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The nose is the central focus of our face. It give it balance and definition. For some, they are fortunate to not need a rhinoplasty for functional purposes, but for others a rhinoplasty may be needed to correct a severe deformity results in breathing and/or sleeping issues. Dr. Edward Kwak is highly experienced in many unique cases regarding the nose and is confident in his expertise. Delivering arguably some of the finest rhinoplasty Manhattan has to offer, he has earned the trust of many patients. NYC nose surgery is his bread & butter and he will help you obtain the nose of your dreams.

Am I a good candidate for primary rhinoplasty?

Aesthetic beauty is a complex collection of angles and contours that must work together to create balance, harmony and symmetry. When this delicate formula is observed in the human face, the eye is naturally drawn to the eyes and the smile. The nose can either complement these features, or become a focal point itself through defects such as an overly large hump, a bulbous tip or a bridge that is too wide. In all cases, the key with cosmetic surgery is not to create the “perfect” nose, but rather to reshape it in a way that promotes a natural and holistic attractiveness. In other words, the result should be that we do not notice the nose; it simply seems to “fit” with the rest of the patient’s face.

Primary rhinoplasty, a procedure to refine, and in some cases functionally restructure the nose, is undertaken by patients for a variety of reasons. Some are unhappy with a nose that is too large, while others wish to improve a weak profile with augmentation. Some patients seek out an ethnic rhinoplasty in New York, opting to correct flaws that are unique to their culture, while other patients are looking for a nose job because of an injury or hereditary defect. Regardless of motivation, rhinoplasty is one of the most popular and effective procedures for improving one’s overall appearance, and even subtle changes can have a significant impact on self-esteem.

Choosing the best surgeon for your primary rhinoplasty

Nose surgery patients should take care to search for a doctor that specializes in facial plastic surgery. A physician whose main focus is breast augmentation, for instance, may do a few rhinoplasty procedures here and there, but he or she is hardly a substitute for a surgeon who has performed thousands of nose jobs and whose sole focus is on this area of the body. Manhattan facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Kwak is double certified as a facial plastic surgeon and a head and neck surgeon, and has spent the bulk of his practice perfecting and honing his ability to achieve natural rhinoplasty outcomes that adhere to expectations. He also has a unique specialization in various functional nasal reconstruction procedures, like the septoplasty. His valuable specialization allows him to provide among some of the best results from septoplasty NYC can lay claim to.

Dr. Kwak is adamant about getting to know each patient, as this is the best way to ensure a nose job that is highly customized and tailored to the person’s one-of-a-kind anatomy, medical history and aesthetic preferences. Dr. Kwak takes an uncommon amount of time during the consultation to answer questions, address concerns, review before and after photos, and truly comprehend the desired results. This highly individualized approach is what sets the ESK practice apart.

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What to expect from the rhinoplasty procedure

Our NYC primary rhinoplasty generally involves restructuring the nasal bones and cartilage to improve the nose shape. Sometimes the doctor will opt to use grafts in order to remodel the nasal bridge. If the chin shape is affecting the appearance of the nose or contributing to an unattractive profile, the doctor will in some cases recommend chin augmentation or reduction in conjunction with a primary rhinoplasty. The functioning of the nose in terms of breathing may also be improved during rhinoplasty, although the main focus is reshaping for cosmetic purposes. Surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist.

Closed rhinoplasty

With closed rhinoplasty, or an endonasal nose job, incisions are made inside the nostrils and remain invisible after the surgery is complete. This approach is viable when only very limited access is required to the inner structures of the nose, or when the changes needed are relatively uncomplicated.

Open rhinoplasty

During an open rhinoplasty, a 4-5 mm “trans-columellar” incision is made at the base of the nostrils, allowing the skin to be easily lifted over the nose. The benefit of this approach is that it gives the surgeon unimpeded access to the entire nasal structure, facilitating more detailed, precise and demanding renovations. During your consultation in his New York office, Dr. Kwak will determine the best approach and review of the patient’s goals as well as their anatomy.

