Rhinoplasty, or nose job, is one of our facial plastic surgeons’ most common surgical procedures in Houston and Clear Lake, Texas.
With over 20 years of combined surgical experience, our board-certified rhinoplasty surgeons can improve the size and shape and correct nasal functional issues with natural and beautiful results.
Is Rhinoplasty Right for me?
Patients can benefit from surgery if they would like to improve any of the following nasal conditions:
- Size or width
- Bulbous, upturned, or hanging tip
- Nasal hump or bump on the bridge
- Deviated septum
- Abnormality due to a traumatic injury
Types of Rhinoplasty
There are four different types of rhinoplasty that you can choose from, depending on the concerns you want to address.
- Open Rhinoplasty
This type creates an incision at the columella (the skin that separates the nostrils) and lifts it from the tip of the nose. This provides our surgeons access to the entire anatomy of your nose, thereby allowing for accurate and dramatic changes.
- Closed Rhinoplasty
In this type, small incisions are made inside your nose to expose the cartilage and bone. Patients often prefer this since it exposes the skin to minimize scarring. However, it is only ideal for patients who require minor changes.
- Ethnic Rhinoplasty
This term describes the differences in nasal features in African-American, Asians, and Hispanic. Ethnic rhinoplasty is more complicated due to the natural intricacies made by our surgeon to maintain symmetry. Its goal is to bring out natural features and preserve the natural integrity of the nose.
- Rhinoplasty to Correct Functional Difficulties
This type of nose surgery fixes nasal deformities such as a deviated septum, enlarged turbinate, or nasal polyps. This technique improves breathing and rarely affects the external structure of the nose. However, in rare cases, this procedure demands the surgical treatment of the nose’s outer structure. Collapsed nasal valves are repaired by straightening external passages and enlarging the air passages between the nostrils and throat.
- Open Rhinoplasty
Our plastic surgeons will discuss which form of rhinoplasty is best to achieve your desired goals during the consultation.
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How is Rhinoplasty Performed?
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that takes approximately 3 – 4 hours to complete. Most nose surgery techniques require general anesthesia. However, local anesthesia with sedation is sometimes enough with a closed rhinoplasty.
Our surgeon will mark the appropriate incision sites on your nose, either internally or externally. Then, depending on the technique used, some cartilage and skin pieces may be removed or repositioned to achieve your ideal shape and size. Once the desired goal has been reached, dissolvable sutures will be used to close the incisions, and a splint will be placed on your nose.
Rhinoplasty Cost in Houston
At our Houston & Clear Lake clinics, a nose job cost can range from $7,500 – $10,000+, depending on the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, operating room fees, and technique used. Our plastic surgeons will provide you with an accurate quote after your evaluation during the consultation.
Since health insurance only covers nose jobs when medically necessary (e.g., correcting abnormality due to traumatic injury, deviated septum), Memorial Plastic Surgery can help you ease your finances with several options. We accept all major credit cards, personal checks, and Cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin and Ethereum) as payment methods.
Recovery and Results
You can be discharged on the same day after your rhinoplasty surgery. A splint and possibly small tubes are used inside your nostrils to ensure that your nose heals properly.
It typically takes around 1 – 2 and a half years for your new nose to settle into its final shape. Below is a chart of what you can expect during the recovery period.
|Post-op Obstacles||Estimated Time|
|Major bruising||1 – 2 weeks|
|Swelling and numbness||1 – 3 weeks|
|Nose splint/cast usage||2 – 4 weeks|
|Daily Activities||Estimated Time|
|Light activities (chores, mild exercises, etc.)||2 – 3 weeks|
|Limited sun exposure||Two months|
|Avoid hitting or rubbing the nose area.||Two months|
|Heavy exercises and other strenuous activities||One month, or on the recommendation of the doctor|
Rhinoplasty Frequently Asked Questions
- How old do I have to be to have nose surgery?
Rhinoplasty can be performed at all ages in adulthood unless there are underlying medical conditions that could prevent you from having surgery. While it is not recommended to patients younger than 17 years old, it is still possible to perform the surgery on them as long as there is parental consent.
- Can I have secondary or revision rhinoplasty?
Patients may undergo a secondary or revision rhinoplasty when they are unsatisfied with their results. However, this case is typically more challenging to correct and, in some cases, may not be recommended. You will be evaluated during your consultation to determine if a revision can help you achieve better results.
- Can rhinoplasty be combined with other procedures?
Yes, other surgical procedures may be performed simultaneously, as long as the recovery does not require you to be in a position where pressure is applied to your face.
- Is there a non-surgical alternative for a nose job?
Yes. If you wish to improve your nose’s appearance without going under the knife, The Memorial Spa offers a non-surgical rhinoplasty using fillers.
*The content and images on this page are provided with the sole intention of educating potential patients on the procedure discussed above. Results vary per individual and are dependent on our doctor’s consultation prior to the procedure. We strongly recommend undergoing a formal consultation with a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon prior to scheduling and undergoing any surgical or non-surgical treatment.