Cosmetic rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure often called nose surgery, nose reshaping, or a “nose job.” The surgery can straighten the nose, shorten or change the angle of the tip of the nose, reduce the size of the nostrils, remove bumps on the bridge of the nose, and reshape the nose to give it symmetry.
Rhinoplasty results are somewhat dependent upon your anatomy, so during your rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Erika Sato, she will work with you to tailor the procedure to your nose.
Who is a good candidate for a cosmetic rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty candidates are healthy adults and teens who have realistic expectations about what rhinoplasty can do for them. While the surgery can enhance self-esteem it is not a substitute for a positive self-image.
What happens during a rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is done under general anesthesia.
Dr. Sato uses the open technique when performing a rhinoplasty, which involves a small incision across the tissue between your nostrils, called the columella. Once the incision is made, she will begin resculpting the nose per the surgical plan discussed in consultation.
If the goal is to make your nose smaller, Dr. Sato will remove some of the cartilage and/or bone until the desired size is reached. If your nose needs reshaping, she may move cartilage and/or bone from one area and fill out other areas to obtain symmetry.
A splint will be applied to your nose, and sometimes packing, in order to maintain your nose’s new shape during the healing process.
What can I expect while recovering from a rhinoplasty?
You will experience pain, swelling, numbness, and congestion in your nose that may last from several days to a few weeks. You may see bruising around your eyes as well, not unlike a “black eye,” and there may be some intermittent bleeding from your nostrils.
If you have packing or a splint, they will be removed during one of your follow-up visits. You may be unable to wear glasses right after your surgery, and you should avoid bending and lifting for a few days.
Most people who have had a rhinoplasty can return to work after 1-2 weeks, while strenuous activities should be avoided for 3-4 weeks.
Because of the swelling in and around your nose, it can take up to a year before you see the final results of your rhinoplasty.
Are you interested in a rhinoplasty in Houston? Contact Dr. Erika Sato today for a consultation.