When performed by a skilled surgeon, a rhinoplasty can give you your ideal nose by reshaping it, removing bumps and straightening the bridge of your nose. It is one of the most artistic surgeries that we perform, as we mold the cartilage and bone internally to reshape the nose. This must be done very carefully as the structure of the nose can also affect the functional breathing. Facial balance and proportion are imperative to a beautiful result.

Enhance facial harmony and symmetry

No two noses are the same. They vary greatly in size, shape, length and width, and all noses are beautiful. However, some people don’t feel their nose matches the rest of their face, or they may be self-conscious or insecure about nasal asymmetry, bumps or imperfections. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, you don’t have to live with it. You can do something about it, and a rhinoplasty may help create facial balance and boost your confidence. A rhinoplasty is a highly customizable surgical procedure that is modified to suit your unique physiology.

Rhinoplasty in Austin, TX

An Austin Plastic Surgery Institute rhinoplasty, or aesthetic nose surgery, reshapes the nose by reducing or increasing size, removing a bump, narrowing the span of the nostrils, changing the angle between the nose and upper lip, or changing the shape of the tip or bridge. Rhinoplasty may help to relieve breathing problems in those who have a deviated septum.

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What can I expect?

The goal of rhinoplasty is to create a result that looks natural and blends with the rest of the face. It is important to have realistic expectations and understand that this procedure will change the appearance of your face.

You must be at least 16 years of age to ensure that your nose is fully developed. To learn more about Austin rhinoplasty, please contact our office today to talk to one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.

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Experience the APSI difference

At the Austin Plastic Surgery Institute, your journey will be followed by a close-knit team of medical professionals who strive to provide the best plastic surgery care in central Texas. All our doctors are board-certified and have years of experience perfecting their craft, allowing them to expertly blend surgical procedures with cutting-edge technology. This allows us to customize your procedures to suit your unique personal circumstances and goals. We really want to know what you wish to achieve and what results you envision for yourself. This allows us to help you achieve your aesthetic goals, with the ultimate goal of boosting your self-confidence and happiness.

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Surgical approaches

Open rhinoplasty

Many surgeons prefer the open rhinoplasty approach during nose surgery because they can gain a better view and better access to the inside of the nose. The incision used in this approach is made on the skin between the nostrils or under the nose near the nostrils. Once the incision is made, the skin is moved back to allow access to the internal structures. The incision lines, which heal nicely leaving scars barely visible, are small and usually measure between 2 and 3 mm.

Closed rhinoplasty

The closed rhinoplasty technique is used on noses that have features that are easily corrected. It is commonly used when the tip of the nose has good shape and is not too long or too wide and is not more severely over or under projected. The incision during this approach is not visible after surgery because it is made on the inside of the nose.

Will I have to stay overnight at the hospital?

Your rhinoplasty will be performed under general anesthesia in our accredited surgical facility and will likely take around 2-3 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure and you will be able to go home again on the same day. After surgery, you will wear a nose splint and should be prepared to experience some bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes. Once the bandages and splint are removed, you will be able to appreciate some of the changes, but there will still be swelling. It can take up to a full year for the nose to gain its final contour and softness.

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Rhinoplasty FAQs

Is it normal to be anxious about surgery?

Yes, and this fear is always elevated when surgery involves the face. However, more than 350,000 people in the US undergo rhinoplasty each year, making it one of the most common cosmetic surgeries. One way to help calm your fears is to make sure you find a reputable and skilled surgeon who has extensive experience with nose surgery.

Will my nose be broken?

About half of rhinoplasty patients will benefit from manipulation of the nasal bones during surgery. Small 2mm perforations are made in the bone instead of breaking the bone as was done in the past. This allows narrowing the width of the nose or correcting an asymmetrical nose. This is a common practice and heals within just a few weeks following surgery.

Will I have packing or an internal splint?

Nasal packing is no longer used. Instead, we place nasal splints to help bolster and protect the repair from the inside. These are removed at one week along with the sutures and external splint.

Is surgery the only answer?

Noses that are very large or wide, or have a specific imperfection, may only be able to be enhanced through nose surgery. However, the look of some noses may be able to be enhanced using an injectable filler such as collagen, calcium hydroxyapatite, or fat taken from another part of the body. “Injection rhinoplasty” may be an option before resorting to surgery. This is an in-office procedure that can help to soften and camouflage a bump, alter the tip of the nose, and smooth out irregularities.

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