If there's something wrong with the size or shape of your nose, not only does it affect your appearance, but it can also make it difficult to breathe. Shitel Patel, MD, at Lift Plastic Surgery in Houston and Webster, Texas, have extensive experience performing rhinoplasty procedures to improve both the look and function of their patients’ noses. If you’d like to discover more about the rhinoplasty procedure, call or use the online booking form to schedule an appointment.
What is a rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, can improve both the appearance and function of your nose. The framework of your nose is made of cartilage, which can be misshapen or pushed off to the side, either naturally or from trauma. Not only does this impact the appearance of your nose, it can make it difficult for you to breathe, affecting your ability to live an active lifestyle.
With a rhinoplasty, the doctors at Lift Plastic Surgery straighten this cartilage and strengthen it with grafts. The doctors can also change the shape of your nose in many different ways, including reducing humps or bumps on the bridge of your nose.
How is a rhinoplasty performed?
The answer to this question depends on the extent of work Dr. Patel performs. In general, the surgeon makes an incision across the base of your nose and inside each nostril. Using a combination of sutures and cartilage grafts, your doctor reshapes your nose according to your goals.
If you’re only looking for minor revisions, your doctor removes some of the extra cartilage from the middle of your nose, or septum. If a major revision is necessary, you generally don’t have enough donor cartilage from your own septum, so the doctors need to take it from other sources, such as your ear or rib cartilage.
If you prefer, your doctor can use an “irradiated rib,” which is donor rib cartilage from a cadaver. Rest assured, the cartilage has been treated so that it’s safe and won’t cause any reactions. In fact, not only is donor cartilage safe and effective, it stops you from having to go through the pain and recovery of removing cartilage from one of your own ribs.
When it comes to the overall structure of your nose, if your nasal bones are too wide or crooked, the doctors break and reset them into a better position.
In the last step of your rhinoplasty, your doctor closes your incisions with sutures and places splints in each nostril, as well as on the outside of your nose.
What happens after my rhinoplasty?
After your surgery, you should expect swelling and bruising in your nose, and sometimes around your eyes as well. You won’t be able to get your nose wet until the doctors remove the splints and sutures, which is typically done five to seven days later in the Lift Plastic Surgery office.
At first, expect your nose to feel very stuffy, especially while the splints are in place. Within the first month after your rhinoplasty, your swelling decreases considerably, but the final result of your rhinoplasty may not take full effect until a year after your operation.
During your recovery, you need to minimize exercise or vigorous activity for four to six weeks to allow for proper healing and to prevent bleeding and increased swelling.
Whether you’d like to breathe easier or you want to change the shape of your nose, call Lift Plastic Surgery or book an appointment online today to learn more about rhinoplasty.