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Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) for men and women in New York
Page Updated: Feb 9, 2021

The top-rated, best in class rhinoplasty surgeon in NYC, Dr. Gary Linkov, takes a sophisticated approach to the common nose job. At City Facial Plastics in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, you can receive stunning yet natural results from Dr. Gary Linkov, who has mastered the most challenging reconstructive plastic surgery procedures. He has performed more non-surgical and surgical rhinoplasty procedures than many other facial plastic surgeons in New York. He always considers ethnic characteristics when meticulously planning the process of the surgery and its outcome.

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What Is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, is a surgical procedure aimed at changing the shape of your nose. Even though rhinoplasty is one of the most popular surgeries worldwide, it is not exclusively a cosmetic procedure. It also aims to improve and maintain the nasal function if the patient has a reduced airflow.

When you visit City Facial Plastics in Manhattan, NY, for a consultation, Dr. Gary Linkov spends the necessary time on an extensive evaluation of your nasal airways. He puts his vast experience into this pre-operative systematic analysis. His expertise and attention to detail have made him the number one choice for nose job patients not only within the U.S. but from all over the world.

A nose job is a procedure that is not difficult to perform but extremely challenging for exceptional, long-lasting outcomes. Hence, choosing a surgeon who possesses outstanding surgical skills and has an eye for perfection is of the utmost importance.

What Conditions Can Rhinoplasty Address?

Rhinoplasty specifically describes nose plastic surgery that alters the bone, upper lateral cartilage, and/or lower nose cartilage. Your Manhattan nose job specialist recommends that he performs both functional and aesthetic nose job simultaneously.

When combined, a rhinoplasty procedure can address several medical conditions at once, including:

  • A breathing or sinus issue
  • Deviated septum
  • Imperfections from a skin cancer cure
  • Breaks that weren’t set properly

While many techniques can reshape and improve nasal functions, Dr. Linkov relies on advanced methods proven to be more effective. He’s completed additional training in these new procedures, and he’s performed them numerous times. When you call on a talented surgical artist like Dr. Linkov, your results are stunning, and your altered nose improves your health.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

The best candidates for rhinoplasty in New York are non-smokers in good health. If your nose has matured or stopped growing, you can benefit from Dr. Linkov’s cosmetic nose reshaping. There is no maximum age, but you must be medically and emotionally able to proceed with a surgical procedure. You can get a rhinoplasty as early as your adolescent years, although anyone under 18yo requires full parental consent.

Minimum age requirements to undergo a rhinoplasty procedure include:

  • Girls can be as young as 15 or 16 years old
  • Boys can be as young as 17 or 18 years old

Changing the appearance of your nose is a significant decision, one you shouldn’t take lightly. You must have a strong desire for the change, as well as the maturity to make the decision wisely.

You should not have a rhinoplasty nose job if you:

  • Take blood thinners that you can’t stop taking
  • Have a medical condition prohibiting general anesthesia
  • Don’t have enough nasal cartilage
  • Have poor overlying nasal skin
  • Suffer from active vasculitis or Wegener’s disease that affects your nose
  • Have unrealistic expectations

What Is the First Step?

Prior to committing to surgery, Dr. Linkov schedules two initial consultations, which can take up to 12 hours total. During your first rhinoplasty consultation, you and your surgeon cover a wide range of topics that may potentially disqualify you.

Some of the factors that might potentially affect your candidacy entail:

  • Your health history
  • Medications you currently take
  • Any current health disorders
  • Current lifestyle habits, such as smoking and exercise routines

During your second appointment, you need to outline your goals for surgery explicitly. Here’s your opportunity to voice any cosmetic or functional imperfections you want to address. Dr. Linkov conducts an in-depth facial evaluation that includes assessing the six parameters of your nose to determine whether your goals are realistic.

