The central feature of your face is your nose. It’s one of the features that people notice first and one of the most prominent when you look at yourself in the mirror.
That’s why having a great-looking nose is so important to many people and why rhinoplasty remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. If you’re not happy with the way your nose looks, North Texas Plastic Surgery is here to help. Please call to schedule a free consultation about rhinoplasty in our Dallas, Southlake, Plano, or Fort Worth office to learn more about this facial plastic surgery procedure.
If you’re dissatisfied with how your nose looks, a rhinoplasty is a great option. It’s the only way to truly change the appearance of your nose. Because the nose is such a central feature, this single operation can alter and improve the look of your whole face.
Being unhappy with your appearance can affect many aspects of your life, especially your confidence and self-esteem. Unfortunately, friends and family often dismiss these concerns, unable to understand the effect that the look of your nose might have on you. But your concerns are valid. Having a rhinoplasty to improve the shape or size of your nose can change your life by giving you a boost in self-esteem and confidence.
The benefits of rhinoplasty come in two different categories:
The aesthetic benefits of rhinoplasty are usually what attract people to the procedure. A rhinoplasty, also referred to as Nose Surgery or a Nose Job, can make dramatic changes to the size and shape of your nose. Bumps and contours can be smoothed out, the nose can be reduced in size, and a drooping tip can be shortened.
Because the nose is such a prominent facial feature and because it sits in the center of the face, changing its appearance can improve your whole facial aesthetic by increasing the overall harmony and proportions of the face.
Many people undergo nose surgery to improve the appearances of their noses, but this surgery has medical benefits too. If you have problems breathing through your nose as a result of anatomical defects, a rhinoplasty may be able to correct them. These kinds of anatomical issues include a deviated septum, a nasal valve collapse, and turbinate hypertrophy.
Improved breathing resulting from anatomical improvement from rhinoplasty can improve sleep quality from increased airflow. Additionally, allergies, congestion and infection resulting from nasal deformities may also be improved by rhinoplasty.
During the initial rhinoplasty consultation, you will be asked about any breathing difficulties and your nose will be examined for any anatomical issues that can be corrected during the surgery.
Most nose shapes and sizes can potentially benefit from rhinoplasty, but noses with a drooping tip or a bridge bump respond particularly well to the procedure. The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people who are physically healthy and who have realistic goals for what they want the procedure to achieve.
It’s generally not recommended for teenagers to have rhinoplasties until they reach 16 to 17 years of age. This is because the nose continues to grow until this point, which will affect the results of a rhinoplasty.
Many people who come to us for rhinoplasty have had their noses broken in falls, car accidents, or by other means. A traumatic injury can result in significant changes to your appearance. In some cases, these injuries can cause breathing difficulties.
A rhinoplasty can also be named for the specific problem it’s designed to correct. For example, turbinectomy and septoplasty are two procedures that correct structural problems that affect breathing. A septoplasty is performed to correct a deviated septum, while a turbinectomy reduces the size of the turbinate bones in the nasal passages.
Our surgeons take a unique approach when performing a rhinoplasty. We understand no two noses are the same and we need to customize your procedure for you.
Rhinoplasty differs from other kinds of plastic surgery in that the operation can change depending on what the shape of your nose is like to begin with. When you first meet with your surgeon, you will have a nasal exam discuss what you want from the procedure. Note that there are sometimes limitations that might mean you’re unable to achieve the exact results you want. Our doctors are always honest about these situations and together you’ll decide on the new nose that’s best for you.
One of the most important parts of your consultation is the process of visualizing what you’ll look like after your rhinoplasty. This is achieved thanks to computer-generated images that help you pick the perfect nose for your face shape and the shapes and sizes of your other facial features. Your surgeon will take several photos of your face and use them to generate 3D computer images. You can then “try on” different noses to see how they look.
You might also find it helpful to look at before-and-after pictures of other people who have had rhinoplasties. The procedure can alter the appearance of your face dramatically, so these steps – 3D visualization and before-and-after pictures – are particularly important. Thanks to our surgeons’ extensive experience with the rhinoplasty procedure, you can feel confident that you’ll end up with a nose you love.
On the day of your rhinoplasty, you’ll meet with your surgeon before the procedure to review the plan and talk about any last-minute questions or concerns.
Your rhinoplasty is performed under a general anesthetic. The procedure takes approximately two and a half hours. Once the procedure is completed, your surgeon will place a small splint on your nose to provide support and protection, and stents inside your nose to help drain fluid and reduce swelling.
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, and most people will be able to go home on the same day after a short recovery period.
Whether you are seen in our Dallas, Southlake, Plano, or Fort Worth offices for nose surgery, the surgery is performed as an outpatient in our Southlake office-based surgical facility. You will return home the same day.
Right after surgery you will be able to get around with some mild discomfort for which we will prescribe oral pain medications. The stents in your nose may also make your nose feel congested for a few days. After the first couple of days of rest, you can slowly start to get back to your normal routine.
We recommend patients take 10 days off from work because of the bruising associated with nose surgery. If a you work from home or are not face-to-face with others, you may feel comfortable returning to work after only two or three days.
You will return to the office one week after surgery for your first follow up visit. The splint and internal stents will be removed at this visit. You will still have swelling but already be able to see your new nose taking shape.
By the end of two weeks, much of the bruising and swelling has improved. During the first few weeks of recovery, it’s important to avoid high-impact exercise and other strenuous activities, as these can cause facial swelling. Walking and other kinds of gentle exercise are recommended to reduce the risk of blood clot formation. In general, 60% of the swelling will be gone at six weeks, 80% at six months, 90% at one year with the final result seen at two years.
If you’ve made the decision to explore how getting a rhinoplasty in Dallas can help you achieve the look you desire, then it’s time to schedule a complimentary consult with one of our surgeons. We have four convenient locations in Dallas, Southlake, Plano, and Forth Worth, Texas. Simply fill out the form on this page or call us today.