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The nose is a prominent feature of the face that can dramatically affect overall facial appearance. Rhinoplasty (the technical name for a “nose job”) is the third most popular cosmetic surgery in the nation, with 223,000 procedures performed in a recent year, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons statistics.

Dr. Westreich at New Face NY is a double board-certified top facial plastic surgeon in NYC with a reputation for his high-level technical skills and dedication to surgical excellence in advanced NYC rhinoplasty procedures. Here we have provided answers to some commonly asked questions about rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty FAQs

Who is a good candidate for a nose job?

Rhinoplasty is performed to correct cosmetic defects and structural abnormalities. A good candidate for this procedure may be:

  • At least 14 years of age (if female) or 16 years of age (if male)
  • A nasal tip that has droops, hangs, or is bulbous
  • A person with unsatisfactory results from a previous rhinoplasty (revision rhinoplasty)
  • A patient who has nasal obstruction due to anatomical problems with the nose
  • A person with a nose that is congenitally crooked or became crooked because of trauma
  • A person who is unhappy with or self-conscious about the appearance of his or her nose
  • A person with overlarge nostrils
  • A person with a hump on the bridge of the nose

What is the difference between open and closed rhinoplasty?

Open and closed rhinoplasty are two different surgical techniques. Both involve incisions made inside the nose. However, in closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made through the nostrils, while open rhinoplasty involves an incision across the columella (the soft tissue dividing the nostrils).

One advantage of closed rhinoplasty is that it leaves no visible scarring. However, an open rhinoplasty procedure may provide better access and visibility for a surgeon performing delicate and complex alterations of nasal structures. When performing open rhinoplasty, Dr. Westreich uses advanced incision techniques for barely visible post-surgical scarring.

What happens during the procedure?

First, a general anesthesia will be administered to ensure your comfort. Careful incisions will be made either across the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils, or in the lining of your nostrils (referred to either the open and closed technique, respectively). After the incisions are made, the surgeon can remove or sculpt the cartilage in order to reshape the structure of the nose. When the nose has been reshaped, the incisions will be closed and a nasal splint will be placed to add support while the nose heals.

Is rhinoplasty painful?

Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia to ensure the comfort and safety of the patient. After the procedure, you can expect to experience some discomfort in the early stages of healing, but this subsides quickly. Prescription or over-the-counter medications can help control any pain or discomfort during your recovery.

What is recovery like after rhinoplasty?

In the initial phase of your recovery, you may have bruising around the eyes, painful tenderness of the nose, and swelling and puffiness of the face. Cold packs can help reduce the swelling and medications will be provided to control any post-surgical pain.

You will return home after the procedure with a splint on your nose which will remain in place for approximately one week. Most patients report that recovery from rhinoplasty is more uncomfortable than painful.

Most patients can return to work in approximately 1 week after the procedure. However, it is important to avoid strenuous activities for at two to three weeks after rhinoplasty surgery.

Will my health insurance cover a rhinoplasty procedure?

Rhinoplasty performed solely to address cosmetic issues is not likely to be covered by health insurance. However, when rhinoplasty is performed to correct a breathing problem caused by structural abnormalities, all or part of the procedure may be covered by health insurance.

Are there non-surgical options as an alternative to rhinoplasty?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty in NYC may be an option for many patients. It involves the use of dermal fillers to create a more pleasing appearance of the nose. Injections of dermal fillers may be used to camouflage a bump on the nose or other cosmetic flaws, correct asymmetry and defects in shape, and change the appearance of the nasal tip for better balance and harmony among the facial features.

Dr. Westreich uses a tiny cannula (thin metal tube) to inject Juvéderm dermal filler in a 15-minute, minimally-invasive procedure with no incisions, sutures, bandages, or downtime. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is an attractive treatment option for patients who want to improve the appearance of their nose but are not ready to undergo surgery.

What cosmetic problems can rhinoplasty correct?

Cosmetic rhinoplasty can correct a range of aesthetic defects, dramatically improve facial appearance, and boost the patient’s self-confidence. This procedure can correct:

  • Nose that is too long or too short
  • Nose that is too wide or too narrow
  • Nasal tip angled unnaturally downwards or upwards
  • Hump on the nose
  • Pinched or flared nostrils
  • Nostrils that are too far apart, too close together, or exceptionally large
  • Asymmetry in the appearance of the nose

What are the benefits of rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is the 3rd most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S. for a reason. This procedure has several important benefits, including:

  • Aesthetic benefits: Nose reshaping can dramatically improve the appearance of the nose structure, and create balance and harmony with the other features. Perhaps more than any other facial cosmetic surgery, aesthetic rhinoplasty can significantly improve overall facial appearance.
  • Improved function: Nasal deformities can lead to a range of health problems, including snoring, chronic stuffy nose, sleep apnea, and recurrent sinusitis. Functional rhinoplasty is performed to reshape the nasal structures and correct these problems.
  • Improved quality of sleep: Obstructed nasal passages interfere with a good night’s sleep. People with breathing problems are more likely to snore and wake up several times during the night. Rhinoplasty can help clear the nasal passages for better quality of sleep.
  • Boost in energy levels: Obstruction of the nasal passages reduces air intake, which lowers the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream. Blocked nasal passages can also lead to a build-up of carbon dioxide in the body. Rhinoplasty may be performed to correct structural defects, improve air intake, increase oxygen in the bloodstream, and boost energy levels.

What sets Dr. Westreich apart from other plastic surgeons in New York City?

Dr. Richard William Westreich at New Face NY is certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat). He has focused his extensive training and experience on the limited practice of aesthetic facial and reconstructive plastic surgery and the nasal aspects of Ear, Nose, and Throat. Dr. Westreich is one of the most trusted plastic surgeons in New York City, widely recognized for his surgical skills in advanced rhinoplasty and septoplasty techniques.


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