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Recovery from rhinoplasty

Each of Dr. Kwak’s clients will heal at a different rate depending on the nature of their procedure, but most will experience a recovery time of around 2 weeks with minor to moderate bruising, swelling or discomfort. Nasal splints and stitches will usually be removed after the first week, and light activities can be resumed by week two. Dr. Kwak suggests outfitting the patient’s home with a humidifier to keep the nose and throat well hydrated. As always, Dr. Kwak and his attentive staff of RN’s will be on call to administer medication, answer questions and guide you towards a successful recovery.

Rhinoplasty FAQ

Is there Pain?

The good news for all rhinoplasty candidates is that the procedure is absolutely painless. In fact, rhinoplasty entails a very short recovery time period as compared to other facial correction procedures. Most patients are able to resume your routine activities within a week after the surgery. Your surgeon will administer certain medications to make you feel comfortable during the rhinoplasty procedure. The typical choices include general anesthesia and intravenous sedation. In the initial consultation with your surgeon, you will get to know about the suitable sedation option in your specific case.

What Results Can I Expect?

Rhinoplasty surgery in NYC may vary from moderate to significant results. This usually depends on the type of correction needed/desired by the patient. Hence it is critical to discuss your surgery goals with the cosmetic surgeon during the initial consultation.

Although the initial swelling will decrease in a couple of weeks, it might take several months for the new nose structure to become fully refined. You will keep noticing small changes in your nose structure during this time. The results of a rhinoplasty procedure are long-lasting and relatively permanent. These results can be extended with proper care, including the use of sun-protection and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

How Long Does a Normal Procedure Take?

A simple rhinoplasty procedure involves re-narrowing and bum removal. This type of rhinoplasty takes approximately 75 minutes. It is possible to complete a simple open rhinoplasty within 2 hours. On the other hand, a nose job involving a cleft-lip or a revision rhinoplasty will typically take a little over 2 hours. But there is hardly any rhinoplasty procedure that takes more than 3 hours to be completed.

How Much Does it Cost?

Rhinoplasty may be different for different patients. This means that the cost of the procedure will be variable depending on several key factors. It is important for patients to discuss the overall surgery costs with the physician, including financing and payment options.

Can I still work after Surgery?

Yes. Patients are required to adorn a splint after the rhinoplasty procedure. But this is mostly removed after a week and then they could easily get back to work.


The preparation of a rhinoplasty surgery may entail the following steps:

  • Undergoing a laboratory test
  • Refraining from smoking
  • Making adjustment to current medicines or taking certain prescription medicines (as advised by the surgeon)
  • Avoiding the intake of herbal supplements, aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs because they increase the risk of bleeding

Besides these steps, your cosmetic surgeon will also take you through the procedure briefly and explain how and where the surgery will be executed. The initial consultation will give you an excellent idea of what to expect during the procedure.

What Happens During Surgery?

During our New York rhinoplasty surgery, your cosmetic surgeon will sculpt the bone and cartilage of your nose so that the desired look can be achieved. The procedure begins with the administration of general anesthesia or intravenous sedation so that you can be comfortable throughout the surgery.

A surgeon may perform rhinoplasty either through an open technique (incision across the narrow tissue strip separating the nostrils) or through a closed technique (incisions are concealed within the nose). These incisions allow the surgeon to gently raise the skin covering the nasal cartilage and bones and he/she gets access for reshaping the nose structure.

Once the sculpting of the underlying nose structure is completed, nasal tissue and skin are re-draped and the surgeon can close the incisions. In some cases, additional incisions are made in the nostril creases for altering their size.

Are there Risks?

Like any other cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty may entail a few risks and complications. Each patient needs to assess their own personal goals and decide whether or not the benefits of the surgery outweigh the risks. The surgeon will give you details about all the minor risks related to the procedure during the initial consultation. These may include infection, scarring, swelling, delayed wound healing, skin discoloration and other similar risks. A consent form would need to be signed by the patient before the surgery.

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