Because the nose is the central point on the face, it often draws unwanted focus and attention for men and women who are unhappy with the size or shape of their nose. Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, can adjust the shape, angle and proportions of the nose so it fits better on your face and is more harmonious with other facial features. Functional breathing problems can also be addressed with nose surgery.
Who Is a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty patients must have fully developed facial anatomy and be in good mental and physical health before undergoing surgery. Patients younger than 16 are usually too young for nose surgery because their noses have not yet fully developed, however a consultation with Dr. Wittpenn would be necessary to make this determination. In general, rhinoplasty surgery is appropriate for patients who are concerned by any of the following:
- Nose size (too large or too small)
- Nose width (too wide or too narrow)
- Nose length (too long or too short)
- Crooked nose
- Dorsal hump (nose bump)
- Bulbous nasal tip
- Droopy nasal tip
- Upturned nose
- Asymmetrical or pinched nostrils
What Can I Expect From the Rhinoplasty Procedure?
Depending on your cosmetic concerns and goals, Dr. Wittpenn will perform the necessary surgical techniques to give you the look you want for your nose. This may include an open rhinoplasty (minimal but visible external scarring) or closed rhinoplasty (no external scarring). The procedure takes 1-3 hours and is usually performed under local anesthesia with IV sedation, however general anesthesia is also an option.
Rhinoplasty recovery is typically about a week, but it may be as long as two weeks after surgery before you return to your normal daily activities. The nose must be protected for at least six weeks after rhinoplasty to ensure it is not bumped or impacted in any way, as this can compromise surgical results. It may take up to a year for nasal swelling to completely resolve, although most swelling resolves within 3-6 months.
Contact New Horizons Plastic Surgery
If you’re interested in reshaping your nose or simply have questions about the rhinoplasty procedure, contact New Horizons Plastic Surgery at (936) 564-3744 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gregory Wittpenn. Dr. Wittpenn is an expert Nacogdoches rhinoplasty surgeon serving patients throughout eastern Texas and western Louisiana, including residents of Longview, Lufkin, Huntsville, Tyler and Shreveport.