Rhinoplasty is a type of surgery that reshapes the nose in order to enhance its structure. At Wellspring, we routinely perform rhinoplasty procedures in our Austin office to provide improvements to the facial structure, correct a deformity on the nose, or correct breathing problems.
The specific desired results of the procedure often include a modification of the shape of the nose, a reduction in the size of the nose, a modification or reduction of the nostrils, or correction of a birth defect or injuries.
Rhinoplasty has risen to prominence is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. Most surgeons recommend that parents not have their children undergo this procedure until the age of 13 or 14 due to the fact that the nose continues to develop in children up to this age. Also, it is important for patients themselves to fully understand both the benefits and risks of the procedure. Drinking alcohol and smoking are strongly discouraged – they significantly reduce blood flow to the skin, making less oxygen available for the healing of surgery incisions, potentially resulting in necrosis, which is the death of the skin.
Some people contact us who require a revision rhinoplasty to solve issues resulting from or left unaddressed by an initial rhinoplasty procedure performed by another cosmetic surgeon.
Rhinoplasty procedures are generally available in two primary forms. Open rhinoplasty is performed if nose reshaping is desired. In this procedure, the surgeon performs a vertical strip incision in between the nostrils that will open a view of the complete nasal anatomy.
If a more moderate reshaping is desired, the surgeon can apply incisions within the nose. The next step is the removal of the skin from the cartilage and bone of the nose with modifications to the cartilage and bone reshaped, removed, or increased as desired.
The procedure can take anywhere from one to two hours. The surgeon makes incisions around the nose based on the desired alterations. Most often, the nasal skin is removed and wrapped over the new structure of the nose. Typically, a nasal splint is positioned to stabilize the nose during healing and recovery.
The Goal of Rhinoplasty
Many times, a rhinoplasty is performed in combination with one or more other facial surgeries, including chin augmentation, to achieve a complete balanced appearance of the face. The goal of this nose surgery is to affect a modest alteration to the facial features that produces a harmonious blend of those features with the rest of the face. Bruising around the area of surgery, minor bleeding, and swelling is not unusual after the procedure and the healing process is generally gradual.
The results of the procedure may not become completely evident for several months or even a year after the surgery. It is always important to understand that healing time and results can vary significantly between individuals.