Rhinoplasty (Cosmetic Nose Reshaping Surgery) – New York

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About Rhinoplasty

A rhinoplasty is an aesthetic procedure performed to change the appearance of the nose. In addition, rhinoplasty can help repair a functional or breathing issue in some patients. New York plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Koch is a skilled in performing cosmetic nose and facial procedures including rhinoplasty procedures, and he takes a subtle approach to allow for the most soft and natural outcomes. Although rhinoplasty consists of slight changes, results tend to be very dramatic. Cosmetic nose surgery is recommended to make a nose look smaller or change a nose that is wide, too large, or misshapen. The goal is to allow for a more aesthetically pleasing nose that meets your goals and that functions well. Learn more about rhinoplasty and then contact one of our three locations to schedule your consultation with Dr. Koch.

Ideal Candidates

Adults and teenagers over 16 years of age are candidates for rhinoplasty. If you find yourself frustrated with the appearance of your nose and have distinct issues you hope to improve, enhance, or correct, this procedure may be the right course of action. It is important that realistic expectations are discussed, as your nose and facial profile will be changed. In addition, facial growth and maturity should also be complete. This will be addressed during your consultation, especially for adolescents.

Surgical Technique

Nose surgery is performed with the patient under sedation, such as general anesthesia, and is in most cases an outpatient procedure. This treatment offers different surgical techniques depending on what is being addressed. Dr. Koch performs nose surgery with either an open or closed (endonasal) approach. The goal during the procedure is to decrease or eliminate excess bone, cartilage, and tissue, or to improve and add cartilage if necessary for reconstruction. The nose is repositioned while the skin is draped over the newly structured framework. Sutures are positioned either inside the nose or within the natural external crease.

What to Expect

Upon completion of your cosmetic nose surgery, you will rest comfortably in the recovery space, and then be released to heal at home. The nose and the surrounding area will be swollen, bruised, and sore for the first few days. In most cases, there is some discoloration under the eyes as well. Consistently using cold compresses and inflammatory medications can help with these effects. Your post-op check-up with Dr. Koch will take place within the same week of your surgery to check your healing process. It takes about 4 – 6 weeks to look normal following rhinoplasty. During this timeframe, strenuous exertion should be avoided.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of nose reshaping surgery varies based on the technique used and the complexity of the procedure. Before estimating costs, Dr. Koch will listen to your needs and goals to help create your customized treatment plan. Once this is done, he can go over costs for the facility, anesthesia, and more. To help make your surgery easier to afford, our office accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest financing.

Will my insurance cover functional nose surgery?
While rhinoplasty to improve your appearance is not covered by insurance, if your nose reshaping surgery is considered medically necessary to improve your breathing, some of your costs may be covered by insurance. If you are considering using your insurance, please tell Dr. Koch during your consultation. We will help you submit the needed paperwork and information to your insurance to process your claim.

Are there nonsurgical options to change my nose?
To smooth lumps and bumps on your nose, a wrinkle filler (like Juvéderm) may be an option. An injectable filler can temporarily correct minor imperfections on your nose, which may help you decide to proceed with rhinoplasty. Nose surgery is better for long-lasting results, larger changes, and to improve the internal structure for better function. During your consultation, Dr. Koch will let you know if you may be a candidate for nonsurgical nose reshaping.

What about ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty focuses on improving the nose while still maintaining your cultural identity. This may be a consideration if you are Asian, African-American, or Middle Eastern. During your consultation with Dr. Koch, you can discuss what you like about your nose and what you would like to change. This will allow him to customize your treatment plan so you get your best results.

Can I combine nose surgery with other facial surgeries?
Many patients consider combining nose surgery with another procedure, like chin or cheek augmentation. Combining surgeries for a dramatic result can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Koch. Once he understands your goals, he can help you decide what procedures should be in your treatment plan. Nose reshaping surgery can help your whole face look more balanced, so you should wait to see your results before considering another procedure.

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Average Cost  
$4,500 - $6,000
Recovery Time  
4 – 6 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
2 – 3 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Week
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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Your Best Nose

Rhinoplasty is a simple option to address the displeasure you may feel when looking at your facial profile. If you are dissatisfied with the size and shape of your nose or if you suffer from breathing issues, rhinoplasty may help. Rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic treatment with very high success rates. Dr. Koch aims to reshape your nose so your whole face looks more proportionate and attractive. Even small tweaks can make a huge difference. We invite you to get in touch with one of our New York facilities to schedule a consultation.

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