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What is a Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical intervention aimed at refining the bridge, tip, and nostrils of the nose, aiming to create a more harmonious and visually appealing facial profile. Whether addressing concerns like a drooping or bulbous tip, an overly prominent dorsal hump, or excessively wide nostrils, rhinoplasty in NYC offers solutions to reshape the nose and restore symmetry to the midface. Renowned for its high satisfaction rates, rhinoplasty significantly enhances patients' quality of life by improving facial aesthetics and balance.

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.

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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
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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 strives to provide the best rhinoplasty experience in New York. He recognizes the importance of natural-looking results in ensuring the success of your procedure. Most individuals seek a nose that seamlessly complements their facial features, allowing focus on the eyes rather than drawing attention solely to the nose.

Dr. Kwak meticulously attends to every detail to achieve your desired nasal changes without over-resecting cartilage or bone. Surgeons who are too aggressive in their approach often result in costly and lengthy revision procedures for the patient. With Dr. Kwak, you can trust that your rhinoplasty will be performed with precision, ensuring natural and satisfactory results from the outset.

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 highly precise and delicate surgical procedure that also involves an artistic touch. Choosing the right surgeon for this procedure is of paramount importance. It is essential to select a surgeon with extensive training, impeccable credentials, and a compassionate bedside manner characterized by respect, transparency, and consideration.

While scheduling an in-depth consultation is the ideal approach to assess a potential plastic surgeon, conducting thorough research is equally vital. This research should involve examining the doctor's testimonials, reading reviews, scrutinizing before and after photos, and evaluating their online reputation. Here are four key factors to keep in mind when making the critical decision of selecting the perfect plastic surgeon for your rhinoplasty.


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.


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.


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.


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).

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.

Preservation Rhinoplasty

If you’re interested in a slightly less invasive nose job, you may want to consider preservation rhinoplasty. Preservation rhinoplasty is a version of rhinoplasty that involves the use of precision techniques to preserve as much of the nasal structure as possible. Originally developed by several pioneers of the nose job, this procedure has started to gain popularity in recent years.

Most commonly, preservation rhinoplasty is performed to remove a hump or arch from the nasal bridge. During the surgery, Dr. Kwak adjusts the shape of the nose by carefully removing small amounts of bone and cartilage from beneath the nasal bridge. This allows him to reduce the height of the bridge without altering the natural dorsal lines or disturbing the underlying structure of the nose.

Because preservation rhinoplasty doesn’t require Dr. Kwak to interfere with soft nasal tissue, the surgery typically requires a shorter and easier recovery period. Additionally, preservation rhinoplasty can be an excellent choice for patients who prefer subtle, natural-looking nasal adjustments.

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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 NYC?

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 one of the best rhinoplasty in NYC is anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000.

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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 happens during a lip lift?

After local anesthesia is administered to the upper lip, Dr. Kwak will excise a small portion of the skin beneath the nose, shortening the vertical distance to the mouth. This is done in a tasteful, nuanced manner to support a natural-looking outcome. The incision is then closed. Lip lift surgery takes around one hour. Afterward, the stitches are removed within seven days, and the scar is virtually undetectable.

How long do the results last?

Unlike dermal fillers, which typically last 6-18 months, a lip lift will last for years to come.

Do I feel any pain during the procedure?

Only local anesthesia is needed with a lip lift to ensure you are completely comfortable during your treatment. Afterward, Dr. Kwak will provide you with oral pain medications. The entire process is not considered overly painful by most patients.

What does recovery look like?

Side effects after a lip lift are minimal, with only minor discomfort occurring at the treatment site. Patients can take pain medications for the first few days. Most clients can expect to return to work within around 72 hours. Stitches are removed within the first week after a lip lift, and the scar is generally imperceptible.

Am I an ideal candidate?

With the aging process, the ligaments stretching from the base of the nose to the mouth begin to weaken, causing the upper lip to sink down between one and three millimeters every ten years. The pink portion of the lip begins to shrink, and the lips appear less full. Additionally, the definition in the Cupid’s bow begins to decline. A lip lift can combat these changes and restore an ultra-sexy pout that is naturally stunning.

As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s essential that clients be mentally and physically healthy non-smokers who are free from any major medical issues such as bleeding disorders or hypertension. Patients should have a positive, realistic attitude towards their treatment based on a private consultation with Dr. Kwak and his team.

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