Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) Surgeon Best in Tribeca and the Upper East Side

Dr. Reitzen's rhinoplasty in the Upper East Side provides patients with seamless facial symmetry and a natural appearance, all by changing the size, shape, or proportion of the nose. Rhinoplasty surgery re-shapes the nose to achieve the facial appearance you want. Dr. Reitzen provides an individualized approach and sets the nose to fit the patient’s unique face. Her goal is to achieve a natural appearance.

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Why Choose Rhinoplasty?

The most common reasons why patients seek rhinoplasty include: 

  • To correct a previous injury 
  • To improve a large or misshapen nose
  • To reduce a hump on the nose 
  • To narrow or widen the nasal bridge 
  • To finely sculpt and elevate the nasal tip 

Benefits of Rhinoplasty Surgery in Tribeca and the Upper East Side

With Dr. Reitzen’s rhinoplasty procedure, patients can feel confident about their appearance knowing they have a nose that balances their facial features well. Ultimately, rhinoplasty produces an attractive nasal shape with an elegant aesthetic. 

Rhinoplasty provides patients with numerous benefits, including re-shaping larger noses or misshapen noses, fixing previous injuries, reducing and diminishing bumps on the nose, and creating a finely sculpted nose tip. 

Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Candidates for rhinoplasty are men or women who want to improve the size, shape, and general appearance of their nose. People who want to resolve breathing problems they are experiencing due to functional concerns with their nose, such as a deviated septum or trauma, are also candidates for rhinoplasty. Ideal rhinoplasty candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Are in good physical and mental health 
  • Do not have serious medical concerns, such as a bleeding disorder
  • Do not smoke
  • Are not currently taking or can safely stop taking blood-thinning medications or supplements
  • Have realistic expectations about what a rhinoplasty surgery can achieve 

“First visit and I am in love with her down-to-earth energy and her professionalism. Definitely keeping her.” 

Debbiejean L. 

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

This patient felt her nose was crooked and deviated to the left. Even though her concerns could be addressed with a nose job, she elected to try a less invasive approach. Dermal filler was used to fill in the volume deficiency in the right part of her middle nose. This gives the appearance of a straighter nose. Filler in the nose also can help mask a bony protuberance (a hump). Results can last 9-12 months depending on the patient.

Dermal filler before and after

Male Rhinoplasty 

Male rhinoplasty is very common. Dr. Reitzen performs this surgery for men who have experienced sports injuries to the nose, other injuries, or for men who were born with a nose they are unhappy with. Every nose job is unique, and Dr. Reitzen’s male rhinoplasty patients can expect a completely customized procedure. She is very careful to balance the nose with other features of the face, addressing the areas of concern but never taking a “cookie-cutter” approach. Other procedures that are popular with men besides male rhinoplasty include blepharoplasty, neck lift, and ear pinning.

Secondary Nose Surgery

Secondary rhinoplasty (or revision rhinoplasty) refers to a surgical revision of a previous rhinoplasty procedure. These procedures involve techniques that are similar to nasal reconstruction where cartilage support may be added during the revision rather than be taken away. These secondary procedures are more difficult than a primary rhinoplasty given the presence of scar tissue and the weakened cartilaginous frame. Often, rib or ear cartilage is needed to help achieve the desired outcome. Because of the complexity of a secondary nose job, only a highly experienced and skilled nose surgeon such as Dr. Reitzen should perform secondary rhinoplasty. 

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Nose Job vs. Functional Rhinoplasty

Many individuals who come in for a consultation with Dr. Reitzen will ask for deviated septum surgery, but actually want rhinoplasty — or sometimes the other way around.

The bottom line is: if you have any issues with your nose, functional or cosmetic, Dr. Reitzen’s office is the right place for you. Even when she performs functional nose surgery, she can also improve any cosmetic flaws that may be bothering you. 

During Your Nose Job Surgery

Cosmetic nose surgery lasts 2-3 hours and is an outpatient procedure. General anesthesia will be administered, the incision will be made, and Dr. Reitzen will re-shape your nose using either the open rhinoplasty method or the closed rhinoplasty method.

The most common type of rhinoplasty surgery is the more invasive open rhinoplasty

This is when an incision is made between and within your nostrils, which is typically needed for significant re-shaping of the nose — whereas in closed rhinoplasty, an incision is made only within your nostrils. This method is typically used for patients who need only minor changes to their nose.

Following the re-shaping of the nose, the incision will be closed with dissolvable stitches. Dr. Reitzen does not use nasal packing.

Rhinoplasty may also be combined with septal surgery to improve your ability to breathe well through your nose. Cosmetically, many patients also choose a chin implant to complement the results.

