How Does Your Nose Shape Change Throughout the Years?

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While it is true your bones stop growing by puberty, some bodily tissues could continue to change throughout your lifetime. Your nose, which comprises bone, cartilage, and soft tissue, may change shape as you get older. The skin and structures of the nose lose strength with age, resulting in a nose that stretches out and sags downward.  

The glands within the nose skin, especially at the tip, may enlarge, causing a wider, heavier nose appearance. While there is debate if the cartilage itself grows, it can look that way.

During the teenage years, the nose experiences shape and structural changes. But by the time girls reach the age of 15 or 16, and men reach 18, they have developed adult noses. The nose will remain mostly the same for several decades. However,  with age, the nose will begin to change again. These changes may become evident for some in their 20s, although they usually start in the 40s for most people.  

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How Your Nose Changes As You Age

As we age, our nasal skin becomes thinner, and the nose structure weakens and loses support. These changes cause the nasal tip to droop, making the nose look longer. 

Gravity will have the same effect on the nose as it does on facial skin around the eyes, cheeks, and jowls. So, while many complain their noses have gotten larger with age, this is not the case. Instead, the illusion of a more prominent nose results from drooping over time. 

This stretching and sagging could also give the appearance of a bump on the nose bridge. While the bump may have always been there, it becomes more evident as the skin gets more delicate. Individuals with thinner skin may notice these effects at a younger age.  

A third change can occur to your nose with age – your nose may look like it has more projection because it absorbs different tissue and bones.  

By midlife, a nose once at the right shape and size for facial harmony during adolescence and young adulthood could suddenly appear too large, long, or bulbous. Over time, your nose might look completely different from what you saw in the mirror every morning while growing up. It may also function differently, as its nasal passages will shift as the nose changes shape.

While this process is entirely normal (except for cases of trauma or injury), it is not always welcome. The nose is the most prominent facial feature. So, if its size, shape, or projection are off-kilter, it may cause the rest of the face to appear off-balanced and less attractive.

In today’s world, where looks are a priority, this can be unfortunate. However, there are corrective measures for men and women not happy with the toll age has exacted on their nasal structure. 

Rhinoplasty for Aging Noses

Newport Beach’s only triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali Sajjadian has a long and proven history of providing exceptional rhinoplasty results.

Along the way to earning recognition as one of the top rhinoplasty surgeons in Newport Beach,  Orange County, and the United States, he has given countless lectures on corrective nose surgeries, and has had his work published extensively.

He offers various techniques to help his patients overcome functional nasal issues and aesthetic concerns with the nose. These may include:

  • Deviated septum
  • Bulbous tip
  • Oversized nose
  • Bump on the bridge
  • Droopy tip
  • Oversized nostrils

Your nose is the central facial feature. Therefore, it’s the most dominant. Dr. Sajjadian understands patient expectations for their nose. Consequently, he has dedicated his practice to compassionate medical care and delivering fantastic results.

Reshaping the Nose

Reshaping the nose can include either increasing the nose size or decreasing it. In addition, reshaping the bridge, tip, or nostrils can alter the angle between the nose and upper lip. If necessary, surgery can resolve any breathing issue.

Results That Excite

One of the most fulfilling events for Dr. Sajjadian and his staff is watching patients react to their results. We see them quite emotional as their face takes on a more attractive look after rhinoplasty. 

These reactions include younger patients who are unhappy with the nose they were born with and older patients who may have experienced unwelcome nose changes over the years. 

Why Work With Dr. Sajjadian?

Choosing the best rhinoplasty surgeon in Newport Beach is vital. While any licensed physician can legally perform nose surgery, your plastic surgeon must have the right qualifications and credentials. These include board certification and good standing within the medical industry. In addition, specialized rhinoplasty training and experience are critical. Plus, glowing reviews from a host of satisfied patients are always a plus.

Don’t forget the support staff. Ensure they are professional, friendly, and caring. These will be the people you lean on during your recovery, so you should be comfortable with the entire team.

It is imperative to do your research and visit the doctor personally, and visit the facility where the surgery will take place. Don’t rush! You should take the time to get well informed.

Dr. Sajjadian is one of the few plastic surgeons in Newport Beach and Orange County who is triple board-certified. He holds certifications from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology, and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Call our Newport Beach office at 949-515-0550, or contact us today to set up your rhinoplasty consultation.

Also, be sure to visit Dr. Sajjadian’s gallery and connect with him on both of his Instagram accounts @rhinoplastybysajjadian and @sajjadianplasticsurgery. You can also follow him on FacebookTwitterYouTubeYelp, and RealSelf pages.

Why is the Demand for Preservation Rhinoplasty Growing?

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One of the trending procedures in plastic surgery is preservation rhinoplasty. This new and innovative technique is changing the landscape of nose reshaping surgery. Triple-board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali Sajjadian, a rhinoplasty specialist, offers this minimally invasive and less traumatic operation to his patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, and beyond. 

Preservation rhinoplasty addresses patient concerns about results appearing unnatural with the prediction of outcome more certain.

Preservation Rhinoplasty Recognized

The plastic surgery community recognizes that preservation rhinoplasty has caught the attention of nose surgeons worldwide. This philosophical approach allows Dr. Sajjadian to preserve as much natural nasal structure as possible. This includes cartilaginous structures of the nose bridge and its soft tissue ligaments. 

Dr. Sajjadian performs a large number of rhinoplasty surgeries each year from his practice in Newport Beach. He has been a significant factor in the interest of preservation rhinoplasty increasing in the Orange County communities. His patients continue to become selective when choosing a skilled and qualified plastic surgeon; they want a surgeon who can deliver outstanding results with the latest in advanced technologies and techniques. 

While Dr. Sajjadian feels revision rhinoplasty may be helpful in many cases, he cautions his fellow rhinoplasty surgeons to show prudence when adopting this groundbreaking approach. They should not choose this technique over one they are more familiar with until they have mastered it.

What Is Preservation Rhinoplasty?

Preservation rhinoplasty is a nose-reshaping surgery aimed to preserve much of the patient’s original nose tissue as possible.

The operation requires advanced surgical skill to alter nose contour by strategically removing small amounts of cartilage and bone from under the nose bridge. By doing so, Dr. Sajjadian can lower the height of the nose bridge without modifying the dorsal lines.

