Rhinoplasty for Women Houston

Questions and Answers About Rhinoplasty

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.

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.

Why should I consider The Bressler Center for rhinoplasty?

Dr. Fred Bressler is trained in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery and facial plastic surgery. This makes his abilities unique in that he is capable of treating the nasal airway, sinuses, and cosmetic aspect of the nose at the same time. With over 30 years of experience in nasal surgery and thousands of these procedures performed, you can be certain your functional and cosmetic nasal concerns will be addressed to your satisfaction at The Bressler Center.

What is the recovery time from rhinoplasty?

Most patients can return to normal work and social interaction within seven to ten days.

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Actual Rhinoplasty Patient Results

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