshape the nose without the use of invasive surgical procedures.  Radiesse fillers are used to give the nose your desired shape, which typically lasts for eight to twelve months (hyaluronic fillers usually last for much shorter periods of time; think five to six months).  Recovery time is minimal, as non-invasive rhinoplasty doesn’t cause the level of bruising and swelling as traditional rhinoplasty procedures.

Rhinoplasty can have a drastic effect on the appearance of your face, so be sure that you’ve picked out the right nose shape you wish to have.  Your surgeon can help you select the perfect nose that will suit your face shape and size and ethnicity.

If you’re ready to get the nose you were meant to have, then visit the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center in one of our two locations, San Francisco, CA and Pinole.  Fill out the form in your top left corner, or call us at 510-724-8282 for our East Bay office or 415-461-5755 for our North Bay office.


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(415) 461-5755

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