The Difference Between Preservation Rhinoplasty and Traditional Rhinoplasty

Most rhinoplasty patients want to reduce the height of their nose bridge. Having an arch or hump in the bridge is not a desirable trait.

After a traditional rhinoplasty, patients experience a reduction in their dorsal hump. Still, they may feel the results appeared unnatural because of an alteration in their dorsal lines.  

Because traditional rhinoplasty requires removing bone and cartilage from the top of the bridge, the operation significantly alters the nasal bone structure. While a conventional rhinoplasty corrects a large bump on the nose bridge, the procedure modifies the nose’s natural lines, which may result in an unnatural appearance. 

With preservation rhinoplasty, Dr. Sajjadian alters the height of the nasal bridge by removing cartilage and bone from underneath the nose. He maintains a natural nose appearance while successfully adjusting the nose bridge elevation.

The resulting appearance for his patients is much more appealing, and the need for revision rhinoplasty less likely.

Preservation Rhinoplasty Offers Shorter Recovery

A substantial benefit of preservation rhinoplasty is related to where on the nose Dr. Sajjadian performs the surgery. During a traditional rhinoplasty, the operation will interfere with soft tissues to remove cartilage and bone. These soft tissues contain lymphatics and blood vessels responsible for blood circulation and healing. 

Preservation rhinoplasty takes place in a different location. Dr. Sajjadian does not interfere with soft tissue during the operation, bringing an added benefit to the procedure. Without the disturbance of blood supply to the area, healing is more efficient and faster, resulting in a shorter recovery.

Less Scarring with Closed Preservation Rhinoplasty Technique

Another plus in choosing preservation rhinoplasty is it employs a closed technique rather than the less complex open rhinoplasty surgery. This endonasal approach to reduce a nasal bump avoids external incision or scarring. It still allows Dr. Sajjadian to push down the hump to improve the patient’s profile and offer a more natural result. 

Surgeons who Perform Preservation Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is considered the most difficult cosmetic surgery by plastic surgeons. Closed rhinoplasty is more difficult to learn, and closed preservation rhinoplasty has an even higher learning curve for some surgeons. Dr. Sajjadian is one of a few select rhinoplasty specialists in the United States who perform preservation surgery.

The majority of rhinoplasty surgeons in the United States perform reductive rhinoplasty with an open approach. Open rhinoplasty is easier to learn for plastic surgeons. As a result, few rhinoplasty surgeons perform closed rhinoplasty to avoid external scarring and less swelling than the open technique. Only a handful of rhinoplasty surgeons perform closed preservation rhinoplasty because of its technical challenges and the difficulty of learning this advanced technique.

Why Dr. Sajjadian?

Newport Beach rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Ali Sajjadian is well respected in the rhinoplasty community because of his unparalleled results and exceptional health care. He listens intently to his patients to understand their aesthetic goals. By creating a tailored plan, he focuses on creating stunning outcomes for his patients. He considers each procedure a partnership between him and his patient to achieve optimal results. Dr. Sajjadian has dedicated his career to implementing advanced cosmetic surgery techniques, which has helped achieve minimal discomfort and natural, pleasing outcomes.

In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Dr. Sajjadian presented during multiple rhinoplasty meetings techniques for preserving the lower lateral cartilage, which is the principal structure of the nose’s lower portion and nasal tip. Since 2012, he has exclusively been doing sub perichondrial and subperiosteal dissection techniques. Over the years, he has incorporated different aspects of this technique into his rhinoplasty philosophy and methodology.

Dr. Sajjadian offers optimal cosmetic nose surgery (rhinoplasty), revision rhinoplasty for correction, and to improve appearance and function. Dr. Sajjadian has created beautiful and natural-looking surgical results for his patients for several years in Newport Beach, CA. He is passionate about cosmetic surgery of the facebreast, and body. He has delivered facial beauty through highly successful nose surgeries using the most sophisticated techniques and artistic methods.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Sajjadian today! Also, check out Dr. Sajjadian’s rhinoplasty before and after photo gallery to see his actual patients’ results.

Also, be sure to connect with Dr. Sajjadian on both of his Instagram accounts @rhinoplastybysajjadian and @sajjadianplasticsurgery. You can also follow him on FacebookTwitterYouTubeYelp, and RealSelf pages.

Nasal Breathing and Obstruction Problems

Whether it is sneezing, sniffles, or drainage, everyone periodically experiences nose-related symptoms. With the flu or a common cold, nasal symptoms can be uncomfortable. These are acute conditions, and the symptoms subside once you get over the infection. However, relief is usually short-lived for people with chronic conditions like allergic rhinitis, also called hay fever.

Usually, people with few to no nasal problems don’t have many reasons to think about their noses unless they dislike their appearance. However, the nose also plays a significant role in smelling and breathing.

As we inhale air through the nostrils, tiny hairs in the nasal cavity filter it. Nasal mucus traps microbes and dust particles. The nasal cavity warms and humidifies the air before it passes through the airway. Specialized receptors situated in the nasal cavity detect chemical odors, which we perceive as our sense of smell.

Therefore, nose problems can affect airflow into and out of the body and cause sufferers to breathe through their mouths. Nose problems may also impact smell and voice quality.

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Symptoms of Nose Problems

What are some of the defining characteristics of nose issues?

Nasal Congestion

One of the most frequent nasal problems is nasal congestion, which leads to a stopped-up nose. Your body produces modest amounts of mucus throughout the day. However, mucus production increases substantially in different types of nasal conditions. More mucus equals nasal blockage if draining is insufficient.


Sneezing is a common symptom of many nasal conditions. It is not present in every nose issue, but nose irritation could trigger sneezing. However, this is not always because of an irritant. Instead, inflammation of the nasal lining could stimulate nasal sneeze receptors even without any irritant present. Nasal congestion can also provoke sneezing.

Runny Nose

Small amounts of nasal mucus generated under normal circumstances usually go unnoticed. However, when excessive, this mucus will drain, causing a runny nose. The phlegm may vary in consistency, but the mucus is typically watery in a runny nose.

It may fluctuate in color from clear to white, yellow, green, or brown. Redness may be due to blood being present in the nasal cavity.

