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Who’s a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is one of the most popular Houston cosmetic surgery procedures sought by patients who want to refine their noses and correct unwanted features, whether they are caused by genetics, trauma or previous rhinoplasty surgeries. Rhinoplasty is a great procedure for bringing balance to the face, creating a more aesthetic quality of symmetry. There are some medical benefits to a rhinoplasty as well. Correcting a deviated septum or nasal fracture can significantly improve breathing difficulties. Dr. Norris can also correct the following issues:

  • Broken nose
  • Wide bridge
  • High bridge
  • Low bridge
  • Boxy tip
  • Droopy tip
  • Over-projecting tip
  • Short tip
  • Deviated septum
  • Enlarged nostrils
  • Unwanted changes from previous rhinoplasty

Dr. Norris is also skilled in ethnic rhinoplasty. This is when exaggerated ethnic features are softened, without compromising the ethnic character of the nose.

Who is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Your surgeon will be able to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty during the consultation process. Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty will possess good overall physical and mental health. It is important for you to also have realistic expectations of the benefits and limitations associated with rhinoplasty.

Before your rhinoplasty in Houston, TX, Dr. Norris will consult with you to collaborate and talk through your cosmetic goals and explain what steps can be taken to help you achieve them. It is very important to follow all pre-operative instructions, like discontinuing use of certain medications for at least two weeks prior to surgery and avoiding alcohol for at least one week. During the surgery you will be under sedation or general anesthesia, some minor work can be done under local anesthesia. Dr. Norris can do either a closed rhinoplasty with no external incisions, or an open rhinoplasty with a small incision between your nostrils depending on your goals and requirements. Your nasal cartilage and bones can then be reshaped, and grafts can be used to add volume.

Once your nose surgery is complete, you may be fitted with packing, a nasal bandage and a splint. Packing can usually be removed the day after surgery, and bandages should be changed as needed. Splints are typically removed within a week of surgery.

Rhinoplasty generally requires about a week of recovery, during which time it is best to sleep with your head elevated. It is recommended that patients ice their nose for first 48 hours after surgery to reduce swelling. Exercise and other strenuous activities must be avoided for at least one week post-surgery. Some puffiness, crusting, mild bleeding, bruising, and discomfort can occur, but generally will last only a short time after surgery. Your desired nose shape will begin to take form within a few weeks of surgery, although it can take a few months for the smallest traces of swelling to resolve.

Dr. Norris will see you at time during the rhinoplasty recovery period to ensure you are healing properly and that the aesthetic changes are lining up with desired results. Due to anesthesia, you will not experience any pain during the surgery, although you might experience some mild discomfort for one to two weeks. Dr. Norris may prescribe pain medication to ease the discomfort. In most cases, you should be able to return to work and other daily activities within a week of surgery. Bruising can last for up to 2 weeks, during which you might need to wear a splint on the nose for a few days. It is recommended that you avoid strenuous activity for at least a week. In most cases, incisions can be made inside of the nose, which means there is no visible scarring. If necessary, incisions may be made at the base of the nose. When performed with skill, these incisions are easily concealed and scarring will fade over time.

Dr. Norris is a triple board certified plastic surgeon, with years of extensive surgical training and certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand and Microsurgery. His knowledge, range of skills, and versatility as a surgeon have been further enhanced and enriched through his practice in the US Navy, several overseas humanitarian missions, and five years as Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. His skills and expertise have been developed through many years of challenging surgical cases, are well engrained and applied to the care of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery patients at Norris Plastic Surgery.

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