Surgical correction of the nose and its structures is known as a rhinoplasty. Sometimes referred to as a nose job, rhinoplasty can reshape and rebuild the nose, and help to relieve functional breathing obstructions. Because the nose plays a prominent role in the balance of one’s facial appearance, changing the nose can achieve better harmony between the nose and the facial features. A well-proportioned nose, that is harmonious with the eyes, cheeks, and mouth can have a tremendous and powerful impact on our overall facial appearance. This balance also affects the way that others view us.
The ideal candidate for nasal surgery will be in overall good health, with realistic surgical expectations. Men and women, of all ethnicities, can find satisfactory correction with a rhinoplasty.
Dr. Vitenas’ rhinoplasty procedures are performed at the Houston Surgery Center. This accredited out patient surgery center is located adjacent to Dr. Vitenas’ office. The procedure can take from one to three hours, depending on the extent of correction. Dr. Vitenas uses general anesthesia during his rhinoplasty procedures.
Using an open rhinoplasty approach, Dr. Vitenas will make all surgical incisions entirely on the inside of the nose. This technique provides maximum visualization of the nasal structures and does not result in visible scars. In some cases, the incisions may be made on the inside of the nose along with a small external incision made on the underside of the nose between the nostrils. This technique is known as the external or open approach. Once Dr. Vitenas has placed the predetermined incisions, he will then sculpt the nose to the desired shape.
On average, rhinoplasty recovery can last from one to two weeks. Swelling and bruising are common, and normally fade over the next 10 to 14 days. However, it can take as much as a year for some unnoticeable swelling to dissipate. Some bleeding may also occur. The nose may be tender, and patients may experience a dull headache at first, though any discomfort can be managed with medication. The stitches are removed about three days after surgery. Most people are feeling well enough, and are confident in their appearance, to return to work in just a few days. Exercise, strenuous activities, and contact sports should be postponed for at least four to six weeks.
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Rhinoplasty Surgery FAQ
Also referred to as a nose job, the rhinoplasty is a surgical technique to reshape the nose and create better harmony among the facial features. The surgery can also help to relieve functional breathing obstructions.
If you are in overall good health, and are unhappy with the shape or size of the nose, you may qualify as a candidate for rhinoplasty.
The consultation appointment is a good time to get to know Dr. Vitenas and the details about the rhinoplasty procedure. The surgeon will review your medical history, and discuss your aesthetic goals. After Dr. Vitenas shows before/after photographs of his recent rhinoplasty patients, he will use computer imagery to help visual potential results. At this time, the two of you can decide if rhinoplasty is the right technique for your desires. The exact cost of the nasal surgery will be determined, and you will have a chance to discuss all of the payment options with a patient coordinator.
All of the rhinoplasty procedures are done at the Houston Surgery Center. This outpatient surgical clinic is conveniently in the same building as Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery.
Nose surgery or Rhinoplasty can be done to address a number of different concerns with the shape and size of the nose. Depending on the patient’s desired outcome the surgical technique applied will vary and with it so will the price. On average the price of a Rhinoplasty starts at $12,000. For a more precise idea of the cost of this procedure feel free to upload your photos to our contact form with your contact information and a brief description of what it is that you are looking to achieve through surgery so that the doctor can review your case and give you an estimate based on your physical anatomy.
How much does a nose job of a Non-surgical Rhinoplasty cost?
Non-Surgical Nose surgery or non-surgical Rhinoplasty can be done to address different concerns with the shape of the nose. Depending on the patient’s desired outcome the non-surgical Rhinoplasty can be an excellent option. On average the price of a non-surgical Rhinoplasty ranges from $800 to $1000. If you would like to get the exact price of nonsurgical rhinoplasty techniques, schedule an in person consultation with Dr. Vitenas, or fill out our contact us form, along with a description of your situation and a photograph.
Is general or local anesthesia used during rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is normally performed using a general anesthesia.
How is a nose job performed?
There are two locations for incisions during the rhinoplasty. These may be placed entirely on the inside of the nose (endonasal or closed rhinoplasty), or they may be made on the inside of the nose along with a small incision made on the skin between the nostrils (external or open rhinoplasty). Using these incisions, the nose is then sculpted to a new shape. Finally, sutures are placed for adequate healing.
How long does the rhinoplasty procedure take?
On average, the rhinoplasty will take from one to three hours, depending on the technique, and the extent of correction.
Where are the rhinoplasty incisions placed?
The rhinoplasty incisions may be made entirely on the inside of the nose, which is known as endonasal or closed rhinoplasty, or there may be an additional small incision made on the skin between the nostrils, which is known as external or open rhinoplasty.
Does rhinoplasty leave scars?
For endonasal or closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are confined to the inside of the nose and result in no visible scarring. For external or open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made on the skin between the nostrils on the underside of the nose, resulting in a thin scar that is well-hidden in the natural curvature of the nose.
Does the rhinoplasty hurt?
The first 24 to 48 hours after a rhinoplasty may see mild to moderate discomfort. Dr. Vitenas will prescribe pain medications for r comfortable recovery.
When will I be recovered from my rhinoplasty surgery?
Most patients are fully recovered from their rhinoplasty in seven to fourteen days.
What can be expected during the rhinoplasty recovery?
Swelling and moderate bruising are common after the rhinoplasty, although the majority will fade in two to three weeks. Some unnoticeable swelling may linger for up to a year after surgery. For the first couple nights, patients should sleep with their head elevated (or in a recliner) to keep swelling to a minimum. Bleeding is not uncommon.
When can patients return to work after the rhinoplasty procedure?
In less than a week, most patients are feeling well enough to return to their job or school.
Can I resume my exercise routine after a rhinoplasty?
Patients should put off vigorous exercise for at least four to six weeks, following a rhinoplasty procedure. Contact sports should be avoided until the nose has fully healed.
What is the best time to have my rhinoplasty sutures removed?
It will be about three days after surgery before sutures are removed. Dr. Vitenas will schedule a time for this and to follow-up on the healing process.
Does the rhinoplasty hold any serious risks?
While the rhinoplasty is general a safe procedure, the risks of surgery can include bleeding, infection, scarring, and nerve damage.
How can I pay for my rhinoplasty at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery?
Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery accepts cash, all major credit cards. In addition, financing options are available to those who qualify. Contact a patient coordinator to find out more about medical financing through CareCredit.