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.
If you are ready to learn more about how a rhinoplasty can improve your look or breathing, request a consultation online with Dr. Steele, or call our office at 817-731-5330. We serve patients in Fort Worth, TX and surrounding communities and we welcome patients who wish to travel from outside the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
What is a
Commonly referred to as a “nose job,” a rhinoplasty is a procedure that reshapes the nose. This procedure can reduce, narrow, or increase the size of your nose, as well as improve your breathing. Many patients complain about a nasal “hump” or a wide nasal tip; these features can be improved with a rhinoplasty as well.
When it comes to improving your nasal shape Dr. Steele will take the time to develop a unique surgical plan based on your individual anatomy and goals. Some patients will benefit from a “closed” rhinoplasty, meaning no external incisions. While others will benefit from an “open” rhinoplasty, which places a small scar along the columella, the piece of skin between your nostrils.
Closed rhinoplasty is effective for patients with minimal defects along the dorsum of the nose (nasal hump), or for patients who just need a septoplasty for improved breathing.
Dr. Steele prefers the open technique for patients with multiple concerns or more complex anatomy. The open technique provides better visualization and ease of placing cartilage grafts if needed. The resultant scar heals very well and is seldom visible.
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
Rhinoplasty surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient. The procedure can last between 1-4 hours depending on the complexity of the case. In some cases, cartilage may be taken from the rib or ear if needed. In some cases, internal packs will be placed to control bleeding. An external nasal splint and tapes are usually worn for about one week.
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.