Dr. Robert Carl Ciardullo MD, Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Robert Carl Ciardullo MD

Plastic Surgeon

170 Maple Ave Suite 305 White Plains NY, 10601



Dr. Robert Ciardullo is a cosmetic medicine and surgery specialist practicing in White Plains, NY. Dr. Ciardullo specializes in the enhancement of appearance. Improving aesthetic, symmetry and proportion are key goals in cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic medicine has nothing to do with these specific areas not functioning properly; therefore, this elective field solely focuses on aesthetics and anti-aging.

Education and Training

Johns Hopkins Univ Sch of Med, Baltimore Md 1976

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 1976

Board Certification

Plastic SurgeryAmerican Board of Plastic SurgeryABPS

Provider Details

Male French 42 years of experience
Dr. Robert Carl Ciardullo MD
Dr. Robert Carl Ciardullo MD's Expert Contributions
  • Are there any risks with lip injections?

    The risks are Very rare and usually temporary. These will include bruising asymmetry and very rarely, infection. Most fillers used for lip injection can be removed with an enzyme if a patient does not like it. READ MORE

  • How long does it take to recover from a lower face lift?

    Generally, the bulk of the bruising and swelling following a lower facelift subsides enough to look well between two and three weeks. This is very variable depending on the patient and most particularly on the patient’s age. The older one is, the longer it takes. The average person in their 50s by 2 to 3 weeks after a lower face lift begins to look better than before. READ MORE

  • What should I do after my rhinoplasty?

    Immediately after surgery, sleeping with the back of the bed elevated and applying cold compresses intermittently will reduce bruising and swelling. The cold compresses are generally used for the first 48 hours. Sleeping elevated is beneficial for the first 1 to 2 weeks. You will have a cast postoperatively, this should be kept dry. You should avoid strenuous activities such as working out, lifting weights, contact sports, etc., for 3 to 4 weeks depending on the level of the activity. The skin will be somewhat sensitive to the sun for the first several weeks so use sunscreen, a large hat, and intense sun avoidance should be practiced. Also, avoid aspirin, Advil, Motrin, and all of the so-called non-steroidal anti-inflammatories for at least two weeks before and two weeks after surgery since these may cause bleeding. Some surgeons feel that vitamin C complex with bioflavonoids reduces bruising and swelling as well as Arnica taken before and after surgery. Good nutrition is always helpful for rapid and complete healing. There are a number of other drugs to be avoided immediately before and after surgery. Both surgeons also want their patients to discontinue the birth control pill since this may result in blood clots forming after surgery. Most surgeons provide their rhinoplasty patients with a detailed list of preoperative preparation and postoperative care. Follow these directions carefully for the best and quickest healing. READ MORE

  • How long does tightness last after a neck lift?

    After a neck lift, there is a feeling of tightness which lasts several weeks. This is due to the tightening of the platysma muscle bands of the neck. This feeling generally wears away after several weeks. The actual skin tightness will also not last indefinitely. Postoperatively, there is swelling, which increases the tightness, but stretches the skin a little bit. When the swelling goes down over the first 2 to 3 weeks, the skin tightness may already be a little less than achieved during the surgery. The effect of aging and the effect of gravity also set in immediately after the surgery. While the person will always have less excess skin of the neck and therefore a tighter neck for having done a neck lift, gravity and the aging process take over immediately after the surgery is complete. Generally, by about 10 years, people consider a re-tuck. But they still look better at this time than they would have had they not done the neck lift in the first place. READ MORE

  • Are there health risks involved with liposuction?

    If you are an appropriate candidate for liposuction with good skin tone the excess fat from the legs can be removed. Liposuction has surgical risks such as infection bleeding, dents, asymmetries, and irregularities. Health risks of surgery depend heavily on the patient’s general health and body weight. Higher risk factors would include diabetes, heart disease, obesity, the use of hormones (which may be discontinued preoperatively), etc. There are rare, worse complications that can occur. They should be discussed with your surgeon in detail. READ MORE

  • How long does eyelid plastic surgery last?

    The fat and skin that is generally removed from the upper and lower eyelids during Eyelid plastic surgery cannot regenerate. Therefore what is removed is gone permanently and the improvement is therefore permanent. However, the aging process does not stop. With age the eyebrows descend, the skin loses elasticity, wrinkles develop and other aging processes that will diminish the look around the eyes also occur. This however is an ongoing aging process, and not a wearing out of the surgery that was performed. In other words if someone has an eyelid plasty they will always for the rest of their life look better than if they had not, but they will not always look as good as when they first had it because the aging process Resumes the moment the last stitch is placed. READ MORE

  • What is canaloplasty surgery of ear?

    Canthoplasty refers to surgery on the corner of the eye, not the ear READ MORE

  • Is it normal to feel breast implants move?

