Rhinoplasty is an aesthetic treatment used to enhance the look and shape of the nose. Furthermore, it may help improve breathing function in many patients. Houston, TX plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Derek Lou is an experienced, board-certified facial surgeon who performs rhinoplasty surgery, taking a conservative approach to create the most natural results. Even though rhinoplasty consists of delicate changes, results can be beautiful and dramatic. This surgery at Lou Plastic Surgery can be performed to make a nose appear smaller in size or improve a nose that is misshapen, protrudes out, is too large or wide, or has a bump on top. The objective is to create a more aesthetically appealing nose that meets your cosmetic desires and functions properly. Get more information on cosmetic rhinoplasty before you contact Lou Plastic Surgery to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
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Rhinoplasty Ideal Candidates
Both men and women are candidates for cosmetic nose surgery. If you are unhappy with the size and shape of your nose and have areas you would like to correct and enhance, this treatment may be the recommended solution. It's very important that expectations are understood, as your facial appearance will be altered. Furthermore, facial growth should also be complete. This will also be assessed during your consultation, even more so for teens.
Rhinoplasty Surgical Technique
Rhinoplasty is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia and is usually an outpatient surgery. There are various surgical methods, depending on the unique cosmetic goals of the patient. Dr. Lou performs rhinoplasty using either an open or closed technique. The objective during treatment is to reduce excess cartilage, tissue, and bone, or to build and increase cartilage for a new shape. The nasal features are repositioned and the skin is re-draped over the newly improved framework. Stitches are implemented either on the inside portion of the nose or along the natural external fold.
Rhinoplasty What to Expect
Following your rhinoplasty, you will be carefully monitored in the recovery section, and then our nurses will release you to recover at home. The nose will be bruised and swollen for a few days. In almost all patients, there is bruising and discoloration beneath the eyes in addition to the nose. Ice packs and pain medication can assist with these effects. Your follow-up appointment with Dr. Lou will be scheduled within 48 – 72 hours after surgery to assess your healing progress. It generally takes around 2 – 4 weeks to recover from nose surgery. Within this recovery phase, strenuous activity should be avoided.
How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of rhinoplasty varies based on what technique is used and how complex your procedure is. Before estimating costs, Dr. Lou will listen to your concerns and goals to help develop your custom treatment plan. When this is done, he can discuss costs for the facility, anesthesia, and more. For your best results, it's important to focus on selecting an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Lou, instead of the lowest cost. To help make your surgery easier to afford, Lou Plastic Surgery accepts several payment methods and our office can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Will my insurance cover functional nose surgery?
Although rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons is not paid by insurance, functional rhinoplasty that is medically necessary to improve your breathing may be covered. If you may be applying for reimbursement from your insurance, please tell Dr. Lou during your consultation. We can help you submit any needed information and paperwork to your insurance to properly process your claim.
Are there nonsurgical options to change my nose?
If you want to smooth the appearance of lumps and bumps on your nose, a hyaluronic acid-based wrinkle filler (like Restylane or Juvéderm) might be an option. A filler can temporarily improve minor imperfections, which might help you decide if you want to undergo rhinoplasty. Nose surgery is better for larger changes, long-lasting results, and to adjust the internal structure of the nose for better function. At your consultation, Dr. Lou can tell you more about nonsurgical nose reshaping.
What about ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty is about improving the appearance of the nose while still keeping your cultural identity. This is often a concern if you are African-American, Asian, or Middle Eastern. During your consultation with Dr. Lou, you can talk about what you want to keep and what you want to change. This will allow him to personalize your treatment plan to give you your best results.
Can I combine nose surgery with other facial surgeries?
Some patients think about combining rhinoplasty with another cosmetic procedure, like cheek or chin augmentation. Having multiple surgeries for a more dramatic result can be reviewed during your consultation with Dr. Lou. Once he understands your concerns and goals, he can help you choose which procedures will be in your custom treatment plan. Rhinoplasty can often help make your whole face appear more balanced so you should wait to see your results before getting another procedure.
Your Best Nose
Nose surgery is a great solution to address the distaste you might feel when looking in the mirror at your appearance. If you're unhappy with the look of your nose or if you are experiencing breathing problems, nose surgery may help. Nose surgery is a very common cosmetic procedure with great success rates. Dr. Lou aims to improve your nose so your entire face appears more attractive and proportionate. Even minor adjustments can lead to an impressive difference. We encourage you to call Lou Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX and schedule an appointment.