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Rhinoplasty New York City

Rhinoplasty is one of the most individualized procedures in plastic surgery. Because every nose is different, every procedure needs to be customarily designed for the person.


Conveniently located to Serve New York City



  • Time: 1-3 hours
  • General Anesthesia or Local Anesthesia


  • Ambulate the night of surgery
  • Shower 2 days after surgery
  • 2 days off work


  • 6 weeks from heavy lifting and swimming



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  • Before and After results of a rhinoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    S, 27, Asian S works as a real estate agent in New York. She had an unknown substance injected to her nose a few years ago in China. She was told it was hyaluronic acid but it actually never went away and actually grew bigger with time according to her. Rhinoplasty was done to remove the foreign body and straighten her nose. Autologous cartilage was also used to increase the tip projection.


    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and After results of a rhinoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    V, teenager, Caucasian V is a teenager who had been teased in school for many years for the appearance of her nose. She had a large dorsal hump and a bulbous tip. After extensive discussion with both V and her mom, rhinoplasty was done to reduce the overall size but project her nasal tip while removing the large dorsal hump. She was very happy with the result, immediately started taking selfies as soon as her splint was removed.


    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and After results of a rhinoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    E, 23, African, Ghana E is a 23 year old medical student. She came from Ghana to study in New York. She was concerned with the dorsal hump on her nose and did not like the rounded and flattened appearance of her nasal tip. After consultation, her small dorsal hump was reduced and autologous cartilage was used to increase the projection of her nose while reducing the roundedness.


    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and After results of a rhinoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    C, 41, Hispanic C previously had a rhinoplasty done a few years ago in Colombia to decrease the size of her nose. It was, however, overdone. She ended up with a noticeable depression in the center of her nose and the edges of the remaining nasal bone were visible. Revision rhinoplasty was done through a close approach to correct this defect. Her nose looked natural and normal again.


    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and After results of a rhinoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    B, 33, Hispanic B also had a rhinoplasty done in Colombia a few years ago. However, she was not satisfied with the amount of correct and also she was left with a deviated septum. A closed rhinoplasty was done to correct this defect without any scars on the outside skin.


    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and After results of a rhinoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    D, 41, Indian D did not like the hook look of her nasal tip. She also wanted her tip to be more projected at the same time. Rhinoplasty surgery was done to increase the projection of her tip and improve the hooking tip. The changes are subtle but noticeable and natural.


    *Individual results may vary.


“Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular surgical procedures that I perform in my NYC office. Not only is it a procedure that corrects common aesthetic problems with the nose, but it’s also one that I confidently carry out to help patients solve functional issues that may arise in the nose. Since I began practicing, I’ve completed hundreds of rhinoplasty surgeries on a wide range of patients with different backgrounds. My office in New York City is a top-of-the-line facility with a chic design and passionate staff. We’re here to answer any questions and are available to guide our patients through their journey to a more aesthetically pleasing and functional nose. I am confident that with my experience and unparalleled technique, I will be able to achieve the desired look that you seek. I look forward to meeting you!”


At our boutique practice in New York City, rhinoplasty is our most popular procedure and one of Dr. Lao’s specialties. To better understand if the procedure is right for you, you should understand the operation and the benefits. Below, we’ve outlined the surgical highlights, frequently asked questions, and more information about Dr. Lao.

The nose is the central feature of our face, not only in terms of its anatomical location but also its aesthetic influence on the entire face. The outlook and shape of a nose can change the entire look of an individual. It can highlight certain features while drawing attention away from others. A nose that is out of proportion to the face and its surrounding facial features stands out and can be the focus of unwanted attention. Sometimes, these flaws created by the nose are noticeable only when in a close distance conversation with another individual, and other times, the issues are prominent enough to be viewed from a distance.

