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Rhinoplasty in Essex County, New Jersey

Also Offering Nose Surgery for Morris & Union Counties, NJ

If you are frustrated by the appearance of your nose, you are not alone. Rhinoplasty (also known as nose reshaping surgery, nose surgery or nose job) was one of the most requested plastic surgery procedures in 2012, second only to breast augmentation. About 250,000 Americans underwent nose surgery in 2012.

With nose reshaping surgery, New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Erwin Bulan can alter the size or shape of your nose. He can create a more aesthetically pleasing profile or bring a sense of proportion to facial features. He can even correct chronic breathing problems.

At Bulan Plastic Surgery, we look forward to giving you the nose and overall facial profile you desire, so you are pleased with what you see when you look in the mirror.

Benefits of Rhinoplasty

You may benefit from nose reshaping surgery if you would like to correct one of the following:

  • A nose that is too large or wide
  • A nose that is not proportionate to other facial features
  • A crooked nose
  • A nose with an arch that is too big, sometimes called a “Roman” nose
  • A nose that has suffered damage from trauma or sports injury
  • Inherent nasal abnormalities
  • Chronic breathing problems

In addition to benefiting from nose reshaping surgery, you may also benefit from a complementary cosmetic surgery such as chin augmentation or a nonsurgical procedure such as BOTOX injection treatment. Dr. Bulan will review your aesthetic goals with you during consultation and recommend the best treatment protocol to achieve those goals.

How Rhinoplasty Works

It typically takes Dr. Bulan 1-3 hours to perform nose surgery, depending on your individual nasal structure and the complexity of your situation. Nose reshaping is an outpatient surgery, so you will need a responsible adult to drive you to and from the surgical center.

After administering anesthesia, Dr. Bulan starts nose reshaping surgery by making miniscule incisions in the nasal area. Through the incisions, he accesses the underlying nasal structure, lifting the soft tissues that envelop the nose. The experienced plastic surgeon then reshapes the exposed cartilage and bone, constructing a new nasal profile.

Dr. Bulan can help you achieve a variety of surgical goals, including correcting a deviated septum, reducing the nose or augmenting the nasal structure. If you wish to augment your nose, Dr. Bulan will graft cartilage from the nasal septum or ear onto the nose. If you wish to modify the size of your nostrils, Dr. Bulan may place additional stitches in the creases of your nostrils.

Once Dr. Bulan is satisfied with the newly sculpted nose, he closes any incisions with stitches. He then secures the treated area with internal tubes and a splint.

Open vs. Closed Approach

There are two main approaches to nose surgery: open and closed. In the open approach, Dr. Bulan makes the incisions on the columella, the medial nostril strip, giving him the best visibility and control during the procedure.

In the closed approach, Dr. Bulan positions the incisions inside the nose. Although this technique reduces the amount of control that the plastic surgeon has during the procedure, it allows for faster healing and less-visible scars. Together, Dr. Bulan and you will decide which approach to use.


When patients are dissatisfied with their nose reshaping results, they will sometimes seek out another plastic surgeon to perform revision surgery to fix certain issues. It becomes extra important to select a quality surgeon not only to get better results, but because nose reshaping is an even more difficult procedure the second time around given the presence of scar tissue.
Due to his well-earned reputation, Dr. Bulan is frequently consulted by patients seeking revision nose reshaping. After examining your nose and listening to your concerns, he can provide you with a realistic idea of what revision rhinoplasty can achieve for you specifically.


Nose Surgery Patient Before & After PhotosDr. Bulan is proud to perform surgery on patients from diverse backgrounds. With nose reshaping especially, he understands that his Black, Latino and Asian patients often have concerns about adjusting their noses without erasing features that correspond with their ethnicity. Knowing that there is no single standard of beauty, Dr. Bulan will gladly devise a surgical plan that feels authentic to you.

Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) FAQs


Although the effects of aging will eventually undo most cosmetic procedures, that is not the case with nose reshaping. Once your nose has healed into its final position, which typically takes up to one year of maturation, you can expect it to continue looking that way indefinitely. Sun damage and loose skin may slightly change the appearance of your nose over time, but the structure of the nose should remain intact.

Nose Surgery FAQ for Essex County, NJ Patients


Dr. Bulan has performed enough rhinoplasty procedures to confidently state that no two surgeries are the same. Each procedure is unique and customized to make the specific changes you want for your nose. The more fully you communicate your aesthetic goals to Dr. Bulan during the consultation phase, the better the results will be.


While most patients undergo nose reshaping for aesthetic reasons, a septoplasty can allow air to pass through your nose more easily. The procedure involves straightening a crooked septum. A septoplasty is often combined with rhinoplasty so that the patient can look and breathe better. While most of Dr. Bulan’s patients are primarily concerned with making cosmetic improvements to their noses, Dr. Bulan can also look to increase functionality in patients who express concerns with their breathing.


The price of nose reshaping depends on the type of changes being made to the nose and the technique employed to achieve those changes. After developing a surgical plan with you, Dr. Bulan will provide you with a complete cost breakdown so that you can make an informed decision. Financing options are available for patients who wish to make payments toward the procedure.


Dr. Bulan is a respected surgeon with great patient reviews and amazing photos to demonstrate his previous work. He is also known for the kindness and genuine concern he shows towards his patients. With Dr. Bulan, you will feel comfortable through every step of the process.

What to Expect After Nose Surgery

Once the effects of the anesthesia have worn off, you will be released to an authorized individual. Leave any dressings that Dr. Bulan has placed on the treated area in place. Dr. Bulan will remove any dressings and stitches about a week after surgery at one of your follow-up appointments.

The treated area may be swollen or bruised, but these symptoms usually diminish in a few weeks. You may experience mild pain or discomfort after nose surgery. To minimize discomfort, apply ice packs and take oral pain relievers as directed by Dr. Bulan.

You should expect to take 1-2 weeks off from work, resting and limiting any physical activity during that time. Although the initial swelling subsides relatively quickly after surgery, you may not see full aesthetic results for several months to a year as the body heals, further refining the nasal profile.

To optimize your aesthetic results and minimize the risk of surgical complications, be sure to adhere to all of Dr. Bulan’s care instructions, both before and after surgery.

How to Schedule a Nose Surgery

Getting your ideal nose is simple: Contact Dr. Bulan at Bulan Plastic Surgery by calling (973) 467-9744 today to schedule a one-on-one consultation and find out more about your nose surgery options.

Why put off getting the nose of your dreams? Now is a great time to get your ideal nose!