Loss of Smell

Sense of smell alterations may occur with any nasal condition. The medical term for a dulled sense of smell is hyposmia. In severe conditions, you may suffer anosmia or a complete loss of smell. Sometimes, you may catch a whiff of unpleasant odors despite no foul smell in the environment. This phenomenon is known as cacosmia.

Nasal Pain

Nasal pain may vary in nature and intensity. It could be a dull ache, throbbing, or burning pain. The pain may be constant or intermittent. Continually blowing the nose or sneezing aggravates nose discomfort, and in some cases, normal breathing may be painful.  Nose pain is typically worse with nasal trauma, mainly when there is a fracture.


Nosebleeds, or epistaxis, maybe the side effect of an injury. However, it may occur with any nasal condition. Epistaxis is generally acute. The blood may be minor and streak the mucus, or there may be profuse bleeding with no signs of mucus.

Causes of Nose Problems

Several different nasal problems may cause one or more of the symptoms mentioned above. It is crucial to seek attention for nasal problems. Various diagnostic examinations may be necessary to detect the exact type of nasal issue.

Allergic Rhinitis

Rhinitis is an allergy-related condition. Commonly known as hay fever, allergic rhinitis occurs when the nose lining is hypersensitive to dust, pollen, and other harmless substances. This sensitivity is a result of an overactive immune system triggered by exposure to these seemingly innocuous elements. As a result, the nasal lining gets inflamed, and symptoms like a runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing arise.

Antihistamines or nasal corticosteroids may effectively treat allergic rhinitis. If these medications are not helpful, schedule a consultation with a medical professional.


An array of infections could affect the nasal cavity. These infections are typically viral or bacterial. It may extend into the upper airways and the paranasal sinuses. The cold and flu are two viral infections involving the upper airways and nose. Bacterial rhinitis can occur with bacterial sinusitis, more likely in patients with chronic sinusitis or following a viral infection like a cold or the flu.

Antibiotics can treat a bacterial infection, while nasal corticosteroids help with inflammation. Saline irrigation with solutions or nasal sprays could wash away allergies or irritants. However, if the condition persists, you may need septoplasty to relieve blockage by reshaping the nasal septum.


An external blow to the nose and face can fracture the septum, commonly referred to as a broken nose. However, the trauma could also be internal. Aggressive nose picking or noxious chemicals entering the nasal passages through smoke, water, or air are ways an internal nose injury could occur.

For acute trauma causing nasal deformity or bleeding, rush to a doctor or emergency room as soon as possible. Applying a cold compress may provide temporary relief. Still, when a chronic situation exists, nasal or septal deviation needs surgical correction.


Common growths are nasal polyps within the nasal passage. These protrude from the nasal cavity lining. Small polyps may go unnoticed but are likely to become a problem during chronic inflammation.

Physicians may prescribe specific medications like antibiotics or corticosteroids to non-surgically treat nasal polyps. However, you may need endoscopic nose surgery to remove the growths.


Nose deformity may occur after disease, surgery, or trauma. It may also be congenital. A deviated septum is a common type of nasal deformity acquired at birth or during trauma. Rhinophyma is a skin disorder that causes an enlarged nose.

Whether the deformity has cosmetic or functional implications, nose surgeries like rhinoplasty and septoplasty are excellent procedures to resolve nose concerns.

Septal Deviation

When there is a displacement of the nasal wall between the nasal passages, there may be nosebleeds, congestion, or difficulty breathing.

Septoplasty surgery can move obstruction from the septum before reinserting the deviation to its natural position.

Turbine Enlargement

Enlargement of the middle and inferior turbinates may cause turbinate hypertrophy. Over-the-counter medications and surgical correction can treat turbinate hypertrophy.

Surgical removal of underlying tissue or bone surrounding the turbinates is only necessary for more severe cases of turbinate enlargement. Septoplasty also involves cutting into the nasal cavity to correct a deviated septum.

Nasal Valve Collapse

Nasal valve collapse is a breathing condition that can result in severe nasal congestion, mouth breathing, and snoring. Unsuccessful rhinoplasty, nasal trauma or fracture, and a deviated septum are all causes of nasal valve collapse.

Rhinoplasty surgery is the most effective treatment for nasal valve collapse. It can improve functional problems alongside any cosmetic concerns. Experienced surgeons use septal cartilage grafts, spreader grafts, and spreader flaps to correct nasal valve issues.

Finding Relief

If you’re looking for the best surgeon to address your nasal concerns in Newport Beach and Orange County, consider triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali Sajjadian. He specializes in all plastic and reconstructive surgeries, but his passion is the nose.

For more information on resolving nasal issues with or without surgery, call Dr. Sajjadian at (949) 515-0550 or schedule a consultation here.

Also, be sure to visit Dr. Sajjadian’s gallery and connect with him on both of his Instagram accounts @rhinoplastybysajjadian and @sajjadianplasticsurgery. You can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Yelp, and RealSelf pages.

How a Revision Rhinoplasty Can Change Your Look

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We all know what a nose job entails, and maybe you know a few people who’ve had one. If you’re reading this post, there’s a good chance you have had this surgery yourself. In performing rhinoplasty, a plastic surgeon can reshape the nasal structure to balance facial features, open breathing passages, or both. 

This surgical procedure recontours the dimensions and external lines of the nose without compromising vital structures. But not every surgery does what it’s supposed to. Perhaps you’ve undergone nose surgery and are less than pleased with the results. Revision rhinoplasty is the art of correcting the original rhinoplasty because the surgery fell short of delivering your desired outcome. 

Because rhinoplasty is the most complicated of all cosmetic plastic surgeries, you must seek a skilled surgeon who can either build on the previous operation’s limited success or alter its failure. Let’s talk about that for a moment. 

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Know Your Nose, Know Your Surgeon

We live in an era of instant gratification. When we want answers to questions, we rush for our phone, laptop, or tablet and get an answer within a few seconds. However, despite all the information available, many people aren’t patient enough to do their homework. Not all surgeons are the same, which is one reason too many people seeking a nose job choose the wrong surgeon. 

Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons must commit to upholding some of the most stringent training requirements in medicine. Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali Sajjadian offers multiple cosmetic procedures, but specializes in rhinoplasty. 

