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Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty in Houston & Katy, Texas*

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Overview

Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Rolando Morales, offers rhinoplasty procedures to his patients at his cosmetic surgery centers in Houston and surrounding areas like Katy, TX. Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a nose job, is a procedure used to alter the shape, size and dimensions of a nose to improve the overall appearance of the face. Cosmetic surgery of the nose is among the most complex and technically demanding operations performed in the head and neck area. Functional rhinoplasty is an effective procedure when there is evidence of decreased nasal airflow, which is usually secondary to a deviated nasal septum.

During the Surgery

Cosmetic or functional surgery of the nose takes 2 hours to 3 hours, and is performed under general anesthesia. Many of these procedures require incisions inside the nostrils and a small incision in the natural creases along the sides or near the base of the nose. Nasal septal cartilage is removed to correct a deviated septum, or harvested for cartilage graft. The cartilaginous and bony structure are carefully trimmed or augmented as necessary. At the end of the operation, a cast will be placed on the nose. If there is any bleeding, a light dressing may be placed inside the nostrils, but will be removed within 2 days.

Recovery

The most uncomfortable part of the recovery is the inability to breathe through the nose for several days due to swelling. If any sutures were placed in a natural crease, they are removed in several days. The cast is usually removed in 1 week, however, the final result will be best seen 6 months after surgery when the swelling resolves. Patients will be able to go about light daily activities after the first few days, but more aerobic recreation should be delayed for about 3 weeks. Most patients return to their jobs within a week unless their job requires lifting or aerobic activity.

Expected Cost

The cost of rhinoplasty varies for each patient, depending on the techniques used and desired results. Each patient could expect to pay $5,000-$7,000.

Plan Your Procedure

Average Cost  
$5,000 - $7,000
Recovery Time  
1 Week
Average Procedure Time  
2-3 Hours
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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Rhinoplasty FAQs

Bruising and Swelling?

Bruising and swelling is the biggest recovery aspect because there is minimal pain to the procedure. The delicate anatomy of the nose is very sensitive to trauma/surgery. When osteotomies (nasal bones) are in-fractured, there is much more bruising than expected. Most patients will have minimal residual bruising and swelling at 2 weeks. 

Final Results?

Patients can expect to see the final results 3 to 5 months after surgery. The swelling takes months to resolve because of the delicate architecture of the nose. If the patient is unsatisfied with their results, any revisions are usually best one year after surgery.

Is it Painful?

There is actually minimal pain to the procedure. Most patients only require pain medications for 1-2 days.

Will I Be Able To Breathe?

The first few days may feel stuffy, and it may be difficult to breathe due to swelling. The swelling will last for a few days.

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* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.