Six Parameters of the Nose
Six Parameters of the Nose

Additionally, your rhinoplasty surgeon takes pictures of your nose from eight different angles with digital imaging computer software. In a 3D simulation, you can see what your nose might look like after surgery. To avoid a robust mental fixation on a projected outcome, you aren’t given any pre-operative simulated images before surgery. The computer image isn’t a guarantee of your result after surgery, but rather a guide for Dr. Linkov during surgery.

Is Open Rhinoplasty or Closed Rhinoplasty Better?

Types of Rhinoplasty | Rhinoplasty Surgery, Nose Job Surgeon
Types of Rhinoplasty

The best surgical approach depends on the preferences of you and Dr. Linkov. Your NYC-based rhinoplasty surgeon is comfortable with both methods. He guides you through selecting the best one based on your particular case unless you require a more complex nose reconstruction. The differences between the two procedures include:

Closed rhinoplasty

It is called an endonasal approach and this technique:

  • Involves no visible incisions. Dr. Linkov makes the incisions inside your nose.
  • Limits what your surgeon can see, which is why this technique has become less popular.
  • May allow your surgeon to better judge the outcome during the surgery because the nasal skin remains in place.
  • Often causes nasal tip swelling if the tip is manipulated.

Open rhinoplasty

It uses an external approach, with a small incision made at the mid-columella, close to the base of your nose, with a few internal incisions. This technique:

  • Allows for more complex reconstruction.
  • Provides greater visibility for your surgeon.
  • May leave more swelling after surgery.
  • Has a rare risk of poor scarring at the external incision site.

How Do I Prepare for a Rhinoplasty Procedure?

Once you’ve decided to undergo nose surgery, Dr. Linkov gives you the following preparation instructions:

  • Avoiding certain medications and supplements that may thin your blood, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, vitamin E, garlic, ginger, ginseng, St. John’s wort, ginkgo, and black cohosh
  • Stopping smoking at least two weeks before surgery, as tobacco products decrease blood flow to your skin, compromising how quickly your surgical site heals
  • Stopping all nasal sprays two weeks before surgery, except for saline, which you can continue
  • Picking up the prescribed medications you’ll need after surgery, such as an antibiotic and pain medication
  • Arranging for someone to accompany you home and stay with you for at least the first night

On the day of your nose job surgery, you:

  • Cannot eat or drink six hours before the procedure
  • Change into a surgical gown
  • Take a pregnancy test if you’re a woman of child-bearing age
  • Plan to spend about an hour for the intake process

How Is a Rhinoplasty Procedure Performed?

Dr. Linkov performs a complete reshaping of your nose while you’re under twilight or general anesthesia. Simpler procedures, like a nostril reduction, can be performed with local anesthesia only. Anesthesia ensures that your comfort level is maximized, movement is limited, and airways are protected. In general, the surgery takes two to four hours. You spend another hour in recovery.

The major steps of the surgery include:

  1. Exposing the underlying structures. Your surgeon makes certain incisions, safely exposing the necessary cartilage and bone without disrupting the blood supply and without injuring these underlying structures.
  2. Sourcing cartilage as a building material. Grafting materials used in a nose job can be obtained from one of four sources:
    • Autografts, from somewhere else on your body
    • Homografts, from another compatible human donor
    • Xenografts, from another species
    • Alloplasts, from a synthetic source

    The cartilage building material typically comes from your own nose, ear, or rib. In general, infection rates are lower — and the graft more stable —if you use your own body tissues.

  3. Grafting. Dr. Linkov expertly carves and places the necessary grafts into your nose’s inner structure to suit your needs.
  4. Manipulating the bones. Your doctor makes controlled cuts in the nasal bones and parts of the cheekbones that allow him to reset the structures. The cuts help straighten your nose, providing a solid and aligned foundation for your new nose.
  5. Closing up. Once your surgeon has made all the required changes to the bone and cartilage, the skin and soft tissue envelope are re-draped over your nose and sutured closed. Dr. Linkov uses a combination of dissolvable and non-dissolvable sutures.

What Can I Expect After a Nose Job?