Our New York rhinoplasty procedure aims to change the appearance of the nose by making specific changes to certain nasal features, such as altering the shape, length, and width. Whether it is too big, too small, crooked, or deformed, the goal of rhinoplasty surgery is to remove those undesirable features and bring proportional harmony to the face. Dr. Lao’s knowledge is what makes him among the best to perform a rhinoplasty NYC residents can depend on


Because rhinoplasty can be done for different reasons, there are many candidates for the procedure. Below, we’ve included nominees for the surgery.

  • Our candidates should have a positive outlook.
  • Patients should be in good health and not smoke.
  • Our patients must have realistic expectations.
  • Patients getting cosmetic nose surgery should be of adult age.
  • Candidates may not breathe well, due to nasal obstructions.
  • Candidates should be psychologically stable.


Our NYC rhinoplasty patients find so many benefits of the surgery. Below, we’ve included some of the advantages to the surgery:

  • Nose surgery can change the size and shape of your nose.
  • With the surgery, we’re able to remove an unwanted bump in the nose.
  • Many of our patients come to us to revise a surgery they had elsewhere. Known as rhinoplasty revision.
  • Some patients find the section between their lips and nose unattractive, a rhinoplasty can fix this issue.
  • With the surgery, we can address a drooping nose tip.
  • We can correct breathing issues.


In some cases, nasal surgery is performed for function rather than form. Some people find it difficult to breathe because of airway obstruction in their nasal cavity. Clearing the pathway through the surgical restructuring of the nasal cavity is also a common reason for people seeking rhinoplasty. If the obstruction is nasal in origin then combining rhinoplasty with septoplasty can effectively relieve the airway obstruction.


When considering rhinoplasty, it’s important to know what your goals are before committing to the surgery. There are specific techniques used to address cosmetic concerns and functional concerns. When performed for cosmetic reasons, the goal of a rhinoplasty is to make the nose more symmetrical with the rest of your facial features. This will help enhance your facial profile and your overall appearance.

When performed for functional reasons, rhinoplasty can help improve airflow and enhance your breathing if it has been obstructed. It’s a useful solution for those suffering from a deviated septum, a condition where the nose is significantly off-center or crooked, making breathing difficult. Dr. Lao will perform an initial assessment of your nose to determine which method is best suited to your specific needs.


In many rhinoplasty cases, the ideal goal of the patient is to enhance the appearance of their nose without diluting or sacrificing the specific features of the nose that are relative to their culture. The goal of Asian rhinoplasty is to retain the natural cultural characteristics of the nose's appearance while reshaping the features of the nose that the patient is unhappy with. Patients of Asian descent commonly have an overly rounded nasal tip that must be refined. The bridge width and height may also need to be enhanced. The nasal cartilage may be weaker, and the skin of the nose may be thicker. For more information on Asian Rhinoplasty, please view our article dedicated to that procedure.


The first step is to get in touch. By filling out a contact form on our appointment page, a member of our team will get in touch with you to schedule a consultation. During your appointment, you’ll be able to meet one-on-one with Dr. William Lao.

Dr. Lao will complete a thorough evaluation of your nose, provide his expert recommendations, and answer any questions you have. You should be as open and honest with Dr. Lao about your aesthetic desires, as great communication always leads to optimal results. Dr. Lao has been featured in numerous publications about his surgical techniques. Including a recent article by New Beauty, where he discusses rhinoplasty. If you’re happy with Dr. Lao’s recommendations, surgery will be booked.

Once the surgery is booked, our expert surgical team will provide pre and postoperative instructions. These guidelines are created to ensure patient safety and the best possible surgical outcome.


Every nose is different. And because of this, different techniques and approaches to surgery need to be utilized to provide the kind of personalized results desired. The attention paid to each nose has to be individualized. Mainly, two types of incisions are used: Open and Closed.

Open rhinoplasty involves a small well-hidden incision on the skin of the underside of the nose.
closed rhinoplasty hides the incision inside the nostrils.

The choice between which incision to use will depend on the specific alterations that are being made to the different areas of the nose. Both techniques have their advantages and disadvantages. There is no visible scar for a closed rhinoplasty because the incisions for the procedure are made internally, but there is better surgery exposure in the open technique if extensive nasal tip work is required.

Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia, patients will be able to sleep during the procedure, and wake up with their perfected nose!

Individuals interested in our rhinoplasty in New York should have an extensive conversation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss what the best approach is relating to desired changes in the nose.


After your rhinoplasty is complete, your nose will be bandaged. Splints may be used to provide additional support and protection during the healing process. Rhinoplasty is an invasive procedure, so swelling is to be expected. Bruising or discoloration may occur around the eyes. These issues will slowly dissipate over the coming weeks.

The procedure produces little to no pain during the recovery period. Any pain or discomfort experienced can be managed with medication. In most cases, patients choose to take a week or so off from work to heal and to allow a majority of the swelling to go down. While some people tend to feel ready for work after just a few days, the bandages, potential discoloration, and swelling can prevent them from feeling comfortable. Most individuals are ready to return to their normal activities after around two weeks. While a majority of the swelling will disappear after about three to six weeks, some swelling may remain for up to a year. This residual swelling should not be obvious to others and will primarily prevent the more refined contours of the nose from being visible until the nose is fully healed.


The cost of rhinoplasty in New York City can vary from patient to patient, depending on their individual needs. Factors we take into consideration are the overall complexity of the procedure and the amount of correction required to achieve the desired results. Please book a consultation with us in our Manhattan office. During the appointment, we will be able to provide you with an accurate price.


The choice to undergo a rhinoplasty in Manhattan is not one that you have to rush. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedure and recovery process, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. William Lao. Dr. Lao will provide you with an opportunity to understand how the procedure works and what to expect in terms of recovery and results. With more than 10 years of professional experience, Dr. Lao is one of the top rhinoplasty surgeons in New York and is more than capable of providing you with personalized care and outstanding results.


Your Nose Surgery Questions Answered

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

Dr. William Lao is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is proud to have attended Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lao has over a decade of experience and has been listed as a Top Doc on the aesthetic magazine, New Beauty. Dr. Lao prides himself on patient safety and his ability to connect with his patients.

Can I combine my nose surgery with other procedures?

Absolutely. Many of our patients combine their rhinoplasty with non-surgical treatments such as BOTOX or fillers.

Is there a non-surgical option?

There is a non-surgical rhinoplasty. However, these results are not permanent and not as effective. To achieve the best results, surgery is needed. During your consultation, Dr. Lao will provide his expert recommendations and present all options.

Are rhinoplasty results permanent?

Many surgical procedures aren’t permanent, but that’s not the case with rhinoplasty! What’s wonderful about this procedure, is that the results are permanent and can be enjoyed for the rest of your life.

How Long does the surgery take?

The surgery usually takes about two hours to perform, but that can change depending on the type of nose surgery being performed.

How long until I can see my rhinoplasty results?

The results will be best enjoyed after the swelling has gone down. Swelling typically goes down after about three-six weeks.

Will there be scars after my rhinoplasty?

As with all surgeries, there will be scars. However, the scars are typically very inconspicuous and will continue to fade over time.

What’s the best age range for cosmetic nose surgery?

We recommend our patients of adult age and have physically developed. Typically our patients are between the ages of 18-65.

Are there any risks associated with rhinoplasty?

As with all surgeries, risks are possible. Dr. Lao considers patient safety as his number one priority and will do his best to ensure that all risks are minimal. It’s vital that you follow all post and preoperative instructions, which will help keep you safe and make sure Dr. Lao can produce the best results possible. All risks associated with the procedure will be discussed with you during your consultation.

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V, Teenager, student, Caucasian, Queens, USA

"We are more than sad that you are leaving us Dr. Lao. I wish you the best because you are a very smart young man and a great surgeon. After God, you made my daughter's life very happy. You enhanced her beauty and self-esteem, and make me a happy mother again. I hope we keep in touch."


Every surgical procedure and aesthetic treatment we offer is specifically tailored to satisfy the unique needs of the individual. When you come in for a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Lao, he can find the perfect aesthetic approach that provides you with your ideal results.