Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure that 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. The procedure is often performed to enhance the appearance of the nose. Additionally, functional rhinoplasty can be performed to correct any breathing constrictions acquired at birth or resulting from injury or aging.
Westlake Dermatology is a leading provider of rhinoplasty surgery in Texas. We offer rhinoplasty procedures in Houston at our location in West University Place. Our skilled plastic surgeon and caring staff are dedicated to working with patients to safely and effectively improve the appearance and functioning of the nose.
What Results Can Rhinoplasty Provide?
Rhinoplasty procedures can enhance the overall appearance of the nose, correcting a variety of aesthetic and functional issues including:
- Size (overly large or small nose)
- Visible humps or bumps
- Bulbous, drooping, or upturned nasal tips
- Overly large or wide nostrils
- Nasal asymmetry
- Breathing issues (constrictions)
- Damaged or broken nose
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Am I A Good Candidate?
Any individual who is in good overall health and wishes to improve the appearance or functionality of their nose is a candidate for rhinoplasty.
How is Rhinoplasty Performed?
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure. Patients are able to return home directly after surgery. Depending on the technique utilized the procedure can be performed using either general or local anesthesia.
The procedure begins with the surgeon creating tiny incisions in an inconspicuous area such as within the nostrils or below the columella (the bit of skin that separates the nostrils). Soft tissues are then separated from the cartilage and bone of the nose allowing the surgeon to reshape the underlying scaffolding (or add volume if needed) in order to enhance the appearance. The procedure concludes with the surgeon closing the incisions with sutures or stitches.
What Is Recovery Like?
Most rhinoplasty patients will experience a relatively short and simple recovery period. Patients may experience mild pain and discomfort directly following their surgery which can be managed using prescribed medication. Stitches or splints, if used, will be removed within 7-10 days following surgery. Most people will feel ready to return to work, school, normal daily activities, and mild exercise after 2 weeks. After 4 weeks, patients can typically undertake moderate physical activity (as long as any potential contact with the nose is avoided) and most bruising and swelling is subsided. However, the results of rhinoplasty will continue to refine and improve until 1 year after the procedure, when the optimal result is achieved.
About Westlake Dermatology Houston
As a leading provider of facial plastic surgery, including rhinoplasty, Westlake Dermatology is dedicated to providing the best care to its patients. Our Houston team prides itself on focusing on the individual patient, making the entire process from initial consultation to follow-up assessments as easy and enjoyable as possible. We use the latest techniques in our state-of-the-art facility to help patients safely achieve their desired end results.
Meet Our Houston Plastic Surgeon
- Kristy Hamilton, MD: Dr. Hamilton is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty and other facial plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Hamilton completed a rigorous six-year residency training program in plastic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine to become a plastic surgeon skilled in cosmetic surgery, microsurgery, hand and reconstructive surgery, trauma reconstruction, and pediatric plastic surgery for congenital abnormalities. She enjoys using her love of both science and the arts to enhance the facial aesthetic of her patients and improve their lives.
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