Rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging types of plastic surgery, but it is arguably the most effective and life-altering of all procedures.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging types of plastic surgery, but it is arguably the most effective and life-altering of all procedures.
Dr. Robert Morin is among the most respected providers of rhinoplasty in NYC. In contrast with some of the flashier plastic surgeons touting their rhinoplasty skills and high-profile clients, Dr. Morin believes in a more conservative, patient-centric approach.
If you’ve been shopping around for a rhinoplasty surgeon in NYC, you have likely encountered so-called “celebrity doctors.” While some patients are impressed by glitzy office décor and quotes in beauty magazines, patients who choose Dr. Morin are looking for a different type of surgeon. His gentle manner and honest approach attract a discerning clientele who favor results and unsurpassed patient care over glam.
Unfortunately in the hurried world of modern medicine, a calm and compassionate approach is often forgotten. Dr. Morin understands that choosing to undergo rhinoplasty is a life-altering decision – it’s not something that should be rushed. This is why he takes his time with each and every patient, explaining the rhinoplasty procedure in great detail and providing answers to every question. Rather than pressuring his patients to book their surgery date, Dr. Morin supplies them with all the information they need to make an informed decision about rhinoplasty.
What makes Dr. Morin different? Read a few of Dr. Morin’s reviews and you’ll start to understand how he stands apart from other rhinoplasty surgeons in NYC.
"I was looking for a more conservative approach. Yet, all of the doctors I met with seemed to want to push me to go even further, or seemed to want to conduct the rhinoplasty in a way that matched a style that they'd gotten used to"
"Unlike many doctors I have had in the past, Dr. Morin seemed to take my well-being as number one priority and that made me feel confident and safe."
"I interviewed, researched and met with other top surgeons in Manhattan, but no one met my high expectations until I met Dr. Morin"
Rhinoplasty is Dr. Morin’s greatest passion. He is very experienced in techniques that aim to best match your nose to other facial features while avoiding an unnatural look. He often operates on patients who fly to his NYC office from other states and countries for nose surgery.
Dr. Morin recently introduced Ultrasound Rhinoplasty to his practice. This method involves sculpting the nasal bones using ultrasonic tools, as opposed to conventional methods of breaking the nose’s natural structure which can lead to complications such as secondary fractures and nasal irregularities. Additional benefits to this procedure include: shorter recovery time, diminished bruising and precise asymmetry correction.
In NYC, rhinoplasty is often performed for both functional and cosmetic concerns. Function is always analyzed during your initial consultation with Dr. Morin and if nasal airway problems are detected, they can be corrected during surgery. One of the most common causes of nasal airway obstruction is a deviated septum, which can be corrected by performing a septoplasty.
Common cosmetic concerns include nasal bumps, large nasal tips, large or wide noses and crooked or deviated noses. The following photographs of actual patients demonstrate these common cosmetic concerns and the postoperative photographs show the result Dr. Morin was able to achieve by performing a variety of rhinoplasty techniques.
A rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. The procedure lasts between one and three hours depending on the complexity of the deformity.
Plastic surgeons use one of two general techniques when performing a rhinoplasty. The procedure can either be performed “open” or “closed.” In an open rhinoplasty, an incision is made across the columella, the tissue between the nostrils. In a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made only within the nostrils, not on the skin. In both methods, the surgeon gently elevates the soft tissue covering the nose. The surgeon then sculpts both the bone and cartilage in order to create a more ideal shape. There is much debate concerning which technique is better. Dr. Morin believes that both techniques are useful in different situations and will discuss which technique is best for you based on your anatomy and personal preference.
Most people have a combination of deformities that contribute to a distracting nose. In these two patients almost all of the deformities that will be discussed below in detail can be seen. In these cases, a complete rhinoplasty is necessary in order to create an aesthetically pleasing nose.
Surgical correction of her dorsal hump, hanging columella and bulbous tip was performed.
