Your nose is the central feature of your face. 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. If you're in the Dallas area, please call 817-416-8080 to schedule a free consultation at our office in Southlake or Plano.
Why Have Rhinoplasty?
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, and 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:
- Aesthetic benefits — These relate to the way you look.
- Medical benefits — These typically relate to your breathing.
What Are the Aesthetic Benefits of Rhinoplasty?
The aesthetic benefits of rhinoplasty are usually what attract people to the procedure. A rhinoplasty can make dramatic changes to the size and shape of your nose. Lumps and bumps 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 dramatically alter and improve your whole facial aesthetic. When the nose is reshaped with an eye to improving its appearance, it can bring about a new sense of harmony and proportion to your face.
What Are the Medical Benefits of Rhinoplasty?
Many people undergo rhinoplasties to improve the appearances of their noses, but this surgery has some 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.
If you suffer from any anatomical problems, rhinoplasty can improve your breathing, which can in turn improve the quality of your sleep. Some people experience an increase in allergies, congestion, and infection as a result of nasal deformities, and a rhinoplasty may also be able to improve these symptoms.
During your initial rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Obaid or Dr. Ver Halen, you will be asked about any breathing difficulties you have and examine your nose to see if you have any anatomical issues that can be corrected during the surgery.
Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Most nose shapes and sizes can potentially benefit from rhinoplasty, but a nose with a drooping tip or a bridge bump responds 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, and this growth will affect the results of a rhinoplasty.
What If My Nose Has Been Broken Before?
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.
Different Types of Rhinoplasties:
- Open rhinoplasty: Incisions are made in the skin between your nostrils. The skin is lifted to allow your surgeon access to the areas where alterations are needed.
- Closed rhinoplasty: The incision is made in your nose, and the skin is folded back to expose the cartilage and bone.
- Revision rhinoplasty: This is performed if an initial rhinoplasty procedure doesn’t produce the desired results.
- Ethnic rhinoplasty: Our surgeons specialize in ethnic rhinoplasty. The key to this operation is making sure that the shape of the nose is not only refined, but is consistent with the ethnic heritage of a person. To get the best result, a surgeon needs to have experience working with noses of African-American, Persian, Indian, Mexican, Indian or Latin descent.
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 is carried out to reduce the size of the turbinate bones in the nasal passages.
Your Rhinoplasty Consultation
Dr. Obaid and Dr. Ver Halen take a unique approach when performing a rhinoplasty. They understand that no two noses are the same, and no two noses will end up looking the same after a rhinoplasty. With a wealth of experience working on some of the world’s most unique noses, they are able to customize a procedure for every patient.
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 Dr. Obaid or Dr. Ver Halen, he’ll examine your nose and discuss with you 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 when they occur, and, together, you and your surgeon will 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. Dr. Obaid or Dr. Ver Halen 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 Dr. Obaid’s and Dr. Ver Halen's extensive experience with the rhinoplasty procedure, you can feel confident that you’ll end up with a nose that you love.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
On the day of your rhinoplasty, you’ll meet with your surgeon before the procedure to review what’s about to happen and talk about any last-minute questions or concerns.
Your rhinoplasty is performed under a general anesthetic, and in most cases 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.
What Can I Expect During Recovery and Followup?
Whether you are seen in our Southlake or Plano offices for rhinoplasty, you will have the surgery performed as an outpatient in our Southlake surgery center. You will return home the same day.
You will be able to walk around and get around with some mild discomfort for which we will prescribe some oral pain medicine. The stents in your nose might 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.
Dr. Obaid and Dr. Ver Halen recommend that rhinoplasty patients take 10 days off from work, because of the bruising associated with the rhinoplasty. If a patient works from home or does not work face to face with others, they may feel comfortable returning to work after only two or three days.
One week after your rhinoplasty you’ll return to our office for a follow-up visit, where the stents and splint will be removed. You will still have some facial swelling, but even at this early stage, you’ll already be able to see your new nose taking shape.
By the end of two weeks most bruising is healed, and much of the swelling is gone too. 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 6 weeks, 80% at 6 months, 90% at one year with the final result seen at 2 years.
If you’ve made the decision to explore how a rhinoplasty can help you achieve the look you desire, then it’s time to schedule a complimentary consult with Dr. Sacha Obaid or Dr. Jon Ver Halen. We have two convenient Dallas-area locations in Southlake and Plano. Simply fill out the form on this page or call us at 817-416-8080.