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Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States. And it makes sense. Many people, including men and women right here in Dallas, are unhappy with the shape or size of their noses for a variety of reasons. Some may feel their nose sticks out too much, while others feel it isn’t long enough. Some Dallas men and women might have nasal humps that they feel make their profile less attractive. And others are unhappy with the tip of their nose, or the size and shape of their nostrils.
In addition to the various reasons why rhinoplasty is performed for cosmetic reasons, are the functional reasons that Dallas men and women choose this plastic surgery. Certain people who have difficulty breathing may benefit from a rhinoplasty procedure so they can breathe more easily.* How great does that sound?!
What a Rhinoplasty Addresses
When Dr. Hopkins’ team at J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery discusses nasal concerns that might necessitate a cosmetic or functional rhinoplasty, they prioritize noses that are misshapen, bulbous, small in nostril flare (or large in flare), those that protrude out and away from the face at an uncommon length, as well as Dallas nose job candidates who experience significant difficulty breathing. Whatever the concern, when you’re working with the right plastic surgeon like Dr. Hopkins, he can inform you if a nasal surgery can address your problem or concern. Most noses can withstand rhinoplasty and have a quick heal time.
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Am I an Ideal Candidate for a Nose Job?
Simply being a Dallas resident who desires cosmetic or functional rhinoplasty doesn’t mean that Dr. Hopkins will automatically take on your case. First, you must meet his rigorous surgical standards, which he has put in place to protect your overall health and well-being. These standards include:
Ensuring that you are in good general health and can pass a preoperative screening appointment by your general practitioner
Providing Dr. Hopkins with your full medical history, including any medical conditions you have, medications you currently take, or surgeries you’ve had performed in the past
Listening to Dr. Hopkins explain the rhinoplasty procedure and specific techniques he’ll use on your case in detail, and communicating back to him that you understand the procedure
Being a non-smoker, as smoking can complicate both the surgery and your recovery time
Communicating that you have realistic expectations for your surgery
Being in good overall psychological health
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Rhinoplasty is a type of surgical procedure designed to proportion one’s nose on their face correctly, or correct abnormalities in the internal structure of the nose, such as a deviated septum. It is often used to correct impaired breathing troubles Dallas patients may be experiencing due to a defect in the overall structure of the nose itself. When successful, the surgery will reduce nose size, nose width, and nose profile. The tip can be fixed, should it be bulbous or hooked, for example.
When you choose Dr. Hopkins for your Dallas rhinoplasty surgery, he will begin the procedure by administering general anesthesia. This medication is given so that you are completely asleep and unaware of your procedure, providing you with the ultimate level of comfort during your surgery. As Dr. Hopkins – or any other plastic surgeon will tell you, for that matter – every nose is different, and no two nose job procedures are alike. The exact techniques that Dr. Hopkins will use during your surgery depend on your current nose anatomy and your desired results.
Rhinoplasty is usually a closed procedure, which means the incisions will be hidden within the nose. Alternatively, an open procedure may be required, where the incision is made across your columella – the narrow strip of skin between the nostrils. By using one of these two incisions, the surgery can successfully reshape the entire structure of your nose by removing excess bone or cartilage in the immediate area, as well as help improve breathing.* Additional cartilage grafts may be used to provide a more cohesive appearance once completed.
When you awaken from your procedure, you will be in a post-operative recovery room and monitored by a team of postoperative medical professionals. You will usually need to stay in this recovery room for a few hours as the effects of anesthesia wear off, and your medical team has had enough time to monitor your vitals to ensure it is safe for you to go home. Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure.* However, on the day of your surgery, due to the strong anesthesia you received, you will not be able to drive yourself home. You will need a friend or advocate to perform that task for you.
The Cost of a Nose Job For Dallas Patients
In most cases, a nose job addresses a cosmetic concern. However, in some cases, it addresses a medical one. Depending on your particular case, your health insurance may cover the cost, if it is medically necessary. However, if the procedure is self-pay, you can consider a few financing options available through our office. In short, there is no need to wait to get the nose you want.
A cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Hopkins who has your needs in mind will work with you, not against you, in financing your nose job. We at J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery understand that rhinoplasty isn’t just a trivial surgery; it is a life-changing procedure that brings out a new version of you and can resolve breathing difficulties that have plagued you for years.
The Procedure Process Explained
Your treatment journey will begin with a consultation, allowing Dr. Hopkins to perform a physical examination, collect your medical history, and ask about your aesthetic goals. This consultation aims to verify your eligibility for a safe and successful procedure and develop a treatment plan that meets your needs and objectives. This is also a great time to ask any questions about the procedure, anesthesia, recovery, or results.
What Should I Do in Preparation?
At your consultation, Dr. Hopkins will provide you with any instructions you need to follow to prepare for surgery. This might involve abstaining from certain medications or supplements. Additionally, if you smoke, you must quit smoking for at least six weeks before your surgery.
What Is Surgery Like?
During rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Hopkins will make small incisions inside or around the nose to access and reposition underlying structures such as bone, cartilage, and tissue. At times, Dr. Hopkins may remove excess bone and tissue to refine the shape of the nose. The entire procedure typically takes between one to three hours, depending on the extent of the operation. Afterward, a splint and packing are placed over the bridge of the nose and inside the nose to protect it from further damage and help support the new contours.
What Should I Expect in Terms of Recovery from Rhinoplasty?
Most patients need to rest for a week or so before resuming normal activities. We advise waiting six weeks or more before returning to strenuous exercise or heavy lifting. You can expect some swelling and congestion for the first few days of your recovery, but these symptoms will clear up as you give your body time to rest. Prescription and over-the-counter medications may both be used to minimize any physical discomfort.
How Do I Reduce Swelling After Rhinoplasty?
Every patient in Dallas experiences some level of swelling and bruising after rhinoplasty surgery. Swelling is completely normal, so don’t worry about it. Your face may even feel slightly puffy and uncomfortable. Thankfully, you can do a few things to reduce swelling:
Keep Your Head Elevated – After your procedure, try to keep your head elevated and as still as possible. This will encourage fluid to drain downwards and away from your healing nose.
Drink Water – After surgery, drink plenty of water. It’s important to remain hydrated, as you’re more likely to release fluids.
Avoid Hot Water – It’s vital that you avoid hot showers, baths, or spas. The steam will make your swelling worse and cause your cast to fall off too soon.
Avoid Salt – Salty foods, such as chips or pretzels, cause your body to retain fluids. Instead, consume plenty of leafy greens and foods rich in Vitamin K.
Don’t Smoke – We know smoking can be a difficult habit to kick, but it’s very important that you at least quit smoke 6 weeks before and 8 weeks after your surgery. The reason – smoking can cause complications with both the surgery and your recovery time process. If you need help quitting, ask Dr. Hopkins about the best smoking cessation program for you.
Other Things to Consider Before Getting Rhinoplasty
Are There Any Risks Involved?
While every surgical procedure comes with some risk, you can significantly minimize your risk by choosing a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon and carefully adhering to all of the aftercare and recovery guidelines.
Will I Need to Request Extensive Time Off from Work?
While recovery timelines can vary from patient to patient, most people are ready to return to the office within one to two weeks of their rhinoplasty procedure.
Is It Really Worth It?
Only you can decide whether getting rhinoplasty is worth it. However, be advised that virtually all patients who have this surgery express high satisfaction.
You’re in Good Hands with Dr. Hopkins
Rhinoplasty can transform your appearance, bringing all the elements of your face into beautiful aesthetic harmony. Dr. Hopkins has considerable experience performing rhinoplasty for patients in Dallas, TX, and beyond. Schedule a consultation at (972) 298-6641.
*Individual results in Dallas patients may vary.