    Breast implants move slightly; when you stand up from a laying down position, they drop a little bit. When you lie down from a standing position, they may drift slightly laterally. Some movement is normal and expected, however, some patients develop excessive movement, which may need to be adjusted surgically. READ MORE

  • What can I do to remove scars from chicken pox?

    Scars can be removed, however removing the scar replaces it with a new scar. In some cases the new scar may be no better than the old scar. This is a judgment call that an experienced surgeon could make before surgery. Depressed scars such as those formed from chickenpox can also be filled with fillers, but this is is a temporary measure. READ MORE

  • Is there surgery for hyperpigmentation on the hands?

    There are creams for that but not surgery READ MORE

  • How do they put cheek implants in?

    Permanent cheek implants are generally inserted through a small incision inside the mouth above the upper molars READ MORE

  • How is a cheek lift done?

    A cheek lift is the upper portion of a facelift. It is generally done through an incision which starts in the temple and extends down in front of the ear. The skin of the temple and cheek area is then elevated from the tissue beneath and sutures are placed in the tissues beneath the skin to lift it. The skin is then draped back over this lifted tissue and redundant skin removed and sutures placed. READ MORE

  • What can I do to increase my breast size after nursing?

    The only way to increase breast size short of gaining weight or taking hormones, is a breast implant. A breast lift will raise the position of the nipple, which may have declined after losing breast tissue following childbearing and breast-feeding. This loss of breast tissue is called postpartum involution. For mild cases of breast lost with the breast remaining still quite high on the chest, an implant may be all that is necessary. If breast tissue loss is also associated with sagging of the breast, a lift is often combined with an implant. If there is asymmetry, a larger implant may be used on one side than the other to compensate for the imbalance. READ MORE

  • What is a gummy bear implant?

    Older forms of silicone breast implants were made of a liquid silicone much like maple syrup encased in a silicone shell. If the shell broke, the liquid silicone would exit the shell and spread into the surrounding tissues. Newer models of breast implants are made with self-cohesive gel, which sticks to itself. It has the consistency of the candy called a Gummy Bear, therefore, if the outer shell breaks, the silicone does not travel. That is what is referred to as gummy bear implants. READ MORE

  • What breast implants look the most natural?

    Most people feel that silicone implants feel more natural than Saline implants particularly if there is very little tissue covering the implant. The look however is usually very similar except that in patients with very small amounts of tissue covering the implant, Saline implants may show rippling while silicone implants generally do not READ MORE

  • What is the recovery for otolarynology plastic surgery?

    The swelling and bruising after otoplasty generally subsides after approximately two weeks. However one should wear a headband while sleeping for 6 to 8 weeks to avoid inadvertent pulling forward on the ear which can disrupt the sutures READ MORE

  • Do you have a scar after liposuction?

    Liposuction is performed through tiny punctures. For the abdomen it is generally performed through tiny punctures in the groin creases and in the belly button. These scars are only a few millimeters in length and generally fade into a natural crease so they are virtually invisible READ MORE

  • Is eyelid surgery risky?

    Every operation has its risks. The risk of upper eyelid surgery is that if too much skin is removed the eye will not close completely which could result in irritation and dry eyes. Removal of too much skin from the lower lid could cause what’s called an ectropian which is a drooping of the lower lid away from the eyeball. Other risks are infection, worse than expected scarring and an extremely rare risk called retro bulbar hematoma. These risks are generally rare in experienced hands. But a patient should discuss these risks in depth with her surgeon READ MORE

  • Are breast implants safe long-term?

    The FTA has determined that they are. There are of course surgical risks such as infection bleeding and cosmetic problems. There are longer-term problems including scar tissue creating hardness and implant leakage. Long-term use of silicone breast implantsI was thought to be associated with a higher risk of autoimmune disease but studies did not bear this out. textured surface implants have been found to be associated with lymphoma in approximately one in 3000 patients. There are a number of vague illnesses such as depression which have been lumped together into the term breast implant illness. This is rareAnd poorly understood. Implants eventually may leak and need replacement but this is generally not a health concern. The majority of women who have had implants for many years and even a lifetime have done fine but there are those exceptions. The risks should be discussed in detail with your surgeon. READ MORE

  • Can plastic surgery help with my scar?

    When a scar is surgically removed it is replaced by a new scar. The procedure is done with the expectation that the new scar will be better than the former scar. It however will also be permanent Some scars do not lend themselves to Surgical improvement while others do. READ MORE

  • How long does scar removal surgery last?

    When a scar is removed a new scar is formed which is hopefully better than the previous one. The new scar that forms will be permanent but it will improve with time READ MORE

  • Is a rhinoplasty safe?