Your recovery time depends on the extent of your nose job procedure. A short-term healing phase follows your surgery before you enter the long-term healing phase. How long you spend in each phase is determined by a variety of personal factors.

The short-term healing phase occurs in the first few days to weeks after your rhinoplasty procedure. More complicated surgeries require two to three weeks of recovery while the swelling and bruising subside. Common, anticipated conditions occur in the short-term phase, all of which usually resolve after a couple of days or over the first few weeks.

Depending on the peculiarities of your case, you might experience the following side effects:

  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Some pain

During the short-term healing phase, you should take several precautions to ensure the best result:

  • Applying an antibiotic ointment and scar gel on your external incision
  • Keeping the external cast dry
  • Sneezing with your mouth open to avoid excessive force in your nose
  • Using a nasal saline spray five times a day, starting 48 hours after surgery
  • Not blowing your nose for the first week
  • Avoiding vigorous exercise for at least one week after surgery
  • Refraining from participating in contact sports for at least six weeks
  • Attending a follow-up appointment as directed to remove the sutures, splint, and cast

How Long Is the Recovery After a Rhinoplasty?

The long-term healing phase occurs in the weeks to months following your rhinoplasty surgery. How long you spend in this phase depends on your health characteristics and the extent of your surgery.

You must follow your surgeon’s instructions during this period to maintain the results of your surgery. In general, you can expect:

  • Final results about one year after your surgery
  • Your doctor to schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress
  • To have to wait the longest to see swelling improve in the tip of your nose
  • Steroid injections to be used if needed to control the swelling

The aging process can also impact your long-term rhinoplasty results. As you age, the tip of your nose tends to weaken, sometimes resulting in a droopy appearance. Dr. Linkov uses methods to more permanently secure the tip during surgery to limit its ability to droop.

Do I Also Need a Chin Implant?

When evaluating you for rhinoplasty, Dr. Linkov also assesses the proportions of the rest of your face. Specifically, a recessed or under-projected chin can make your nose look bigger and more pronounced. Your doctor counsels you on the possibility of chin augmentation, including an implant. As you begin to develop more self-confidence after your nose job, you may consider other cosmetic procedures to further enhance your appearance.

In addition to rhinoplasty and a chin implant, you may want to consider other enhancement procedures:

  • Facelift
  • Eyebrow shaping
  • Lip plumping
  • Cheek implants

Is My Rhinoplasty Covered by Insurance?

Cosmetic improvements alone are never covered by insurance, but breathing issues — medical reasons for a nose job — may be. Insurance companies are less and less likely to cover a rhinoplasty nose job. You may need to endure a three-month waiting period to even get a decision from your insurance company. Often, doctors’ appeals are necessary to secure coverage.

Photos often need to be sent to the insurance companies to justify the need for a functional nose job. Many New York City rhinoplasty surgeons are strictly out-of-network, including Dr. Linkov. That means your policy has to include out-of-network benefits to get any reimbursement for a nose surgery from your insurance carrier. Regardless, surgeon fees are often required upfront, before your surgery.

Where Can I Get the Best Nose Job in NYC?

When you’re ready to explore the opportunity to change the appearance of your nose through rhinoplasty, contact City Facial Plastics on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Schedule your first consultation with the best-rated rhinoplasty surgery specialist to discuss if a nose job is a right option for you.

This cosmetic procedure has helped many men and women feel more confident in their appearance and have better respiratory health. Dr. Linkov is one of the top rhinoplasty surgeons in the U.S. He has succeeded in creating incredible results for his patients. View the before-and-after photos to see the amazing difference rhinoplasty can have on the balance and beauty of the human face.

What Is the Cost of Rhinoplasty?