Rhinoplasty FAQ

How will I know if I should get a nose job?

Is rhinoplasty covered by insurance?

How safe is a nose job?

What are the risks of a nose job?

What if I don’t like the results?

Can I ruin my rhinoplasty?

Does smiling affect a nose job?

Why does my nose look bigger after rhinoplasty?

How can I make my nose job heal faster?

Does a nose job last forever?

When can I fly after a rhinoplasty?

What is the best age for a nose job?

Is male rhinoplasty common?

Why do nose jobs sometimes collapse?

How will I know if I should get a nose job?

Patients decide to get a nose job for a variety of reasons. Some have a crooked nose, an overly large nose, or a hump they would like to be removed. Some individuals have difficulty breathing. A rhinoplasty procedure can help with all of these reasons, giving patients a functional nose with an attractive appearance.

Is rhinoplasty covered by insurance?

The cost of a rhinoplasty procedure is specific to each individual and depends on the changes that need to be made. Insurance policies do not typically cover the procedure; however, a portion of the surgery could be covered if there is a functional aspect (such as correcting difficulty breathing).

How safe is a nose job?

A rhinoplasty procedure is extremely safe with an experienced, skilled, board-certified nose surgery specialist such as Dr. Shari Reitzen, a leading rhinoplasty surgeon in Tribeca and on the Upper East Side. Every nose surgery procedure is performed using general anesthesia. Additionally, each patient who has the surgery will need to be cleared as being in good health, which contributes to the overall safety of the nose job.

What are the risks of a nose job?

Similar to any major surgery, there are risks involved with rhinoplasty. These include bleeding, infection, a reaction to the anesthesia, difficulty breathing through the nose, permanent numbness around the nose, long-lasting pain or discoloration, and the possibility of additional surgery. While these risks rarely occur, Dr. Reitzen will fully explain them to you before your nose surgery.

What if I don’t like the results?

If for any reason you’re unhappy with your nose job results, Dr. Reitzen can always perform minor revisions until you’re happy with the outcome.

Can I ruin my rhinoplasty?

It is highly recommended patients follow the post-surgery guidelines for best care practices in order to reduce their chances of ruining their rhinoplasty.

Does smiling affect a nose job?

Smiling will not affect your rhinoplasty procedure. You can still smile and laugh following the surgery.

Why does my nose look bigger after rhinoplasty?

After a rhinoplasty procedure, it’s very common for patients to have swelling of the nose, which can make it appear larger than it really is. Although some patients may be alarmed at this, it’s completely normal and indicates that the nose is healing.

How can I make my nose job heal faster?

A nose job is likely to heal more quickly when patients focus on rest, use a cold compress to reduce swelling throughout the first 24 hours, keep their head elevated above their heart, avoid strenuous activities, eat a healthy diet, and avoid blowing their nose. In short, healing goes more efficiently when patients closely follow their home care instructions.

Does a nose job last forever?

Yes. Your nose job will last the duration of your lifetime. However, it’s good to be aware that similar to all other parts of your body, your nose will naturally change over time as you age.

When can I fly after a rhinoplasty?

It’s important to wait at least two weeks after your nose surgery before flying.

What is the best age for a nose job?

It is recommended that rhinoplasty be performed after a patient has finished growing. This is typically age 16 in a female and age 18 in a male. Otherwise, age is not a factor. Dr. Reitzen will discuss your full medical history to determine if rhinoplasty is a good fit for you.

Is male rhinoplasty common?

Yes. Male rhinoplasty is one of the top cosmetic procedures performed on men.

Why do nose jobs sometimes collapse?

Patients are often concerned that their noses will “collapse”, but this is very rare if the nose job is done correctly. When the nasal valve collapses, it can be the result of inflammation, swollen tissue, or scar tissue. In the rare instance when this occurs, nasal valve repair surgery is needed to open the nasal passages. However, Dr. Reitzen uses measures during nose surgery to prevent collapse, such as adding cartilage support.

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Tribeca and Upper East Side Rhinoplasty with Dr. Reitzen

As a double board-certified, top rhinoplasty surgeon on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Dr. Shari Reitzen will help you look your best. She performs both functional and cosmetic surgery. Her utilization of modern rhinoplasty techniques is aimed at fine-tuning your existing features rather than creating an overdone or “turned-up” look. Her goal is to always safely achieve a natural-looking result that compliments and balances the facial features of each individual patient. Dr. Reitzen puts her patients first and closely listens in order to give them what they want. If you’re interested in a nose job, including male rhinoplasty, we welcome you to book a consultation with Dr. Reitzen. 

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