Given the central location of the nose, it plays a key role in achieving a balanced, attractive face. The eyes, mouth, cheekbones, and face shape all play a supporting role to the most defining feature of a person’s face. The shape, size, width, curvature, and contour of the nose determines how the other features of the face are viewed as a congruent whole. Thus it is no surprise that surgery to change the features of the nose, called rhinoplasty surgery, is the third most popular plastic surgery procedure and the most common facial plastic surgery procedure. For those hoping to alter the way their nose looks to make it more aesthetically pleasing, Dr. Lapuerta is a rhinoplasty procedure specialist in Houston, TX who can help.
A rhinoplasty, more commonly referred to as a nose job, is a cosmetic surgical procedure offered by Dr. Lapuerta that helps Houston, Pearland, and Katy patients have a more desirable nose that is proportional with the rest of the face. Rhinoplasty is done for a number of reasons, including altering how the nose bridge looks, reshaping the nose tip, and enlarging or reducing the nose size. It is sometimes performed to correct nasal breathing and to shorten or widen the base of the nose. It is important for patients to find an experienced surgeon when considering rhinoplasty, and Dr. Lapuerta’s 20 years of experience will benefit any patient considering a nose job in Houston.
Individuals unhappy with the shape or size of their nose or portions of the nose make for good candidates for rhinoplasty surgery. A nose job may also be a great option for individuals who have trouble breathing out of their nose, including those with a deviated septum. Candidates for a nose job in Houston should be in good overall health, have specific concerns that can be addressed with a nose job and understand the benefits and limits of a rhinoplasty. While a rhinoplasty procedure can address both cosmetic and functional concerns, most patients seek to correct one of the following problems:
Patients considering rhinoplasty should be mature both physically and mentally. The nose continues to grow from birth through adolescence and most will be mature between the age of 15-17. The age of 17-18 is an ideal time for those considering rhinoplasty for a few reasons. The nose is physically mature and patients are generally mentally and emotionally mature enough to make this choice appropriately. Additionally, it is a time associated with significant changes in most people’s lives as they graduate high school and begin educational pursuits or enter the workforce. Choosing to have a rhinoplasty procedure at this stage of life, allows patients to be known and remembered by the appearance they feel confident sharing with the world without drawing undue attention to the changes they have made. Regardless of when a patient decides to have a rhinoplasty, it will allow the world to appreciate the harmony of one’s facial features without focusing on the nose itself.
Patients considering a rhinoplasty in Houston by plastic surgeons should have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the surgery. During a consultation, Dr. Lapuerta will review the concerns regarding the nose and determine whether a rhinoplasty can achieve those goals. A clear understanding between the patient’s goals and what can and cannot be achieved with rhinoplasty is an important part of developing an individualized surgical plan that will achieve the desired outcome. Dr. Lapuerta uses photo imaging of the patient’s face and nose to discuss and describe what can be done. Patients are able to visualize a general idea of how their rhinoplasty surgery will alter the shape of their nose and impact their overall appearance. An informed discussion that allows for patient’s questions to be fully addressed is essential to optimizing the outcome of a rhinoplasty surgery.
Rhinoplasty is a broad term that is used to cover a wide range of surgical techniques that are used to address different aesthetic nasal issues. Since rhinoplasty can be applied to multiple procedures, there are various surgical considerations to consider prior to having this surgery. Two of the most common surgical techniques for a nose job are open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty.
Many surgeons prefer the open rhinoplasty approach during nose surgery because they can gain a better view and access to the inside of the nose. Many times the open approach is required to access the structures necessary to achieve the desired corrections. The incision using this approach is made either on the skin between the nostrils or under the nose near the nostrils. Once the incision is made, the skin is moved back to allow access to the internal structures. The incision lines, which will heal nicely and leave scars that are barely visible, are fairly small and usually measure between two and three mm.
The closed rhinoplasty technique is used on noses that have features that are more easily corrected. It is commonly used when the tip of the nose has an aesthetically pleasing shape and is not too long, too wide, or over or under projected. The incision made during this approach leaves no visible scar after surgery because it is made on the inside of the nose.
About half of rhinoplasty patients may benefit from a manual nasal fracture during surgery. This planned break of the nose allows access to perform certain functions during surgery such as narrowing the width of the nose or correcting an asymmetrical nose. This is a common practice and heals within just a few weeks following surgery.
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility, such as Dr. Lapuerta’s on-site operating room and surgical facility in Houston, TX. Rhinoplasty in Houston typically takes around two to three hours to complete and is considered an outpatient procedure. It is essential to make sure to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience performing rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as a nose job plastic surgeon. Dr. Lapuerta is an expert rhinoplasty specialist in Houston TX, with over two decades of experience, including nose jobs, to correct the full spectrum of cosmetic concerns with the nose.
Patients can expect to have moderate discomfort to mild pain after rhinoplasty surgery. During rhinoplasty recovery, patients will wear a nose splint and will experience bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes. Expect bruising and swelling to begin to subside after a few days. Once the bandages and splint are removed, the nose will look normal, but patients may experience some tenderness around the nose, and will still have swelling. Any discomfort or pain can be appropriately managed with medication. Strenuous physical activities should be avoided for at least the first four weeks of rhinoplasty recovery to allow for sufficient healing. While most people are comfortable with the appearance of their nose and can return to work after three to five days, it can take up to a full year for all swelling to subside and for the nose to gain its new contour and softness.
Rhinoplasty is a tailored surgery, thus the cost of a nose job in Houston will vary depending on the aesthetic goals of the patient, as well as any functional corrections that need to be made. Some procedures will involve soft tissue only, while others will involve the bone and possible skin grafting and cartilage reconstruction. On average, patients can expect rhinoplasty to cost between $5,000-$8,000.
The best way to get an accurate estimate of your expected rhinoplasty cost is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lapuerta. During the visit, patients have the chance to explain exactly what aesthetic changes they desire for their nose so that Dr. Lapuerta can construct a treatment plan. Once a treatment plan is agreed upon, a detailed, all-inclusive quote will be provided, allowing patients to know the exact total rhinoplasty cost in Houston with Dr. Lapuerta. For patients who may be interested in exploring financing options, Dr. Lapuerta’s office offers a number of options for low monthly payment plans.