    Rhinoplasty in a generally healthy 25-year-old person who is not exceptionally overweight can be an extremely safe procedure when performed by a well-qualified plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty, in an appropriate accredited facility with a professional anesthesiologist providing control of the airway. In this setting, the risk of a serious complication would be extremely rare. I have performed over 3,000 such procedures and have never had an anesthesia complication. The more common issues with rhinoplastic surgery are patient satisfaction with the cosmetic result. READ MORE

  • Will a rhinoplasty change the way I breathe through my nose?

    This depends entirely on the patient’s anatomy. If the patient has a deviated septum and this is not addressed during the surgery, there may be a postoperative reduction in the amount of airflow through the nose. Therefore, if a patient has a deviated septum, they should be addressed at the time of surgery. Sometimes patients have structures called turbinates which are enlarged. If so, these may need to be shrunken by laser. If the patient has a normal and adequate airway before surgery, then breathing issues after surgery are rare. But there are a few cases where the smaller nose is somewhat tighter than the larger wider preoperative nose. READ MORE

  • Large scar on my hand. Can it be removed?

    A scar can only be removed if it is small enough that the remaining skin can then be closed over the defect. If the score is too big for that and the scar is thick and raised, Cortizone injections into the score might be considered. This will shrink the scar. Scars shrink and fade considerably on their own over time, but this can take over a year. Since scars will fade considerably with time surgery should not generally be considered until after a year. Some people form keloids, which are particularly large, thick, resistant to treatment scars and pose greater surgical and therapeutic dilemmas for treatment of keloids, a patient should seek someone who has a large experience in this field. READ MORE

  • Is it possible to gain the fat back after liposuction?

    Liposuction is a surgical procedure and therefore has surgical risks. Infection and postoperative bleeding are two risks that can accompany any surgery. These are rare after liposuction. Anesthesia risks can occur with any type of surgery and are highest in people who are older and in people who are significantly overweight. The risk that is particular to liposuction, particularly the abdominal area, is unevenness or dents, which are a cosmetic consideration. A person has a fixed number of fat cells since childhood. We cannot make new fat cells. Therefore, the fat cells which are removed are gone permanently. However, the fat cells which remain can get larger if a patient gains weight. However, since many of the fat cells from the liposuctioned area are now gone, there are fewer fat cells remaining to get larger. Patients will therefore tend to gain most of any weight after surgery in areas other than those areas which are liposuctioned. READ MORE

  • How long is a recovery from a breast augmentation?

    The answer to this question varies dramatically depending on what type of work you do, and your pain tolerance. Breast augmentation, particularly under the muscle, can be quite painful for the first few days. Some take pain medication for 2 to 3 days, others for 5 to 7 days. It will also be painful to use the arms in a strenuous way. If one’s job involves merely desk work, such patients often return to work after a few days. However, if one uses the arms in a strenuous way, such as lifting or working out, it may take 2 to 3 weeks to be comfortable doing this. READ MORE

  • Are mommy make-overs safe?

    All surgery has risks, and the mommy makeover is a rather large surgery. Serious risks are more likely to occur in patients who are older, overweight, smoke, or take hormones or birth control pills. The risk is lowest, but still present in those who are younger, thin, with body mass index less than 25, non-smokers and who are not taking or who have discontinued the use of any hormones. The more serious risks include pulmonary embolus, heart attack, stroke, and death. These are more common in the first patient group mentioned above and much less common in the second group. They are also surgical risks specific to the abdominal plasty and breast surgery involved. These include infection bleeding, fluid collections, scarring beyond the usual. One should read about these risks and discuss them at length with the surgeon. READ MORE

  • How long after blepharoplasty will I look normal?

    Generally in your age range, the bruising and swelling is mostly gone by 2 to 3 weeks, and with a little makeup, a patient can look better than before, although not yet the final best. Scars will be pink for several more weeks and some residual swelling will also take several more weeks to go away. However, by 2 to 3 weeks and a little makeup, most people already look better than before at your age. Older people take longer. READ MORE

  • Which type of breast implant feels the most natural?

    In general, silicone implants feel somewhat more natural than saline. If, however, you have a significant amount of breast tissue of your own, the difference can be minimal. In general, the more breast tissue you have prior to the implant, the less the difference between silicone and saline. The less breast tissue you have, the more significant the difference will be between silicone and saline, silicone feeling more natural. READ MORE

  • How do you prepare for a nose job?

    Preparation for nasal surgery generally involves the avoidance of aspirin, Advil, Motrin, and all of the so-called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for about two weeks prior to surgery. Taking extra vitamin C complex with bioflavonoids may reduce bruising. Some people believe in Arnica to reduce bruising. Many surgeons ask patients to stop taking birth control pills or other hormones prior to surgery to avoid the possibility of postoperative blood clots. Being in a good nutritional state is always beneficial for healing after any surgical procedure. READ MORE

  • What is the best age for face lift?

