Rhinoplasty – Nose Surgery by Houston Cosmetic Surgeon
Life can be a little easier when you are proud of your facial profile. A small change can make you more comfortable with yourself and more confident with others.
Every year thousands of people choose to change the shape or size of their nose. Besides improving your appearance, nasal surgery, rhinoplasty or nose job can also correct birth defects or breathing problems through reconstructive surgery. Teens are best treated after their growth spurt, around age 14 for girls and 15-16 for boys.
Nose surgery is performed by Houston cosmetic surgeon Dr. Capriotti in our outpatient surgical facility. Our surgery center contains two operating rooms which are comparable to those found in hospitals. We are equipped for general anesthesia and also for more extensive and complicated procedures. Because we perform all of our rhinoplasty and Houston facelift procedures in our facilities, we are able to save patients thousands of dollars compared to out-patient surgery centers or hospitals.
Either local or general anesthesia may be used. Incisions are often made inside the nostrils or the base of the nose, allowing the cartilage and bone to be sculpted into the desired form for a smaller nose. If the nostrils need reshaping, small wedges of skin can be removed from the base, bringing the edges closer together to improve nasal breathing. The septum may also be reshaped or partially removed.
After Houston cosmetic surgery there will be a “full” feeling to the facial area, some nasal discomfort, and perhaps a dull headache controlled with pain medications. Most patients spend the first 24 hours in bed with their head elevated on a pillow. Swelling and bruising around the eyes is common for the first few days but can be reduced with cold compresses.
Within one or two weeks all dressings, splints and sutures are removed and the “full” feeling subsides. Most patients avoid work or social situations during the first week of recovery and strenuous activity must be limited for the first few weeks. Return to every day non strenuous activity is allowed after one week.
Costs vary depending upon the extent of the surgery and areas treated. Fees for elective surgery are usually paid prior to surgery. In general, cosmetic surgery is considered elective and is not covered by most insurance plans unless the primary reason for surgery is to improve function. If improvement of function is the primary goal, insurance may cover all or part of the procedure. To be sure, contact your insurance company before surgery.