Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
The Centerpiece of the Face
Because the nose plays such a key role in the overall proportion of the face, rhinoplasty—or the so-called “nose job”–has become a very common procedure. This makes a certain amount of sense: we cannot control the look of the nose through diet and exercise, and traumas such as broken noses can alter the overall proportions of our face. You might be seeking rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, or you might be seeking rhinoplasty because there are surgical techniques that can help you breath more easily.
There’s no such thing as the perfect nose, and all faces are different. However, often patients will want a smaller nose, or a less bumpy nose, or simply a nose that works better with their overall face. Sometimes, you may simply want a different nose, and if that’s the case, Dr. Polsen can help you determine how to achieve your desired overall look. Changing your nose, after all, changes your face. If you’re in the Houston Area, and thinking about rhinoplasty, don’t hesitate to consult with Dr. Polsen during a low-key meeting. To schedule a meeting, contact us online or call our Clear Lake office at (281) 538-6600.
- Rhinoplasty is a common cosmetic surgical procedure which reshapes the nose
- This reshaping is often achieved by restructuring the cartilage in the nose
- Recovery: Light activity in a day or two; splint must remain for 1 week
Who is a Good Candidate?
Again, there is no perfect nose. Candidates looking for rhinoplasty should understand this. Every nose is going to have imperfections, and there are limits to what rhinoplasty can achieve. That said, some candidates seek out rhinoplasty for less cosmetic reasons, for example, to correct a deviated septum.
Candidates should be in good health, generally, as this is surgical procedure that will require some recovery time.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Dr. Polsen will consult with you to determine your ideal nose shape and how to best approximate that. You will also work together to determine the extent of work that needs to be done and, therefore, whether local or general anesthesia will be needed. If local anesthetic is selected, you may also be sedated—mostly because this procedure will require you to be very still for around two hours.
Once the procedure begins, Dr. Polsen will make an incision that separates your nose tissue from its supportive cartilage nasal structure (this the soft, almost bony substance that makes up the bulk of your nose). Generally, the cartilage is then sculpted to achieve the desired overall look, which means often it is shaved down. You and Dr. Polsen will agree on the degree of shaving long before surgery begins. Nasal passages can be widened for easier breathing as well.
Once the cartilage is of the desired shape, the skin will be placed back on top of the cartilage and stitched back into place (these stitches usually do not require removal, but rather are absorbed into the body).
What Our Houston Rhinoplasty Patients Expect During Recovery
Because it is such a sensitive area, recovery from nasal surgeries is often quite painful and uncomfortable. You will be given a splint to wear on the outside of your nose, which will help retain your desired shape, and it is vitally important that you not remove the splint for up to two weeks (though generally 7-10 days is enough time to allow the soft tissues to adhere to their underlying structures). Additionally, you must refrain from blowing your nose for the first three weeks after your surgery, or risk infecting the wounds on the inside of your nose. To help ensure the longevity of your results, you can also count on having to sleep with your head elevated for at least three weeks.
The recovery process might seem intimidating, but rhinoplasty is one of the most common surgical procedures in the Houston Clear Lake Area, and Dr. Polsen knows how to see a patient through. He will supply you with individualized recovery instructions and a recovery plan that will minimize discomfort.