Revision Rhinoplasty in Manhattan, New York



To significantly repair and improve the appearance of an over- or under-operated nose and re-establish a natural, harmonizing, well-proportioned look to it and the face as a whole. To improve nasal function, especially breathing, as required.

The Surgery

  • Revision surgery is different from primary rhinoplasty and requires unique expertise to understand the underlying anatomic causes and complications of the various problems in an over- or under-operated nose.
  • Targeted approaches are successful if the problem is focused and limited. More comprehensive reconstruction is needed for severe problems.
  • To maximize the benefits of this corrective cosmetic procedure it is important to find a surgeon who specializes in revision rhinoplasty and with whom a patient can clearly communicate their goals for improvement. It is important patients truly understand the limitations of revision surgery and have realistic expectations.


  • Sometimes a nose may be virtually beyond repair, but this is rare. The biggest obstacle facing a revision rhinoplasty specialist is trying to fix a nose that may have undergone several revisions or in which there is limited tissue to work with.
  • The amount of scarring or degree of skin contracture may limit the degree of improvement possible.
  • As disappointing as it may be, in some cases it may be best to avoid surgery, as the risks of further revision may outweigh the benefits.
  • For a patient who knows there's something wrong with their nose, but just isn't sure what they want, revision rhinoplasty can be a frustrating process. That is why it is essential to work with a specialist who can help patients sort through their confusion and fear and find a solution.


  • This procedure can restore a more natural look to a nose that has been over-operated and appears too small, short, long, narrow, wide or twisted.
  • It can further refine a nose that did not have a full correction with the previous procedure.
  • Impaired nasal breathing caused by previous surgeries can be substantially improved.
  • In the hands of the right specialist, revision rhinoplasty gives patients a renewed sense of self-confidence and the real hope of having a natural looking nose that enhances their facial features.


  • The number of revision surgeries a patient has previously undergone.
  • The presence of scar tissue from prior surgeries, which may cause complications.
  • Patient expectations.

Down Time

  • An outpatient procedure that results in little pain or nausea, the recovery period for revision rhinoplasty is approximately 2 weeks. Patients will wear a small nasal cast for 1 week and there is usually some swelling and bruising. This is dramatically reduced by the end of the first week of recovery.
  • After bandage (or splint) removal, patients can usually go outside with makeup.

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FEATURED testimonials

"I am very happy with the results."

“Prior to the consultation, I was very uneasy about getting fillers in my cheeks because I didn’t want to look unnatural or feminine. Dr. Zimm senses my concerns and was very patient…before leaving his office, I knew exactly what to expect over the next few days after the injection. All in all, I am very happy with the results and I’m glad I found Dr. Zimm’s office.”

"My breathing is significantly improved and the cosmetic portion was beautifully done."

“…As a healthcare provider myself, I have worked with many physicians over the years and I can attest to his competence and professionalism. His practice is extremely well run and his excellent bedside manner, astute medical knowledge and involvement in the latest research put me at ease and allowed for me to completely trust his abilities… His passion for his field of work is evident, and I am extremely satisfied with the outcome of my sinus reconstruction and rhinoplasty -- my breathing is significantly improved and the cosmetic portion is beautifully done.”

"World-class Surgeon with a Small-town Manner"

“I was really impressed by how much he knew about state-of-the art surgical techniques and practiced them. He is clearly an extremely skilled surgeon. He is also a very intelligent and kind person. As someone who doesn't love the idea of surgery, I felt comfortable and confident… As someone who works as a professor and an artist, I can say that Dr. Zimm sets a high bar for engaging with people and teaching them about their condition, for putting people at ease and building trust, and for clearly being passionate about both the artistry and the technical dexterity of his work. I couldn't recommend him more.”

"He won me by his demeanor, his experience, strive for perfection and honesty."

“Need a perfect, natural-looking nose? Go nowhere else but to Dr. Zimm!...Being involved in the industry myself, I went to 13 different rhinoplasty consultations in NYC to find the right surgeon. After hearing lots of opinions, prices and seeing different images of the "perfect" nose, I chose Dr. Zimm. He won me by his demeanor, his experience, strive for perfection and honesty. He also didn't have a "signature" nose he puts on every one of his patients (walk around the UES and you'll know what I'm talking about). He is truly an amazing surgeon and anyone who works with him at the hospital will tell you the same.”

