Whether it’s to correct breathing issues or enhance the appearance of your nose, rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) can do both and boost your self-esteem. The procedure can be a challenging operation and it is crucial to find a surgeon who has extensive experience in facial plastic surgery.
At the Yeung Institute, our top Houston facial plastic and ENT surgeons, Dr. Cecil Yeung and Dr. Daniela Burchhardt, have over two decades of combined experience in providing patients with beautiful results from rhinoplasty surgery. Through their expert skill and use of cutting-edge technology, you can experience results that look natural.
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Is Rhinoplasty Right for You?
Generally, people undergo rhinoplasty surgery for both cosmetic and medical reasons. Patients who have previously undergone surgery may require an additional rhinoplasty to improve aesthetic and/or functional issues.
The procedure is recommended to patients who wish to improve their facial profiles. These patients may feel that their noses may simply be too thick, thin, wide, pointed, or asymmetric to fit their ideal facial structure. Medically, the procedure is sought to correct issues that include a broken nose, deviated septum, birth defects, or functional problems that may inhibit breathing.
Our surgeons recommend the procedure to patients with fully developed noses, ideally above the age of 15. Once the nose has completely developed, they can easily address any structural concerns and discuss whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. Being able to breathe through your nose is an important factor in the quality of life, and the procedure can be performed at any point throughout adulthood.
What is the Cost of Rhinoplasty?
At the Yeung Institute, the cost for rhinoplasty ranges from $3,000 – 12,000, which includes the surgeon’s fee, the location of your procedure and other miscellaneous medical expenses. Note that the final price of surgery may fall outside of this range depending on the difficulty of the surgery. An accurate cost for your nasal surgery will be provided during your initial consultation with our facial plastic surgeons.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Because of their specialties in the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgery and facial plastic surgery, our surgeons are experts in all aspects of nasal surgeries, including revision rhinoplasty. Our doctors will customize the reshaping surgery to provide you with the best results that go well with your appearance or surgical repair concerns. There are two approaches to this surgical procedure:
- Closed Rhinoplasty
This approach avoids any visible scarring by cutting right into the nose itself. Incision marks are drawn and a solution is injected into the nose to prevent blood loss. Your doctors then make an incision to extract bone and cartilage.
- Open Rhinoplasty
A small incision is made in the narrowest part of the columella (or the base of the nose). The skin is then lifted from the bone and cartilage to provide your doctors with the best coverage during surgery. The resulting scars are minimal and are barely noticeable.
Typically, the nose job is performed as an outpatient procedure. Depending on the complexity, rhinoplasty takes 3-5 hours to perform under local or general anesthesia. Based on the amount of work you want to be done, your nose may be reinforced with small grafts of cartilage from your nasal septum or other areas of your body. This helps to avoid a droopy or hollow nose that people can have after surgery.
What Can You Expect from the Recovery?
You can return home after surgery. After a rhinoplasty, a nasal splint must be worn for about seven days. You can expect bruising and swelling around the area. It is recommended to rest for up to two weeks, however, most patients are able to return to work and daily activities such as driving and light chores within a week. Light exercises such as swimming and jogging can be resumed within a month and you can return to full-contact exercises within 6 – 8 weeks.
While immediate results can be seen after surgery, it can take a full year before final results begin to settle and manifest.
Where Can I Find the Best Rhinoplasty Surgeon in Houston?
The Yeung Institute’s state of the art surgery center is where most of the surgeries are performed. Our patients receive excellent care in a luxurious and comfortable atmosphere. If you are interested in undergoing a rhinoplasty, contact our office to learn more about the procedure today. You can also get started by filling out the appointment request form right on this page.
- Is there an ideal age for Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty surgery can be performed on patients as young as 15. The candidacy ultimately depends on the concerns and emotional maturity of the patient and if the nose is fully-developed. Patients beneath the legal age need the signed consent of their parent or legal guardian.
- Does insurance cover a Rhinoplasty procedure?
Insurance will cover the Rhinoplasty costs if the procedure is deemed medically necessary by your agency. After your first consultation, a pre-authorization letter will be sent to your provider. Sometimes part of the procedure is covered if you have difficulty breathing out of your nose and your doctors see areas of obstruction. If you’d like to have any cosmetic changes to your nose, these can be addressed at the same time.
- How should I sleep after Rhinoplasty?
It is recommended to sleep with your head in an elevated position on your back during the first week of the recovery. Depending on your progress, our surgeons may suggest sleeping in this position until the surgical site has healed.
- Can I wash my face after Rhinoplasty?
You can begin gently washing your face after one week, once the splint has been removed. It is important to avoid any forceful contact with the nose for one month.
- When can I wear sunglasses after Rhinoplasty?
Ideally, you should be able to wear sunglasses after two months to avoid placing any pressure on your septum as it heals.