Houston Rhinoplasty

rhinoplasty before and after
Rhinoplasty Before and After

Houston Rhinoplasty overview

Maybe you have been unhappy with your nose for as long as you can remember, or perhaps you are having difficulty breathing; either way, rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping, may be an option for you.

Rhinoplasty can change many things about your nose, including your nose size (in relation to your face), nose width at the bridge, the size and position of the nostrils, and nose profile (by downsizing visible humps, bumps or depressions on the bridge). Some plastic surgeons specialize in ethnic rhinoplasty, a great option for people of different ethnicities and backgrounds who are looking for a subtle change to their nose.

Rhinoplasty can also reshape the nasal tip, improve the appearance of large, wide or upturned nostrils and correct nasal asymmetry. From a functional standpoint, rhinoplasty can correct certain breathing difficulties such as those due to a deviated septum. Rhinoplasty is also an option for certain birth defects and for noses that have been injured in car or sports accidents.

Here’s what you need to know now about rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty Defined

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to reshape the nose. Sometimes referred to as a “nose job”, it can be performed to correct a structural deformity (such as a bump or hook), to improve your appearance by making subtle changes to nose size and shape, or to correct a functional problem (such as difficulty breathing due to a deviated septum).

The septum is the wall between the two nostrils. Composed of cartilage and bone, it divides the nasal cavity into halves. The ideal nasal septum is straight, separating the left and right sides of the nose into passageways of equal size. In contrast, a deviated septum occurs when the septum is shifted away from the midline. In severe cases, a deviated septum may cause difficulty breathing through the nose.


Rhinoplasty and septoplasty are routinely performed as an outpatient procedure under a general anesthetic. Our recomended Closed rhinoplasty and most functional nasal procedures are accomplished through incisions made inside the nose. Alternatively, an open rhinoplasty requires a small incision between the nostrils that difficult to see even on close inspection. Nasal improvements are performed using a structural approach with cartilage grafts from the septum, ear, or rib as needed. The operation takes as long as necessary to accomplish our goals, but usually takes several hours for an open rhinoplasty. After awakening from anesthesia and confirming your comfort you will leave Houston in the care of a responsible adult.

Post surgery

Some swelling and discomfort are expected following surgery. This is variable between patients and depends on the extent of the required interventions. Elevating the head, avoiding trauma, and using a cool compress all help with swelling. Pain is well controlled and usually has resolved after a couple days. After 1 week, all sutures have been removed, the nasal cast is off, and most bruising is gone. Although direct trauma and nosebleeds are a concern, normal activities can be restarted after about 10-14 days. Patients flying in for their operation should make arrangements to stay in-town for approximately 2 weeks. The final contours will steadily improve for the next 9-12 months as swelling resolves. Our recommended doctors for Houston Texas always ensure that your recovery is smooth.

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