Don’t get confused by the deluge of information available. Take time to do your research. If you’ve had a nose job already and are seeking a revision, you understand why this is paramount. Unfortunately, there’s no law preventing unlicensed and inexperienced surgeons from attempting to make a living by cutting corners and cost. 

One of the top reasons given for choosing these surgeons is impatience. Patients who want a quick fix rush into the procedure without doing research. If a low-cost rhinoplasty deal looks too good to be true, it is. The same holds true for revision rhinoplasty. 

What Makes Rhinoplasty So Tricky?

Rhinoplasty must address two crucial factors to be successful. It must simultaneously improve aesthetics and functionality. Of course, you want your nose to be your desired size, shape, and proportion, but if a nose job compromises your ability to breathe or smell, you’ll have much more to worry about than your appearance. 

The nose demands attention to detail and an extensive understanding of facial anatomy. For these reasons, rhinoplasty is much more exacting than other cosmetic surgeries, and a revision takes the complexity to the next level.

Rhinoplasty is under extreme scrutiny, and the foremost critic should be you. Only you will determine the results you achieve. Not your friends, your significant other, or your medical team can say what’s right for your face. You are the leading player in this process, and you must demand success. 

Benefits of Revision Rhinoplasty

If you’ve been through the rhinoplasty process, this blog post should refresh your memory. Or, perhaps your previous surgeon didn’t take the time to thoroughly consult you on the process and what to expect. The chief goal is to make women and men feel good about their facial appearance and nose function. Perhaps that means a cleaner profile or the elimination of a hump or bulbous tip. 

In some cases, Dr. Sajjadian needs to add cartilage to the nasal structure to correct damage. He can use grafted cartilage from a predetermined area to create or support structure. 

If an earlier surgery has left the nasal passage obstructed, a revision can help there, too. Restoring airflow through the nostrils by nasal obstruction surgery can be part of the revision process. 

Understanding the Procedure

To start, Dr. Sajjadian will discuss any cosmetic or functional concerns you have with your nose. He will explain in detail his approach to correct your nasal flaws and nose appearance. Changes in cartilage, tissue tone, and texture make revision surgery challenging, even for experienced surgeons. 

If necessary, because of surgical limitations, Dr. Sajjadian may use dermal fillers to add volume and smooth profile lines as part of the process. But revision surgery’s primary goal is to reshape existing cartilage and tissue for a natural, balanced appearance. 

Recovery and Results

After your revision rhinoplasty, you’ll undergo a recovery process akin to the experience you had after your original surgery. There will be some initial bruising and swelling, but most patients will notice a visible change soon after the revision. Recovery can last for weeks, but you should be able to return to work within two weeks after surgery. 

Dr. Sajjadian’s rhinoplasty revisions will improve the initial surgery’s results. He can restore functional and aesthetic issues, and your results should leave you pleased. It’s critical to maintain realistic expectations, which Dr. Sajjadian will explain in detail during your consultation. 

Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Sajjadian 

Rhinoplasty is a personal decision, and everyone’s experience is different. Newport Beach’s Dr. Ali Sajjadian will personally consult with you to discuss your goals, answer your questions, and address your concerns. Your consultation will involve a detailed medical examination and conversation about revision rhinoplasty’s pros and cons.

When you’ve decided to proceed, our professional and caring staff will support you throughout your journey. Find out what’s possible when you contact our Newport Beach, CA, surgical center. Call 949-515-0550 today to schedule a consultation. Be sure to view Dr. Sajjadian’s before-and-after gallery to see the results he’s created for his real-life rhinoplasty patients.

Also, be sure to connect with Dr. Sajjadian on both of his Instagram accounts @rhinoplastybysajjadian and @sajjadianplasticsurgery. You can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Yelp, and RealSelf pages.

How a Rhinoplasty Procedure Can Increase your Breathing Ability

If you feel your nose is out of balance with your facial features, crooked or misshapen, you might begin researching rhinoplasty (a nose job) to improve what you don’t like.

Rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgery for men and women, but people don’t always realize there are techniques used to improve both form and function.

Limited or obstructed breathing issues are common for people of all backgrounds, and this frustrating issue can usually be addressed through nasal obstruction correction procedures.

Dr. Sajjadian’s patients look forward to transformative changes when they seek nose surgery for appearance, but the impact on their quality of life after improving breathing is advantageous too. In many cases, the best of both worlds is achieved for patients who straighten a deviated septum or other functional issues while improving the way the nose looks.

As a renowned and triple board certified plastic surgeon in Orange County, Dr. Sajjadian has been published extensively and is sought-after because of his advanced rhinoplasty expertise. Here is an overview of one of his top facial surgeries.

What Is Septorhinoplasty?

Breathing problems may be related to obstructed nasal air passages due to:

  • nasal bone and cartilage asymmetry
  • vestibular stenosis
  • turbinate enlargement
  • deviated septum
  • nasal valve collapse

The cartilage and bone that separates your nostrils are referred to as your septum. A septoplasty refers to the procedure that specifically targets the septum for correction. A septorhinoplasty will address abnormal internal structures to improve airflow and improve the appearance of your nose. It’s a combination of rhinoplasty and septum alteration.

Nasal obstruction correction procedures may include septoplasty, turbinate removal, correction of nasal fracture or deviated septum, cartilage grafts, or a combination of these procedures. Straightening the bones and cartilage in an individual’s nose sometimes dramatically improves their facial proportions and balance without that being the primary intention. Dr. Sajjadian will evaluate you to find the method that is most suitable to your concerns and expectations.

What Are the Benefits of Rhinoplasty for Breathing?

So many of the benefits of rhinoplasty are also relevant for functional nose surgery. People often feel much more confident about their facial proportions and the deep relief of breathing freely every day. In most cases, the improved function is appreciated immediately, even while healing.

Septorhinoplasty patients improve sleep, snoring, ease of breathing, and often gain a straighter-looking nose.


What Does Septorhinoplasty Involve?

This operation is done under a general anesthetic and may take between 1-3 hours on average. Dr. Sajjadian uses a discrete incision between the nostrils to gain access to support structures within. Some misshapen or excessive cartilage and bone can be removed, and the wall between your nostrils will be repositioned and straightened so that both sides breathe freely.

