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The nose, centrally located in the face, determines to a great extent the overall harmony and balance of the facial appearance. When the nose is too big, too long, or suffers from other aesthetic imperfections, it can significantly distract from a beautiful smile or the attractiveness of the eyes.

The goal of a cosmetic rhinoplasty in NYC is to refine and reshape the nose so that it suits the patient’s face and doesn’t draw undue attention to itself. Rhinoplasty can not only improve the look of the nose but can also correct breathing issues that may be causing headaches or sleeplessness. Lastly, rhinoplasty can enhance the client’s self-image, making them feel more professionally and socially confident.

What is a Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to amend the bridge, tip, and nostrils, harmonizing the features for a more inviting and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Whether the patient is unhappy with a drooping, bulbous tip, a dorsal hump that is too prominent, or nostrils that are too wide, rhinoplasty can help correct the nasal shape and restore balance to the midface. The procedure has among the highest satisfaction rates, thanks to its ability to increase the patient’s quality of life.

Dr. Kwak is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He has over a decade of expertise and has performed thousands of successful rhinoplasties for clients of all ages and backgrounds. From ethnic rhinoplasty to revision rhinoplasty and septoplasty, Dr. Kwak’s technical command and consummate artistry ensure a beautifully natural, nuanced result you will enjoy for years to come.

What Can YourNose Surgery in NYC address?

  • A nose that is too large for the face
  • A crooked or asymmetrical nose
  • A large bump on the bridge of the nose
  • A nasal bridge that is too flat
  • A bulbous, upturned, or elongated nasal tip
  • Nostrils that are too wide or uneven
  • A deviated septum or enlarged turbinates

Who makes a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

Choosing to undergo rhinoplasty is a personal decision and one that should only be made after in-depth research and a detailed consultation with a reputable plastic surgeon. If the appearance of your nose causes self-consciousness and is affecting your quality of life, rhinoplasty may be an excellent option for boosting your self-image and creating the balanced, attractive look that you seek.

Rhinoplasty can address issues such as a nose that is too large for your face, a bulbous or drooping nasal tip, a pronounced dorsal hump or flattened nasal bridge, and nostrils that are too wide or too large. In addition, rhinoplasty can refine the structural stability of the nose, improving breathing and sleep. It can also correct injuries and trauma that may have resulted in crooked or asymmetrical nasal contours.

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You are likely a candidate for rhinoplasty if…

  • You are unhappy with the shape, size, or projection of your nose
  • You are interested in refining the nasal tip, bridge, or nostrils
  • You have trouble breathing properly
  • Your nose doesn’t suit your face
  • Your nose has already finished growing
  • You are physically and mentally healthy
  • You are free from any major medical concerns such as bleeding disorders or hypertension
  • You are a non-smoker, or you are willing to quit for around 4-6 weeks before and after surgery
  • You are undergoing rhinoplasty to please yourself and not others
  • You have a positive, open-minded attitude towards your surgery with realistic expectations
  • You are willing to follow Dr. Kwak’s instructions

What is Dr. Kwak’s approach to rhinoplasty?

Dr. Kwak understands that in order to be viable, your rhinoplasty results have to appear natural. No one wants their nose to draw attention to itself. Rather, most clients desire a nose that is balanced with the other features and allows the viewer to gaze into the eyes.

Dr. Kwak employs painstaking attention to detail in order to create nasal changes that accomplish your goals, but that also don’t go too far in removing an excess of cartilage or bone. Surgeons that over operate leave the patient in need of a costly and time-consuming revision process. With Dr. Kwak, your rhinoplasty is performed precisely and naturally the first time around.

I.K. Rhinoplasty

Dr. Edward Kwak is truly amazing! Currently 16 months post op Rhinoplasty and facelift. About 10 surgeons could not close a hole in my nose and did not want to operate me but only Dr. Kwak could do this. Thank you for saving my life!

J.P. Rhinoplasty

I could not be any happier with my results. Dr. Kwak did an amazing job. He made my nose look natural so no one noticed I had a nose job. Dr. Kwak and his team are so professional and efficient. I was very nervous about having surgery and they held me hand every step of the way. So happy I found him!

M.G. Functional Rhinoplasty

Dr. Edward Kwak is a meticulous surgeon and also a really nice guy! He will take the time with you and is very empathetic and kind. I felt like I "clicked" with him right away, and felt fully confident in choosing him as my surgeon! I can now fully breathe through my nose and it is really cute!

S.P. Rhinoplasty

Dr. Kwak is a very talented surgeon, and he knows what he is doing and talking about. I had a rhinoplasty done by him and I felt nothing, knowing I was in good hands. I am three weeks post op and I absolutely love my nose, and the final results are not even showing yet. I had a really great experience!!

