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Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim of the Natural Face™ Clinics provide a variety of nasal and sinus surgery procedures for patients residing in Syracuse as well as the surrounding communities of Central New York including and Ithaca and Rochester.

Functional Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, or “nose surgery” has often been considered simply as a cosmetic elective procedure.  However, there is an entire category of nasal surgery, called the functional rhinoplasty in which the goal is to improve the breathing through the nose.

Who are the candidates for functional rhinoplasty?  Patients who constantly have difficulty breathing through their nose.  They frequently find themselves breathing through their mouths during exercise or sleep.  Many patients are born with an obstructive nasal airway, while some people acquire an obstructive nasal airway after trauma to the nose or previous nose surgery.  Some patients develop obstructive nasal airway problems over time as they get old, because the nose changes too.

As a dual board certified surgeon in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, Dr. Kim has unique expertise in rhinoplasty to create both an attractive and well-functioning nose.  Because functional rhinoplasty is a medically necessary procedure, it warrants a careful and detailed medical evaluation and trials of conservative managements, including medical therapy.

During your clinic visit, Dr. Kim will examine your nasal airway using a nasal endoscope and other special instruments to evaluate structures. These include the septum, nasal turbinates, internal nasal valve, and external nasal valve – both at rest and during inhalation – to identify the problem and plan for the surgery.  For patients with obstructive sleep disorder, he will also assess the oral airway to further assess whether patients will benefit from functional rhinoplasty.

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Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic rhinoplasty refers to nose surgery where the primary goal is to enhance the appearance of the nose.  The aesthetic goal of rhinoplasty should be to achieve refined features of the nose that will harmonize the rest of your face.

Who are the candidates for a cosmetic rhinoplasty?  Most patients come to see Dr. Kim with specific bothersome features of their nose in mind.  Some of the common complaints related to their noses include: hump on the nose, bulbous tip, wide or large nose, droopy nose, and crooked or asymmetric nose.  Many patients inherited these features of the nose from their parents, while few may have acquired them through trauma or prior rhinoplasty.

During the cosmetic consultation, Dr. Kim will attentively listen to the patients about their specific concerns, and will then counsel patients to achieve their goals through a physical exam and computer-morphed images.

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Will I have bruising after rhinoplasty?

Most of Dr. Kim’s patients do not develop bruises after rhinoplasty.  However, some patients who require osteotomy (narrowing of the bony part of the nose) will have an increased risk for some bruising.

How painful is the recovery and do you pack the nose?

Pain is not the main complaint for Dr. Kim’s rhinoplasty patients.  Some patients will develop some discomfort for the first few days which is controlled with pain medication.  Other patients report not needing to take any prescription pain medication.  Instead they require only the over-the-counter Tylenol.

Historically, sinus or nose surgery patients’ biggest complaint is the discomfort (or the pain) associated with packing the nose.  Dr. Kim does not pack the nose after rhinoplasty.  Rarely, he may place a thin silicone sheet inside the nose if he determines that it will help the inner nose heal.  This decision is made during the surgery, and the sheet is removed at the 1 week clinic visit.  Many patients do not even notice the thin silicone sheet until it comes out of their nose.

How much time do I need to take off for recovery?

If the patient had an endonasal approach functional rhinoplasty (no incision under their nose), they may return to work after a weekend of recovery.  That patient will not have any outside splint or visible suture.

If the patient had an endonasal approach with hump reduction or narrowing of the nose, then the outside splint will be removed at the 1 week clinic visit.  Depending on the type of work, the patient can resume back to desk work within a week.  Patient should avoid any heavy lifting or exercise for 2 weeks.

If the patient had an open approach rhinoplasty (incision under their nose), they may be able to do some desk work, but we recommend that the patient take a week off.  The patient should avoid any heavy lifting or exercise for 2 weeks, and avoid any activity with potential for contact to the nose for 6 weeks.

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.

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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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