    In the era before Botox and filler, the average age for facelift was approximately 50 years old. Since Botox and fillers, most women are buying extra years with them and deferring facelift till the sixties. The results, however, are often best in younger women in their 50s and even late 40s. Much depends on the particular individual's anatomy and on how important their looks are. A woman whose livelihood depends on her looks is apt to have surgery at an earlier age than a woman whose looks are less important to her. READ MORE

  • Is plastic surgery done with anesthesia?

    The type of anesthesia used for hair transplant is really a choice that the patient and doctor can make together. If a patient wants local anesthesia, it certainly can be done but the patient will feel all the injections and it will be quite tedious since the surgery can take hours. Surgery can also be done with local anesthesia and mild sedation given orally such as Valium and Percocet. Intravenous Sedation can be used as well as more complete forms of anesthesia but are generally not necessary for hair transplant surgery READ MORE

  • What is the fastest way to recover from eyelid surgery?

    Sleeping elevated after surgery allows swelling to drain away from the eyes and face. Applying cold compresses for the first 48 hours reduces the bruising and swelling around the eyes. Being in a good state of nutrition including the use of vitamin C complex with bioflavonoids may reduce bruising. Protein is important in the healing process so a good nutritional state before during and after your surgery helps with faster healing. The most important and most profound benefit however comes from the use of decadron administered intravenously at the onset of surgery.This dramatically reduces bruising and swelling and reduces the time it takes to look good following island plastic. READ MORE

  • What is an endoscopic face lift?

    Endoscopic facial surgery is a less invasive form of surgery which lifts facial tissue by placing stitches under the skin using an endoscope rather than larger incision, which creates direct exposure. The results of such a procedure are far more limited than the more traditional more invasive type of surgeries and are generally only useful in rather young people who are seeking minimal change. READ MORE

  • What is the best scar treatment?

    In some cases surgical scar revision can be performed. Pressure such as silicone sheets can be applied. Creams such as med derma can be used. Tincture of time is the ultimate healer as scars generally fade quite well with time, but can take over a year to do so. READ MORE

  • Is cheek augmentation permanent?

    If cheek augmentation is performed with a filler such as Juvéderm it is not permanent but may last a couple of years or more. If cheek augmentation is done with a surgical implant, Then it will be permanent READ MORE

  • Is there a surgery to shorten your toes?

    Hi, I’m sorry we can shorten your nose but not your toes READ MORE

  • What is the best treatment for double chin?

    Since you are only 28 years old, your double chin is probably mostly excess fat and not loose skin. If that is the case, liposuction can be a simple and very effective treatment for a double chin. In an older persons with sagging skin, the procedure required would be a neck lift. READ MORE

  • What is a mini face lift?

    A mini facelift could mean many things but in general it is a lesser surgery with smaller incisions less undermining and less removal of skin. Many surgeons feel however that the more limited the incisions and undermining etc. the more limited the benefit. If someone is young and is seeking minimal change perhaps a so-called minilift would suffice, but in general the more limited the procedure the more limited the benefit and the more limited the longevity of the results READ MORE

  • Can you get surgery for smaller ears?

    Ear surgery can be performed to make prominent ears less prominent. This is done for ears which protrude at too great an angle from the head. It pins the ears back, but it does not actually make them smaller, it makes them less prominent. READ MORE

  • Can you get rid of long ear lobes?

    Yes, earlobes can be trimmed to make them smaller READ MORE

  • What is a one stitch face lift?

    There are many types of so-called mini facelifts which make smaller incisions undermine the skin less and remove less excess skin. Just remember that the more limited the procedure, the more limited the results. READ MORE

  • Can you get fat removed from your cheeks?

    Some surgeons remove what are called the buccal fat pads. This is usually done from an incision inside the mouth. This will reduce the fullness of the cheek area. Just be aware that when we get older, we lose much of this fat and the fat of our face in general, which contributes to looking older. At this stage, many people seek to have fat injected into the face and cheek area. READ MORE

  • Is there an age requirement for a rhinoplasty?

    Most plastic surgeons, myself included, will perform rhinoplasty on a female beginning at age 15 and on a male beginning at age 16. At these ages the nasal bones and the nose in general is virtually completely developed. Before age 18 however parental permission and consent would be required READ MORE

  • Do all plastic surgeries have a painful recovery?

    Some plastic surgical procedures are more painful while others are relatively painless. The most painful procedures are a breast augmentation under the muscle, followed by a tummy tuck. The least painful procedures include most of the facial procedures such as Eyelid plastic rhinoplasty and facialplasty. READ MORE

  • What is empty nose syndrome?

