What is Rhinoplasty?
Cosmetic nose surgery, also known as Rhinoplasty, can enhance facial features and the proportions of your nose. Rhinoplasty surgery can change the nose size, shape and width. The bridge of the nose, the size and position of the nostrils, and any humps or depressions can also be corrected with Rhinoplasty.
Patients who have cosmetic concerns with nasal asymmetry will benefit from this procedure. Also, patients who have breathing issues can benefit from a rhinoplasty as well, since it can correct structural defects such as a deviated septum. In this circumstance, patients may choose to have a combined procedure that will address both the cosmetic concerns, as well as any breathing issues. Everyone is different and results are based on your unique facial structure. The ultimate goal is a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing look for your nose.
Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
The best candidate for rhinoplasty is someone who has realistic goals for the outcome and the time it takes to recover. A good candidate is also someone who is aware that every nose is unique and no one individual’s nose is structured the exact same way. With these key points in mind, Dr. Payne will show you before and after photos, and explain the surgical process to you.
What to expect during a rhinoplasty surgery:
Dr. Payne has extensive training in craniofacial reconstructive surgery. He has worked with patients who require extensive reconstruction of the nasal deformity which requires unique and more difficult techniques to complete their surgery. This allows him to take on more challenging surgical problems when reshaping the nose. The surgery is performed either using incisions that are concealed inside of the nose (a closed procedure) or where an incision is made across the narrow strip of tissue that divides the nostrils called the columella (open procedure). During your consultation, Dr. Payne will review your specific needs, and create a treatment plan that is right for you.
Can I go out in public after my rhinoplasty surgery?
Yes, but we recommend that you do not do anything strenuous. You may want to rest for a few days to recover. Splints will be placed inside and around the nose to secure it for one week and this will support the nose as it begins to heal. You may have swelling for a few months after nose surgery, but the majority of swelling will subside in two to three weeks.
When can I return to work?
Usually about 5-7 days after surgery, however you will still have swelling and you may have slight bruising so some patients want to wait until this dissipates before returning to work.
How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The surgeons experience and certification is a key factor in the cost of rhinoplasty. Dr. Payne is a board certified plastic surgeon who has had specialized training in craniofacial surgery needs. The price for rhinoplasty can range based on each person’s needs, and what area of the nose needs alteration. Any additional hospital or anesthesia fees will be factored in as well. Most rhinoplasty surgeries will range from $4,000-$6,000. In some cases where more reconstruction is needed, the price can be as high as $10,000.
What to expect after rhinoplasty surgery:
Swelling should be expected. A splint will be placed over the nose and should remain in place until Dr. Payne sees you for a follow up appointment. Changes are subtle over time, as your nose heals and begins to reveal the new you! Patience is key and it could take up to a full year for your nose to fully refine. Most of your improvement should be permanent, although as we age, it is normal to have some changes to the look of the face and nose. Call us at our Houston office, to schedule a consultation, and to speak to one of our staff about rhinoplasty surgery.