Contouring Your Face With Rhinoplasty

June 25, 2021 0 Comments

Contouring Your Face With Rhinoplasty


Dave Stringham

Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. It may also correct a birth defect or injury or help relieve some breathing problems.

During your initial consultation, Your plastic surgeon will evaluate your general health. Your surgeon will explain which surgical techniques are the most appropriate based on the structure of your nose and face. He will explain the factors that can influence your surgery and the results. These factors include the structure of your nasal bones and cartilage, the shape of your face, the thickness of your skin, your age, and your expectations. You will have the opportunity to view pre and post-op photographs of other patients, be photographed and discuss with pre and post-op care. Your plastic surgeon’s assistant will give you the total fee, which includes the fees of your surgeon, hospital, and anesthesia. You will also be given written pre and post-op care and informed consent to review before signing.

Rhinoplasty usually takes 2-4 hours in the operating room, but the more correction required would increase your surgical time. During your surgery the skin of your nose is separated from its supporting framework of bone and cartilage, which is then sculpted to the desired shape. Your plastic surgeon will use either an open or closed technique depending on the extent of surgery required. Either surgical procedures leaves very minimal or no scarring on the outside, because work is done from the inside of the nose. When your surgery is completed, a splint will be applied to help your nose maintain its new shape. Nasal packs or soft plastic splints also may be placed in your nostrils to stabilize the septum, the dividing wall between the air passages.


After surgery, particularly during the first twenty-four hours – your face will feel puffy, your nose may ache, and you may have a dull headache. You can control any discomfort with the pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. Plan on staying in bed with your head elevated (except for going to the bathroom) for the first day.

You’ll notice that the swelling and bruising around your eyes will increase at first, reaching a peak after 2 to 3 days. Applying cold compresses will reduce this swelling and make you feel a bit better. Most of swelling and bruising should disappear within two weeks or so.

You will return to Your plastic surgeon’s office within the first week after surgery. Your first visit will remove any packing you may have, remove the splint from your nose and re-tape the top of the nose and your sutures may be removed at this time. At the end of two weeks, all your dressings will have been removed and you will notice a change in the shape or size of your new nose. You will have follow-up visits on a regular basis over the next year. Your plastic surgeon will decide on the frequency of your follow-up care depending on your needs.

Your first meeting with your plastic surgeon will help determine the possibility of surgery. The best candidates for rhinoplasty are when you are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way you look. If you’re physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate.

Are there scars? Yes. Whenever surgery is performed on your body a scar will result. Rhinoplasty scars are very small and generally not visible. Your plastic surgeon will discuss the placement of incisions during your first visit.

Does it hurt? You will have plenty of pain medications for discomfort after surgery. Please tell your surgeon of all your drug allergies. Some pain medication may cause nausea this should not be considered an allergy. All pain medication will cause drowsiness and therefore you should not drive yourself and or operate equipment. An antibiotic is used for only a few days after your surgery. Sometimes following surgery to help decrease swelling your surgeon may prescribe Medrol-dose pack.

You should avoid or be off all diet or over the counter weight medications. The only homeopathic medications are those recommended by Your plastic surgeon. It is especially important to be off St. John’s Wort and Ginseng, which can cause adverse effects during anesthesia. Please stop taking all aspirin-like products, Advil, and ibuprofen as these medications can cause bleeding problems.

Dave Stringham, the President of writes about

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, Texas and plastic surgery procedures such as

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, rhytidectomy, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, and liposuction.

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