The tip of the nose is made up of several different cartilage structures that provide shape and support. Many different deformities can exist in the nasal tip. The most common deformity results from an excess of cartilage that creates a large ball-like appearance known as a bulbous tip. Removal of this excess cartilage is usually combined with different suture techniques to create a smaller and better defined tip. Flat nasal tips can be lifted by adding support and projection from below. Nasal tip deformities and asymmetries can be corrected with suture techniques or by placing cartilage grafts beneath the nasal tip skin. All of these techniques are used to create a more attractive nose.
The nose can be narrowed in several ways. By removing excess cartilage and properly defining the tip, the lower part of the nose can be narrowed. In order to narrow the upper part of the nose, the nasal bones must be repositioned closer together. As you can see in these before and after pictures, the combination of these techniques can have an impressive result.
This patient’s nasal airway was opened by straightening his severely deviated septum.
Straitening a crooked or deviated nose can be challenging. Several techniques exist and the technique used depends on the cause of the deformity. At times, the only way to properly straighten a nose is to remove the entire septum, straighten it, and then replace it in its proper anatomic position. This procedure is called an extracorporeal septoplasty and Dr. Morin is one of the few surgeons in the world who performs this highly complex procedure. The patient in the photographs above had an extracorporeal septoplasty in order to correct her severely deviated nose.
When choosing a rhinoplasty surgeon it is important to keep several things in mind. First, your surgeon should be board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Second, your surgeon should have an artistic eye and thoroughly understand nasal anatomy and function. He or she should also be capable of critical analysis of nasal deformities and have the ability to create a logical operative plan that will satisfy your goals and desires. Finally, your surgeon should have a significant amount of experience operating on the nose. Dr. Morin has all of these characteristics and would be happy to discuss how he can help you in either his Manhattan NYC office or his Hackensack New Jersey office.
Many of us have considered a rhinoplasty procedure to improve the shape of the nose, but it can be difficult to envision the results by simply looking in the mirror. Now there is an easy-to-use virtual tool that can help you simulate results and better communicate your aesthetic goals to Dr. Morin. With FaceTouchUp, you can visualize what you might look like after facial plastic surgery.
Step 1: Take a few photos to get the right "before" shot.
Photos should have good lighting and be taken at angles that best show the characteristic you would like to modify. Upload your images to the FaceTouchUp application.
Step 2: Enhance your photo and your appearance.
Use the tool to smooth out the bumps and refine the contours of your nose until you are pleased with the image. Remember, you can always undo or redo your last modifications. You can save your after photo, or both your before and after photos. Share ideal "after" photo with Dr. Morin.
Step 3: Contact one of New York's top plastic surgeons.
Schedule a rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Morin. During your consultation, Dr. Morin will discuss the best way to transform your appearance and achieve natural-looking and stunning results.
The perfect nose is, of course, a relative term. Our individual facial anatomy and bone structure give each one of us a unique look; a feature that looks congruous on one face may look radically out of place on another. The Marquardt theory does not describe a set of perfectly formed features; rather it elucidates how we define attractiveness in terms of the whole. Assessing how the nose and other facial features relate proportionally to each other is the first step in the quest for an ideal nose. In general, the greater the symmetry of the face, the more likely we are to regard it as beautiful.
As a visual aid, the Marquardt Mask can be used as a template to evaluate how all features work together. When placed over a photo, the diagram can help guide the work of cosmetic surgeons, especially specialists who perform plastic surgery on the nose (rhinoplasty). An expert in rhinoplasty will not only consider the form of the nose in relation to the rest of the face, but also how the parts of the nose complement each other, in particular the relationship between the nasal bridge and nasal tip. Although a “perfect nose” can vary in shape, some characteristics, such as a straight bridge and appropriate nasal projection, are typically accepted as more aesthetically appealing.
Another factor to consider in describing the perfect nose is gender. Certain features can make a face appear more masculine or feminine. For instance, the shape of the face, the density of the eyebrows, and the contour of the cheekbones all influence whether we see a face as male or female.
The male nose is often characterized by angular, sharp edges and straight lines. These angles give a chiseled appearance, complementing other facial angles (a strong jaw bone, for example).