How can I choose the right plastic surgeon?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that requires the utmost precision, delicacy, and artistry. It’s imperative that you select a surgeon with a rigorous training background, impeccable credentials, and a bedside manner that is respectful, transparent, and considerate. While undergoing an in-depth consultation is the best way to evaluate a potential plastic surgeon, you will also need to do your homework, researching the doctor’s testimonials, reviews, before and after photos, and online reputation. Below are 4 of the top factors to be aware of when choosing the right plastic surgeon for you.

Education

Rhinoplasty should be performed by a nose specialist who is credentialed through the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. This ensures that they completed the rigorous training and examinations to become an expert in their field. Surgeons who are double board-certified in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) offer an even more refined approach.

Experience

A surgeon who has performed thousands of rhinoplasties has the experience necessary to ensure your safety throughout the procedure and deliver the results you are expecting. You don’t want to undergo such a complex facial surgery with someone whose main focus is breast augmentation, for instance. Furthermore, if you are African-American, Hispanic/Latin, Middle Eastern, or Asian, you want to make sure your surgeon has experience performing non-caucasian rhinoplasties with results that will preserve your unique cultural heritage.

Results

You want to make sure that your surgeon can deliver the type of results you seek by examining their portfolio and delving into outcomes achieved for previous patients. Read the online reviews to see how prior clients feel about their nose jobs one year or five years down the line. While most surgeons strive to under-promise and overdeliver, you want to make sure that your rhinoplasty surgeon has a track record for balanced, elegant, personalized outcomes.

Certification

To reiterate, rhinoplasty surgeons should be board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Doctors with an MD distinction can perform certain procedures, but they have a lower level of education. Even better than a board-certified surgeon is a double-board-certified surgeon, a doctor who has expertise in both plastic surgery and head and neck surgery (otolaryngology).

Why choose Dr. Kwak?

Dr. Kwak has the essential combination of skill, experience, artistry, and compassion to make him among the most trusted specialists in rhinoplasty NYC has to offer. Your rhinoplasty results are crafted to reflect your unique aesthetic tastes and your wishes for improvement. From start to finish, Dr. Kwak empowers each client with the knowledge and information they need to make an informed decision about their surgery.

Dr. Kwak is double board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and has been delivering outstanding client care for over 10 years. He has received numerous awards and honors, including:

  • New York Super Doctor (2015-2020)
  • New York Rising Stars (2013-2014)
  • Recipient of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Award
  • Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor 2019
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What can I expect from my consultation with Dr. Kwak?

The consultation process is a time for doctor and patient to get to know each other better and ensure they are a good fit. Clients find that Dr. Kwak is able to immediately set them at ease through his patient, kind demeanor, and superior listening abilities. Dr. Kwak takes all the time necessary to answer your questions regarding the risks and benefits of rhinoplasty, its recovery,

and what you can expect in terms of your final results. Dr. Kwak will go over pricing with you and will also show you before and after photos. You are always welcome to bring in your own images that reflect your hopes for transformation. Dr. Kwak wants you to be happy with your results and will go to great lengths to ensure your success and well-being.

What can I expect from the procedure?

Rhinoplasty surgery is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes 3-4 hours. Your surgical plan will be prepared by Dr. Kwak prior to your surgery date, and you will be able to approve it personally. Once you are sedated, Dr. Kwak will perform either open or closed rhinoplasty according to your surgical plan. He will remove excess cartilage and bone, smooth any bumps, refine the nostrils, and create a nose that is more well-suited to your bone structure. If needed, Dr. Kwak can augment the chin to provide the appropriate counterbalance to the nose. He will then redrape the skin and close the sutures.

What is the difference between open and closed rhinoplasty?

There are two types of rhinoplasty: open and closed. Dr. Kwak will choose the technique that is most appropriate for your unique treatment plan. During open rhinoplasty, an incision is made at the base of the nose through the columella. This allows Dr. Kwak access to the full internal structures of the nose so that he can reshape the bone and cartilage, straighten the septum, and refine the tip, bridge, and nostrils. Scarring is minimal, as the incision is tiny and cannot be seen unless one is searching for it.

During closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made within the nostrils where they are unseen. For clients concerned about scarring, this approach is ideal. However, Dr. Kwak is a bit more limited in the changes he can make. Minor imperfections in the bridge and tip can be successfully addressed through this method. In either case, Dr. Kwak works to preserve nasal breathing and structural support and provides a seamless, customized outcome that adheres to your wishes.

