Looking for a Rhinoplasty in Dallas-Fort Worth? Dr. Farris is double board-certified!
Your nose is one of the most prominent features on your face, and it plays a significant role in balancing your other facial features. For many men and women, subtle alterations to the size or shape of their nose can significantly impact their appearance and improve overall facial harmony. As a result, it should come as no surprise that rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is consistently one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures every year.
Dr. Zachary Farris is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 15 years of experience performing rhinoplasty in Dallas for men and women in the Dallas area. He knows the qualities that contribute to a beautiful nose, and he also understands the subtle nuances that make an attractive nose seem more masculine or more feminine. He’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that will help you achieve a beautiful outcome that will enhance your other facial features.
The best way to learn about your options and start your journey towards achieving the beautiful nose you desire is to speak with Dr. Farris in person. Please call (214) 363-1073 today to schedule your rhinoplasty consultation. We serve patients in the Dallas, Texas area.
Aesthetic Issues Addressed by Rhinoplasty
Dr. Farris can perform rhinoplasty to correct a wide range of aesthetic issues, including:
- Nose that is too large, too small or too wide
- Large, wide or droopy tip
- Tip that is too small
- Crooked, bent or unattractive bridge
- Irregularly shaped nose
- Nostrils that are too wide or upturned
- Nostrils that are too constricted or narrow
- Asymmetrical nostrils
- Broken nose
While the primary benefit of rhinoplasty is a more beautiful nose, it often helps to achieve better balance with all of your facial features. For this reason, nose surgery can have a dramatic impact on your overall appearance, helping you look and feel your best.
In addition to providing the aesthetic benefits listed above, rhinoplasty can also help correct breathing issues caused by a deviated septum.
Ideal Rhinoplasty Candidates
Most men and women who would like to improve the appearance of their nose are good candidates for this procedure. In addition, you should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of your procedure.
Your nose must also be fully matured before you can undergo rhinoplasty. This generally occurs a little earlier for girls (around age 14) than for boys (around age 16).
Smokers must be willing to quit before undergoing nose surgery and refrain from smoking throughout the recovery period. This is very important because smoking can have a negative impact on your healing and final results, and it can increase your risk of complications. Chronic cocaine users may not be suitable rhinoplasty candidates.
Your Nose Surgery Procedure
Dr. Farris will customize your nose surgery to address your unique needs and goals. The rhinoplasty procedure is performed under general anesthesia and typically lasts about 2-3 hours.
There are two different rhinoplasty techniques. They differ in the placement of the incision and the extent of exposure:
- Open rhinoplasty – A small incision is placed on the outside at the underside of the nose between the nostrils and connects to internal incisions inside the nostrils
- Closed rhinoplasty – All incisions occur within the nostrils
In both techniques, Dr. Farris will reshape the bone, cartilage and soft tissue in your nose in order to achieve your aesthetic goals.
The open rhinoplasty method allows greater exposure and a more direct approach to manipulate the underlying structures of your nose. In most situations, it is the preferred approach for Dr. Farris because it provides the most control and a better chance for a predictable result. The closed technique does not offer full exposure of the nasal framework or lower cartilages and is best suited for limited and focused issues like reducing a hump.
Recovery After Nose Surgery
You will be able to go home on the same day of surgery. Make sure to have someone drive you home since you’ll still be under the lingering effects of anesthesia for a few hours after your procedure. For the rest of the day, it’s important to get plenty of rest and drink a lot of water to prevent dehydration. It will be helpful to ask someone to stay with you for the remainder of the day in case you need assistance around the house.
Nasal discharge is common during the first couple of days. You will have a drip pad under your nostrils, which may be changed as needed. Apply crushed ice in an ice bag to the areas immediately around your nose, but not directly on it. Keep your head elevated on 3 pillows when sleeping for the first week. Your nasal splint will be removed 5-7 days after surgery.
Do not blow your nose for the first 3 weeks. For dried blood and crusting within the nostrils, gently clean this using a Q-tip coated with peroxide followed by application of Bacitracin ointment. You may use normal saline nasal spray after the second day to keep you nasal lining moist. If you feel congested, you may use Afrin nasal spray after conferring with Dr. Farris.
Some additional items to keep in mind include:
- Do not wear glasses that rest on the bridge of your nose for 4 weeks
- Avoid strenuous activity or exercise for 3 weeks
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure to your scar and use sunscreen as necessary
Much of the swelling after surgery will be gone after 6 weeks, but you may have incremental changes and improvement in the appearance of your nose for up to 1 year.