Rhinoplasty in NYC

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The nose is one of the most prominent features on the human face and is very critical to how we view our self-esteem and ourselves. It is important to our overall appearance that our nose is well shaped, functions properly, and fits within the natural contours of our face. For those unhappy with the shape, size or proportion of their nose, rhinoplasty (cosmetic nose surgery) may offer the improvement they seek. Manhattan plastic surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Rothaus, performs natural-looking rhinoplasty surgery for those living in NYC, Upper East Side, Manhattan, Westchester, and the nearby areas of New York.

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What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to change your nose angle, reshape the tip, narrow the nostrils, or change the size or width of the nasal bridge. Dr. Rothaus will work carefully with you to pick a technique that will best suit you and your aesthetic needs.

Whether you are correcting your nose due to an accident, injury, or you simply desire a nose more proportionate to your face, Dr. Rothaus will provide you with important information and guidance about rhinoplasty surgery.

A rhinoplasty may improve your appearance or correct a functional problem (such as difficulty breathing due to a deviated septum). The septum is the wall between the two nostrils composed of cartilage and bone, it divides the nasal cavity into halves. The ideal nasal septum is straight, separating the left and right sides of the nose into passageways of equal size. In contrast, a deviated septum occurs when the septum is severely shifted away from the midline. In severe cases, a deviated septum may cause difficulty breathing through the nose. A combined rhinoplasty with septoplasty can correct this functional issue.

Who is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job, can benefit individuals of most ages. Although we offer teenage rhinoplasty, children and teens should refrain from receiving rhinoplasty until their facial growth is complete, which is around age 18 for boys and age 16 for girls. The best candidates for rhinoplasty are individuals in good health with:

  • A disproportionately large nose for the face
  • A depression or hump on the bridge of the nose
  • An uncommonly wide shape to the nose
  • A drooping nasal tip
  • A nasal tip that is enlarged
  • Nostrils that are excessively large
  • A crooked or asymmetrical nose caused by injury or birth
  • Impaired Breathing

What Are Your Options for Rhinoplasty Surgery?

There are two common approaches to perform a rhinoplasty: the closed technique and the open technique. The open technique exposes the entire underlying structure of the nose by lifting the skin from an incision made in the columella (the tissue separating the nostrils). The closed technique is much less invasive, does not leave an external rhinoplasty scar, and, in our opinion, has a shorter recovery because there is less swelling due to the absence of incisions on the nose. The closed technique will be used preferentially at Rothaus Plastic Surgery unless there is a need to perform an open rhinoplasty.

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Your Rhinoplasty Consultation

During your nasal surgery consultation, Dr. Rothaus will perform an examination of your nose and face. You will need to tell Dr. Rothaus about your complete medical history, including any past procedures, any medications or supplements you are currently taking, and any allergies. This information will help to avoid surgical complications.

Dr. Rothaus will walk you through the details of the procedure, including preparation, the surgical process, and recovery/healing. You will be able to ask questions and voice any concerns you may have. He will create a surgical plan, and a date will be set for your rhinoplasty in New York City.

How Does the Rhinoplasty Procedure Work?

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that can be performed in an accredited surgical facility while under sedation and local anesthesia. General anesthesia is not usually required. The procedure generally takes less than an hour.

At the start of the procedure, the chosen incisions are created. Bone, cartilage, and/or soft tissue are altered to achieve the desired results. In some cases, grafts may be inserted to bolster the strength of the nasal architecture. Grafts are shaped pieces of autologous cartilage or bone. Typically, they are made of cartilage from the patient’s rib, ear, or nasal septum. Once the procedure is complete, incisions are closed using sutures.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Time off from work may be required after rhinoplasty in order to rest and recover. There can be some bruising, which is visible for up to five to seven days. The majority (but not all) of the swelling after a rhinoplasty is gone after several weeks; however, it may take many months to a year until the residual swelling resolves and the absolute final result is seen.

An insertion of gauze or cotton, also known as nasal packing, may be used to control bleeding after surgery. A nose splint or tape will be required for a couple days until it is time to reveal the newly shaped nose. The nose will regain its sensation, final contour and softness after three to six months.

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost in New York?

The cost of a New York rhinoplasty procedure depends on the exact details of each patient’s unique case. The price of your nose job will vary based on the techniques utilized, the type of anesthesia administered, and the total time needed to perform the surgery. We can also help you develop a rhinoplasty payment plan that fits your needs with financing from CareCredit.

Plan Your Rhinoplasty Procedure

Recovery Time: 7-10 days

Average Procedure Time: 30-45 minutes

Procedure Recovery Location: Outpatient

Improve the Appearance of Your Nose

Noses that are too large, wide, or have a specific deformity may only be able to be enhanced through nose surgery. Rhinoplasty can make a nose look smaller, more defined, softer in appearance, and natural looking, as it pertains to the rest of the face. Countless patients in New York, Upper East Side, Manhattan, Westchester, have had rhinoplasty surgery at our office and love their results. Some of them even refer to Dr. Rothaus as the best rhinoplasty surgeon in NYC, thanks to advanced experience and exceptional results. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about this popular cosmetic procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions


When can I exercise after rhinoplasty?

Light exercises can be resumed about one week after rhinoplasty, but patients should avoid more strenuous activities for at least three weeks or until they are cleared by Dr. Rothaus.

Can I get a nose piercing after rhinoplasty?

Although you can get a nose piercing after rhinoplasty, you should wait at least three months. After this time, most of the swelling will have gone down and the nose will be healed.

How long does it take to heal from rhinoplasty?

Mild to moderate swelling, bruising, and tenderness are common for the first week but should improve significantly after 5-7 days. Swelling will reduce gradually and can take up to one year to completely heal, but final results should be seen after 4-6 months.

How to reduce swelling after rhinoplasty?

After rhinoplasty, we recommend that patients take anti-inflammatory medications and use cold compresses to alleviate swelling. Sun exposure and strenuous exercise should be avoided to limit swelling.

Does rhinoplasty last forever?

Since the bone and cartilage are removed or repositioned during rhinoplasty, the results are permanent (unless the nose is injured in the future). Aging may cause slight changes over time, but will not drastically change the look of your nose.


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About Dr. Rothaus

Kenneth O. Rothaus, MD is a board-certified Manhattan and Westchester plastic surgeon offering cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for the face, breast, body, and skin. Educated at Yale College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Rothaus’ general and plastic surgery training was at the Columbia and Cornell campuses of the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Rothaus values the wants and needs of his patients and strives to give them the best experience possible.

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