Your nose sits in the middle of your face, dictating how the rest of your face appears. When it is out of proportion by either being too big or too small, it can throw off the harmony of your entire face. A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that reshapes and alters the nose. Often referred to as a “nose job”, a rhinoplasty in the right hands can provide elegant harmony to a once inharmonious face.
Dr. Robert Whitfield is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience in cosmetic surgery of the face. He has a deep understanding of anatomy as well as proportion. This, combined with his keen artistic eye, is what allows him to deliver exemplary rhinoplasty results for his patients.
The first step on your journey to a new nose is the consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Whitfield will perform a physical exam, assessing the state of your nose while performing precise measurements. Then, he will discuss your desired outcome. Together you will come up with the treatment plan to best achieve your goals. Nose surgery may be performed alone or in conjunction with a chin augmentation or facelift.
A nose can be too large for the rest of your face, but it can also be too small. The key to great nose surgery is creating the right nose for your individual face. A rhinoplasty can:
Some patients also have a nose that doesn’t function properly due to a deviated septum. A rhinoplasty can improve breathing issues by removing the blockages that are restricting your airflow.
Dr. Whitfield prefers to perform what is called an open rhinoplasty where an incision is made in the columella or vertical piece that separates your nostrils. Depending on your individual needs, Dr. Whitfield may remove bone or cartilage, add cartilage with a cartilage graft (taken from the septum or the ear) and/or correct a deviated septum. All of this will be discussed with you in detail during your initial consultation.
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgery center or hospital. You will typically have airway splints as well as a plaster splint that Dr. Whitfield will fashion at the time of your surgery. You can expect to be bruised and swollen for several weeks depending on the amount of surgery performed. The sutures in your columella will be removed at 7-10 days.
It is very important to take it easy and protect your nose as you recover from the procedure. You want to avoid any kind of trauma to the nose; something as mild as forceful blowing of the nose can cause the splints to move.
While your initial post op swelling can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks to fully resolve, the swelling at the tip of the nose can last for a year or more.
To find out more about a rhinoplasty with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at 877-785-2382 or schedule a consultation at our Austin location in West Lake Hills.