Unlike the strong, angular traits associated with the male nose, the female nose tends to be less striking. On a female face, the objective would be to downplay the visual prominence of the nose. By minimizing the definition and depth of the bridge of the nose, for instance, less emphasis is placed on the nose. Instead, attention is drawn to the lips and eyes. Balancing the details of the nostril shape and the tip also contribute to a more feminine appearance of the nose.
Before he performs a rhinoplasty, Dr. Morin will carefully review your medical history and discuss your aesthetic goals and expectations. In addition, he will brief you on the specifics of the procedure. Dr. Morin believes that it is vital that patients grasp the steps of the procedure, as well as understand what is possible. During your pre-surgery consultation, he will encourage you to refer to photos and ask questions. In addition to the conversational preparation with Dr. Morin, there are some basic medical recommendations to follow prior to a rhinoplasty:
Dr. Morin’s goal is to provide the most comprehensive care possible before, during and after a rhinoplasty. He will work with you to uncover a more beautiful nose.
The length of a nose surgery depends on the individual’s nasal anatomy and the scope of the work to be done.
A rhinoplasty is a routine outpatient surgery that requires general anesthesia. The length of a nose surgery depends on the individual’s nasal anatomy and the scope of the work to be done. Revision rhinoplasties tend to be more complicated and delicate procedures to perform when compared to primary rhinoplasties; this is because complications from a prior nose surgery can often be extensive and challenging to rectify. The general steps involved in a rhinoplasty are as follows:
Dr. Morin developed techniques and "best practices" to follow in order to minimize swelling and bruising or "black and blue" following surgery.
When Dr. Morin sees patients in his offices in NJ and NYC, recovery from rhinoplasty surgery is one of the issues that come up in consultations. Dr. Morin developed techniques and “best practices” to follow in order to minimize swelling and bruising or “black and blue” following surgery. This is a normal result of any surgery. However, because nose surgery involves the most central aspect of the face, it is common to be concerned with the extent and duration of these symptoms. The photographs below give a general idea of the greatest amount of swelling and bruising one can reasonably expect to experience. Often, however, the swelling and bruising is significantly less.
The patient below underwent a complete rhinoplasty. All aspects of her nose were addressed in order to achieve her desired final result. She is seen here at her preoperative meeting that took place 2 weeks prior to the date of her rhinoplasty surgery. She is then seen the day after her nose surgery. At this visit she was evaluated to ensure she was doing well and her internal nasal packing was removed. The day 1 after photograph shows the maximum about of swelling and “black and blue” that this patient experienced. The third after photograph was taken 1 week following her surgery. At this appointment, the tiny sutures that were used to close the small skin incision were removed. In addition, the external nasal splint was removed as well. This photograph demonstrates that most of the swelling and “black and blue” has resolved, although, some remains, specifically around the eyes and at the tip of the nose. The 2 week photograph demonstrates that there are almost no residual signs of surgery and by 1 month (the last photograph) almost all swelling has completely resolved.
The time after your NYC rhinoplasty, recovery is dependent on proper healing of your new nose. It is important to follow our post-op instructions. Although swelling can be present for an entire year before fully subsiding, the main focus of your rhinoplasty recovery is concentrated on the first 12 weeks.
Dr. Morin will give you more instructions suggestions on exactly what to do and not to do in person after your rhinoplasty, but the following is intended as a general guideline. Take it easy. Avoid strenuous physical activity and lifting heavy weights for at least 3 weeks after your surgery by Dr. Morin. Right after your surgery is the time when swelling and bruising will be the most obvious, so avoid scheduling important social engagements around this time.
Sleep with your head elevated with a few pillows under your head at night, as this helps to orchestrate proper blood flow. Avoid direct contact with your nose, and try not to itch, rub, or irritate it. Also, do not blow your nose too after surgery. Dr. Morin typically suggests that his patients eat softer foods so as to avoid heavy chewing. It is important to avoid exposure to the sun following a nose job. Finally, do not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol for the time being as this could delay recovery and increasing swelling/bruising.
