QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE RHINOPLASTY PROCEDURE
- Length of Rhinoplasty Surgery: 2-2.5 hours
- Anesthesia: IV sedation
- Outpatient Procedure at Dr. Katz’s AAAHC accredited surgical suite
- Temporary Post-Op Symptoms: swelling, bruising, dull headache
- Return to work: 1 week
- Light exercise: 2-3 weeks
- Swelling completely resolves: up to a year
For more information about rhinoplasty, please contact Dr. Warren J. Katz by calling 972-239-7005.
Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping, is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of the nose so it is in harmony with the entire face. If you are self-conscious of your nose for any reason, rhinoplasty can fix the appearance of your nose. In addition, Rhinoplasty or Septoplasty can mend any structural abnormalities within the nose (e.g., deviated septum) that may prevent you from breathing normally through your nostrils.
WHY CHOOSE DR. KATZ FOR YOUR NOSE JOB?
Dr. Warren J. Katz is an accomplished and trusted rhinoplasty surgeon with more than 30 years of surgical experience. He has performed over 10,000 rhinoplasty procedures and operates within a private, on-site and fully accredited surgical suite. The surgical suite is fully accredited by the AAAHC for your convenience, safety, and comfort.
Dr. Katz has earned a great deal of respect among his colleagues from his rhinoplasty surgery revisions. More and more patients come to Dr. Katz after their “botched” plastic and rhinoplasty surgeries, because he is able to successfully correct and deliver the initial desired results to these patients.
To Dr. Katz, rhinoplasty is not a “one-size-fits-all” procedure. Instead, nose surgery must be customized to your facial structure and your desired outcome. Trust that Dr. Katz will improve your appearance while preserving the features that are unique to your face. Additionally, Dr. Katz can correct the functionality of the nose by rectifying any internal nasal deformities that impair breathing or cause sinus problems.
Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
You may be a candidate for rhinoplasty if you have one or more of the following complaints:
- Your nose is too big or too small for your face.
- Your nose appears to be twisted and/or off-center.
- You have a bump on the bridge of your nose.
- Your nasal tip is wide, bulbous, droopy, or too elevated.
- Your nostrils are over-sized, asymmetrical, or flared.
- A structural irregularity inside your nose makes it difficult to breathe through your nose.
First, Dr. Katz meets with all rhinoplasty candidates on a one-on-one basis to discuss the procedure and expectations of nose surgery. During the complimentary consultation, Dr. Katz examines your nose and asks you to identify what changes you would like to see. Next, he will ask you to describe your ideal results, and work with you to set appropriate expectations of surgery. Based on this information, he will then draft a customized treatment plan that addresses both the cosmetic and functional concerns.
What Does Rhinoplasty Recovery Involve?
After nose surgery, Dr. Katz’s and his staff will provide detailed instructions on how to care for the nose. While patients may have some minimal discomfort it can be easily remedied with oral medication.
A small splint is placed on the outside of the nose for 5-7 days after surgery. There are no internal splints following surgery. Some patients experience slight bruising under their eyes following surgery but it usually fades quickly within one to two weeks.
During the initial recovery period you will be instructed to refrain from any strenuous activities, including bending and heavy lifting. Also, please avoid any activity that might result in any direct contact with or bumping of your nose since this might disrupt the healing process. Most of Dr. Katz’s patients return to work or school within a week of surgery and can resume exercise after two weeks. Women may apply make-up to their noses as soon as the splint is removed.
Dr. Katz will schedule several follow-up appointments during the six weeks following surgery to monitor the healing process and guide your recovery.
You should see immediate results from surgery with continued improvement as the swelling subsides. To view results from Dr. Katz’s previous nose surgery patients, visit our rhinoplasty before and after photo gallery.
How Much Does a Rhinoplasty Cost?
