Rhinoplasty Houston Texas – Nose Surgery Sugar Land TX
Nose surgery (Rhinoplasty) is a procedure to reshape the nose in order to create a more pleasing look and, in some instances, to correct severe breathing problems. With approximately 400,000 operations performed each year, rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is considered the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States. Rhinoplasty surgery usually involves reducing the size of the nose by removing and sculpting the nasal tissues in order to enhance the facial appearance. The results are unique to each individual, and depend upon such factors as skin condition and thickness, nasal and facial structure, genetic contributions, and age.
Traditionally, a “nose job” was performed only to correct major problems. However, recent nasal surgical innovations allow for individuals to benefit from more moderate improvements from the rhinoplasty surgery procedure as well. In general, having nose surgery provides the patient with a better facial balance and overall appearance.
Reasons for Considering Nose Surgery
- Bring a better proportion to the nose and facial features.
- Reduce the size of the nose that is too large or too wide.
- Correct an overly arched or “Roman” nose .
- Re-form a crooked or elongated nose tip (tip of the nose ) .
- Restore the nose if damaged from an accident or sports injury.
- Help with breathing problems by rebuilding the nasal passage.
- Treat nasal deformities caused at birth.
Note: If rhinoplasty is being utilized to correct a breathing problem or nose deformity, the nose reshaping procedure may be covered under the patient’s insurance policy.
The rhinoplasty procedure lasts from one to three hours. The board certified plastic surgeon may elect to utilize either local or general anesthesia, depending upon the complexity of the rhinoplasty procedure. To begin the plastic surgery procedure at our surgery center, tiny incisions are made which allow the plastic surgeon to access the underlying nasal structure. Once the skin is opened, the cartilage and bone are reshaped to form the basis for the new look. Two basic methods are utilized for performing nose surgery. These methods are referred to as the ‘open rhinoplasty’ and the ‘closed rhinoplasty’ techniques. The open rhinoplasty technique allows for maximum visibility and control over the procedure.
The incision used in the open rhinoplasty technique is placed in-between the nostrils on the columella (the medial nostril strip). In the closed rhinoplasty technique, the incisions are internal and heal faster; however, there is less surgical control over the outcome. The rhinoplasty surgeon can discuss which technique is best when the patient arrives for the initial consultation visit.
Recovery Process in Sugar Land Texas
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and to reduce the recovery time. Some swelling may be noticed; however, any swelling will disappear within a few weeks. A splint, bandages, and/or gauze are applied immediately following rhinoplasty surgery to aid in the healing process and to minimize movement of the nose. Patients must refrain from smoking for several weeks before and after rhinoplasty. In addition, any corrective glasses that are worn must be taped up and off the nose. The nose will need to be well-protected from the sun for the first year after the procedure while the body is adjusting to the new look. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with the surgery. Pain can be effectively treated with oral medication and/or cold compresses. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk of potential problems by carefully following the post-surgical directions given by the board certified plastic surgeon.
Schedule a Consultation For a Nose Job in Houston TX Area
For more information on open rhinoplasty, closed rhinoplasty, surgical techniques, deviated septum, whats covered by insurance, how rhinoplasty is performed, realistic expectations, revision rhinoplasty of other facial plastic surgery procedures, contact board certified plastic surgeon John T. Nguyen, MD today at our Sugar Land Texas location at 281-980-8000. Serving the Houston Texas area.