Don’t worry too much about the changes that have taken shape (or those that have yet to come to light), as your new nose will likely continue to change for months after surgery. Rhinoplasty results appear gradually, and continue to develop especially in the initial six months. If you are concerned, you can send photos to Dr. Morin to evaluate, in addition to follow up appointments where he will inspect internal healing as well.
Swelling and bruising are an unavoidable aspect of recovery from a nose surgery. The great majority of your swelling should go down in the first 2-3 months after your rhinoplasty, after which you will have a better idea of how your new nose will look and will also be able to enjoy it better. Up to this point, the swelling may mask the changes that Dr. Morin has made to your nose which is why he always advises to be patient with the recovery process. Dr. Morin may recommend supplements such as Arnica Montana and Bromelain to decrease bruises and swelling. In patients with thicker skin, it usually takes longer for the swelling to resolve.
Dr. Morin will place a splint over the operated nose. Think of this as a bandage that is helping to hold the aspects of the new nose together. The splint is usually removed at Dr. Morin’s office after one week. Lastly, if you are experiencing pain at any point during your recovery, NYC rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Morin may prescribe pain medication to ease the process and to maximize your comfort.
Though risks and complications are relatively rare, they do exist. As a board certified surgeon with years of hands-on experience in the field, Dr. Morin always takes the necessary precautions to avoid such complications. He wants your surgery to go as smoothly as possible, from start to finish. It is for this reason that he always stresses that his patients disclose all medical and personal information that may be relevant prior to committing to surgery. The most common risks and complications associated with a rhinoplasty include:
Again, these risks are rare but they must be considered when deciding whether or not to go forth with your potentially life-changing decision.
When considering whether to undergo a rhinoplasty procedure, one of the first questions many potential patients ask is: what will this cost me?
When considering whether to undergo a rhinoplasty procedure, one of the first questions many potential patients ask is: what will this cost me? The cost of a rhinoplasty procedure can vary, depending on the complexity of the case, the reputation and experience of the plastic surgeon, and geographic differences. Established surgeons with extensive rhinoplasty experience tend to be more expensive because they understand the large amount of time and effort that is required for an excellent result.
Before giving an estimate, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Morin spends approximately one hour with each potential patient to discuss in detail all aspects of the surgery. During the initial consultation, he carefully reviews the individual’s medical and surgical history (including information about any prior nose surgery), evaluates the facial anatomy, and discusses the patient’s unique aesthetic goals. He also allows a significant amount of time for questions. Based on his assessment, he can then determine an exact cost.
In general, the approximate cost of a rhinoplasty procedure with Dr. Morin ranges from $9,000 to $15,000. The total cost of a rhinoplasty includes all phases of the procedure, from consultation to surgery to follow up visits. When getting an estimation for a nose surgery, Dr. Morin’s patient coordinator will give you a breakdown of all of the costs involved. In general, they include:
A number of factors can affect the cost of surgery. Revision rhinoplasty procedures are significantly more complicated and time consuming and usually require special surgical skills. State-of-the-art techniques, such as ultrasound rhinoplasty, can also add to the costs. Another influence on the cost is the amount of time needed to complete the surgery.
Dr. Morin determines which rhinoplasty technique to use on a case-by-case basis, recommending a surgical plan that will yield the best results for the patient. His primary concern is to provide the best care and the best aesthetic result possible. Dr. Morin spends an extensive amount of time with his patients in order to ensure that he understands their goals. He is never in a rush when it comes to patient care.
Rhinoplasty is usually considered elective cosmetic surgery and, therefore, is not generally covered by insurance. However, in some cases nose surgery may involve a functional correction. If there has been trauma to the nose resulting from an accident, or if there is severe nasal airway obstruction, insurance may cover a portion of the costs for a reconstructive procedure.
Some patients request to combine a rhinoplasty with a septoplasty, a procedure designed to address a deviated septum. By combining a cosmetic procedure (rhinoplasty) with a functional procedure (septoplasty), it may be possible to offset some costs depending on medical circumstances and insurance coverage.