The cost of a nose job surgery in NYC is a combination of several factors, including a surgeon’s fee, facility fee, and anesthesia fee. These are sometimes reported as a combined fee in certain offices. In other cases, these are broken down into their components. The surgeon’s fee can range from $5000 to $25000, plus the additional fees for the operating room and anesthesia.The cost of a nose job will vary by:

  • Location
  • Experience of the surgeon
  • Demand for the surgeon
  • The anticipated complexity of the surgery

Published Data


Based study on the “Cosmetic Rhinoplasty” study published on PubMed shows that out of 369 consecutive cosmetic nose job procedures, during the study period, 279 (72.7%) were done with an open approach. According to the research, out of all the surgeries performed:

  • The complication rate was 7.9%
  • The dissatisfaction rate was 15.4%
  • The revision rate was 9.8%

Given the complexity of the procedure and potentially unrealistic patient expectations, only a few rhinoplasty surgeons in New York have a high success rate of a nose job and Dr. Linkov is proud to be one of them. His extensive experience in the field of plastic surgery allows him to perform a nose job surgery with the highest caliber of quality leading to a success rate of over 90%.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Alternatives to Rhinoplasty?

As an alternative to surgical rhinoplasty, some patients choose to undergo a liquid rhinoplasty, which refers to using a filler (such as Restylane) to add volume to parts of the nose to create certain cosmetic changes. These results are temporary and limited in what can be achieved.

Are Rhinoplasty and a Septoplasty the Same Thing?

Not exactly. It is possible to do a rhinoplasty alone, a septoplasty, or a septorhinoplasty together. The most common scenario is that they are done together since the septum is the most common source of cartilage for a nose job and often the septum needs to be addressed for cosmetic and functional concerns.

Are Patients Satisfied After Rhinoplasty?

The literature reported satisfaction rates after rhinoplasty in NYC are in the 80-90% range. The rates are lower in men compared to women. These results underscore the difficulty of nose job surgery and the need to find the best rhinoplasty surgeon who performs many of these surgeries every year.

Rhinoplasty Before & After

Rhinoplasty Case 1

Functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty was performed to straighten out the nose, reduce the dorsal (bridge) hump, and to improve nasal breathing. The patient and his mother could not believe their eyes after this procedure. The surgery required complex nasal reconstruction using a PDS plate.

Rhinoplasty Case 2

Cosmetic rhinoplasty performed for this kind of woman who had nasal skin cancer in the past which was removed and repaired elsewhere. This made our surgery more challenging but we still achieved her goals of a smaller and more elevated nasal tip and better proportions.

Rhinoplasty Case 3

Functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty was performed to straighten out the nose, reduce the dorsal (bridge) hump, and to improve nasal breathing. We corrected the polybeak deformity (hooked nose) but kept the nose looking masculine. This man hadn’t been able to breathe this well his entire life.

Rhinoplasty Case 4

A functional rhinoplasty was performed to improve nasal breathing and to straighten the nose for this nice man who had suffered nasal trauma in the past.

Rhinoplasty Case 5

This beautiful woman was randomly attacked in the NYC subway system and punched in the nose, leaving her with a crooked appearance. She wanted to have her nose straightened and her bridge slightly refined. By fixing her nose she was able to move on from the horrific incident. Here she is at 4 weeks after septorhinoplasty and 4 months after.

Rhinoplasty Case 6

A functional rhinoplasty was performed to improve nasal breathing and to straighten the nose for this nice man who had suffered nasal trauma in the past. He was so happy that his nose was no longer crooked.

Rhinoplasty Case 7

12 weeks after revision rhinoplasty to raise a droopy tip, narrow and refine the bridge. The skin envelope was thick and there was a lot of scarring from the prior surgery. The tip will continue to become less swollen and more refined as she continues to heal over the next 9 months.

Rhinoplasty Case 8

1-week status post revision cosmetic rhinoplasty. This woman had surgery elsewhere many years ago and was left with mobile cartilage at the bridge and a misshaped dorsum which was corrected with an open approach.

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Page Updated on Feb 9, 2021 by Dr. Gary Linkov (Facial Plastic Surgeon) of City Facial Plastics in New York

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