Before & Afters
RHINOPLASTY IN AUSTIN, TX
The surgeons at The Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery offer nose-reshaping solutions (i.e., rhinoplasty procedures) for patients in Austin & Sunset Valley, TX. Our surgeons have years of training and experience in performing the popular rhinoplasty procedure in Austin, TX. A rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure designed to alter the size and shape of the nose. Rhinoplasty enhances the appearance of the nose and allows it to compliment an individual’s other facial features. An overly large or dominant nose can be reduced to bring more attention to captivating eyes or an attractive smile. Even slight surgical alterations to the structure of the nose can provide dramatic improvements by harmonizing the facial features and improving a male or female profile.
Our surgeons have extensive experience in performing the primary rhinoplasty, as well as the secondary rhinoplasty. Each patient receives a unique treatment plan that is custom-designed to refine and adjust his or her nose. Some patients who visit The Buckingham Center require a cosmetic tip refinement or a dorsal adjustment, while others need significant straightening and a complete reconstruction. With a rhinoplasty, our surgeons can improve the appearance and function of the nose. During the initial consultation, the surgeon recommends the treatment plan that will serve the patient best.
Our surgeons and expert injectors augment the nose using injectable fillers. The methods our surgeons and injectors use smooth surface deformities and align the profile, producing aesthetically pleasing results. A surgical rhinoplasty, on the other hand, alters the interior nasal structure and modifies the end of the nose. The surgeon accomplishes these changes by shortening, lifting, lengthening or thinning the structure of the nose or its tissue. The surgeon reduces or increases sections of the nose. This is accomplished by adding or excising nasal bone or cartilage. With a custom-designed rhinoplasty, our surgeons create the cosmetic and functional improvements that a patient requests.
Whenever possible, our surgeons use conservative measures to provide a patient with the results he or she desires. The surgeon tailors each surgical plan to meet the needs of a specific patient. Most often, rather than excising cartilage, our surgeons prefer to shape and preserve the patient’s nasal cartilage. This technique provides an exceptional cosmetic result while maintaining or even strengthening the nasal support, which, for the majority of patients, leads to a life-long improvement in function and appearance. Customizing each rhinoplasty is critical to achieving a successful surgical outcome. Personalizing treatment is crucial because it allows the surgeon to improve the patient’s natural beauty and nasal function without creating a distraction.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE NOSE-Reshaping PROCEDURE
The rhinoplasty surgery usually requires two to three hours and is completed with general anesthesia. The surgeon creates incisions that allow for the alteration and reconstruction of the nasal bone and cartilage. Whenever possible, the surgeon completes the procedure with internal incisions (endonasal). However, in many cases, an external incision (open approach) is required. This incision is located on the area of skin separating the nostrils on the underside of the nose. Through this incision, the surgeon reshapes the cartilage and bone to meet the unique needs of the patient. Following this reshaping process, the surgeon replaces the skin over the reconstructed nasal structure and uses stitches to close the incision.
A moldable foam and aluminum splint are then positioned over the nose. These provide protection and support during the healing process, and while the nose takes on its new form. Skin and soft tissue will assume the shape of the modified, underlying nasal structure as it heals. You will be provided with additional post-surgical care instructions during your pre-operative preparation for after the surgery is completed.
RHINOPLASTY SURGICAL RECOVERY
Rhinoplasty sutures and splint are often removed one week after the surgery. Patients commonly return to work within one to two weeks, depending on the level of activity required and the type of job. Light activity may be resumed one week after the surgery, but patients must avoid strenuous activities for three weeks and any activity that could bump the nose for six weeks. Post-surgical swelling and bruising can be expected, but this will gradually improve over the first two weeks.
Your face may appear puffy, you may have a light headache, and your nose may bruise and feel uncomfortable and achy for the first week or two. Swelling and minor bruising of the nose and the eyes are common. These symptoms will fade over the first week, and the results of the rhinoplasty should be evident in two to three weeks. Minor swelling may be experienced for up to one year after the surgery, but is generally unnoticeable.
You can expect to achieve natural-looking results that compliment your beauty rather than distract from your other features.
