Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
The nose is one of the most prominent features of our face. A nose that is out of balance and harmony with the remaining face can distract from more attractive facial features such as the lips and eyes. Many women and some men find themselves unhappy every time they see their reflection in the mirror. A large, deviated, or crooked nose can take a toll one’s self esteem, as well as interfere with sleep and breathing. For many patients in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, a rhinoplasty can be very beneficial.
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Both men and women can benefit from rhinoplasty. In some cases, teenagers may undergo rhinoplasty if their facial growth is complete. People choose nasal surgery for a variety of reasons including:
- Making the nose larger or smaller
- Removing a nasal hump, or narrowing a wide nasal bridge
- Reducing nostril size
- Reversing damage to due trauma or improving breathing. Some insurance carriers may provide partial coverage of rhinoplasty surgery.
- Restoring facial harmony
Nasal swelling and difficulty breathing through the nose is expected. Variable amounts of bruising are common and may affect the eyelids. The splints, packs, and sutures are usually removed at one week. Dr. Steele will often apply a second set of nasal tapes to encourage the resolution of swelling. Sleeping elevated and use of ice packs can help with swelling and bruising. It is common to notice some postnasal drainage and blood. Nasal salt-water spray and nasal decongestants can be helpful when this occurs.
Most patients can return to work within 7-10 days, although makeup may be necessary to camouflage any residual bruising. Swelling will noticeably improve during the first 1-3 months, but usually takes at least one year to resolve completely. You can resume normal daily activities soon after surgery, but no strenuous activity for at least 3-4 weeks. You should avoid any sporting activities in which the nose could be accidently hit for at least 2-3 months.