"Dr. Zimm made me feel as though he was treating a friend or family member."

“Working in the industry I have had the opportunity to work with many surgeons and am always very particular when choosing a physician myself, family, friends and so forth. Dr. Zimm recently performed a Blepharoplasty on me in his office. I consulted with 10 surgeons before moving forward and scheduling this surgery. Without hesitation, I have to say I could not have made a better choice in surgeons!!!! Dr. Zimm was confident and competent, he also had a wonderful bedside manner and made me feel as though he was treating a friend or family member of his own. Fantastic! Not to mention the results are amazing!!!! Completely natural, but amazing Thank you Dr. Zimm!!!!!!”

"Warm and extremely professional"

I am not one to write reviews, but Dr. Zimm deserves one. I had numerous consultations with other top rhinoplasty surgeons across the country but as soon as I had my consultation with Dr. Zimm, I immediately felt he was the right surgeon for me. I am very thankful I chose him. Heather and his entire staff have been warm and extremely professional. He is a brilliant surgeon. I can’t say enough positive things about my experience and would recommend him to anyone looking for a kind, patient, artistic surgeon.

"From the moment you step into Dr. Zimm's office you feel at ease."

"I spent the bulk of my life feeling self conscious about how my ears were set on my head, and I started to look around for surgeons for my otoplasty to help correct them. After my first meeting with Dr. Zimm, I cancelled my remaining consultations with other surgeons. Dr. Zimm and his staff make you feel at ease and informed at every step of the process. From the consistent and clear communication all the way through to the fantastic results and follow up care, Dr. Zimm was without a doubt the right choice to handle my case. Thank you Dr. Zimm and team!"


Frequently asked questions

Revision rhinoplasty in New York City is more complex and difficult to achieve exceptional results than a primary rhinoplasty surgery. In some cases, previous surgery can deplete nasal cartilage requiring the surgeon to utilize a cartilage graft from a donor site on the body. 

Care must be taken when scar tissue is present to prevent damage to surrounding structures. Overall, a revision rhinoplasty in Manhattan requires extensive knowledge and skills to perform correctly and should be only performed by an experienced facial plastic surgeon.

Common reasons people undergo a corrective rhinoplasty in New York City include:

  • Undesirable results
  • A residual hump, asymmetry, or roundness of the nose
  • Damage to a primary rhinoplasty from an accident or trauma
  • Breathing issues caused or not corrected by a primary rhinoplasty
  • Complications due to scar tissue

While secondary rhinoplasty in New York City is generally considered safe, surgical risks exist. The risks of revision rhinoplasty include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Nasal blockage or a congested sensation
  • Anesthetic complications (i.e. allergic reactions)
  • Dissatisfaction with the outcome 

A revision rhinoplasty surgeon in New York City will alter the bone and cartilage structures of the nose. Once fully healed, the results of a revision rhinoplasty will be permanent and provide a long-lasting change to your appearance. 

The revision rhinoplasty cost in NYC can range from $10,000 to $50,000 or more. The total cost of the procedure will depend on many different factors including the degree and complexity of the surgery. During an initial consultation, a detailed explanation of all charges is provided to prevent any surprises during recovery.

Revision rhinoplasties performed to improve breathing or to correct traumatic deformities of the nose may be covered by health insurance. However, revisions for cosmetic reasons are generally not covered by insurance plans. It is important to call your health plan to inquire about whether coverage is available for the procedure.

The best revision rhinoplasty surgeon in New York City can address functional issues such as impaired airflow through the nasal passages. This can reduce sinus issues and improve one’s quality of life. While functional improvements may require time for the results to be noticeable as swelling improves, the results are permanent once fully healed.

Functional issues, such as breathing problems, will require a revision rhinoplasty surgery to correct. A non-surgical approach may be an option for some cosmetic concerns after a primary rhinoplasty. However, the results are often temporary and may require additional touch-up procedures. Patients looking for permanent results will require a revision rhinoplasty surgery. 

An experienced revision rhinoplasty surgeon will be well-versed in helping guide you as to the benefits and risks of surgical and non-surgical options for your particular situation.



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