During this procedure, a nasal hump can be diminished, the nose tip refined, and other cosmetic alterations made. It is also possible to have just a septoplasty done and keep your nose looking as close to the original as possible.

Patients can go home the same day as their procedure and recover in comfort with a few activity restrictions.

Who Makes A Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty to Improve Breathing?

You may be an ideal candidate for a septoplasty if:

  • You find yourself losing sleep because of obstructed breathing or snoring at night
  • You are a mouth breather
  • You’re aware that you have a deviated septum
  • You want a cosmetic change and improved nose function

Schedule A Consultation with Dr. Sajjadian To Learn More

Rhinoplasty is a personal decision and entirely customizable for each patient. Newport Beach’s Dr. Sajjadian will personally consult with you to understand your goals, questions, and concerns. Your consultation will involve a detailed medical examination and discussion of your procedure pros and cons.

When you’ve decided to proceed, our experienced and caring staff will support you through your journey. Find out what’s possible when you contact our Newport Beach, CA surgical center. Call 949-515-0550 today. Also be sure to view Dr. Sajjadian’s before and after gallery to see his actual rhinoplasty patients.

Preparing for an Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is no longer thought of as a one-size-fits-all procedure. Thankfully, a beautiful diversity of ethnic features and nose characteristics can be preserved and celebrated with today’s cosmetic surgery techniques.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty describes surgical changes to the nose that are harmonious, proportionate, and well-suited to individuals of various ethnic backgrounds.

Not every facial plastic surgeon has in-depth experience with Asian Rhinoplasty, African Rhinoplasty, Hispanic Rhinoplasty, or Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty. Finding a specialist who customizes their approach for variances in skin, bone structure, and personal preference is vital.

Dr. Sajjadian knows that the best rhinoplasty results will be as unique as each individual. He is renowned for artistic and technical insights combined with an atraumatic approach that delivers stunning results.

If you’re planning an ethnic rhinoplasty, the following can help you understand your options and prepare.

How Are Ethnic Rhinoplasty Procedures Different?

There was a time when the words “nose job” would evoke images of thin, unnaturally pinched, and homogeneous results. The ideal European nose was super-imposed onto any face, even if their features were more African, Asian, or Middle Eastern.

Additionally, because people’s anatomy will naturally differ in bone structure, skin thickness, and cartilage, using the same technique for everyone sometimes lead to complications and aesthetically unpleasant results.

Today, Ethnic Rhinoplasty describes personalization. It means considering a person’s overall facial proportions and balance, then making improvements that align with their ethnic features.

Most people don’t want to look like a different person when they refine their nose. Natural results and subtlety are on-trend, which means precision changes and respecting the natural size and shape of the nose a person was born with.

Each patient will have a personal preference for the look they like, but the experienced rhinoplasty surgeon will be able to advise and plan for results that don’t look out of place on the face.

For some people, a Non-Surgical Nose Job delivers similar benefits to nasal implants. In cases where additive changes are desired, such as when building up the nasal bridge or refining the tip, injecting thick hyaluronic acid gel provides temporary but impressive results. In particular, those with a low or flat nasal bridge may benefit from injections.

If you’re considering an ethnic nose job, ask your surgeon about the non-surgical option of filler to find out if it’s right for you.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty Generally Refers To:

  • Asian nose jobs
  • Hispanic or Latino Nose Job Surgery
  • Middle Eastern or Persian Rhinoplasty
  • African American rhinoplasty

In general, facial characteristics among the beautifully diverse US population can be differentiated from Caucasian or European features in the following ways:


  • Prominent cheekbones and a smaller nose
  • A tendency towards smaller chins
  • A small or nonexistent nasal hump
  • Wider set nostrils
  • Potentially notable scarring
  • Wide and low nasal bridge
  • Thicker, sebaceous skin

Middle Eastern

  • A prominent hump or bump on the bridge
  • Larger, more projecting noses
  • Potential for visible scars
  • A wider nasal tip which may be close to the lips

African American

  • A wider nostril bases
  • A greater tendency to scar
  • Thicker, flared nostrils
  • Softer, wider tip cartilage
  • Less forward nose projection
  • Possibly a flatter bridge


  • A low or flat nasal bridge
  • Wider nostril base
  • Greater potential for scarring
  • Thick nostril walls
  • Wider or poorly defined tip

Of course, these generalized feature distinctions are highly variable between individuals. Each of these ethnic groups may represent numerous countries and regions where skin tone and hereditary characteristics change.

In addition, individual patient preferences mean not everyone wants to change the characteristics inherent to their ethnicity.

For many of our patients, the desire to achieve improved facial harmony and balance is ideal. They may wish to moderately refine their nasal tip, slightly narrow their nostrils, or reduce a prominent bump without changing nose size.

The key to a natural-looking Ethnic Rhinoplasty is understanding anatomical uniqueness and making subtle enhancements so that patients still feel like themselves and love how they look.

Nasal Asymmetry and The Deviated Septum

It is not uncommon for Ethnic Rhinoplasty patients to have a deviated septum as well. This condition is usually visible as a nose asymmetry. Patients often report that they have trouble breathing through the nose through one or both nostrils if their septum has deviated.

Dr. Sajjadian may combine your Ethnic Rhinoplasty with septoplasty designed to improve breathing and nose symmetry for a beautiful facial harmony.  The procedure itself may take a bit longer to perform, but patients often find they can breathe better right after surgery, which is a welcomed relief!

Successful Ethnic Rhinoplasty can:

  • Improve breathing for patients who snore or tend to breathe through their mouths
  • Improve nose symmetry with a straight bridge and even sides
  • Improve the balance of all facial features
  • Highlight eyes, a more refined chin, or lips

A custom Ethnic nose job will respect and preserve as much of your unique heritage as you wish, without creating features that look out of place. 

How to Select Your Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgeon

If having natural results that suit your face and preserve your ethnic heritage matters to you, be sure to seek a surgeon who can show you before and after results of similar procedures. As with other cosmetic surgeries, Rhinoplasty surgeons who frequently perform ethnic nose surgery are the best choice for this approach.

