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Plastic surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center have the experience and international reputation to support their expertise in rhinoplasty (nose surgery). We offer the procedure to a wide variety of patients – young and old, men and women, as well as those seeking primary or revisionary surgery.
Our surgeons artfully reshape the nose and address its underlying structure while considering the nose within its immediate surrounding, producing a harmonious and natural facial appearance. In some cases, rhinoplasty is a functional surgery that can help improve breathing problems.
Effective and Innovative Nose Surgery
Many of our patients are interested in nose surgery either to enhance their look or simply to feel more confident. Our surgeons are experienced in performing rhinoplasty to reshape the tip of the nose, reduce a dorsal hump, narrow the dorsal width, or reduce the span of the nostrils.
Surgery can also be performed to correct a deviated septum. Septoplasty can straighten the nasal septum, which lies between and serves as the division between the left and right nostrils. This procedure often will help people with breathing difficulties, as well as some patients who have sinus and migraine headaches.
During an introductory consultation, UT Southwestern’s plastic surgeons provide expert guidance regarding nasal surgery. In the consultation, we discuss with the patient his or her concerns, and, upon examination, provide recommendations to achieve the patient’s goals. Patients can also be shown how the new nose will look with the help of medical imaging.
We stress the importance of making sure rhinoplasty is based on the individual. All our treatment plans are customized for each patient. Having a nose that fits a patient’s facial features is more important than having a nose that looks like a particular celebrity’s – the outcome will look more natural and balanced.
Our surgeons have completed extensive training in plastic surgery, typically six to nine years after completing their medical residencies. Our board-certified surgeons have passed rigorous written and oral exams to receive board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Nose Surgery: What to Expect
Rhinoplasty typically takes one to two hours. It is routinely performed as an outpatient, elective procedure, and any postoperative pain is readily treated with oral medication as needed. There will be swelling and possibly some light bruising, both of which are temporary.
Final results will not be definitively achieved until all of the swelling subsides. While most of the outcome is readily apparent in the first weeks after surgery, the nose will continue to improve as it undergoes slight refinements over the coming months as the swelling goes away. The outcome of the rhinoplasty is permanent, although the nasal framework and its overlying skin will continue to change with age, just as it would naturally without surgery.
Many of our patients seek our help because they need revisionary surgery, such as secondary, tertiary, or even more attempts at corrective rhinoplasty to fix the effects of a previous nasal surgery.
We generally recommend that patients allow some time to heal from these previous surgeries before undergoing corrective surgery to allow adequate time for healing. We discuss this and other issues during the consult.
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Fort Worth, Texas 76104 817-882-2430