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.
Can Nose Surgery address a deviated septum?
Yes, a rhinoplasty can include correction of a deviated septum. This procedure will both improve breathing ability by straightening the septum, and improve the overall appearance of the nose. It’s important to choose a plastic surgeon who has experience with the repair of deviated septums, in addition to cosmetic improvements of nasal shape.
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.
Are there any risks to a rhinoplasty?
Like all surgical procedures, rhinoplasty carries the possibility of certain risks. Rhinoplasty is no different, but generally speaking, this procedure has a low rate of complications and high levels of patient satisfaction. You can further mitigate the risk of complications by choosing an experienced, qualified nose surgeon like Dr. Farris.
We will make sure you are fully informed of all of the risks, which include:
- Uneven results
Dr. Farris will discuss all possible risks of rhinoplasty with you during your consultation. He and our team take every step imaginable to reduce the risk of complications and ensure you receive beautiful results. You can further reduce your risks by following all of our pre-care and aftercare instructions.
How to prepare for Nose surgery
To prepare for a rhinoplasty, you should:
- Schedule a consultation with Dr. Farris
- Discuss your concerns, goals, what you would like to change, and your expectations of rhinoplasty
- View before-and-after images of our past rhinoplasty patients
- Discuss all of your surgical options
- Schedule the surgery
- Arrange for someone to drive you home from surgery
- Prepare your home with pre-cooked meals for recovery
- Clear your schedule for 1-2 weeks following rhinoplasty
Once you choose to schedule the procedure, we will provide you with a detailed list of pre-care and aftercare instructions so you can plan accordingly.
Your Nose Surgery Procedure
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.
What can I expect from my results?
You should expect great results from rhinoplasty. Even small modifications to your nose can have a dramatically flattering effect.
Will a rhinoplasty affect my vision?
You should not expect a rhinoplasty to affect your vision, certainly not permanently. There are a few isolated cases of visual complications, but these are exceedingly rare.
When choosing a rhinoplasty surgeon, you should be looking for someone with training, education, experience, and board certification. A qualified surgeon, like double board-certified surgeon Dr. Zachary Farris, will first carefully evaluate your candidacy before recommending the procedure. They will perform rhinoplasty in a safe environment using standard techniques and equipment. They will take all the acceptable and expected steps to reduce your risk of complications.
Combining Nose Surgery with other procedures
Yes, it may be possible to combine other procedures with rhinoplasty. You will need to ask Dr. Farris if this is possible during your one-on-one consultation. Depending on the circumstances and the procedure you want to add, he may be able to perform them in one surgical appointment, or he may recommend spacing the surgeries apart. In all cases, Dr. Farris recommends what he knows will be the safest and most beneficial approaches for the individual patient, while providing the results that will fulfill his patients’ cosmetic goals.