Rhinoplasty for Men Houston

Questions and Answers About Rhinoplasty for Men

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is defined as nose surgery that improves the appearance and proportion of your nose, enhancing facial harmony and self-confidence. Surgery of the nose may also correct impaired breathing caused by structural abnormalities in the nose.

What motivates a man to consider rhinoplasty?

There are a variety of reasons that a men might consider rhinoplasty, including:

  • Enhanced appearance, offering a man an advantage both professionally and socially
  • General health, correcting breathing problems
  • Nasal valve collapse
  • Septal perforation repair
  • Correction of snoring problems
  • Correction of recent or teenage sport’s injury
  • A more youthful appearance for an aging nose

Why should I consider The Bressler Center for rhinoplasty?

The primary reason to consider The Bressler Center is Dr. Fred Bressler himself. Dr. Bressler is double-board certified by both The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology, which means that he is imminently qualified to correct the structure of the nose and also to correct its appearance.

From a structural standpoint, Dr. Bressler has earned a reputation as one of the leading surgeons for difficult nasal conditions, including nasal valve collapse, septal perforation repair and more.

From an aesthetic standpoint, Dr. Bressler is a facial plastic surgeon exclusively, concentrating only on the face and its structural characteristics. A particular specialty of Dr. Bressler’s is the nose and its unique properties. His practice doesn’t deal with the body.

“Oftentimes, a man will come in for a consultation because of breathing issues or a sports injury. Once we begin to discuss the benefits and the corrections – and when he realizes that I am both an otolaryngologist as well a plastic surgeon – the conversation will turn to aesthetics and the patient will decide that both a structural and an appearance correction are warranted,” says Dr. Bressler.

Is rhinoplasty a common procedure for men?

Increasingly, men are considering rhinoplasty as an option for correcting both structural and appearance issues. “A high percentage of men who come in for a consultation are concerned with breathing issues such as snoring. Many of these structural problems stem from sports’ injuries, both injuries sustained recently and those which are a result of playing high school and college sports,” says Dr. Bressler. “And while a high percentage can’t breathe well, appearance is an issue as well. Men just want a strong, straight, masculine nose. It’s really more like a business decision.”

With his double-board certification in both facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology, Dr. Bressler is uniquely qualified to address both issues of structure and of appearance. “I would estimate that about 40 percent of my practice is with men, a percentage that is much higher than a typical plastic surgery practice. I attribute this high number to the nature of my highly specialized facial plastic practice. We’re focused only on the face. I believe that the atmosphere in the office is professional and focused. It’s welcoming, but not frilly or frivolous. We’re serious and I believe that our male patients appreciate that.”

Men’s noses are particularly affected by aging. As a man ages, the soft tissue on the nose appears to stretch and the skin begins to droop. The tip of the nose actually elongates, further adding to the appearance of aging. These issues can be addressed with natural appearing, open rhinoplasty techniques, restoring balance and a more youthful look to a man’s face.

Why is rhinoplasty such a unique operation?

Rhinoplasty, though a common procedure these days, requires an exacting knowledge of the structure and the function of the nose. Some believe that rhinoplasty is the most difficult type of plastic surgery simply because every nose is different. In addition, there are close to 200 types of maneuvers, grafts, and suturing techniques described to change the shape of the nose. This organ possesses three-dimensional qualities that must be respected and maintained. The intricacies and nuances of rhinoplasty can be overwhelming and a surgeon must be well trained in this specialty.

What can I expect when considering rhinoplasty?

The goals of a rhinoplasty are different for every person. Some request a cosmetic change while others desire a functional correction. Frequently, however, a rhinoplasty is a combination of both. Many of the procedures require advanced training and a variety of factors must be considered before a rhinoplasty is advised.

Although the nose sits in the center of the face, rarely do we hear compliments about a beautiful nose. More often, we hear comments about a person’s beautiful eyes, lips, or hair. In fact, when nose-related comments are voiced, the speaker is usually someone who is unhappy with his/her own nose. Though this unhappiness with the appearance of the nose may wax and wane through the years, the feelings of unease or embarrassment generally persist and the person continues to have an underlying desire for change. Yet, however strong the feelings or how long the unhappiness persists, a person who is considering rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons may be apprehensive or nervous about the procedure. These fears are unfounded and generally dispelled after a visit with Dr. Fred Bressler at The Bressler Center for Facial Plastic Surgery and Skin Care.

