Rhinoplasty Plano Texas
Being unhappy with the size or shape of your nose can be a source of decreased self-esteem, social anxiety or even embarrassment. Your nose is an important defining feature of the face and small changes can make a large impact on restoring balance to your facial appearance. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, our rhinoplasty specialist can help. A rhinoplasty procedure can correct many of the concerns you may have, including making your nose more symmetric and proportional to the rest of your face and improving nasal breathing.
Candidates For a Rhinoplasty
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people who are looking for improvement in the appearance of the nose. Patients should be physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in their expectations. Age plays only a minor consideration; most surgeons prefer to perform rhinoplasty after a teenager has completed their growth spurt (about 15 years old for girls and 17 years old for boys).
Rhinoplasty procedures are performed with local anesthesia, in combination with either intravenous sedation or a general anesthetic, as an outpatient procedure. The operation will require several hours.
Rhinoplasty is performed through either an open or closed approach. In the open approach, a small incision is made across the columella, and the skin is lifted off the nose, exposing the underlying bone and cartilage framework. This approach provides good visualization of the framework for more complex problems. In the closed approach, small incisions are made inside the nostrils and more limited access is gained to the framework. For either approach, the skin is separated from the supporting framework. Sculpting of the framework is then performed by reducing the support or augmenting the support with grafts. The nasal bones may be altered by fracturing them. The nasal skin is then redraped over the nose.
Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. It may also correct a birth defect or injury, or help relieve some breathing problems.
GETTING BACK TO NORMAL
Most patients are up and about within one to two days, and able to return to school or sedentary work a week or so following surgery.
We will give you more specific guidelines for gradually resuming your normal activities. Healing is a slow and gradual process. Some subtle swelling may be present for months, especially in the tip. The final results of rhinoplasty may not be apparent for a year or more.
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