Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) Houston
Rhinoplasty, or nose job, is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States and throughout the world. This procedure can improve the size and shape of the nose, while also correcting functional issues that can make breathing difficult.
Our board-certified surgeons at Memorial Plastic Surgery have over 20-years of combined surgical experience to provide patients with natural and beautiful rhinoplasty results.
Is Rhinoplasty Right for me?
Patients can benefit from rhinoplasty surgery if they would like to improve any of the following:
- Crooked nose
- Size or width of the nose
- Bulbous, upturned, or hanging tip of the nose
- Nasal hump or bump on the bridge of the nose
- Deviated septum
- Abnormality due to a traumatic nose injury
Rhinoplasty Before and After Photos
Types of Rhinoplasty
Different types of rhinoplasty are offered to address a number of concerns.
This type of nose surgery creates an incision at the columella (the skin that separates the nostrils) and lifts it from the tip of the nose. This provides your surgeon with access to the entire anatomy of the nose, thereby allowing for accurate and dramatic changes.
In this type, small incisions are made inside the nose to expose the cartilage and bone. This is often preferred by patients since it exposes the skin to minimize scarring. However, it is only ideal for patients who require minor changes.
This is a term that describes the differences in nasal features in Non-Caucasian ethnicities, such as African-American, Asian, and Hispanic, among others. Ethnic rhinoplasty is more complicated due to the natural intricacies made by the 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 form of nose surgery fixes nasal deformities such as deviated septums, enlarged turbinates, or nasal polyps. These surgical techniques help improve breathing and rarely affect the external structure of the nose. 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 in between the nostrils and throat.
During a consultation, your board-certified plastic surgeon will discuss which form of rhinoplasty is best to achieve your desired goals.
How is Rhinoplasty Performed?
Nose surgery is an outpatient procedure and takes approximately 3 – 4 hours to complete. Most forms of rhinoplasty require general anesthesia, but a closed rhinoplasty may sometimes be performed under local anesthesia with sedation. Your surgeon will mark the appropriate incision sites on your nose, either internally or externally. Depending on the specific technique used, some pieces of cartilage and skin 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.
Cost and Financing
In Houston, rhinoplasty can range between $7,500 – 10,000, depending on the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, and operating room fees, and technique used. You will be provided with an accurate quote after being evaluated at your consultation appointment.
The nose job is not covered under health insurance unless deemed medically necessary to correct an abnormality such as a traumatic nose injury or a deviated septum.
Memorial Plastic Surgery accepts all major credit cards, personal checks, and Cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin and Ethereum).
Recovery and Results
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, and patients can be discharged home the same day. You will wake up with a splint and possibly small tubes inside your nostrils to ensure your new nose heals properly. It typically takes around 12-18 months 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 nose area||Two months|
|Heavy exercises and other strenuous activities||One month, or on the recommendation of the doctor|
Nose Job 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. It is also possible to perform nose surgery on underage patients with parental consent, but it is not typically recommended for patients younger than 15-17 years of age.
- Can I have secondary or revision rhinoplasty?
Patients may undergo a secondary or revisional 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 at the same time, 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, patients who wish to improve the aesthetic contour and appearance of their nose without undergoing the knife may often benefit from having a non-surgical rhinoplasty at the Memorial Spa 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.