Rhinoplasty in Houston, TX

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what is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a procedure that often helps the patient enhance their overall facial appearance through the reshaping of the nose. Houston, TX board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jay Shenaq, feels that the best candidates for rhinoplasty are those who are looking to reduce the size of their nose, or change the shape of the tip, the nostrils, or the bridge of their nose. 

The nose is considered the most prominent feature on the face and because of this, small cosmetic changes can improve the appearance of the whole face. Dr. Shenaq makes his incisions inside the nose. Through the incisions, the cartilage and the bone are sculpted to improve the external appearance. This procedure can be performed in conjunction with a septoplasty, a procedure that corrects nasal obstructions and related breathing issues. Dr. Shenaq will work closely with you to evaluate your nose and create an individualized surgical plan based on your needs and concerns at our Galleria or Sugar Land, TX office. During the consultation, he will also consider your skin and other facial features to create your best results.

what issues can rhinoplasty fix?

Rhinoplasty offers many benefits to patients looking to enhance their facial appearance. This procedure can be performed at any age however, it is suggested that children and teens wait to undergo this procedure until their facial growth is complete. Good candidates for rhinoplasty may have any of the following nasal issues:

  • A disproportionate nose
  • Deviated septum
  • Enlarged nasal tip
  • Excessively flared nostrils
  • Crooked or off-center nasal bridge

how is rhinoplasty surgery performed?

Rhinoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure with the patient under local or general anesthesia. Each patient's surgical experience will differ due to their individual needs and goals. There are a number of approaches and techniques that can be used during nose surgery, including open and closed rhinoplasty. When augmenting the nose, the surgeon can take cartilage from deep within the nose or the cartilage may be harvested from other areas of the body such as the ribs.

how long is recovery from rhinoplasty?

Following surgery, patients can expect to have swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes for approximately 2 weeks. Patients will need to keep their head above their chest to help improve swelling. Congestion is also common following rhinoplasty and may be caused by the splints and nasal packing worn the first few days post-surgery. After removing the splints, patients will be able to see and admire their newly shaped and contoured nose.

Rhinoplasty FAQ

How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of nose reshaping surgery varies based on what technique is used and the complexity of the procedure. Before estimating costs, Dr. Shenaq will listen to your needs and goals to help develop your custom treatment plan. When this is complete, he can go over costs for the facility, anesthesia, and more. To get your best results, it's better to focus on choosing an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Shenaq, instead of the cheapest cost. To help make your surgery easy to afford, Plastic Surgery of Houston accepts many payment methods, and our office can help you find low-interest medical financing.

Will my insurance cover functional nose surgery?
While rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons is not paid for 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. Shenaq during your consultation. We can help you submit any needed paperwork and information to your insurance to process your claim.

Are there nonsurgical options to change my nose?
If you want to smooth lumps and bumps on your nose, a wrinkle filler (like JUVÉDERM® or Restylane®) may be an option. A filler can temporarily improve minor imperfections on your nose, which may help you decide to proceed with rhinoplasty. Nose surgery is better for long-lasting results, larger changes, and improving the internal structure for better function. During your consultation, Dr. Shenaq will tell you more about nonsurgical nose reshaping.

What about ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty is about improving the nose while still maintaining your cultural identity. This may be a concern if you are Asian, African-American, or Middle Eastern. In your consultation with Dr. Shenaq, you can talk about what you want to keep and what you would like to change. This will allow him to customize your treatment plan to give you the best results.

Can I combine nose surgery with other facial surgeries?
Some patients consider combining rhinoplasty with another procedure, like cheek or chin augmentation. Combining surgeries for a dramatic result can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Shenaq. Once he understands your goals, he can help you decide which procedures should be in your treatment plan. Nose reshaping surgery can help your whole face look more balanced, so you should wait to see your results before considering another procedure.

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The nose is often considered a focal point of our face, which is why it is important to ensure that your nose complements your overall facial aesthetic. For patients whose nose crooks one way or the other or those suffering from injuries to the nose, rhinoplasty may be a good option. We strive to give every patient the look they desire with advanced techniques and surgical options to make sure your new nose meets your cosmetic goals. Schedule a consultation to learn more about nose surgery and how it can improve your appearance and breathing.