Our goal at The Bressler Center is to give you a nose with natural aesthetic changes that complement those other features of your face. Every nose is different and all the structural features of the face must be accounted for when performing rhinoplasty. We do not want people to notice your nose after surgery, but to have their attention drawn away from your current nose to your eyes, lips, or hair. A natural unoperated appearance is the final objective in rhinoplasty. However, we do want you to look in the mirror and exclaim, “Yes! This is the nose I should have always had!” An outward appearance that reflects your inner spirit. Our intentions are for you to have a nose that is structurally stable for life, improves your confidence, inner well being, and your quality of life.

What are filler injections into the nose? Are they recommended?

There is a current trend for patients to have filler materials, such as Restylane® or Radiesse®, injected into their nose in hopes of improving its aesthetic appearance. For all its perceived benefits, the injection of fillers is actually creating a new set of problems for rhinoplasty patients. Complications, such as chronic infection, pain, persistent redness and swelling, and even permanent skin damage, can arise from filler injections. Filler materials can create a bumpy skin envelope, which may lead to an irregular appearance of a nose. Patients’ skin may be so severely changed or damaged, that subsequent corrective surgery may risk skin necrosis or atrophy. Patients with thin skin are especially at risk.

If you have received filler injections to your nose, it is essential to await full resorption of the filler prior to corrective surgery. As long as the skin envelope is in good condition, we can use cartilage grafts to reshape the nose with an excellent aesthetic result. However, the presence of an irregular skin envelope makes corrective surgery significantly more difficult and, in some cases, impossible. Despite these risks, if filler injection for the nose is something you are still considering, we highly recommend you have it done by a surgeon or physician who is trained in rhinoplasty and understands the intricacies of nasal anatomy and aesthetics.

Is rhinoplasty covered by insurance?

Certain functional aspects of septorhinoplasty (trauma or nasal obstruction) are covered by insurance. If you have a functional or breathing problem that needs correction, a septorhinopolasty is often covered by your insurance company after your deductible is met. A deviated septum (the wall that separates the two sides of the nose) or enlarged inferior turbinates (the organs inside the nose that humidify and warm the air as it passes) are correctable functional problems that are also often covered. In addition, if you have a narrow valve area (the area of the nose with the most air resistance), a procedure to place cartilage to open this valve may also qualify for insurance coverage.

However, if you are interested in changing the external appearance of your nose, then these are cosmetic changes that are not covered by insurance. Taking down a small hump or bump, refining the tip of the nose, making the nose more narrow, decreasing the size of the nostrils, filling in a depression, or improving a scooped out appearance are all examples of cosmetic changes.

What is the recovery time for a rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, and the patient is asleep during the surgery. Pain, both during surgery and after, is easily managed.

The rhinoplasty patient will require assistance the night of the surgery, but after that time, he is generally able to function without help.

Recovery takes about eight calendar days, during which the patient will be required to wear a bandage. Moderate physical activity during the recovery is advised and will depend on the seriousness of work externally and internally. Sexual activity is not affected.

After two to three weeks minimum, the patient can return to his regular exercise routine.

What if I am unhappy with a rhinoplasty or nasal surgery performed elsewhere?

With a proven track record and experience with rhinoplasty and nasal surgery, a large percentage of Dr. Bressler’s practice is for secondary facial surgeries, such as rhinoplasty revision. Many of the rhinoplasty revisions are patients who have been referred to Dr. Bressler by colleagues in plastic surgery, otolaryngology, facial plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry and dermatology.

Understandably, many men are reluctant to consider a revision nasal surgery. Patients may incorrectly believe since their first surgery did not completely improve nasal function, breathing or appearance, further improvement is not possible. However, with newer techniques and advanced technologies, Dr. Bressler sees numerous cases of nasal problems that benefit from revision rhinoplasty, nasal valve repair, revision septoplasty or other common or complex nasal surgery.

The first step to improvement is to schedule a nasal consultation in the office and complete a thorough nasal exam, evaluation and photographic study of the current problem.

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Actual Rhinoplasty Patient Results

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