Sometimes, the shape or size of one’s nose may appear too large, unshapely, or crooked. For some, the nose may interfere with proper breathing, known as nasal septum deviation. In some cases, this is the result of heredity, and in others it may be the result of an injury. In addition, the nose can actually grow with age, becoming more bulbous, and sometimes causing a hump to become more prominent. In these cases, a plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty can make a significant difference.
Rhinoplasty surgery is done under anesthesia, either general or intravenous. Your surgeon will recommend the right anesthesia for you and will explain why. After accessing the cartilage, tissue, and bone structure of the nose, the surgeon will work meticulously to enhance the underlying framework to create a well-proportioned, symmetrical nose.
Rhinoplasty can be done either in an open or in a closed procedure. In an open procedure, the incision is made across the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. In the closed procedure, the stitches are hidden inside the nose. Because every patient is different, our plastic surgeons customize each rhinoplasty procedure to meet the individual needs and desires of each patient.
At the end of the rhinoplasty procedure, the surgeon will use a splint, internal tubes or packing inside your nose. A splint will be placed outside your nose to provide support while it heals. There will be medications to take, and directions for taking care of the surgical area. Before you leave, you will be given appointment dates for follow up visits to remove packing and stitches.
It could take a few months for the swelling to go down, and up to a year or more for the new shape to become completely refined. The effects are permanent, but cartilage can continue to reshape or move, causing the nose to change shape in the future.
The following image gallery depicts pictures of our patients who have received rhinoplasty at the American Institute for Plastic Surgery. To see the pictures in better detail, please click on any individual image. If you are interested in undergoing rhinoplasty, please contact us today. Our facility is located in Plano, Texas, but we serve patients throughout Dallas.