Rhinoplasty cost varies depending upon a number of factors, including the complexity of the operation and whether the patient is undergoing first-time surgery or revision surgery. Therefore, the typical cost of surgery can run between $7,500 and $10,000, which includes anesthesia, the surgeon’s fee, and operating room costs. As a result, Dr. Katz will provide a customized surgical quote at your complimentary consultation.
How long is a Rhinoplasty Surgery?
The surgical procedure typically takes about 2 hours.
What is a Revision Rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty (also called secondary rhinoplasty) corrects deformities and complications arising from a previous rhinoplasty surgery. A revision rhinoplasty is a more complicated and involved procedure because it may be necessary to rebuild the nasal structure and foundation of the nose. Some of the materials that can be used to rebuild the nose include tissue, cartilage, or bone from another area of the body. Synthetic materials may also be chosen. Many patients seek out Dr. Katz to perform their revisions because of his expertise and experience with these procedures. During your complimentary consultation he will explain what results you can realistically expect from this procedure.
What is the Difference Between Open and Closed Rhinoplasty?
There are two different approaches to rhinoplasty. An open rhinoplasty is performed with an external incision across the columella (bottom nose area between the nostrils) of the nose. A closed rhinoplasty is performed with an internal incision only. Dr. Katz is very experienced in both techniques and will discuss the advantages and disadvantages, as they apply to you and your nose.
Does Rhinoplasty Hurt?
While there is usually some mild discomfort following nasal surgery it can be easily managed with post-operative pain medication.
At What Age Can Rhinoplasty Be Performed?
Dr. Katz recommends that patients wait until their nose has reached skeletal maturity before undergoing a rhinoplasty. For girls this generally occurs around age 14 or 15 and for boys it is closer to age 15 or 16. However, Dr. Katz understands it is just as important to be ready emotionally for a facial surgery procedure and may recommend waiting beyond the minimum age.
How Soon After Rhinoplasty Surgery Will I Be Able to Return to Work?
Dr. Katz normally places an external splint on the nose for five to seven days following surgery. Major nasal changes are apparent immediately upon removal of the splint. More subtle changes take months to occur. The majority of Dr. Katz’s patients return to work (or school) one week after surgery.
What Kind of Anesthesia is Used During a Rhinoplasty?
Dr. Katz uses twilight anesthesia ( IV Sedation ) because the patients are asleep but they are still breathing on their own. There is normally no post-surgery nausea or vomiting with this anesthesia. IV Sedation results in a safer procedure and a quicker recovery from surgery.
What are the Risks or Complications That Can Occur with Rhinoplasty?
While rhinoplasty is a commonly performed procedure, as with all surgery, there are inherent risks. Patients can lessen this risk by choosing a qualified, experienced, facial plastic surgeon.
Complications of surgery can include:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Nasal bleeding
- Visible scarring
- Nasal irregularities
Can My Nostrils Be Narrowed During a Rhinoplasty?
Dr. Katz can correct overly wide nostrils during a rhinoplasty. This procedure, an alarplasty, is performed by making an incision in the natural crease where the nostril meets the face so that these scars are well hidden.
People of different ethnicity can have noses with varied features and characteristics. Dr. Katz is experienced in performing rhinoplasty on all different ethnicities. He feels it is important to maintain one’s ethnic identity while refining the nasal features so that all facial features blend well together.
Dr. Katz performs rhinoplasty on many men. It is important to masculinize the male nose by achieving a straight nose bridge along with a masculine angle (90 degrees) between the nose and the upper lip.
What is Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?
A non-surgical rhinoplasty, called a liquid rhinoplasty, uses synthetic fillers to improve the nasal appearance. The results are temporary and do not make the nose smaller or deal with internal nasal issues.
Schedule a Rhinoplasty Consultation with Dr. Katz
For more information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Katz. During the complimentary consultation he will listen to the concerns you have about your nose and discuss goals and anticipated results from Rhinoplasty Surgery. Call our office at 972-239-7005 or send us an email to set up an appointment.