Dr. Sajjadian strives to listen to each patient’s concerns and goals before recommending treatment options. He believes an ideal nose job result shouldn’t look like a surgical outcome at all.

It’s essential to spend sufficient time planning. Dr. Sajjadian’s patients enjoy peace of mind knowing they’re seen and heard when choosing to surgically enhance their features.

Ethnic diversity in faces is a beautiful thing, and it is possible to preserve the best of our differences while enhancing and improving what you wish.

We welcome you to contact our Newport Beach, CA, surgical center and schedule your consultation to learn more. Call 949-515-0550 today.

7 Tips to Prepare for your Rhinoplasty Surgery Day


You’ve dreamed about it, and now the big day is just around the corner. Rhinoplasty remains one of the most popular facial cosmetic surgeries for men and women of all ages. Its ability to enhance facial proportions makes it a positive and transformational experience for many patients.

Much of your result will depend on choosing the right rhinoplasty surgeon, and preparation on your part matters too.

We’ve provided 7 tips to help you get ready and get the most out of your procedure.

1. Choose Your Rhinoplasty Surgeon Well

Rhinoplasty results are permanent. This is an incredible benefit, as long as you choose the right practitioner to who can deliver your desired results.

Though any surgeon could operate on your nose, this challenging specialty requires much more than average experience. Your facial plastic surgeon must have qualifications and credentials, including board certification and specialized rhinoplasty experience.

Your surgeon’s support staff also matter. After all, you’ll be receiving preoperative instructions, having regular conversations, and visiting for follow up appointments. You should feel comfortable, welcomed, and heard.

We recommend visiting the clinic and arriving for your consultation with a list of prepared questions. Dr. Sajjadian is recognized as a leading rhinoplasty surgeon in Orange County. He’s happy to meet with you to discuss your nose job goals.

2. Be Realistic About Nose Surgery

This simple reminder can make a big difference. Those who recognize the limitations of cosmetic surgery tend to be most satisfied with outcomes. You can bring wish pics of noses to your consultation, but keep in mind that you can’t exactly have a friend or celebrity’s nose. Your unique facial proportions and tissue structure will require your surgeon to design your personal best rhinoplasty.

3. Get Healthy

If you have untreated health conditions, obesity, malnutrition, or smoke, it’s ideal to address these before scheduling elective surgery. It’s especially important to avoid nicotine. Nicotine limits blood flow in your skin and delicate nasal tissue, which needs good circulation post-surgery.

If you take medications or supplements, be sure to let your plastic surgeon know.

4. Prepare Home and Work for Recovery

These days, more businesses than ever are catching on that remote work, works. If at all possible, request to work from home during your recovery to be more productive and stress-free while avoiding overexertion. You can expect some visible swelling and bruises for roughly two weeks after rhinoplasty.

5. Pause Sports and Exercise

Don’t forget to pause your gym membership and expect to take time off from sports or strenuous activities. You should be able to return to your full fitness routine by 6 weeks.

For the first 3 weeks, avoiding blood pressure increases, and infection risks like swimming is vital.

After 3 weeks, light workouts resume, but you’ll still need to avoid activity that might put your nose at risk of impact, bending over and heavy lifting.

By week 6, gym equipment, swimming, gentle sports, and aerobic exercise are all considered safe. However, we’ll ask you to take precautions against nose impact for at least 6 months.

6. Attend All your Rhinoplasty Follow Up Appointments

Rhinoplasty recovery is relatively straightforward. That’s welcome news for Dr. Sajjadian’s patients. Still, it means some people don’t appreciate the benefits of follow up appointments or following instructions.

We’ll see you several times at our Newport Beach center during recovery. We assess progress, look for issues, talk with you about your experience, and help keep you on the right track to beautiful results.

7. Be Patient

Though the first few weeks will see dramatic improvements and resolve inflammation, you must expect some longer-term swelling.  Sometimes it seems to take “forever” for that last little bit of nose swelling to go down. Or, our family and friends may not react as favorably as we’d hoped.

Rarely is a nose job meant to look like a completely different feature once finished. Instead, the subtle, artfully rendered improvements will help reveal your best facial harmony and gradually take subtle shape. A year down the road, you’ll see precision enhancements clearly, but you’ll need patience in the meantime.

To learn more, please call triple board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sajjadian at 949-515-0550 or schedule your consultation online today. Also, be sure to take a look at Dr. Sajjadian’s gallery for real-life examples of rhinoplasty results.

3 Tips to Maximize your Rhinoplasty Outcome

For those who feel self-conscious about their nose, there’s nothing more exciting than planning a rhinoplasty, then awaiting their new look. 

Your nose job results rely heavily on selecting a highly-skilled, specialized facial plastic surgeon. There are also factors you contribute through carefully planning and following post-operative instructions. No doubt, you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure the transformation is totally satisfying.

Dr. Sajjadian is renowned for beautiful and natural rhinoplasty results in Newport Beach. Here are 3 of his best tips for ensuring results that you’ll love.

1. Get Lots of Rest and Avoid Exercise

When you plan to undergo any cosmetic surgery, you’ll need to be realistic about the required downtime. This is frustrating for many active people, but rest assured that the activity restrictions will help keep you safe, heal optimally, and reach the best outcome. 

Most people take two weeks off of school or work. During the first week, we recommend you get plenty of rest. You may feel more tired than usual, and sleeping patterns may be irregular for the first few nights. 

It’s helpful to get assistance with errands and house cleaning. Even seemingly harmless movements like stretching, bending over, or lifting things can increase facial pressure, leading to increased pain or swelling. Pause your gym membership and stick with casual walking until you get the green light to work out and play sports again.

2.  Stay Out of the Sun and Heat 

Avoiding sun exposure can be a challenge in warm, tropical climates and during the summer season, but stay vigilant. Your nose will be prone to sunburn in the weeks and months following the procedure, and inflamed skin may discolor in the sun as well. Any exposed scars could darken if not well-protected.

Likewise, hot, steamy showers and saunas might feel relaxing, but they’re not ideal for facial swelling. Stick to cold and room-temperature food and drinks, lukewarm showers, and baths.

3. Be Patient and Listen to Your Surgeon 

One of the most challenging elements of healing is patience. Delicate soft tissues can hold residual swelling for quite a while. 

