Nose Reduction

nose-reduction-NYCOne of the most common complaints made by nose job candidates in NYC is that they want a smaller nose. Whether they are unhappy with the width, profile or nostril size, many people struggle with a nose that is disproportionately large for their face. Nose reduction, also called reduction rhinoplasty, is one of the most common surgeries performed by Dr. Miller.

How Is Nose Reduction Achieved?

In reduction rhinoplasty, nasal cartilage and bone is removed, trimmed or rearranged to achieve a smaller shape. This is accomplished through small incisions inside the nostrils which allow access to the underlying bone and cartilage. Although the underlying structure is reduced, the exterior skin is left intact. During the healing process, the skin shrinks down to adopt the new shape.

Depending on how much of a reduction is desired, the nostrils may need to be reduced to keep everything in proportion. If that is the case, tiny incisions will be made on each nostril. These incisions will leave only very fine scars and are hidden within the crease between the nostril and the face.


For NYC patients who pursue a nose reduction surgery with Dr. Miller, the benefits can be many.

  • Better Facial Symmetry

An oversized nose can throw the entire facial appearance out of balance. By reducing its size, the nose can be brought into proportion with the eyes, mouth and cheeks to produce a harmonious overall appearance.

  • More Flattering Nose Shape

A nose that is too wide or that has noticeable ridges and bumps can be aesthetically displeasing to the eye. A nose reduction can address these issues by reducing the incongruities and streamlining the nose to make it flow with other facial features.

  • Improved Quality Of Life

A patient who is self-conscious about a large nose tends to lose confidence in all areas of life. By reducing the nose size and bringing it into proportion with the balance of the face, the patient gains renewed self-confidence and enjoys a higher quality of life.


Full results usually take 6-12 weeks to be seen while  your healing will continue for the entire first year. As with any rhinoplasty procedure, results are different for each patient. You can expect bruising and swelling, especially around the eyes. It usually takes up to three weeks for these symptoms to disappear. You will also need to wear a firm splint over your nose for at least one week. Even though there is usually not much post-operative pain associated with reduction rhinoplasty, pain medication will be prescribed and can be taken as needed.

You can usually return to work and daily activities within one week, but should refrain from rigorous physical activity for 3-6 weeks following the procedure. Throughout the recovery period, if you wear glasses you should avoid resting them on the bridge of your nose. You may experience a numbness or stiffness around the tip of the nose for several months.

Am I A Candidate For A Nose Reduction?

If you struggle with self-consciousness due to a large nose, you may be a good candidate for reduction rhinoplasty. The first step to determine whether a nose reduction procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller.

At this consultation, Dr. Miller will examine your existing nasal structure and skin conditions to determine what is surgically possible. Some limitations on the amount of reduction that can be achieved include age, skin condition or thickness, and pre-existing injuries.

How Do I Learn More About Nose Reduction?

It is easy to find out more about a Nose Reduction procedure with Dr. Miller in NYC. Simply fill out our convenient Contact Form or call us at (646) 791-3112, and one of our friendly Patient Advisers will help you get started on the journey to the new and improved you.

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