Nose Surgery

Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a “Nose Job,” is a reshaping surgery performed to give the nose a more pleasing appearance. Rhinoplasty can enhance the appearance of the whole face by bringing balance to the features.

Rhinoplasty Candidates

At El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, we recommend that our rhinoplasty patients are at least 15 years old before undergoing nose surgery.

You may be a good candidate for nose surgery if you have a nose that:

  • looks too large for your face
  • has a bump on the bridge when viewed from the side
  • seems too wide when viewed from the front
  • has a tip that is droopy or plunges, or that is thick or enlarged
  • has excessively flared nostrils
  • is off-center, crooked, or appears asymmetrical

Nose Surgery Results

People have different expectations regarding the shape of the nose they want to have. Using El Paso Cosmetic Surgery’s imaging software capabilities, we can show the patient what to expect after the rhinoplasty. This helps to increase the amount of communication between the surgeon and the patient and minimize any surprises about the results.

Where will my rhinoplasty procedure be performed?

Rhinoplasty is be performed right here at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, instead of at the hospital, and patients will have the choice of having their nose surgery performed while under local or general anesthesia. During the procedure, incisions will be made inside the nose to reduce the appearance of scars. The shape of the original nose, the desired outcome, and the resulting complexity of the surgery will determine the length of the procedure.

Nose-Related Medical Problems

Any problems, such as septum deviation or growth of certain structures in the nose that interfere with breathing, can be repaired at the same time as the nose surgery. In certain instances, insurance may cover part of the operation if the patient had any of the above-mentioned breathing problems.

After Rhinoplasty

Although there will be swelling and bruising around the nose, patients can usually go home the same day as their nose surgery. A cast will be placed over the nose will remain for about a week. Packing that is placed in the nose during surgery is usually removed the next day. Any bruising will typically disappear in two weeks, but swelling usually lasts longer, resolving significantly in the first month but may last for six to eight months. Patients can go back to sports activities one month after the nose surgery, but they must avoid sports-related activities where it may be possible to have a trauma to the nose. Occasionally, it may be necessary to perform a second, revision procedure after the initial rhinoplasty, which is usually a more minor operation that does not cause bruising and swelling.

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