The nose is the centerpiece of the face. If you find it to be too big, too small, bulbous, crooked or pointed, you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty. Often, the nose overwhelms other beautiful features like the eyes and lips, in which case a rhinoplasty allows those features to take front stage, creating a more harmonious appearance.
*Results may vary from the rhinoplasty before and after photos above
In your search for rhinoplasty procedures, you may have come across the option to have a non-surgical nose job, also known as a liquid rhinoplasty. Watch the video below as Dr. Levine, a nose surgery expert in NYC, answers how to decide which procedure is right for you.
Dr. Jennifer Levine is one the top rhinoplasty specialists and knows that even the smallest of changes of the nasal form can greatly enhance the overall appearance of the face. She uses the most advanced surgical techniques to sculpt the nose for a natural look that brings harmony to facial features.
As a board-certified Otolaryngologist, or ENT (ear, nose, and throat) surgeon, as well as a facial plastic surgeon, she is highly experienced in fixing the external cosmetic aspects of the nose, while also specializing in preserving and improving the internal anatomy to help to breathe.
Why Choose Dr Levine as your Rhinoplasty Surgeon?
In some cases, rhinoplasty may be combined with other treatments that would further enhance the patient’s unique, natural features. The video below is a testimonial of a young patient describing her journey with us as she completed her rhinoplasty and submental liposuction.
During your consultation, either in person or via video conference if you are an out-of-town patient, Dr. Levine will assess the appearance and functionality of your nose as well as the prominence of other facial features. Dr. Levine will also discuss your ideal look and any other areas that may be bothersome to you, prior to determining the proper plan to achieve your goal.
One of the reasons Dr. Levine is considered one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons is her thorough consultation process, during which she takes the time to get to know her patient’s beauty goals. This enables her to create results that follow her Believable Beauty™ philosophy.
Once you and Dr. Levine have agreed on your beauty plan, our staff will gather your medical history, including sinus infections, allergies, bleeding and other pains to ensure you are in good health for the procedure.
Two weeks prior to and following the procedure, you will be asked to abstain from aspirin, Advil, Motrin, and Aleve. Depending on your medical history, there may be additional instructions to adhere to prior to the procedure.
Who is a Good Candidate?
If you are at least 15 years old and are looking to improve the shape or functionality of your nose, and are in good health, you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty.
However, not everyone is able to undergo the procedure. Our main concern is the patient’s health, which can include lifestyle habits such as smoking. It is imperative that you are honest during your rhinoplasty consultation to ensure that you can have a safe and productive surgery.
In addition to being in good health, having realistic expectations is a must. Dr. Levine is celebrated for creating results that look natural and that enhance your existing, unique features. She may choose not to operate on patients who she does not believe to be a good fit for the surgery.
Procedure: What Should I Expect?
The surgery itself takes approximately 3 hours. Dr. Levine thoroughly prepares her surgical plan prior to the procedure to minimize the amount of time the patient spends in surgery. In addition to helping ensure great results, it can also help reduce post-op swelling.
Another part of the procedure that can greatly improve your rhinoplasty recovery is choosing local anesthesia. There are many benefits of facial plastic surgery under local anesthesia, some of them described by Dr. Levine in the video below.
Procedure: Open V. Closed Rhinoplasty
In your research of rhinoplasty, you will likely find the terms, “open rhinoplasty” and “closed rhinoplasty”. There are two main factors that ultimately determine which of the two methods is used to complete your nose surgery: desired results and the surgeon’s individual preference.
In an open rhinoplasty, an inconspicuous incision is made externally, on the narrow tissue between the nostrils, also referred to as the columella, as well as an incision on the inside.
In a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made only within the nostrils, having no external scar.
With both techniques, the soft tissues that cover the nose are gently elevated, allowing Dr. Levine access to sculpting the bone and cartilage. Depending on the desired result of the nose job, cartilage may be removed or added using additional cartilage taken from the septum.
After Dr. Levine has rearranged and reshaped the bone and cartilage, as needed, the skin and tissues are re-draped over the new frame. A small splint is applied to the outside of the nose to help with swelling and to support the new shape of the nose while it heals.
What to Expect After Rhinoplasty?
After nose job surgery, there may be minor pain and discomfort. Most people find the inability to breathe through their nose for several days the most uncomfortable part of the nose job recovery. Within a week or two, the swelling improves, which will make breathing easier.
Some bruising and swelling around the eyes for several weeks is expected after a nose job surgery. Once the swelling begins to subside, patients will be able to see the improvements from their surgery.
Patients should refrain from any strenuous activity for three weeks and avoid any contact sport for 6 weeks*.
Rhinoplasty, Lip Fillers
The patient is a 20 year old woman who was unhappy with the width of her nose and droopy tip. She underwent rhinoplasty to narrow and define her nose. She enhanced her look with lip filler and couldn’t be happier.
The patient is a 19 year old woman who felt her nose was wide and lacked definition. She felt her face was too full as well. She underwent rhinoplasty as well as submental liposuction and she loves her new look.
The patient is a 34 year old woman who was unhappy with the bump on her nose as well as her droopy tip. She also felt her lips were too small and was unhappy with her skin quality and texture. She underwent endonasal rhinoplasty as well as lip filler, cheek filler, botox and laser resurfacing of the skin. She loves to take photos now.
