The nose is one of the most prominent features on the human face and 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 rhinoplasty surgery and creates natural, soft results. There are many variations to the rhinoplasty procedure and Dr. Rothaus will work carefully with you to pick a technique that will best suit you and your aesthetic needs. Alterations can be made to change your nose angle, reshape the tip, narrow the nostrils or change the size or width of the nasal bridge. 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.

Best Candidates

Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job, can benefit individuals of most ages. Children and teens, however, should refrain from receiving rhinoplasty until their facial growth is complete, which, for boys is around age 18 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 be injury or birth
  • Impaired Breathing

Surgical Technique

There are two common approaches to perform a rhinoplasty, the closed technique and the open technique. The closed technique is much less invasive, does not leave external scars 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 alter the shape of the nostrils.

During/After Surgery

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that can be performed in an accredited surgical facility while under sedation and local anesthesia. General anesthesia is not required. The procedure generally takes less than an hour and there may be some bruising which is visible for up to 5-7 days. The majority but not all of the swelling after a rhinoplasty is gone after several weeks; however, it may take many months 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 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 3-6 months.

Get A Softer, Gorgeous Nose!

Noses that are too large or too 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 have had rhinoplasty surgery at our office and love their results. We invite you to call our plastic surgery center today to learn more about this popular cosmetic procedure.

Plan Your Procedure

Recovery Time: 7-10 Days
Average Procedure Time: 30-45 Minutes
Procedure Recovery Location: Out-Patient