A man’s nose is one of his most prominent features. If it is out of proportion, has a hump or is crooked, it can throw off the harmony of your entire face. A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape the nose. Often referred to as a “nose job”, a rhinoplasty can not only completely change how your nose looks physically, but also how it functions.
Dr. Robert Whitfield is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience in cosmetic surgery of the face. As a man himself, he has an intimate understanding of male anatomy as well as what is going to look right in terms of proportion. This, combined with his keen artistic eye, allows him to deliver natural looking, exemplary rhinoplasty results for his male patients.
The first step on your journey to a new nose is the consultation. During your male rhinoplasty consultation, Dr. Whitfield will listen to your concerns. He will perform a physical exam, assess your skin tone and texture, and take precise measurements of your nose. Together, you will come up with the treatment plan to best achieve your desired outcome. A rhinoplasty may be performed alone or in conjunction with a chin augmentation or facelift.
Benefits of Male Nose Surgery
A nose can be too large for the rest of your face, but it can also be too small. The key to a good male rhinoplasty 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.
While the technique is the same for both men and women, there are aesthetic differences to consider. With men, it is important not feminize the nose by reducing the tip to a point where it’s out of balance with the rest of the face. Also, men tend to have a higher bridge and a wider mid-nose width than women. They also have thicker skin. This can affect how the skin re-drapes after surgery. Dr. Whitfield takes all of these difference into account when devising your treatment plan.
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.
Male 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, possibly as far up as the eyes, and swollen for at least 2 weeks. 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 male rhinoplasty surgery. You want to avoid any kind of trauma to the nose such as those caused by contact sports. Even 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 may take up to a year. Most patients can return to daily activities at 1 week and can begin exercise at 4-6 weeks. Final results will be yielded after 9-12 months for tip swelling to complete resolve.
To find out more about a male rhinoplasty with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at 877-785-2382 or schedule a consultation at our Austin location in West Lake Hills.