While cost is certainly a factor for most patients, it is important to understand that in all aspects of life, “you get what you pay for.” Therefore, you should only consult with reputable surgeons who have extensive experience and a proven track record of excellent results. Dr. Morin specializes in rhinoplasty and nasal reconstructive surgery and has been recognized for his skills. If would like to know more about what is involved in a rhinoplasty procedure, contact Dr. Morin’s office to schedule a consultation. He can then design the most appropriate surgical plan to help you achieve your goals.
The word “best” is at best subjective and at worst misleading. The reason is, there is no way to universally define “the best” of anything. This is especially true when it comes to healthcare, specifically doctors and surgeons. People like to say that they know the best doctor for whatever problem you are looking to address, but how did they come to that conclusion. In addition, magazines like to define doctors as “the best,” but if you look closely at how they come to their conclusions, you will find that their methods are severely flawed. So that leaves you with the question, “how do I find the best rhinoplasty surgeon for me in NYC?”
Here are a few suggestions to help you find the best rhinoplasty surgeon for you in New York City. The absolute best way to find a rhinoplasty surgeon is to speak with a trusted friend or family member that had a successful rhinoplasty experience with a board certified plastic surgeon. That, however, is not always an option. So if you’re doing research on your own, here is some advice. Start with an internet search. Surgeons whose practices focus on rhinoplasty will have relevant content that Google will discover. Once you have identified a number of surgeons who perform rhinoplasty, look at their websites and specifically look at their before and after pictures. Do you like their results? If you do, then dig deeper. Are they board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery? And equally important, are they a member of the Rhinoplasty Society? The Rhinoplasty Society has strict criteria for membership. Therefore, only board certified surgeons who perform many rhinoplasties every year can be members. You should only consider surgeons who do many rhinoplasties per year. Rhinoplasty is arguably the most difficult surgery in plastic surgery. Therefore, if a surgeon does not perform rhinoplasty all the time, you should go to someone who does.
Finally, select three surgeons you like based on what you see on the internet and meet with them in person. Talk to them about your concerns and ask them questions. For example, don’t be afraid to ask them “how many rhinoplasty surgeries do you perform every year?” After meeting with three surgeons, decide who you feel the most comfortable with and move forward with that surgeon. Remember, rhinoplasty NYC surgery is difficult and you only want to do it once. Be smart about choosing who you trust to help you with your nose concerns. And seriously question people and magazines when they make statements about “the best rhinoplasty surgeon in NYC.” You will be surprised when you find out the method they used to come to that conclusion.
Rhinoplasty, which is also referred to as a nose job, is a plastic surgery procedure that improves the shape of the nose by correcting and restructuring the underlying nasal structures. The surgery may also correct nasal breathing difficulties. Rhinoplasty is most often performed by a plastic surgeon who specializes in surgeries of the nose, an otolaryngologist or a maxillofacial surgeon.
Rhinoplasty can be performed on individuals who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose or those who have suffered from trauma or injury (e.g. car accidents, skin cancer) that requires reconstruction of the nose to restore normal appearance. Rhinoplasty also plays an important role in treating patients who suffer from congenital defects such as cleft palate.
During rhinoplasty, the surgeon can access the underlying nasal framework in two ways – through the nostrils (a closed rhinoplasty) or by separating the nasal skin from the underlying structures (an open rhinoplasty). Neither method in itself is superior, but some doctors have a preference towards an open or closed approach. In most cases, when major changes are being made, an open rhinoplasty provides the doctor with better access to the nasal structures and a clearer view.
There is no risk of scarring associated with a closed rhinoplasty. In an open rhinoplasty, a tiny incision is made across the columella, the strip of skin that separates the two nostrils. In most cases, the scar left from this incision is barely visible to the naked eye, especially when a skilled surgeon performs the procedure.
Complications are rare but they can occur. The most common complications include bleeding, infection and minor contour irregularities.
