What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, often called a nose job, is a surgical procedure to change the shape or size of the nose. It's usually done under anesthesia, where the surgeon makes cuts inside the nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or sometimes outside (open rhinoplasty). They then reshape the bones, cartilage, and tissue to make the nose look different or work better, like fixing breathing problems or straightening a crooked nose.

After the surgery, the cuts are closed, and sometimes, the surgeon places small supports inside the nose to help it heal properly. The whole process takes a few hours, and patients get instructions for recovery afterward.

    Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

    Rhinoplasty may be suitable for individuals who are seeking to address specific concerns related to the appearance or function of their noses. This includes individuals who are:

    • Dissatisfied with the shape, size, or symmetry of their nose. These can include:
      • Reducing a prominent bump on the nasal bridge
      • Altering the tip of the nose or bulbous nose
      • Adjusting proportion and scale of a wide nose
    • Have breathing difficulties due to structural issues
    • Have experienced trauma or injury to the nose.

    Ultimately, the decision to undergo a nose job in Dallas, TX, should be made after careful consideration of personal goals and consultation with Dr. Meade to determine if the procedure is appropriate for the individual's needs.

    How can Rhinoplasty Help with Breathing Difficulties?

    • Addresses Both Aesthetic & Functional Concerns:
    • Corrects deviated septum, a crooked or off-center nasal septum.
    • Resolves breathing obstructions, potentially reducing snoring and sleep apnea.
    • Functional Rhinoplasty Benefits:
    • Enhances airway function for improved breathing efficiency.
    • Reduces snoring occurrences.
    • Consultation:
    • Schedule a thorough consultation with Dr. Meade to assess your needs.
    • He will provide personalized recommendations and guidance tailored to your situation.

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    Your Initial Consultation With Dr. Meade

    Scheduling a consultation for your rhinoplasty in Dallas, TX, with Dr. Meade is a crucial first step in ensuring the best possible results. During this initial appointment, Dr. Meade will conduct a physical evaluation and actively listen to your goals regarding your nose surgery. He'll then discuss what is and is not possible and how he could help you meet and exceed those goals.

    Dr. Meade will also discuss the physical impact that rhinoplasty will have on your overall health and well-being and explain in detail what you can expect during surgery and through your recovery. You'll also be provided with a cost estimate for your rhinoplasty.

    Check out our patient before and after photo gallery to see the potential outcomes of rhinoplasty. You can also search online for more examples or images that closely match your desired results. Contact us at 214.823.1691 or online for further information on rhinoplasty at our Dallas or Plano offices.

    Preparing For Your Rhinoplasty Surgery

    As the time gets closer to your scheduled rhinoplasty date, Dr. Meade may request specific lab tests or medical evaluations to give you the best possible care. He may also take photos of your nose from different angles for documentation. 

    Pre-Surgery Instructions

    You'll receive comprehensive pre-surgery instructions, including adjusting certain medications, vitamins, or supplements you're already taking. Dr. Meade will also ask you to avoid alcohol and drugs and completely abstain from smoking before and after surgery. Finally, we advise being as well-hydrated as possible before your procedure.

    The Rhinoplasty Procedure

    Rhinoplasty can be performed using either intravenous or general anesthesia, and Dr. Meade may take one of two surgical approaches:

    1. An open rhinoplasty begins with a tiny incision made at the base of the nose, right where the strip of tissue that separates the nostrils meets the upper lip. Through this incision, Dr. Meade can access the cartilage beneath.
    2. In a closed rhinoplasty, Dr. Meade makes incisions inside the nostrils so scarring remains completely hidden.

    Because the nose is primarily made of cartilage and soft tissues, Dr. Meade can reshape the nose to help you meet your appearance goals. He may remove existing cartilage in some areas or build up the nasal structure using cartilage grafts removed from elsewhere on the body. In some cases, dermal fillers may further shape and refine the nasal contours. 

    Of course, Dr. Meade will discuss the specifics of your surgery in more detail with you at your consultation.

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    Rhinoplasty Before & After

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    How Do People Feel After A Nose Job?

    After surgery, there will be some swelling which can take many months to resolve, although most people stop noticing it after a couple of months. You will feel progressively better each day during the first week.

