Nose Surgery

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

Nose Surgery San Antonio TX | Rhinoplasty

There may be no more powerful surgery to change one's facial appearance than altering the nose. The nose is a central focus of the face during normal conversation and daily interactions with others. In an age of the 'selfie', the focus on nasal aesthetics has become even more acute, with younger and younger patients now seeking this cosmetic procedure.

As nasal surgery (rhinoplasty) is such a powerful technique, it must be approached with appropriate care and respect. Dr. Albright recommends 'fine-tuning' your unique nasal features as opposed to dramatic distortions. Not only will this bring your nose into a more harmonious relationship with your other facial features, but it will also help decrease the risk of short and long term complications from nasal surgery, such as poor scarring or loss of nasal support. These principles are born from Dr. Albright's experiences with cosmetic rhinoplasty in Brazil and reconstructive rhinoplasty (cleft care) in Pennsylvania.

Rhinoplasty FAQ’s

What is typically involved with nose surgery (rhinoplasty)?

As you may suspect, the answer is dependent on what needs to be done. There are minimally invasive techniques such as injection of fillers that can be used to fine tune nasal shape in a nonpermanent, lower cost, easier recovery manner. Although not typically dramatic change, this could be a good starting point for someone with minor aesthetic issues who is not quite sure if surgical intervention is necessary. An injection may help guide this patient's ultimate decision to proceed with surgery, continue with injections alone, or do nothing.

However, most patients who present for nose surgery have more significant aesthetic issues that are best treated with surgery. The surgery may involve altering bone, and/or cartilage. It may involve altering any region of the nose (the base, the top, the bottom). Cartilage grafts may be recommended. The options are truly staggering. Dr. Albright will help simplify and explain why one approach may be best in your specific case. An individualized surgical plan will be created, and he will make sure you are comfortable with this plan.

Will nose surgery affect my breathing?

Yes it can. For the majority of patients, breathing will either stay the same or improve. A small minority of patients however, can develop worsening breathing through the nostrils depending on postoperative scarring. Dr. Albright will assess for underlying breathing problems present before surgery, as these may become more pronounced after surgery. If you have concerns about nasal breathing, come in today to discuss it with Dr. Albright.

When will I see my final result after nose surgery (rhinoplasty)?

Rhinoplasty is notorious for having a slow recovery. The reasons for this are occasionally unpredictable scarring and very predictable swelling. The face has robust blood flow and has a tendency to swell with injury. For most nose surgery patients, the surgical techniques involved (such as elevating the skin of the nose off of it's underlying structures) creates significant injury and therefore significant swelling. 6-8 months is common and occasionally out to 12 months. While the swelling resolves, the breathing will typically improve, and the tissues are developing mature scars. Scar maturation takes 8-12 months.  After one year, the final result should be apparent.

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