Dr. Zuckerman's Guide to Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

Rhinoplasty performed by Dr. Zuckerman. Outcome right profile view is 2mos post-op. View more of Dr. Zuckerman's Rhinoplasty before & after photos on the full Before & After Page.

If you have had life-long self-consciousness about the appearance of your nose, a commonly performed plastic surgery procedure by Dr. Zuckerman can adjust nasal shape and have a positive effect on the entire facial aesthetic. Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) can decrease or increase nose size, reduce the bridge or tip, and even alter the shape of the nostrils. Rhinoplasty, also referred to as nose resculpting, can also help those with nasal breathing problems. Dr. Zuckerman can resculpt your nose and bring it into better balance and harmony with other facial features. He has been specialty-trained in facial plastic surgery procedures at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world including Brown University and NYU. Dr. Zuckerman is also highly skilled with revision (secondary) rhinoplasty for patients who are dissatisfied with the results from a previous nose surgery performed at another facility. Dr. Zuckerman offers safe, effective nose surgery procedures designed to help you attain your goals with natural-looking results.

Click into each section below for more information. Or, if you're ready to have your consultation with Dr. Zuckerman for rhinoplasty (nose surgery), please contact Dr. Zuckerman's Manhattan or Westchester offices now.


The Surgery

Rhinoplasty revision surgery, Dr. Joshua Zuckerman, MD, FACS

Dr. Zuckerman's rhinoplasty is designed to help those who have a nose that is: too small or too large for the face; off-center or crooked; asymmetrical due to prior injury; afflicted with bumps or depressions; exhibiting excessively flared nostrils. Patients who may benefit from nose surgery can also be those who have a nasal tip that droops, or that is enlarged or too thick. Those who need correction of a deviated septum may also benefit from this procedure. Female patients are typically at least 14 years old, and males at least 15 years old.

Rhinoplasty, or nose sculpting surgery, can involve a number of different techniques to achieve the desired results. Traditional rhinoplasty procedures involve incisions made along the outside, or inside, of the nostrils. This allows for scarring that is barely visible, if visible at all, to others. The nasal bone and cartilage is separated and reshaped to meet your ultimate treatment goals. Dr. Zuckerman then closes the incisions, and a splint is added to the nose to help it retain its new shape. In some cases gauze may be packed into the nostrils temporarily to hold the septum in position and control bleeding.

Nose sculpting surgery generally takes about three hours or less to complete under general anesthesia. This procedure can be performed as an outpatient.

Rhinoplasty can often be combined with facial implant procedures such as chin augmentation or cosmetic injectable treatments for a more complete makeover and an even better balancing of the facial aesthetic.

Rhinoplasty Revision Surgery

If you are dissatisfied with a previous rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Zuckerman can help. Revision rhinoplasty procedures are very complex and require the extraordinary skills and abilities offered by specialty-trained Dr. Zuckerman. The procedure typically involves the reconstruction and reshaping of cartilage and bone with grafts taken from the ear or the rib. Care is taken to ensure that proper breathing function is restored and/or your aesthetic goals are achieved. Procedure time will vary on the extent of treatment that’s necessary; however, secondary rhinoplasty procedures typically take longer than primary rhinoplasty procedures to complete.

Nose surgery can be performed at one of Dr. Zuckerman's state-of-the-art operating rooms located in midtown Manhattan. These rooms are certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), a distinction which signifies the highest standard of care.

Recovery

Elevation of the head is crucial for at least a week following rhinoplasty, and any heavy lifting or strenuous activity should be avoided for at least three weeks. It is imperative that the nose be protected from potential harm in the weeks after surgery. Patients should expect swelling and bruising in the nasal area for several days after the procedure; however, swelling should be about 75 percent diminished after about a month. Any pain during recovery can be alleviated with medication. Patients should not blow their nose for at least a week after nose surgery in order to facilitate the healing process. Nasal packing will be removed after a few days, and normal daily activities can typically resume after about a week.

Risks

Dr. Zuckerman is a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, and his team will do everything possible to minimize risks. His goal is to see that your surgery and recovery process is safe, smooth, and effective, overseen by only the most experienced and well-trained medical professionals.

Before & After Results

View Before & After results for facial plastic surgery procedures in the Before & After section of Dr. Zuckerman's website.

Ready for your consultation?

Are you ready for your consultation with Dr. Zuckerman? During your consultation, Dr. Zuckerman can address concerns and any questions you may have about the surgery. He will also discuss with you the details of his approach: incision location(s), procedure length and techniques, likely operative outcome, etc. Contact his office via the request form or call any of his four physical office locations. Dr. Zuckerman also offers consultations via Skype and a process for out-of-town patients to visit New York to have surgery.