What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is cosmetic surgery of the nose that involves reshaping nasal bones and cartilages to improve its appearance. It is a highly popular procedure designed to reduce or augment a person’s nose to achieve facial harmony. It may also be performed as a reconstructive procedure to correct a congenital plastic malformation present at birth or after trauma or injury. Dr. Hutchinson is trained in both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, making her the ideal plastic surgeon to perform your rhinoplasty in NYC.

What Can Rhinoplasty Do?

  • Balance the size of the nose with other facial features
  • Modify the width of the nose at the bridge
  • Improve the nasal profile (including removing humps or depressions)
  • Contour a nasal tip that is too large, too boxy, drooping, or upturned
  • Change the angle between the nose and the mouth
  • Narrow and reshape the nostrils
  • Correct asymmetry or deviation

Candidates for Rhinoplasty

    Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty in Upper East Side are those who:

    • Are at least 13 years old with a fully matured nose
    • Are bothered by the appearance of their nose
    • Are non-smokers in good health

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    I had an amazing experience. Would definitely recommend Dr. Hutchinson! She was patient, knowledgeable, and caring. I met with her several times before the surgery and she addressed all of my concerns in a clear and understandable way. She carefully listened to what I wanted and explained in detail exactly what she was going to do during the surgery. The day of the surgery, Dr. Hutchinson was very reassuring and I felt like I was in good hands. Additionally, the nurses and office staff were very kind and helpful. After the surgery I had little to no pain and minimal bruising, and during my recovery I was able to contact Dr. Hutchinson easily and she answered all of my questions and addressed my concerns. I am very pleased with the results. Dr. Hutchinson really listened to what I wanted and executed it perfectly. She is a talented surgeon and a wonderful person, and I am incredibly grateful to her. 

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    Rhinoplasty Surgery Details

    Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Hutchinson may use one of two techniques to access the different nasal tissues when performing nose surgery: “open” or “closed” rhinoplasty.

    In a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are hidden inside the nose within the nostrils. In an open rhinoplasty, the incision is made across the columella (the tissue between the nostrils). With both methods, Dr. Hutchinson will gently lift the soft tissues covering the nose. She will sculpt the bone and cartilage to the desired shape. Any additional cartilage needed to augment the nose can often be taken from the septum.

    If the patient desires nostril reshaping, usually to narrow the nostrils or improve symmetry, this is done as the final stage of rhinoplasty.

    The entire rhinoplasty surgery procedure usually lasts one hour, with revision rhinoplasty or more complex surgeries requiring additional time.

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    Combining Functional and Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

    Nose surgery is sometimes required to improve the function of the nose, rather than just the appearance. Combining cosmetic nose reshaping with functional surgeries such as septoplasty or endoscopic sinus surgery can effectively treat certain breathing problems, such as those caused by a deviated septum and chronic sinusitis.

    If the patient has a deviated septum, Dr. Hutchinson may perform a septoplasty, in which she will reshape or remove portions of the septum so as to straighten the nose and potentially improve airflow through the nose. 

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    Recovery, Risks, and Results

    For a short time after nose surgery, patients may experience puffiness, facial discomfort, a dull headache, swelling, bruising, bleeding, or congestion. Most patients feel significantly better within two days and return to work in about one week. The results of a nose job become gradually apparent in the days following surgery and as the swelling recedes. 

    Swelling may recur from time to time in the first year after a nose job, and may be more pronounced at times due to increased physical activity, seasonal allergies, or other factors. Contact lenses can be worn immediately after nose surgery, but glasses may feel uncomfortable if resting on the bridge of the nose and should be avoided for several weeks.

    Patients who have realistic goals for rhinoplasty in Upper East Side are generally very happy with the new shape of their nose. The exact results will depend on the patient’s nasal bone and cartilage structure, facial shape, skin thickness, and age. Complications are rare and when they do occur, they are relatively minor. These may include infection, nosebleed, or respiratory problems.

    Why Choose Dr. Hutchinson for Rhinoplasty?

    As one of the top plastic surgeons in New York City, Dr. Olivia Hutchinson, seeks to exceed her patients’ expectations and provide the highest level of care for each individual patient.  is  She is dedicated to treating her patients with the highest standards of integrity, personalized care, and delivering outstanding aesthetic results. All surgeries are performed either in our fully AAAASF accredited operating room or in a hospital setting. If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation for nose surgery with one of Manhattan’s top plastic surgeons, contact us online or call us at (212) 452-1400.

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