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Rhinoplasty, also known as “nose reshaping” or a “nose job,” can improve the appearance and function of the nose. From the bridge and nostrils to the tip and overall profile of the nose, nose surgery can correct a variety of aesthetic concerns. Those with breathing problems stemming from structural issues within the nose can also benefit from nose surgery.

Rhinoplasty Candidates

Anyone who doesn’t like the appearance of his or her nose.  Many patients have a dorsal hump on their nose that can make the nose more masculine. Some people simply don’t like the roundness of their nasal tip.  Some feel that their nose hangs to low or is turned too high.  Some people feel their nose just isn’t straight.  All of these deformities can be corrected via rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty achieves the following:

Facial balance: Whether you feel your nose is too large, too wide, asymmetrical, or has an unattractive angle, nose surgery can improve the size, shape, and overall appearance of your nose. Rhinoplasty will help balance your facial features by creating a nose that is in better harmony with the rest of your face, which can increase your confidence and improve your overall quality of life.

Improved breathing: Rhinoplasty can correct and relieve airway obstructions within the nose, such as a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates, to allow for normal, easier breathing. This procedure can alleviate sensations of congestion and other breathing problems related to the nasal passageway to provide you with improved comfort during your everyday life.

Rhinoplasty Procedure

Rhinoplasty surgery begins with an invisible incision on the undersurface of the nose.  The nose soft tissue is then elevated as the underlying cartilage and bone is exposed.  This cartilage and bone is then delicately reshaped to give a more aesthetic look to the nose.  Through several specific techniques the nose can be made to look longer, shorter, wider, or narrower.  Often times the most requested changes are to remove a dorsal hump, make the nose straighter, and make the tip smaller.

In addition to being an experienced surgeon, Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Graham has had additional training in rhinoplasty surgery by attending the world renowned Dallas Rhinoplasty Course through the UT Southwestern Plastic Surgery Department. He has attended this course on two occasions and is constantly reviewing the rhinoplasty literature.

Will insurance pay for my rhinoplasty?

Insurance companies may cover the cost of a rhinoplasty if it is performed to correct a structural problem that impairs breathing. However, a rhinoplasty performed solely for cosmetic purposes is not generally covered by insurance. During your consultation, Dr. Graham will evaluate you and advise you on what to ask your insurance company regarding this.

What are the risks associated with rhinoplasty?

Please refer to the following form published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

What is the recovery time following rhinoplasty surgery?

This is dependant on the type of work you perform.  Many patients with office jobs only require a week after rhinoplasty.  During that first week both an internal and external nasal splint will be in place. You will most likely also have some bruising around your eyes. After the first week you can return to work, but likely with some bruising, although makeup will cover the majority. However, patients who perform heavy labor may require 2-4 weeks to recover.You may drive when you are off narcotics and feel confident to control the car, even in an emergency.  Most patients are able to drive within 1-2 weeks.

What is a liquid rhinoplasty?

A liquid rhinoplasty refers to performing nasal reshaping using fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, or Radiesse. This can help shadow a dorsal hump or refine a tip. This may be a more economic option for some patients, although the results aren’t permanent.

How much does rhinoplasty surgery cost?

The average cost of rhinoplasty in the US is $6-7000. Dr. Graham’s pricing for rhinoplasty can be found here.