Plastic Surgery Blog

What is Involved in a Rhinoplasty?

a woman talking to a doctor about a rhinoplasty A nose job also called a rhinoplasty, is a surgical procedure on the nose to change its shape or improve its function. A rhinoplasty is done to:

  • Correct nasal breathing problems
  • Correct defects resulting from injury
  • Change the nose's shape and appearance for cosmetic reasons

When a rhinoplasty is done for cosmetic reasons, it can reshape the contours of the nose, making it more in proportion with the rest of the face. Any bumps or kinks can be corrected during a nose job surgery as well.

In this blog, top facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Cecil Yeung, will explain what is involved in a rhinoplasty.

Is a Rhinoplasty Right For You?

A rhinoplasty is recommended if you want to correct your nose size, shape or profile. Common cosmetic reasons for people undergoing a rhinoplasty are that their natural noses are too thick, too thin, have nostrils that are too wide, or the tip of the nose is overly upturned or pointed. An asymmetrical nose or bumps are also common reasons.

For medical reasons, a nose job is typically sought for a deviated septum, to fix a broken nose, to correct a previously set broken nose, or to correct a birth defect.

What is involved in the Evaluation?

Your plastic surgeon will evaluate your nose and discuss what corrections can be done to improve your facial appearance. Dr. Cecil Yeung is a double board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in performing cosmetic and reconstructive rhinoplasties. His many years of performing surgery and meticulous attention to detail make him one of the most in-demand surgeons in the Houston area.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

Typically, a nose job is done as an outpatient procedure, so you'll go home the same day. You'll receive either general or local anesthesia. If general anesthesia is used, you'll sleep through the surgery. With local anesthesia, your surgeon sedates you and numbs your nose, so you're relaxed and won't feel any pain.

During the procedure, the surgeon makes incisions within the nostrils. If required, the surgeon may also make cuts across the base of the nose. Then the inner bone and cartilage are reshaped to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

What can you Expect from the Recovery?

After a rhinoplasty, usually, a nasal splint must be worn for about seven days. You may experience some bruising and swelling around the eye area.

You could experience a potential downtime from anywhere from 10-14 days however, most patients are able to return to work within about a week after the procedure.

Looking for the Best Houston Rhinoplasty Surgeon?

With double board certification in both facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialties, Dr. Yeung is a highly qualified specialist in surgery of the nose. When you’re thinking about changing the shape or appearance of your nose, Dr. Yeung will provide you with the personalized care and attention you deserve, while delivering the most natural-looking and flattering results.

For most, surgery is performed at the modern and well-appointed Yeung Institute. You’ll receive attentive care each step of the way, from initial consultation to post-procedure follow up.

If you're seeking a surgeon who is among the best facial plastic surgeons in Houston, please contact our office today. Call 713-795-4885 to learn more about rhinoplasty. You can also get started by filling out the appointment request form right on this page.

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