What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, commonly called a nose job, is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that is designed to sculpt or refine nasal size, shape, and symmetry. Because the nose is one of the most noticeable parts of the face, if you’re unhappy with the way it looks, it can be a cause for concern. Rhinoplasty enhances the harmony of your facial features to help you realize your ideal appearance. 

Who is a candidate for rhinoplasty?

Men or women who would like to reshape the structure, size, or look of their noses may be candidates for rhinoplasty in NYC. Dr. Halaas will consult with you to understand your concerns and aesthetic goals and examine the unique anatomy of your nose and its relationship with your other facial features. This consultation will allow Dr. Halaas to determine whether you are a good candidate for a rhinoplasty. Ideal candidates typically meet the following requirements:

  • Their nose has fully developed, which usually occurs by the mid-to-late teenage years
  • Nasal skin is not too thick or thin
  • Have a strong underlying framework of cartilage
  • Are in good general health
  • Have realistic expectations about what rhinoplasty can accomplish
  • Do not smoke
  • Snore excessively
  • Have problems breathing
  • Are unhappy with the appearance of their nose

Before & After Rhinoplasty in NYC

Types of rhinoplasty

Dr. Halaas offers many different types of rhinoplasty for patients, customizing her procedures to meet the unique needs of every patient. Her available rhinoplasty procedures include:

Surgical techniques, open vs closed

Dr. Halaas will choose either an open or closed technique based on the physical structure of your nose and your own aesthetic goals. The two main techniques are open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty.

Open rhinoplasty

Dr. Halaas will perform open rhinoplasty for patients who require more complex or significant alterations. During open rhinoplasty, Dr. Halaas will make small incisions on the outside of the nose, which allow her to lift the nasal skin to expose the underlying nasal structures. These incisions are very precise and are hidden in the natural folds of the skin. 

Closed rhinoplasty

Patients who require less complex changes can usually have a closed rhinoplasty. This technique involves smaller incisions that are made within the nostrils, through which Dr. Halaas makes finite changes that require less restructuring.

Preparing for surgery

Dr. Halaas will provide a list of medications to avoid as you prepare for surgery. These will include aspirin and other anti-inflammatory supplements or medications. Ahead of time, be sure you have arranged for a friend or family member who can drive you home and help you during the initial days of your recovery. 

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Your rhinoplasty surgical procedure

Dr. Halaas will perform your rhinoplasty in NYC with local anesthesia and mild sedation or general anesthesia. 

During your rhinoplasty procedure, the technique Dr. Halaas uses and the changes she makes are unique to your concerns and goals. This may include moderate or more extensive work, based on your surgical plan, including sculpting the bone and cartilage.

Recovery and aftercare

Once your rhinoplasty procedure is complete, Dr. Halaas will place an external splint and tape over your nose to help it heal during the following week. Expect swelling and bruising, including under the eyes. Keep your head elevated, including during your sleep, and apply cold compresses around your nose and eyes.

Most patients can return to sedentary work in about two weeks. Do not exercise for 3-4 weeks. Swelling will continue to slowly decrease over the following few months.

Some patients worry because the swelling can cause distortion or asymmetry during the healing phase. Dr. Halaas will guide you through this, as it is normal, although understandably concerning. Your final results will appear after the nose has settled and the swelling has fully subsided. Your nose will slightly improve its new shape even after the initial year of recovery.

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Cost of rhinoplasty

Like all facial cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty is particularly customized for each individual. During your consultation, Dr. Halaas will determine what is required to achieve your ideal results and address your unique concerns. Based on this consultation, Dr. Halaas will be able to provide the exact cost of your rhinoplasty. The typical rhinoplasty in NYC ranges from $9,000 to $20,000. In more complex cases, the surgery can cost as much as $30,000. Pricing may include the surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees, facility fees, etc. Please schedule a consultation to learn more about the cost of your rhinoplasty. 

Rhinoplasty FAQ

When can I exercise again after rhinoplasty?

Wait for 3-4 weeks before returning to exercise again.

How long is the procedure?

Rhinoplasty surgery usually takes between 1.5 and 3 hours.

When does the cast come off after rhinoplasty?

The cast is typically removed in one week.

How long will rhinoplasty results last?

Rhinoplasty results generally last a lifetime, barring facial trauma that impacts the nose.

Can rhinoplasty resolve a deviated septum?

Yes, this is a common reason a rhinoplasty is performed.

What procedures can be combined with rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is often performed with blepharoplasty or chin augmentation to create balanced, proportionate facial features or rejuvenation. Other complementary procedures with rhinoplasty are a facelift or a brow lift

Non-surgical treatments that pair well with rhinoplasty are injectable treatments such as fillers and Botox.

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