What is Rhinoplasty?
The nose is both a prominent facial feature and a key part of the respiratory system—meaning that issues with the nose can be functional as well as aesthetic.
Contemporary rhinoplasty procedures require experience, skill, and nuanced aesthetic judgment. Our contemporary rhinoplasty surgical techniques, in-depth consultation, and attentive pre- and post-operative care help our patients achieve their desired results.
How does it work?
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient surgery that repairs internal problems, such as deviated septums, and cosmetic concerns, such as dorsal humps or bulbous tips.
Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty
There are two surgical approaches to rhinoplasty.
A closed rhinoplasty technique reshapes your nose using two incisions inside the nostrils. This procedure is used for patients who only need minor corrections and reshaping of their nasal tip. Because the incisions are inside your nose, there will be no visible scarring.
An open rhinoplasty technique is performed from the outside of the nose. The surgeon makes a small incision on the columella—the tissue that separates your nostrils—in addition to the two incisions inside the nostrils. The skin on your nose is then lifted so the surgeon can see the nasal bone and the rest of your nasal anatomy.
An open rhinoplasty is more invasive than a closed rhinoplasty. Because it allows for advanced cartilage grafting and more precise repairs, an open procedure is recommended for patients seeking a dramatic cosmetic change or who need a rhinoplasty because of an injury.
A rhinoplasty is a very effective way to improve the balance and harmony of your facial features. Rhinoplasty is a good option if you want to:
- Straighten and smooth bumps or dips in your nose
- Reshape the tip of your nose so it is less bulbous, upturned, drooping, hooked, etc.
- Alter the contours of your nostrils
- Reduce the width of your nasal bridge
- Increase your nose’s symmetry
- Change the size or angle of your nose
Many patients are unhappy with their noses but also concerned that rhinoplasty will eliminate the personal and genetic characteristics that make them unique.
Our approach is designed to balance your aesthetic desires with your facial proportions, and our in-depth consultations and attention to detail produce optimal results.
The nose is critical to the function of the respiratory system, and an impairment or loss of function can have a serious impact on your daily life. Medical issues that can be improved with a rhinoplasty include:
- Sinus issues like a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates
- Repair to damage caused by accidents or burns
- Cleft lip or palate or other congenital defects
Medical rhinoplasty can improve airflow through your nose, reduce sleep apnea, help you recover from congestive colds more quickly, and enhance your sense of smell. It is also possible to combine medical and cosmetic rhinoplasties into one procedure.
Results & Recovery
We take every measure to provide the highest degree of comfort for our patients throughout your scar revision process.
We believe that all patients should be fully informed. That is why we schedule multiple pre-op appointments, so you know what to expect from your procedure. We stay in close contact during this period and each patient receives prompt and personalized care.
Once surgery is complete, you have the option to recover at home if you are a local, or in one of our luxury recovery rooms at select hotels in New York City. Recovery timelines vary depending on your procedure, but we offer thorough aftercare to ensure your optimized recovery and results.
For more information, read our FAQs below.
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We make sure you have the information you need to feel good about your decision throughout the entire process, beginning with your inquiry with our practice, the consultation, and beyond.
Before surgery, we provide:
- 60- to 90-minute in-depth initial consultations with a complete medical history review and physical assessment by Dr. Maman
- Multiple pre-op visits to answer all your questions and make sure you are recovery-ready
- Specialized surgery coordinators to help you navigate scheduling, financial, and insurance processes
Once you have moved forward with surgery, we make sure you are just as cared for. You will get:
- Convenient and safe operating facilities in NYC
- Luxury recovery rooms at NYC hotels for out-of-town patients or patients uncomfortable recovering at home
- Attentive and routine aftercare visits
Personalized, Holistic Patient-Centered Approach
Understanding each patient’s personal and clinical needs is central to our practice. We are committed to answering your questions fully so you are confident in moving forward. We customize treatment plans for each patient, and each patient receives Dr. Maman’s personal contact information along with direct round-the-clock access to our nurse and surgical coordinator.
Meet Dr. Daniel Y. Maman, Board-Certified NYC Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Maman completed a Harvard fellowship as well as a 6-year plastic surgery residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He has appeared on The New York Times Top Doctors and Super Doctors in Plastic Surgery lists.
Dr. Maman is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Whether your reasons for rhinoplasty are personal, clinical, or both, you deserve an experienced surgeon who is a partner in your care.
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Basic Rhinoplasty FAQs
Am I a good candidate for a rhinoplasty?
Good candidates for rhinoplasties have a nasal obstruction or breathing problems and/or are unhappy with the appearance of their nose and:
- Have completed facial growth
- Are generally healthy
- Do not smoke
- Have realistic expectations for their results
- Have chosen the surgery for themselves without pressure from anyone else.
Meeting with Dr. Maman for a rhinoplasty consultation is the best way to determine if you are a good candidate. He will work closely with you to choose the best way to help you meet your goals.
Where will my procedure be performed? How long will it take?
Dr. Maman usually performs rhinoplasty surgeries at an AAAASF-certified surgical suite. He also has operating privileges at Mount Sinai Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, and Englewood Hospital. We work with you to select the best facility for your needs.
Rhinoplasty surgery is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes two to three hours, depending on complexity.
How much does a rhinoplasty cost? Will my insurance cover the procedure?
Because rhinoplasty requires individualized treatment plans, pricing varies from person to person. Dr. Maman conducts a detailed assessment of your goals in your initial consultation and then provides you with an itemized price quote to help you make your decision.
Your insurance will not cover a purely cosmetic rhinoplasty. However, if you have a deviated septum or other functional breathing issues, your insurance may cover part of your surgery.
How long does recovery take?
Rhinoplasty recovery takes place in stages. At first, you may experience significant swelling. It may take several days for the swelling to subside enough to remove the splints and packing supporting your new nose structure.
You will likely be able to return to work and most daily activities within a week of surgery and exercise within three to four weeks.
While the acute healing phase only lasts for about a month, it is common to experience swelling periodically for up to one year. During this time, your nose will continue to settle into its new shape and its appearance may change slightly, but these changes will not be extreme.
When can I work out after my rhinoplasty?
Can my rhinoplasty be combined with other procedures?
Combining surgical procedures can reduce both your cost and recovery time. We can generally combine rhinoplasties with both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. You may find that adding other procedures balances the changes made to your nose. Fillers, fat injections, fat grafts, facelifts, eyelid lifts, and brow lifts are common surgical companions to a rhinoplasty.
Will my nose still be unique after rhinoplasty, or will I look like everyone else?
Dr. Maman approaches each procedure with a commitment to your individuality. It is possible to improve the flaws that bother you or affect your ability to breathe without losing the specific traits that make you unique.
Dr. Maman will work closely with you to make sure you understand what is possible in your procedure and that he understands your concerns and goals.
Will a rhinoplasty require follow-up visits?
Because we value our patients’ health and satisfaction above everything else, we do not charge for post-operative visits, whether they are part of your detailed follow-up plan during the first year after surgery or the annual visits that we recommend to ensure your rhinoplasty result is maintained.
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