Aging Nose in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim of the Natural Face™ Clinics provide treatment for the aging nose for patients residing in the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca and Rochester.

Does the nose continue to grow as I get old?

No, the nose does not continue to grow large as one ages.  But, the nose undergoes some changes which may make the nose appear as if it is becoming larger and more prominent.  Picture a big, droopy nose.

The nose consists of three components – upper ? is the nasal bone, middle ? is the upper lateral cartilage, and lower ? is the lower lateral cartilage, also called domal cartilage.  These segments are held together by ligaments, and these ligaments will attenuate and weaken as one ages.  These changes will result in the collapse of the nasal valve and the side walls of the nose.   The facial bone that supports the nasal cartilage also begin to resorb, resulting in a further collapse of the nasal tip.  This results in drooping and downward stretching of the nose, which gives the stereotypical big, droopy nose of an old person.

I never had a problem breathing through my nose, but as I am aging I find it difficult to breathe through my nose – why?

Structural changes of the nose from advanced age directly impact how the air flows inside the nose.  As described above, with aging process, ligaments holding the nose cartilage and the cartilage themselves go through changes.

With the drooped nasal tip, the airflow shifts toward the upper part of the nasal cavity.  This results in not only narrowed nasal passage but the perception that you are not moving the air through your nose very well.

As discussed earlier, changes in the cartilage and the ligaments that hold the cartilage together will result in both external and internal nasal valve problems.  Some patients will experience constant nasal airway obstruction, while other patients may notice collapsing or flapping of the nose with heavy breathing.

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Will my insurance cover the surgery?

If you are having trouble breathing through your nose, this may be covered by your insurance as a functional rhinoplasty or nasal valve repair surgery.  For patients presenting with nasal airway obstruction, comprehensive medical evaluation should be performed to confirm the diagnosis that the nasal airway problem is structural in nature.  Pre-authorization will be obtained through insurance to confirm that criteria are met, then the patient will be scheduled for the surgery.

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim at Natural Face Clinics specialize in aesthetic enhancement of the face, head, and neck, exclusively. Patients come to see us from the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester. At Natural Face Clinics, we specialize in restoring the youthful neck contour, tired appearance of the brows and eyes, and skin laxity. We offer customized treatment, both surgical and non-surgical, including facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), nose surgery (rhinoplasty), brow lift, neck lift, and skin resurfacing. Find out more by scheduling your personal consultation today.


Plastic Surgeon in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY


Dr. Sang W. Kim

Harvard Trained, Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

Sang W Kim, MD is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery, nasal/sinus surgery, and hair restoration surgery.

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I was working in Central New York and had an upcoming event and needed to get 2 areas of Dystport done. They were able to accommodate my schedule( as it was short notice) Dr. Kim’s entire staff was so friendly and welcoming!! During the procedure , even Nurse Dan held my hand and kept me smiling the whole time!! I was incredibly impressed with Dr Kim as he made sure he took the time to explain the process as well as not “ being rushed” something I have experienced with previous Doctors. I live in Florida but will be seeing Dr Kim from now on, and will be recommending their office to my fellow New Yorkers! It’s been almost 2 weeks since my appointment and the results are amazing!!! So happy! Thank you so much Dr Kim, Mary and the rest of the staff !

- michele goodwin

Dr. Kim is a world-class facial plastic surgeon. I’ve been to the top surgeons in the country from Beverly Hills to Miami and I found Dr. Kim to be superior. His face and neck lift were flawless and so natural that no one could tell I had anything done, but everyone said I looked ten years younger. As Syracuse is a discreet location, I would highly recommend anyone who wants a top notch face and neck lift to fly in. His bedside manner is as fantastic as his work. I can’t recommend Dr. Kim enough. I think he is the best Facial plastic surgeon in the country.

- Shelly Cohen

I am very happy with Dr. Kim and all of his staff. Not only did I have a surgical procedure done but I also go there every week for allergy shots and they couldn't be nicer. And Dr. Kim is awesome - - great bedside manner! I highly recommend them!!!

- Sheila Guenette

57 years old and wanted to start my new path in life retired...not looking tired! I did extensive research and sought out 5 surgeon recommendations. I was extremely impressed with Dr. Sang Kim for several reasons: 1 - He specialized in and only performs /neck surgeries, 2 - Dr. Kim is younger and probably more newly established, but there was no doubt that he is a perfectionist and a professional in his field, 3 - He is patient and really listens. I felt confident and trusted that he was giving me his best recommendation for my concerns, 4 - He didn't try to push unnecessary or extra procedures, 5 - I was impressed by how obvious it was that Dr. Kim's administrative and medical staff liked him and respected his work. But most of all, I am extremely satisfied with the results of my face lift!

- Shannon F

I can't say enough good things about Dr. Kim. He is the most patient, professional, and personable physician I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Instead of being rushed through the practice, every member of his staff made me feel welcome and important from the moment I walked through the door. He wouldn't perform a single procedure on me until he fully answered every minute question I had (all of which he eloquently and candidly answered); you can tell that his formal training was exceptional. His bedside manner and skilled technique easily make him one of the best kept secrets in Syracuse. I have referred numerous friends to him who have also, in turn, referred their friends. Make the consult and see for yourself... you won't be disappointed!

- Deanna Hillman

Dr. Kim and his staff were incredible. I had a face lift done this past summer and I was treated with dignity and respect by everyone. Dr. Kim is an exceptional surgeon and one of the nicest and kindest doctors I have ever met. I had a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend Dr. Kim and his entire staff. I recently went back to Dr. Kim for injections. Again my experience was wonderful. He explains everything he is going to do and what to expect. I didn't bruise and I love the fact that he doesn't overdo. He and his staff are just incredible. If I could give more than 5 stars I would.

- Debbie Ely

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