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“Ever since my awkward teenage stage, I remember hating my nose! I had a bump that I would go cross eyed staring at! I always wanted to change it, but I never had the courage because I suffered terribly from anxiety and panic disorder. As I got older, and my nose changed, I began disliking it even more! I went for numerous consultations with doctors and never felt comfortable taking the next step. That is until I met Dr. Jennifer Levine. Her knowledge and expertise put me at ease during my consult. Her bedside manner and her calming nature was icing on the cake. She gave me great advise on dealing with my anxiety prior to my surgery and told me I had nothing to worry about. The day of surgery, when I changed into my robe my anxiety started to hit. Dr. Levine walked over to me with a big smile and assured me I was in good hands. Before I knew it I was in the recovery area feeling way better than I expected. It was such a relief. I had so many friends that have gotten a rhinoplasty and felt beat up afterwards. I felt unusually great. I had minimal bruising and swelling. Dr Levine followed up with me every day during my recovery, she was so attentive. I also knew from my friends experiences with their surgeries (done by other doctors) that when the cast comes off the nose can look funny, I did not experience this at all. When Dr Levine took my cast off I was immediately happy. It has been four months since my surgery, and my life has changed. I never realized how insecure I was, until my nose was corrected. I used to hide my face or tilt at different angles to avoid my bump facing the person I was speaking with. Now I can speak freely with confidence, I can take photos at any angle, and I just feel like a prettier version of myself. The best part of it is my nose looks so natural that no one can even believe I had a rhinoplasty done. I highly recommend Dr Levine to anyone interested in this procedure.”
“I had rhinoplasty, sinus surgery and septum surgery along with liposuction under my chin. Dr. Levine did a fabulous job and the recovery was fast.” -Anonymous “I had been self conscious of my nose from college. Poor confidence and self image was getting to me. I went to Dr. Levine and knew that she had a vision for me that I was looking for. I went to 2 other plastic surgeons for consults as well, but ended up choosing her because of how comfortable I felt with her professionalism, her personality, her methodology, and her reviews. The results were absolutely incredible and the compliments I receive are endless– the nose that’s on my face now looks like the nose that was meant for me! Amazing.” – Anonymous “I had been struggling with the shape of my nose for the longest time, and wanted to get the best results possible. I am not a fan of surgery, but in this case I had no choice. When doing research I came across the five best surgeons of NYC and Dr. Levine was one of them. I did a thorough research on her and all her qualifications, experience and testimonials/reviews, and that was what caused me to choose her above all the other four. Surgery can be a scary and stressful procedure, but Dr. Levine really takes the time to listen, explain, and even hold your hand if you are afraid. I recommend Dr. Levine to anyone out there who is considering a Rhynoplasty, she truly is the best of the best. I cannot thank her enough for what she has done. Thank you Dr. Levine!”
“I am beyond ecstatic with my results from Dr. Levine. Surgery can scary, but I am so extremely happy that I went with Dr. Levine! I went to Dr. Levine’s office to talk about the sinus problems I was having due to a deviated septum. I was also unhappy with the overall shape of my nose as opposed to my other features. During the consultation, everyone at the office was absolutely amazing!! Dr. Levine took her time to go over everything with me at the office. We looked at pictures and she explained to me the anatomy of the nose and what to expect after rhinoplasty/septoplasty. The staff at the office also talked to me about payment options and gave me a packet of information to look over. They also keep you updated on insurance options and are very organized. This was so useful for me because I could then begin to prepare for surgery. I was very anxious going into surgery, but Dr. Levine was truly amazing! She greeted me with a big smile on the day of the surgery and helped me relax. The day after the surgery, she called me to see how I was doing. She also gave me detailed instructions on how to clean my nose. A few days later, you get the splint off. Dr. Levine and I were both so happy with the result! With my new nose, you can really appreciate my oval face and my eyes. I have been getting so many compliments from my family and friends. In terms of my results, she gave me exactly what I was looking for. My nose is so beautiful now and it complements my other facial features perfectly. She also used a laser to zap some broken capillaries on my nose that were there before surgery. In addition to this, I am able to breathe much better now. I even sleep better do to the fact that I can get in so much more air now. This is something that I am so happy about! Dr. Levine understands the anatomy of the nose so she is the perfect surgeon for someone looking to breathe better AND for someone looking for an aesthetically beautiful nose. I am sooo happy with the choice that I made and I am extremely comfortable in my own skin now. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank Dr. Levine!!”
“I found Dr Levine through online searches and was happy to see she was double board certified in ENT as well as facial plastic surgery. I’m also a doctor, so I knew how much being double board certified means when you’re choosing a rhinoplasty surgeon. She understands not just the aesthetics of beauty and balance, but the functionality of the nose as well! Post op I had very minimal swelling and bruising. My rhinoplasty was closed. She performs both techniques depending on the case. I’m almost three weeks out and am so happy already with my results. She understood exactly what I wanted to change. I think she has an artists eye when it comes to facial balance. My nose does NOT look “too done” as she really emphasizes a natural look. No ski slope or upturned piggy noses come out of her office!! She’s also a wonderfully kind and funny person. My nose already looks very close to her computer generated images after only 2.5 weeks. She gives you different images to talk through and choose from, so you can see what your options are with an extra degree of change here or there. I was happy to be involved in that design process.”
**“A true artist of noses- understands facial balance beyond what I had even noticed about my pre op nose! Highest recommendation possible for Dr Levine.”