    The turbinates are structures inside the nose which warm and humidify the air as it passes by. They can also get enlarged and block the airway. When the turbinates are surgically removed, some people experience cold, dry air getting to the back of the throat without being warmed humidified. This discomfort is what is called empty nose syndrome. READ MORE

  • Can you change the shape of your eyes with plastic surgery?

    Traditional eyelid surgery cannot change the shape of the eye if what you mean is making it more almond shaped than round. That would involve oculoplastic surgery on the corner of the eye called the canthus. If during eyelid surgery too much skin is removed from the lower lid, this could pull down on the lid, rounding the eye and making it less almond shaped. The surgeon must take great care to avoid this. READ MORE

  • What shape of nose is most attractive?

    The most attractive noses are generally straight in profile without a hump. They may have a slight dip just above the tip area. They are not too long and the angle which the tip of the nose makes with the lip is above 90°. Nothing ruins a female face’s beauty than a tip which hooks down particularly when smiling.While male noses can vary dramatically and still be fine, the female nose in this culture in order to be considered beautiful is quite narrowly defined READ MORE

  • Does a fall mark heal on its own, or do I need plastic surgery?

    If you have a scar, it will be permanent. However it will fade dramatically over time. Some scars fade so well that they can hardly be seen except on very close observation. The timeframe for a scar to fade however is quite long and may be 1 to 2 years or more. If after at least a year a scar is still very wide thick and raised surgical scar revision may be considered or injection with Cortizone READ MORE

  • What pain medications are safe to take after nose surgery?

    Good question. Tylenol is safe unless you are allergic to it and don’t take it in excess.. You may also be prescribed a narcotic pain med such as hydrocodone. The narcotics taken correctly are safe vis-à-vis the surgery but one must not drive or operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of a narcotic. Advil Motrin and the other so-called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can cause bleeding and should be avoided for two weeks before and two weeks after rhinoplasty READ MORE

  • Does a hair transplant require invasive surgery?

    Hair transplant is an invasive, but only skin-deep procedure. The hair once transplanted which takes is permanent, lasting as long as the site from which it was taken called the donor site. READ MORE

  • Even after a lip surgery, my lips are not in perfect shape. What should I do?

    Filler can be used to make the lips larger and enhance the shape of cupids bow, but are not permanent READ MORE

  • What treatment should I have to remove my stitch marks?

    They may fade with time. But if the stitch marks are still there after a year they may always be somewhat visible. The scar and stitch marks can be excised and the wound closed with a technique that sutures the skin from Underneath without leaving stitch marks. This can be done if there is enough laxity of the skin READ MORE

  • What is a tummy tuck?

    A full tummy tuck involves tightening of the abdominal wall muscles called the rectus abdominis, and removing the excess skin below the belly button and tightening the remaining skin. It is a rather large surgical procedure and can be quite painful postoperatively READ MORE

  • Can I get surgery for this?

    If the reason the knees touch medially is excess fat, this can be liposuction. If not, I’m afraid there is no easy solution. READ MORE

  • What are the side effects of liposuction?

    If by side effects you mean risks, then these would include infection, postoperative bleeding dents, irregularities, and asymmetries. Anesthesia risks vary from minor post-op nausea to heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and even death. The latter are extremely rare fortunately, particularly in a young, healthy person. READ MORE

  • Can a nose be reshaped without surgery?

    You cannot remove a hump or shorten the nose or refine a tip or rotated tip upward, etc., without surgery. If, however, you have a dent and want a temporary filler to fill it in, that can be done. READ MORE

  • Can you get a rhinoplasty twice?

    Nasal revision after rhinoplasty is actually quite common, many people have it. READ MORE

  • What is best for surgery scars?

    In some cases scars can be revised surgically. In some cases they could be injected with Cortizone. Sometimes pressure dressings such as silicone are used. Sometimes scar cream such as Medderma is used READ MORE

  • How painful is liposuction recovery?

    The most painful surgeries in plastic surgery are sub muscular breast augmentation and abdominal plasty. The least painful are the facial procedures such as Eyelidplasty, rhinoplasty, and facialplasty. Liposuction is somewhere in the middle. Pain is moderate, but usually not severe. READ MORE

  • How do you wash your face after rhinoplasty surgery?

    While the cast is on, you must keep it dry. You can gently wash around your eyes and mouth with a moist cloth if you wish. The hair can be washed leaning backwards over the sink as it is done in hair salons. Once the cast is off, which is usually about one week you can shower and wash the nose directly. READ MORE

  • Does fat come back after lipo?

    We have a fixed number of fat cells in our body since we are children. The fat cells which Are removed during liposuction are gone permanently. However the fat cells which remain can get larger if you gain weight. However since there are fewer fat cells in the area that was suctioned most of the weight gain will occur in areas that were not suctioned READ MORE

  • When can I get my nose wet after rhinoplasty?