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Recovery Time

Most patients who undergo rhinoplasty surgery will need to plan to take two weeks off. The early stages of recovery are the most difficult, mostly due to swelling, which leaves you with a stuffy nose. Once that step is over, most patients report the recovery was easier and less painful than expected.

Immediately After

After rhinoplasty, you will wake up from anesthetic with the nose protected with a splint and bandages. The alterations will not yet be visible.

Day of

You will need to arrange a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you as support for the first 24 hours. Keep your head elevated, including during sleep, and do not engage in any vigorous actions of any kind, with motions restricted to just gentle, slow walks.

One Week

After a week, most patients are ready to have the splint removed. If you have stitches and your nose is healed sufficiently, they will be removed. Swelling and bruising is common at this stage.

Two Weeks

After two weeks, your new nose is coming into view, although the swelling has not fully disappeared, so your nose will appear bigger than it will when your recovery is complete.

One Month

Most swelling is gone, and the alterations are now becoming more visible, particularly at the nose tip. Alterations to the nose bridge may require a bit longer to heal, although you should feel confident enough to engage in social activities.

Three Months

Your nose is starting to look great, with its final refined look now visible. You are free to exercise, engage in sports, and enjoy life – but care for your nose and always avoid impact!

Six Months

After six months, very minor residual swelling may remain, noticeable only to you, if at all. All the restructuring is now visible, which you can enjoy.

One Year

Your earlier nose appearance may now just be a dim memory, as you have become used to the new look, with your nose now a natural part of your appearance.

What is the cost of rhinoplasty in New York City?

Rhinoplasty is among the most customized procedures that Dr. Kwak performs. Each person will require a different degree of nasal refinement, and some will need a more complex approach involving techniques such as cartilage grafting. As such, pricing will vary from client to client. The average cost of rhinoplasty in NYC is anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000.

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Types of Rhinoplasty

  • Cosmetic rhinoplasty
  • Revision rhinoplasty
  • Ethnic rhinoplasty
  • Septoplasty
  • Non-surgical rhinoplasty

Video with Dr. Kwak: What is the Difference Between a Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q?: Will I Be In Severe Pain After a Nose Job?

Most patients are pleased that recovery turns out to be less painful than they expected, but may feel pressure, headache, and tenderness. The most unpleasant after effect is that the nose swelling restricts breathing and the nose feels “stuffy.”

Q?: Can I Blow My Nose After a Rhinoplasty?

Never blow your nose after a rhinoplasty, as this can damage the delicate work performed by your plastic surgeon, and result in complications. It is normal to experience some discharge, which can be addressed with gauze, but never blow.

Q?: Can I Get a Rhinoplasty if I am Pregnant and Expecting?

Pregnant mothers must wait until the child is born before undergoing rhinoplasty as there could be risks to the growing baby due to the administration of anesthesia or the stress of surgery.

Q?: When Can I Exercise After Undergoing a Rhinoplasty?

In the early stages of recovery, only very gentle exercise, such as light walks, should be performed. As your nose heals, you will be able to do more and more, but you must follow your surgeon’s orders before engaging in sports, vigorous exercise, running, or jogging.

Q?: How Much Will My Health Insurance Pay?

Health insurance does not pay for cosmetic changes to the nose but may pay some portion of surgery to resolve functional problems such as a crooked nose, deviated septum, or other physical issues that affect breathing and health.

Q?: When is the best time for rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, or a nose job, can be performed when the nose has reached 90 percent of its growth. This growth phase usually occurs between the ages of 14 and 15 with girls, and at 15 years and older for boys.

Q?: How do I know what my nose will look like?

In your consultation, you can discuss the aspects of your nose you want to change and review patients with reshaped noses, so you know what to expect. Dr. Kwak is arguably among the finest nose surgeons practicing in New York. He takes all the time needed to plan and execute the surgery – no surprises.

Q?: Can I get rhinoplasty without scars?

A closed rhinoplasty uses incisions made within the nostrils so that the scars are not visible. In many cases, open rhinoplasty is required to achieve your desired results, but the scar is minimal and virtually invisible. Another scarless option is the use of dermal fillers to enhance nose shape subtly.

Q?: Can I get rhinoplasty with a nose piercing?

Yes, the piercing will not interfere with the procedure. After surgery, your nose is bandaged so you will be unable to replace your nose jewelry, and the hole may close during healing and can be re-pierced once you have fully recovered.

Q?: When can I shower after rhinoplasty?

You can shower or bathe the day after surgery, but you cannot get the splint, packing, or bandages wet. To wash your face, use a washcloth to avoid getting the dressings wet. You will be restricted from tubs or swimming for at least two weeks after surgery.

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