By one month, you’ll see dramatic improvements and the majority of swelling resolved. However, it’s not uncommon to wait one full year for all swelling to leave and reveal refined results. Following the above steps won’t get you around that necessary process, but it can prevent delays and unnecessary frustration.  

No matter what comes up, follow your own surgeon’s instructions over any advice you get from the internet, friends, or family. If you’re feeling impatient, you may be tempted to touch your nose/incisions, jump into activity before ready, or other actions that could delay healing. 

If you need reassurance that you’re recovering on a reasonable timeline and all’s well, ask your surgeon during a follow-up appointment.

Partner with Dr. Sajjadian for Beautiful Rhinoplasty Results

You’re welcome to book your personal rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Sajjadian at his Newport Beach Center and begin your exciting transformation. We can help you look and feel your best. Please call 949-515-0550, or contact us online to get started today.

5 Tips to Prepare for your Rhinoplasty Consultation

Feeling informed and prepared for your rhinoplasty consultation can help reduce anxiety. Even better, it will help ensure you get the most from your appointment and are on track for the results you want.

Dr. Sajjadian, a highly renowned and triple board-certified rhinoplasty surgeon in Newport Beach, provides his top 5 tips to get patients ready for a consultation.

Research Rhinoplasty Surgeons

Spend time researching the surgeons in your area. Select just those who specialize in the procedure you want. 

Numerous surgeons perform cosmetic surgery of all kinds, but the nose is a highly complex area. The level of skill, attention to detail, and experience you want comes from a facial plastic surgeon who has extensive rhinoplasty experience. 

Keep in mind that any licensed physician can perform rhinoplasty legally in the US. Still, it’s vital for your surgeon to have the right credentials. That includes board certification, regular practice, and good standing in the medical industry.

You should review their before and after nose job photos to ensure they consistently deliver the kind of results you’re dreaming of.

Have Realistic Expectations

If you walk into your consultation appointment having decided exactly what result you want or envisioning someone else’s nose, you may be disappointed. 

Your realistic options will relate to your nose and facial structure, plus many other factors. The rhinoplasty patients who are most satisfied with results understand that improvements can make a dramatic change, but perfection is never realistic.

Communicate with Your Rhinoplasty Surgeon 

Some people hesitate to express their concerns or desires to their surgeon because they feel intimidated, shy, or nervous. However, you should feel welcomed and encouraged to communicate. Your consultation is for you, and your doctor won’t know what’s on your mind unless you share freely.

You’ll be asked to provide a medical history and other health-related information. Please be honest, and let your surgeon know about conditions, medications, or other substances you take as they could affect your results.

Communicate with the Staff

Your consultation is also designed to introduce you to the support staff at the clinic. They should be friendly and supportive, and you should understand who to reach out to with questions and who will provide you with recovery care. It’s essential to be comfortable with the entire team, as this significantly impacts your overall experience.

Prepare Questions Ahead of Time

You may have plenty of questions while researching at home and discussing nose jobs with friends, but once you arrive at your appointment, it’s easy to forget. This happens to most people, and it’s completely normal. We recommend writing down your questions and bringing that list with you on the day of consultation.

Take the Next Step with a Rhinoplasty Consultation! 

You don’t need to rush when deciding to have facial plastic surgery. A supportive plastic surgeon will help guide you and ensure you feel entirely confident in your choice before proceeding. It all starts with a consultation. 

We invite you to call our Newport Beach office at 949-515-0550 or contact us online to arrange your rhinoplasty consultation today.

10 Important Topics to Cover at Your Rhinoplasty Consultation

There are many valid reasons patients look to rhinoplasty or nasal correction surgery. Maybe you seek to improve an aspect of your appearance you haven’t liked from birth, or repair damage caused by an injury. Or, perhaps, you may simply want to be able to breathe through your nose

Either way, rhinoplasty surgery can have a profound effect on our lives going forward. The nose is a part of the body that’s nearly impossible for us to ignore. Every day noses play a large role in defining facial aesthetics and everyday breath passes or attempts to pass through it.

Therefore, once one decides to seek nasal correction, it can be tempting to jump without looking first. It’s easy to forget that rhinoplasty is a major surgery, and not all physicians have equal skills and training. Without open communication between you and your doctor, you risk having a result that might require additional surgery to correct.

Therefore, your initial consultation is crucial, both for you and your surgeon. It helps to ensure your surgery’s success. Dr. Sajjadian has the experience to know what questions to ask. Still, you need to do your part and consider beforehand what’s important to YOU. Here are ten topics to address in your consultation:

Your Doctor’s Training

This topic is first on this list for a reason. Your doctor’s credentials tell you how much faith to put into all the other information they share. The longer a doctor has been in training and in practice, the more knowledge and skill he or she has acquired. 

Don’t be intimidated to ask your doctor about both their medical and specific plastic surgery training. You want to benefit from their experience, not help them establish it. Although no two patients are precisely the same, an experienced, well-trained physician is more likely to have treated a patient similar to you.

A good physician will be proud of their training and experience. After all, they’ve worked very hard to obtain it. Dr. Sajjadian holds an MD with degrees from Drexel, Emory, and Temple Universities.  

Your Doctor’s Board Certification

Just as medical education is essential, so is board certification. Medical societies are much more than clubs for doctors. They are groups that work with physicians to educate them and keep practicing at the highest standards. Being a member often requires a physician to have both their personal knowledge and facilities certified regularly.

The science of plastic surgery is always evolving. Without continuing education, even the best-trained doctors can lose touch with the latest surgery techniques and treatments. As a result, they can get stuck doing the same procedures in the same way and without ever improving.

Ask your physician to which medical boards is he or she a member. The more boards they join, the higher their desire to be versed in the latest treatments. Dr. Sajjadian is one of the only triple board-certified plastic surgeons in the US.

Access to Hospital and Accredited Facilities

It’s important to consider where your surgery will take place. Some physicians will work Only with local hospitals, others use their own offices. Consider for yourself, how accessible the office or facility is to where you live, and how you will arrange transportation. Due to sedation, you won’t be able to arrive or leave the procedure by yourself.

Just as important, if your doctor does surgery in-office, make sure their facility is certified by any federal or state agencies or by Medicare. These organizations will inspect them regularly for quality and cleanliness. 