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    Recovery and Results

    While every patient experiences the recovery process differently, most men and women feel comfortable enough after surgery that they don't even finish a prescription of 40 pain pills. For the first week, splints or narrow tubes may be needed to support the reshaped nasal structure, and bandages may need to be worn for up to 2 weeks for the best nose surgery results.

    You should notice an improvement in your nose's size, shape, or profile almost immediately after surgery, which improves as healing progresses and swelling lessens. Your final results should align with your personal goals for your procedure and create improved harmony, balance, and proportion among all of your facial features.

    When you're ready to know more about how rhinoplasty could improve your appearance, contact us online or at 214.823.1691. We'll be more than happy to answer any questions we can. Of course, if you're ready to proceed with rhinoplasty in Dallas, TX, we'll be glad to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Meade! 

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    National Rhinoplasty Statistics

    1. Rhinoplasty can change your nose's size, shape, and proportions. It may be done to repair deformities from an injury, correct a congenital disability or improve some, but not all, breathing difficulties.

    2. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 220,000 rhinoplasties are performed yearly, making this the most common facial plastic surgery procedure.

    3. The researchers recorded patients' gender, whether they were satisfied, and the reasons for satisfaction or dissatisfaction. Male and female patients were compared using chi-squared analysis. There were 2326 reviews for primary rhinoplasty procedures (2032 females, 294 males). The overall satisfaction rate was 83.6%.

    When you're ready to have your questions answered or proceed with your initial consultation with Dr. Meade, contact us online or call 214.823.1691. Our compassionate and professional team is here, ready to help in any way they can. 


    What is the hardest part of rhinoplasty?

    Can you be too old for a rhinoplasty?

    Will I experience any changes in sensation or feeling in my nose after rhinoplasty?

    How can I minimize swelling and bruising following rhinoplasty surgery?

    Does male rhinoplasty differ from rhinoplasty for women?

    Can a botched rhinoplasty be corrected?

    What is the hardest part of rhinoplasty?

    The most difficult part of rhinoplasty surgery is often the tip plasty, where shaping the tip of the nose can be tricky. Getting the right projection without causing asymmetry or deformities from tip grafts requires a surgeon with a lot of skill and precision, such as Dr. Meade.

    Can you be too old for a rhinoplasty?

    No, there is typically no upper age limit for rhinoplasty surgery. As long as a person is in good health and their goals for the procedure are realistic, they can undergo rhinoplasty at any age. However, it's important for older individuals to discuss any potential risks or considerations with their surgeon before proceeding.

    Will I experience any changes in sensation or feeling in my nose after rhinoplasty?

    It's possible to experience temporary changes in sensation in the nose after rhinoplasty, including numbness or altered sensitivity, which usually resolve during the healing process. Prolonged or permanent changes in sensation are rare but can occur.

    How can I minimize swelling and bruising following rhinoplasty surgery?

    To minimize swelling and bruising after rhinoplasty surgery, you can follow Dr. Meade's post-op instructions carefully, which may include keeping your head elevated, applying cold compresses, avoiding strenuous activities, and taking prescribed medications as directed. Additionally, following a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and hydration can support the healing process.

    Does male rhinoplasty differ from rhinoplasty for women?

    While both male and female rhinoplasty aim to reshape the nose for aesthetic and functional improvements, they may differ in approach based on gender-specific facial features and desired outcomes. The procedure is tailored to each individual's anatomy and preferences to achieve the desired results.

    Can a botched rhinoplasty be corrected?

    Yes, a botched rhinoplasty can often be corrected through revision rhinoplasty, which involves addressing and improving the unsatisfactory results of the initial procedure.

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    Choose Dr. Ricardo Meade for Stunning Rhinoplasty Results

    Dr. Ricardo A. Meade is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Dallas-Ft. Worth metro area, with locations in both Dallas and Plano, Texas. Alongside facelifts, Dr. Meade provides a comprehensive range of facial cosmetic procedures for both men and women, enhancing the confidence of numerous satisfied patients.

    Working with Dr. Meade offers the benefit of his extensive skills and refined understanding, ensuring personalized recommendations for optimal results and recovery. His expertise shines through in his empathetic approach to addressing your concerns and his optimistic outlook towards achieving your desired outcome.

    Dr. Meade offers a full range of facial cosmetic surgery procedures for both men and women, including rhinoplasty, and has helped thousands of patients feel more confident about their appearance. This has, in turn, earned him hundreds of 5-star reviews and other professional accolades.

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