A nose that looks asymmetrical, too large or small or oddly shaped compared to the rest of the face can be improved through rhinoplasty. With cosmetic nose surgery, the facial features can be brought into better balance, although rhinoplasty can also help improve respiratory issues related to abnormalities in internal nasal structure as well.
Dr. Ricardo A. Meade is a board certified plastic surgeon who is known as one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons serving the entire Dallas-Ft. Worth metro area, with offices in Dallas and Plano, Texas. In addition to rhinoplasty, Dr. Meade offers a full range of facial cosmetic surgery procedures for both men and women, and has helped thousands of patients feel more confident about their appearance.
Rhinoplasty can correct a number of cosmetic concerns like fix a prominent bump on the nasal bridge, alter the tip of the nose, improve nostril symmetry or make changes to nose proportion and scale in relation to the rest of the facial features. Beyond appearances, the nose plays an important role physiologically as well. If genetic irregularities or a poorly healed former injury are severe enough to obstruct normal breathing, nose surgery can minimize issues related to breathing problems, snoring or sleep apnea.
Please contact us online or call 214-823-1691 for more information on rhinoplasty at our Dallas or Plano plastic surgery offices. We encourage you to view rhinoplasty photos in our real patient before and after photo gallery to get a better sense of what this procedure can achieve.
Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Meade is an important first step in ensuring the best possible rhinoplasty results. During this initial appointment, Dr. Meade will conduct a physical evaluation as well as discuss your goals for nose surgery and the different ways that rhinoplasty can best help you meet those goals. Dr. Meade will also talk about the impact that rhinoplasty will have on your physical health and wellbeing, as well as explain in detail about what you can expect during surgery and through your recovery. You’ll also be provided with a cost estimate for your rhinoplasty along with detailed price information.
As the time gets closer to your scheduled rhinoplasty date, Dr. Meade may request specific lab tests or medical evaluations as part of giving you the best possible care. He may also take photos of your nose from different angles for documentation purposes. You’ll also receive comprehensive pre-surgery instructions, which may include the recommendation to adjust certain medications, vitamins or supplements you’re already taking. Dr. Meade will also explain why it’s essential to avoid the consumption of alcohol and drugs as well as abstain from smoking before and after surgery.
Rhinoplasty can be performed using either intravenous or general anesthesia, and Dr. Meade may take one of two surgical approaches:
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.
In a closed rhinoplasty, Dr. Meade makes the incisions inside the nostrils so they remain completely hidden.
Because the nose is primarily made of cartilage and soft tissues, Dr. Meade can easily reshape the nose to help you meet your appearance goals. During surgery he may remove existing cartilage in some areas, or build up the nasal structure using cartilage grafts removed from elsewhere on the body (often the septum or even the ear). In some cases, dermal fillers may be used to further refine the nasal contours. Dr. Meade will discuss the specifics of your surgery in more detail with you at your consultation.
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 two weeks for the best rhinoplasty results.
You should notice an improvement in the size, shape or profile of your nose almost immediately after surgery, with your new look becoming more apparent as healing progresses and swelling lessens. Your final results should look more in line with your personal goals for rhinoplasty, along with creating an improved harmony among all facial features.