A subtle change to the nose can change the appearance of an entire face. Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, can be performed to alter the natural shape of the nose, or correct the appearance that may have been altered from an injury or during prior surgery; creating a more harmonious union between the face and the nose while enhancing facial symmetry.
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What can rhinoplasty accomplish?
A nose surgery can address several concerns or issues.
- Size (in relation to other facial structures)
- Width (at the base)
- Profile (with visible humps or depressions on the bridge)
- Nasal tip (too large or bulbous, drooping, or upturned)
- Nostrils (too large, wide, or upturned)
- Nasal asymmetry and deviation
- Breathing constriction issues
How is rhinoplasty performed?
Rhinoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure, with patients returning home the day of the surgery. The rhinoplasty requires either general or local anesthesia for your comfort during the procedure. Incisions are made inside the nostrils. Sometimes, a tiny, inconspicuous incision is also made across the columella (the bit of skin that separates the nostrils). This is referred to as “open rhinoplasty”. The soft tissues of the nose are separated from the underlying structures, then the cartilage and bone are reshaped as needed.
To create the best final result your surgeon will consider all aspects of your face including the jawline, cheeks, skin condition, and the overall shape and characteristics of your nose. Our goal is to enhance the aesthetic of the nose while maintaining harmony with your other facial features.
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What should I expect after the procedure?
Bruising may be present for approximately two weeks. It may take several months for the swelling to fully subside and up to a year for the outcome to fully refine. Results of the treatment are permanent, though natural aging will still occur which may include slight reshaping of the cartilage or movement of the nasal tissue.
“I was really nervous for my rhinoplasty consultation. The girls at the front, Trudi, Mrs. craven and Dr. Craven were all very comforting, funny and sweet. They answered all my questions in great detail. I know I’ve made a good choice deciding to work with them.” — Rachel H. (January 10, 2015)
Meet Our Surgeons
- Chuma Chike-Obi, MD (Downtown Austin)
- Minas Constantinides, MD FACS (Lamar Central)
- Cameron Craven, MD FACS (Westlake)
- Kristy Hamilton, MD (Houston)
- Timothy McGee, MD (Round Rock)
Where are rhinoplasty surgeries performed?
We currently have four on-site surgery centers accredited by either the Joint Commission or the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. Rhinoplasty procedures are performed at our Downtown Austin, Lamar Central, Round Rock, and Westlake locations.
We now offer rhinoplasty procedures in our Houston office located in University Place (at the corner of Bissonnet Street and Shepherd Drive). Contact us today for more information.
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What is revision rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty (or secondary rhinoplasty) is a surgical procedure to correct an undesired outcome that persists or develops from the original nose surgery. Most patients seeking a revision rhinoplasty come to us with a nose that looks operated on, unnatural or not in harmony with other facial features, or it does not function as it should.
The national average revision rhinoplasty rate is about 10%. At Westlake Dermatology, our revision rate is much lower than the national average, making the risk that our patients will be unhappy and need a revision much lower.
What is non-surgical (liquid) rhinoplasty?
If you are not ready to undergo surgery you may be able to benefit from a liquid rhinoplasty. This non-surgical procedure reshapes the nose through temporary dermal fillers like Restylane. Unlike rhinoplasty surgery, this procedure requires virtually no downtime. The results of a liquid rhinoplasty typically last for about a year.
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How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?
The cost of rhinoplasty can vary greatly depending on the specific needs and desired end result of each patient. Several factors including nasal issues, ethnic traits, and the need for cartilage grafts can increase the complexity of the procedure. Learn more about the price of rhinoplasty
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