    After rhinoplasty, the nose is usually taped and casted. This should be kept dry or it will come off prematurely. Most surgeons leave the cast on for approximately one week. Once the cast is removed, a patient is free to shower and wet and wash over the nose. READ MORE

  • What can you not do after liposuction?

    You should not work out or do strenuous heavy work or lifting for 2 to 4 weeks after surgery depending on the extent of the surgery. READ MORE

  • Can I brush my teeth after a rhinoplasty?

    Yes you can, there is no reason why not READ MORE

  • What is the most painful plastic surgery?

    Sub muscular breast augmentation and abdominal plasty are the most painful plastic surgical procedures READ MORE

  • How much weight can you lose with liposuction?

    Liposuction is performed to improve shape and it’s not primarily intended for weight loss. However, fat has weight and removing a liter of fat removes approximately 2 pounds of weight. A very large liposuction would involve up to four or five liters, which will weigh 8 to 10 pounds. The risks of the surgery increase with the amount removed. READ MORE

  • Do plastic surgeons do breast implants?

    Yes it is one of the most common things they do READ MORE

  • Does a lip lift leave a scar?

    Yes it does READ MORE

  • Does brow lift change eye shape?

    No, a brow lift merely raises the eyebrow position but does not change the size or shape of the eye READ MORE

  • What is a liquid face lift?

    The term liquid facelift means the use of Botox and fillers to reduce wrinkling and aging of the face rather than surgery. READ MORE

  • How long after blepharoplasty do you see results?

    Depending on how bad the eyes were before surgery the benefits of blepharoplasty can be visible even within a few days. In general it takes about two weeks for enough of the bruising and swelling to go down to see most of the benefit of the surgery. READ MORE

  • Can you touch your nose after a rhinoplasty?

    Yes you can. There will be a cast on for approximately a week which protects the nose from more than just a touch. Once the cast is removed The bones are partially set and can withstand more than just a touch. READ MORE

  • Is facial liposuction permanent?

    We cannot make new fat cells so the fat cells which are removed are gone permanently. However the fat cells which remain can get larger if one gains weight. There will never however be as many fat cells to enlarge with weight gain so the effect is permanent. READ MORE

  • Are cheek implants a long-term option?

    Surgically implanted cheek implants are permanent READ MORE

  • How long is the recovery for a rhinoplasty?

    After a rhinoplasty, there is a cast which generally stays for one week. The lower eyelids may get black and blue and swollen, and this may take one to two weeks to resolve depending on age. Patients are generally cautioned to avoid heavy lifting and contact sports for a period of 3 to 4 weeks. Generally, by four weeks, patients can do most anything, but should wear sunscreen on the nose if they are going to have intense exposure. Most changes to the nose particular removal of the dorsal hump are obvious very early and usually can be seen within the first couple of weeks. A small amount of residual swelling in the tip can take anywhere from 1 to 2 years to fully resolve depending on the thickness of the skin. The nose will still look better than it did before surgery but may not look its final best until six months to one year post-op and longer in thick skin tips. READ MORE

  • How long will I be under during my nose job?

    This depends entirely on the surgeon, his experience, and the amount of surgery you are having. A straightforward simple rhinoplasty in experienced hands takes approximately one hour. A more difficult rhinoplasty with septal work on a crooked nose in a patient with breathing difficulty can take two or more hours in experienced hands and even four or more hours in relatively inexperienced hands. READ MORE

  • How long does a blepharoplasty last?

    Many things that a blepharoplasty accomplishes last indefinitely. The fat which is removed does not grow back. The excess skin which is removed does not grow back. Therefore a person will always look better for having had a blepharoplasty despite the aging process. However while the skin and fat which was removed does not grow back the brows descend with age which creates the appearance that some of the upper lid skin is recurring. Similarly the skin of the lower eyelids ages loses elastic fibers and collagen and wrinkles with time. Therefore as one ages The eyelids will also appear older. This however is not the surgery wearing off but the process of aging going on. READ MORE

  • Will an otoplasty affect my ability to hear?

    No, not at all. The external ear is not involved in the hearing process. This takes place in the ear canal and in the brain. READ MORE

  • If my nose surgery goes wrong, can It be corrected?

    Revision surgery after primary rhinoplasty is unfortunately quite common. Many things can be changed after a rhinoplasty if a patient is unhappy with the result. However it is always easier to take away than to add back. Also because of scar tissue revision surgery can take longer and be somewhat less predictable. Some things cannot be made to order. A person with a very bulbous tip and extremely thick skin has a more limited result than someone with average to thinner skin of the tip area. Extremely crooked noses cannot always be made perfectly straight and though much better than before may require minor secondary procedures to fill in A small concavity. The first shot is usually always the best shot at getting the desired result. But revisions if necessary can be done. READ MORE

  • Does a rhinoplasty have a long recovery time?

