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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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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 found everyone at Natural Face Clinics to be very friendly and accommodating. During the procedure I became ill and both Dr. Kim and Susan were very compassionate and I did not feel rushed. As of this date, the results are great and I am happy with the end result. Dr. Kim has been very kind and professional. He is a great doctor. The staff is very kind and caring. They are always friendly and accommodating on the phone and in the office. I would definitely recommend Dr. Kim to my family and friends. Thank you for everything!

- Joanne – East Syracuse, NY


Everything about the procedure was well explained and it was a breeze! The chin surgery came out well and as expected. The doctor was very professional and put me at ease. He explained everything that he was doing. The staff is top notch and Karen was outstanding.

- Carl – East Syracuse, NY


The initial visit was informative and reassuring. I was given options and a clear understanding as to what to expect. It was very comforting. I received excellent care and I am thrilled with my results! I’ve already booked my next procedure. I was pleasantly surprised with how little pain there was and how quickly I recovered.
Dr. Halliday is wonderful! He is knowledgeable and professional. I wouldn’t trust my face to just anyone. He is an excellent plastic surgeon. The staff is professional, caring and attentive. Appointment times are honored and the visits are never rushed. I am so grateful for the outstanding care I received.

- Susan – East Syracuse, NY


My experience was very professional and helpful. My questions were answered that I did not think to ask. They were very friendly and accommodating. The procedure went smoothly. Post-op care was especially spoiling, considering it was during the holidays. Everything was done to ensure I had an optimal outcome.
My results are splendid! I am receiving compliments that I look 15-20 years younger than prior to my procedure. My doctor was outstanding and genuinely concerned. He wanted me to understand what was being done and why. I had clear and concise answers to questions and received excellent bedside manner. The staff is friendly, efficient, on time and on task. They are eager to assist! I would recommend and would use again when needing cosmetic enhancements. I am very, very pleased with my experience and results.

- D.L. – East Syracuse, NY


When I look in the mirror, I know I made a great choice. Dr. Halliday and his exceptional staff were thoughtful, knowledgeable, and caring. My results were very good and not over-done like some actress on TV. I have referred friends and they also had great results.

- Mary - New York Mills, NY


I cannot begin to tell you how happy I was and continue to be with Dr. Halliday and his staff. I felt very comfortable the first time I met him and talked with his staff. I was treated professionally and with dignity. I originally met Dr. Halliday to discuss fillers. After talking to him and discussing all my options, I decided to have a face lift and surgery on my upper and lower eye lids. He never pushed me into making a decision, in fact, he told me to think about it. I left and headed to work and I called the same day and booked my surgery. He is an artist and a master at what he does. I am extremely happy with my results. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Halliday and his staff to anyone interested in improving their appearance.

- Debbie - Syracuse, NY


This whole process has been an amazing experience. The staff and Dr. Halliday treat you with respect and also assure your privacy. The staff is efficient and communicates well; you have complete knowledge of the process and the outcome is absolutely awesome. Thank you!

- Dale - Ilion, NY


At my initial visit I was met with a short wait time and a friendly staff. Throughout the whole procedure I was comfortable and I healed well and had no problems; I am happy with my results. Dr. Kim is so nice and friendly. He answered all my questions and made me feel safe and comfortable. The office staff has been very friendly and helpful as well. Everyone is so nice here.

- Karen – Syracuse, NY


When I met Dr. Kim and the staff, everyone was friendly. Dr. Kim did a good job with my procedure and made me feel comfortable. My hair has started to grow and I feel like the procedure has worked. Everyone here is nice and I liked Dr. Kim’s honesty with me. My doctor wanted me to go to a different doctor for my nose but I told him “no I want to go to Dr. Kim”.

- Ljupco – Syracuse, NY


At my initial visit Dr. Kim and the staff were very informative on what was going to happen with the surgery. He removed Melanoma from the left side of my nose and it very good. All of the Melanoma has been removed and is healing well. Dr. Kim has been very informative on all that has taken place and what is in the future after surgery. The staff has also been very helpful throughout the whole process. I would see Dr. Kim again if I had any more cancer to be removed.

- Eugene – Syracuse, NY


My initial consultation was very informative. The doctor was honest about the procedure, as well as, the cost and I felt no pressure to make a commitment. The office itself is very comfortable and the staff is friendly and welcoming. My procedure went smooth and the doctor was very cautious to not release me until he was sure I was ready to leave. I am very happy with my results and the healing time was even better than expected. Dr. Kim has an excellent bed side manner and his staff made the whole process enjoyable. He is easy to talk to and very informative about the procedure, as well as, advice on the healing process. I would definitely refer my family and friends to this practice.

- Linda – East Syracuse, NY


Dr. Kim and the entire staff are nice. Dr. Kim did a good job and everything is 100%.

- Nevzad – East Syracuse, NY


My husband and I met with Dr. Halliday and Terri. We arrived to a very clean and inviting office and did not have to wait long. Dr. Halliday and Terri did not tell me what should be done but were interested in what my goals were for a cosmetic procedure. They answered all my questions and explained their recommendations clearly. On the day of my procedure everyone went out of their way to make sure I was as comfortable as possible. I liked the “privacy” of the operating and recovery area. I feel like l look years younger while still looking “age appropriate”. Friends and family have commented I look good and the natural lift is exactly that; very natural. The only way people know I had a procedure is because I told them. Dr. Halliday was very professional and friendly the entire time. I completely trusted all the decisions he made during the procedure. He took his time and even took time to put my husband at ease about having the procedure done. Everyone at the office is extremely friendly and I have never had to wait long for my appointment. I feel like I have made an investment in my face and while I am happy to be my age I am even happier to have a face that matches the body I have. I will continue to make enhancements along the way with Dr. Halliday, Terri, and everyone in his office who made me feel and look special.

- Nicki – East Syracuse, NY


The staff is very pleasant and helpful. I am very pleased with Dr. Hallidays expertise.

- Debra Victor - East Syracuse, NY


This is a wonderful place to come, everyone is great and happy. I had the best care and will recommend this surgery center to my friends.

- Linda - Syracuse, NY


I was very worried about my surgery. However, the doctor and staff were wonderful and my surgery and recovery were well worth it.

- Shirley – Syracuse, NY

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