A rhinoplasty can be used to alter or improve the following:
- Saddle nose
- Oversized nose
- Crooked tip
- Crooked nasal base
- Drooping tip
- Bulbous tip
- Nasal Fractures
You will meet your surgeon during a private patient-doctor consultation. This is the perfect time to share your goals and expectations with the doctor. The surgeon reviews your health history, examines you, shares before and after photos with you and provides you with a professional recommendation. The surgeon’s recommendation is custom-designed specifically for you. During the consultation, 3-D Vectra digital imaging software will give you pictures of the expected improvements. A facial analysis will determine which treatment will achieve the most pleasing results, and your surgeon will answer each of your questions, as well as personally address any specific concerns that you may have.
THE IDEAL RHINOPLASTY CANDIDATE
The ideal rhinoplasty candidate is in good health, has no significant medical problems and has realistic expectations for the surgery. Men and women who want to improve the appearance of their nose or breathing issues that are caused by structural issues may be an ideal candidate for rhinoplasty.
Buckingham Center for Plastic Surgery has made rhinoplasty and other cosmetic procedures as affordable as possible. The cosmetic surgery is elective and is not covered by medical insurance. However, it is possible that structural obstructive issues might partially be covered by medical insurance and can be performed simultaneously with the aesthetic procedure.
RHINOPLASTY PROCEDURE (NOSE) NEAR ME
This is one of the many common phrases that patients interested in rhinoplasty, or nose shaping, surgery use when looking for a surgeon. One of the most Rhinoplasty common mistakes is to choose the closest surgeon around, unfortunately, the nearest surgeon may not be the best person for the job. Rhinoplasty is a highly specialized surgery, and patients should be cautioned to seek a surgeon who specializes in nose surgery. These specialists are board certified by either the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Regardless of board certification, seek someone who performs the procedure regularly. If the surgeon performing the aesthetic portion of the surgery needs a different surgeon to perform the septoplasty or breathing portion of the procedure, this is not a good sign. The internal aspect of the nose is intimately related to the outside appearance, and the surgeon needs to be very comfortable dealing with both the function and form of the nose.
Common Rhinoplasty Procedure Questions
WHERE IS THE RHINOPLASTY SURGERY PERFORMED?
WHAT KIND OF ANESTHESIA IS USED FOR RHINOPLASTY?
HOW IS THE RHINOPLASTY PROCEDURE PERFORMED?
HOW LONG DOES THE RHINOPLASTY PROCEDURE TAKE?
WHERE ARE THE RHINOPLASTY INCISIONS MADE?
IS RHINOPLASTY PAINFUL?
WILL I HAVE SCARS AFTER A RHINOPLASTY PROCEDURE?
WHAT IS RHINOPLASTY RECOVERY LIKE?
WHEN CAN I RETURN TO WORK AFTER RHINOPLASTY?
HOW SOON CAN I EXERCISE AFTER MY RHINOPLASTY SURGERY?
WHAT IS A DEVIATED SEPTUM?
WOULD YOU DO ANYTHING NON-SURGICAL TO REMOVE THE HUMP ON MY NOSE?
WHAT SORT OF MATERIALS ARE USED WHEN THE BRIDGE OF THE NOSE NEEDS TO BE BUILT UP DURING RHINOPLASTY?
CAN RHINOPLASTY BE USED TO FIX FLARED NOSTRILS?
WHY IT SEEMS THAT SO FEW DOCTORS HAVE EXPERIENCE IN AFRICAN AMERICAN AND ETHNIC RHINOPLASTY.
I HAVE A HOLE IN MY SEPTUM. CAN THIS BE FIXED WITH RHINOPLASTY?
THE TIP OF MY NOSE CURVES TO THE LEFT. IS THIS SOMETHING THAT CAN BE FIXED WITH A NOSE JOB, AND IS IT A COMPLICATED PROCEDURE?
IS RHINOPLASTY SAFE FOR TEENAGERS?
Schedule Your Rhinoplasty Consultation in Austin Today
With a rhinoplasty procedure, our surgeons can balance your facial features to enhance your natural beauty. To schedule your initial consultation, please call The Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery at 512-401-2500.
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