    The cast will remain for approximately one week. Bruising and swelling around the eyes can last two weeks. Most activities can be resumed by 3 to 4 weeks. A lot depends on how you want to be seen. If you want to look good you may need a minimum of 2 to 3 weeks. However if looks are not a concern many people go back to school and back to sedentary desk jobs even with the cast on after a few days. READ MORE

  • How do you get rid of a nose bump without surgery?

    There is no way to get rid of a nose hub without surgery. One can camouflage the prominence of a nose hump by injecting filler above and or below it. However, this makes the nose bigger and often eliminates the indentation between the forehead and the nose, rendering the nose like a Greek or Roman statue, with an inadequate indentation between the forehead and nose. This is a very masculine look and is rather inappropriate for a woman. A really pretty nose on a woman begins between the eyes with a fairly deep indentation between the forehead and the upper portion of the nose called the glabella notch. Filler injections to the nose can also be dangerous because the filler can be inadvertently injected into an artery in the skin of the nose, which could cause permanent loss of a large patch of skin from the nose, which would be a cosmetic disaster. There are some plastic surgeons who have judiciously used fillers in the nose, but I have avoided this modality particularly for bumps. As a filler, it is used more appropriately to enlarge or fill. Therefore, to fill in a tiny dent or add prominence to an inadequately projecting tip makes more sense. Thank you for your inquiry. Regards, Robert Ciardullo, MD READ MORE

  • How long does pain from rhinoplasty last?

    Surprisingly, most patients say that there really is no significant pain following a standard rhinoplasty. Nine out of 10 of my patients say they either never took the pain medication or only took it the first day. Most say that the discomfort is stuffiness and some aching, but only one out of 10 says that it is painful. I do a closed rhinoplasty procedure which is less invasive than an open procedure. This could account in part for the minimal pain and swelling that usually follow closed rhinoplasty. If one has septal work, there would be a packing which introduces additional discomfort in the form of stuffiness and perhaps some additional pain. But after 30 years and approximately 3,000 rhinoplasties, I can honestly say that the majority of patients are surprised at the lack of pain following a routine rhinoplasty. Thank you for your question. Regards, Robert Ciardullo, MD READ MORE

  • How long after rhinoplasty can you get revision?

    This depends on the part of the nose that needs revising. The tip of the nose takes the longest to heal and most revision surgery for the tip should be done after approximately one year. Revisions involving for the reduction of the bridge could perhaps be done a little sooner for example 9 months. There are many factors that determine the optimum time such as the thickness of the skin, the amount of scar tissue, and the age of the patient. But as a general rule, one year is a fairly safe time for most people, and since you are only 31 years old, and heal rather quickly, one year should be more than adequate for you. Regards, and good luck, Robert Ciardullo, MD READ MORE

  • How do I take care of my nose after a rhinoplasty?

    Postoperative care after rhinoplasty usually consists of sleeping with the back of the bed elevated for approximately one week, applying cold compresses intermittently to the eyes for the first 48 hours, and avoiding strenuous activity and excessive leaning forward for approximately three weeks. Also, contact sports should be avoided for approximately three weeks. Intense sun on the nose should be avoided and sunscreen should be worn for approximately two months. Care should also be taken not to let one's glasses dig into the bridge of the nose for prolonged periods of time during the first month or so after surgery. Beyond that, the postoperative care is not as complicated as people think. Many of my patients return to school or to desk jobs after three or four days even with their cast still on. The nose is not that fragile with the cast on, and by the end of a week or so when the cast is removed, there is a surprising amount of strength to the nasal bones, unlike an extremity fracture, which takes six weeks to get strength. Most people are also surprised that the pain was significantly less than they expected. Thank you for your inquiry. Sincerely, Robert Ciardullo, MD READ MORE

  • When can I wash my face after nose surgery?

    Following rhinoplasty, you will have a cast on your nose, which generally stays for one week. This cast should be kept dry. You can wash your hair backwards in the sink if you like, and you can wash around the rest of your face with a washcloth if you like, however, the cast itself must be kept dry, which means bath from the neck down or hand held shower from the neck down. Thank you for your inquiry. Sincerely, Robert Ciardullo, MD READ MORE

  • Can under eye bags be removed?

    Yes, quite simply. The procedure is called lower eyelid plasty or lower eyelid blepharoplasty. There are three fat pads in each lower eyelid, and these can be surgically removed. Bags are generally inherited and can be present quite early in life. I once performed a lower eyelid plasty for a prominent bags in an 18-year-old young man. The good thing about the surgery is that the fat, once removed, is usually gone permanently. Sincerely, Robert Ciardullo, MD READ MORE

  • Are all elective procedures canceled due to the coronavirus?