Yes. It is quite common for a plastic surgeon to correct problems in the underlying nasal framework in order to restore proper nasal function. In some cases, a problem in the nasal structure is responsible for both a physical and functional defect.
The cost of rhinoplasty varies based upon the type of rhinoplasty being performed, extent of revisions required, experience and skill level of the surgeon, and the geographical location of the practice. Dr. Morin is able to provide his patients with a detailed quote after their initial consultation.
Dr. Morin provides his patients with detailed instructions to follow in the weeks and days leading up to their surgery. This includes the cessation of any medications that are known to increase bleeding. Patients who smoke cigarcigarettes will need to quit before their surgery. Most patients will need to undergo certain blood tests as well. We recommend that patients maintain a healthy lifestyle and get plenty of rest before surgery to support the recovery process.
You will leave the surgical center with a splint on your nose. This remains in place for one week and protects the nose during the initial recovery phase. Most patients report that their recovery from rhinoplasty is uncomfortable, rather than painful. It is important that you give your body the time it needs to heal properly, so you should expect to spend the first week recovering at home and taking it easy. Office workers are usually able to return to work after one week, but those with more strenuous jobs may need to wait another week or two before returning.
Dr. Morin provides his patients with detailed instructions to follow during their recovery period. You can help ensure a satisfactory outcome and comfortable recovery by adhering to your post-operative care instructions.
Ethnic rhinoplasty refers to a rhinoplasty performed on people of non-Caucasian descent. Surgeons who perform ethnic rhinoplasty must take the patient’s unique heritage into account to shape a nose that looks natural on their face. Not all surgeons are able to perform ethnic rhinoplasty, so it is important to find a surgeon who is experienced in performing rhinoplasty of patients who are similar to you.
Dr. Robert J. Morin is a board certified plastic surgeon with a special focus on the fine art of rhinoplasty. His extensive training, understanding of the intricacies of nasal anatomy, and passion for patient care lend to a more harmonious facial profile. Awarded #1 in excellent patient care in the NY area, Dr. Morin proudly practices the full spectrum of plastic surgery, as well as functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty procedures.
Rhinoplasty is among the most complicated cosmetic surgeries to perform. Dr. Morin has trained vigorously in the areas of craniofacial surgery, facial cosmetic surgery and pediatric plastic surgery. After completing cutting-edge programs and maintaining knowledge of the advancements in the competitive field of plastic surgery, Dr. Morin continues to perform a wide range of complex reconstructive and cosmetic surgical procedures on adults and children.
Dr. Morin's advanced skill stems from his educational background at New York Medical College, as an honorable member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and represented as Vice President of his college chapter of the American Medical Association. After completing a series of competitive educational programs, Dr. Morin proudly received his medical degree. Once Dr. Morin earned his diploma, he moved on to complete a combination of general and plastic surgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where he served as Plastic Surgery Chief Resident. Following his post-graduate training, Dr. Morin pursued his special interest as a Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellow at Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida. It was in that the frame that Dr. Morin had the privilege of training with one of the world’s most respected craniofacial surgeons, Dr. S. Anthony Wolfe.
The additional training and education Dr. Morin has accomplished allow him to practice the complicated areas of nasal reconstruction, ear reconstruction and cosmetic and cleft rhinoplasty with highly-sought after results. He holds his aesthetic procedures to the highest standards and tailors each technique to achieve the results patients desire most. In addition to his practice in NYC, Dr. Morin travels internationally to extend help to adults and children in need of complex plastic surgery and reconstructive care. He has received numerous Awards of Distinction in recognition of his services to the children of these foreign regions and was featured on the ABC Nightline special about the United States surgical effort in Haiti titled “ER: Haiti.”
Dr. Morin has studied extensively and his work has been featured in many publications. The American Board of Plastic Surgery member has shared his work at medical conferences from New York to Israel. His personalized technique utilized during primary rhinoplasty produces confidence and excellent results for the many patients he has served over the span of his career. Dr. Robert J. Morin belongs to many regional and national plastic surgery societies and is a distinguished contributor on RealSelf.com.