And, you should even ask to see where your surgery will take place. When the day of the procedure comes, you’ll be more comfortable with a familiar setting. Dr. Sajjadian offers you an accredited facility in Newport Beach that is both comfortable and modern.  

Good Candidates for Rhinoplasty

It’s good to start with a review of why you’re considering rhinoplasty in the first place. Think about what cosmetic features of your nose you’d like to change. Is your nose crooked? Does the bridge of your nose have a bump? Do you feel it’s too large or asymmetrical in some way? 

Just as important as your look, consider how well you can breathe through your nose. Many patients go their whole lives without the ability to breathe freely through their nose. This problem can have a detrimental effect on a variety of activities, including sleep, athletics, speaking, and singing. 

And, rhinoplasty is not a one-look-fits-all procedure. Be sure to make clear to your physician how you’d like your nose to look and function as well as how to keep realistic expectations. Rhinoplasty surgeon  Dr. Sajjadian will gladly help you determine if the procedure is a good option according to your needs.

Varieties of Rhinoplasty Surgery

Depending on the needs you discuss in your initial consultation, there are several possible choices of rhinoplasty. For example, some patients find themselves dissatisfied with the work of their prior physician. The revision rhinoplasty is a procedure that corrects mistakes made on previous surgeries.

Today, you have more aesthetic options than ever. Unfortunately, some physicians continue to offer patients only one option – a Caucasian-featured nose. With ethnic rhinoplasty, patients can improve the contours of their nose while respecting the beauty of their African, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, or East Asian heritage.

Another option, septoplasty, is a procedure to straighten a patient’s nose by modifying their nasal cartilage or septum. Often it’s performed in conjunction with nasal obstruction correction that addresses anything within your nose that may hinder your breathing. Dr. Sajjadian, in an expert consultation, can help you determine which procedure or combination of methods is best for you.

Preparation for Your Procedure

Just like for any other surgery, your body needs to be prepared for rhinoplasty. It’s important to ask, given your specific goals, what you’ll need to do in the weeks and days leading up to surgery. 

Upon deciding to move forward with rhinoplasty, you’ll likely first need to get some lab tests done. There may be certain medications you’ll need to avoid or discontinue to minimize the risk of surgical complications. For example, aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs (including some nutritional supplements) can increase the amount your body bleeds, which is not ideal during surgery.

If you smoke, you’ll probably have to quit for a period of time leading up to your procedure. Finally, you’ll need to arrange both for someone to take you to and from your surgery and someone to watch over you for at least the first night afterward. Don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Sajjadian how to best plan for before and after your procedure.

Rhinoplasty Surgery Steps

To start, you will receive either traditional general or intravenous anesthesia. Keep in mind the goal is for you to be as comfortable as possible during the process. 

Overall there are two methods by which rhinoplasty surgery is conducted: open or closed. In a closed procedure, all incisions are made inside the nose through the nostrils. With open rhinoplasty, your doctor makes an additional incision in the tissue between the nostrils known as the columella. The needs of your correction will dictate the approach your doctor uses.

Further incisions depend on the needs of your specific procedure. To lessen your nose’s size,  your doctor will make an incision to reduce the amount of internal cartilage. In septoplasty, your physician will make the incision required to straighten your nose’s appearance.  Rest assured, Dr. Sajjadian will help you understand your options to create your ideal rhinoplasty experience.

Rhinoplasty Procedure Recovery

It’s essential to ask about steps in your rhinoplasty recovery and the time involved. To finish your procedure, your doctor may apply a combination of splints and gauze inside your nose to help cease any bleeding. Within a few days, patients usually return to the office to have this packing material removed.

Also, as a result of the procedure, you may or may not have stitches that need removal. If you do, you may need to make an additional return trip to the office. This step, along with the rest of your recovery, will affect the timing of when you can return to work or any other exercise routines. 

It’s also necessary to have someone help you with your first return to the doctor’s office, especially if you are taking any pain medication. Dr. Sajjadian feels surgery isn’t done until the patient fully recovers. Don’t hesitate to ask him what to expect for your specific recovery.

Your Look, Both Immediately after the Procedure and in the Coming Years

As with most cosmetic surgeries, you, as the patient, need to be prepared to look, in the short term, worse than when you started. Don’t worry. It’s normal for your nose to be swollen and bruised for a few days after the procedure. 

As you recover, you’ll begin to see the real improvements your doctor has made. It’s essential before surgery to look at a variety of before and after pictures. Doing so will give you a better sense of your physician’s skill level and what results to expect.

When it comes to the aesthetic improvement possible with rhinoplasty, a picture tells it all. Feel free to view the before and after photos on Dr. Sajjadian’s site and feel to ask about photos of patients who had procedures similar to the one you’re planning.

Cost Considerations

Whether you think you can’t afford rhinoplasty, or to you, price is no object, it makes sense to ask your doctor about it. Sometimes, patients make assumptions about cost based on the stories of others and later are surprised.

Just as with the procedure itself, every patient has a unique insurance and cost situation. If you seek rhinoplasty to correct breathing issues, your insurance may cover part or all of the cost. Therefore, it’s also a good idea to call your insurance company before going into your initial consultation.

Keep in mind, with rhinoplasty, you’re investing in one to two things you’re affected by every day – your face and your ability to breathe. It’s one of the most noticeable improvements to your body you can make. Dr. Sajjadian is happy to discuss what to expect in terms of cost and what financing options he may be able to offer.

Your Final Choice

It’s important to remember that the final choice to move forward with rhinoplasty is yours. Don’t hesitate to bring up every topic that concerns you. As mentioned, you’re considering a change to a body part you see and feel every day. 

When done correctly, the results of rhinoplasty often bring patients to tears. See for yourself by looking through the before and after photos and videos on Dr. Sajjadian’s site. No less profound is freedom patients can feel at the ability to breathe through their nose for the first time. 

Therefore, it’s worth playing an active role in learning the procedure and finding the right physician. At its best, rhinoplasty helps you, and the rest of the world see more clearly the beauty you already have. Dr. Sajjadian welcomes you to discuss all your needs and concerns. Contact him today to schedule your consultation at his Newport Beach facility.