    If a patient has coronavirus an elective surgical procedure will be canceled. But elective surgical procedures are being performed at this time despite the pandemic. Elective surgical procedures across-the-board were only canceled in the first two or three months of the pandemic last year.Sincerely, Robert and Ciardullo, MD READ MORE

  • Do plastic surgeons treat burns?

    Yes, but not all plastic surgeons have a specialty interest in burns. You should see someone who regularly treats burns. Usually such plastic surgeons are affiliated with a burn unit at a hospital. Good luck. Sincerely, Robert Ciardullo, MD READ MORE

  • How long do hip fillers last?

    If you mean lip fillers, the answer is that it depends on what filler is used. The most common filler is a type of hyaluronic acid that generally lasts approximately one year in the lip. READ MORE

  • Does Botox make you look older after it wears off?

    No, you return to where you were before getting the Botox. READ MORE

  • How do you get rid of a double chin without surgery?

    If the skin tone is good liposuction can remove the fat that causes a double chin. However if the skin is loose removing the fat will cause the skin to sag even more. READ MORE

  • Can plastic surgery remove burn scars?

    Scars generally cannot be removed, but can often be improved to be less obvious. This will depend on the size and location of the scars. Sincerely, Robert Ciardullo, MD READ MORE

  • Do nose jobs hurt for weeks?

    Surprisingly most patients say that rhinoplasty surgery is relatively painless. Nine out of 10 patients tell me that they did not take their pain med at all or they only took it the first day then not after that. One would expect that it would be painful but apparently most patients find that it is not. There is some stuffiness and some discomfort to be sure. There is more discomfort if septal work is done and a packing is used. But in a straightforward rhinoplasty without a packing 90% of patients say that it is not painful READ MORE

  • How long does rhinoplasty surgery last?

    Rhinoplasty should last a lifetime. READ MORE

  • Is nose plastic surgery safe?

    Dear patient, rhinoplasty is a very safe operation particularly in healthy young people. While not every patient who has a rhinoplasty is 100% satisfied with the cosmetic result, the incidence of complications during and after surgery is extremely low. I have been doing rhinoplasty for over 30 years and have performed approximately 3000 rhinoplasties. Based on this experience I could say that the incidence of complications is extremely low and the percentage of patients who are delighted with the results and glad they had the surgery is extremely high. I hope this helps you in making your decision. Sincerely, Dr. Ciardullo READ MORE

  • Is nose surgery painful?

    Hi. This is Dr. Ciardullo. Remarkably about 90% of patients say that rhinoplasty is not painful. In fact this same percentage of patients report back to me that they never even took their pain medication that was prescribed or they just took it the first day that never took it again. If you go to real self.com where patients write reviews there are approximately 190 reviews under my name most of themRhinoplasty patients. Many of them address this very question. Take it from them not just from me. Best wishes and good luck with your upcoming surgery. Dr. Ciardullo READ MORE

  • Is a nose job painful?

    Hi, Remarkably, about 90% of people undergoing simple rhinoplasty claim that it is not painful. I routinely prescribe a strong pain medication in case it is needed, but approximately 90% of people say they never took it or only took it the first day. When septal work is performed for a deviated septum, there usually is a packing which does involve more discomfort, usually extreme stuffiness. In some of those cases the patients will often say there was some element of pain. But with routine rhinoplasty, it is surprising that the majority of patients say that it is not painful at all or very minimally so. I hope this helps you with your decision. Regards, Dr. Ciardullo READ MORE

  • Should I get a second opinion before plastic surgery?

    Hi. There are certain norms that most plastic surgeons like to adhere to in terms of female aesthetics in western culture. It is your nose and you will be living with it for the rest of your life. Therefore you should be happy with what you get. You should be on the same page with your plastic surgeon. If what you are seeking is reasonable you should get as close to it as possible with what you have to start with. If on the other hand you are seeking something unusual a good plastic surgeon will not want to do that. It will depend On what you are looking for. A second opinion would probably be very helpful. READ MORE

  • Can a teenager get a nose job?

    Your daughter can get a rhinoplasty. We usually say 15 years old for a female and 16 years old for a male. At this stage, the nose is fully developed. Of course, parental consent is required up until age 18. READ MORE

  • Are there different types of a rhinoplasty?

    Yes there are two broad categories of rhinoplasty. The first is a closed rhinoplasty. This is performed entirely from with in the nose with no external scar. Then there is an open rhinoplasty which is performed by making an incision externally and elevating the soft tissue of the nose off the bone this does result in a visible scar.Dr. Ciardullo READ MORE


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