Sometimes the shape or size of one’s nose may appear too large, unshapely, or crooked. For some people, the nose may interfere with proper breathing, known as nasal septum deviation. In some cases this is the result of heredity while in other cases it may be the result of an injury. Additionally, the nose can actually grow with age becoming more bulbous and sometimes causing a hump to become more prominent. In these cases, a skilled plastic surgeon can make a significant difference.

What Can Rhinoplasty Fix?

  • The size of the nose and its proportion with the rest of the face.
  • The width of the nasal bridge.
  • Bumps or depressions along the nasal bridge.
  • The shape of the tip of the nose.
  • Nostril size or width.
  • Asymmetry or deviation of the nasal septum.

The Procedure

Rhinoplasty surgery is done under anesthesia, either general or intravenous. Your surgeon will explain the differences and recommend the type of anesthesia for you based on your physical exam and medical history. After assessing 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 via an open or 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.

The Recovery Process

After the procedure the surgeon will place a splint, internal tubes or packing inside your nose. A splint will be placed on the outside of your nose to provide support while it heals. There will be medications to take and post-operative instructions for taking care of the surgical area. Prior to discharge you will be given appointment dates for follow up visits to remove any 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 may continue to reshape or move causing the nose to change shape over time.

If you would like to know more or have questions about the rhinoplasty procedure please call us today at (972) 543-2477 to schedule your complimentary consultation with one of our Board-Certified plastic surgeons.