Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
in Dallas, TX
Nose surgery, also known as “rhinoplasty,” is a procedure designed to improve the size and shape of the nose. It can also correct breathing problems associated with the nasal passage.
As the central feature of the face, the nose plays a significant role in determining overall facial harmony. Rhinoplasty helps create a nose that is in balance with the rest of the face by correcting the unsatisfactory results of genetic deformities or traumatic nose injuries.
Dr. Aly specializes in primary, revision, and ethnic rhinoplasty.
How Can Rhinoplasty Improve My Nose?
Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures because of its ability to enhance facial harmony.
Nose surgery can effectively:
- Reduce or increase the overall size of the nose in some patients
- Smooth out bumps and/or depressions on the bridge of the nose
- Narrow or widen the bridge of the nose
- Change the size, shape, and angulation of the tip of the nose
- Widen or narrow the size of the nostrils
- Adjust the angle between the nose and upper lip
- Straighten the septum to improve breathing
A patient’s primary rhinoplasty is their first nose surgery performed, when their nose has never been operated on before. This is the best chance of getting things in proper alignment compared to revision rhinoplasty.
- Performed under general anesthesia
- Incisions are made across the central nostril skin as well as the inside of the nose
- Allows the most visibility for the surgeon during the procedure
- It is like working on the engine of a car with the hood opened
- Performed under either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia
- Incisions are made on the inside of the nose
- Shorter surgical and recovery time
Other Rhinoplasty Options
If ideal results are not achieved with primary rhinoplasty, a revision rhinoplasty procedure may be needed.
Dr. Aly also specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty procedures designed to address the anatomy and desires of various ethnic groups.
Will I have any pain or discomfort during the rhinoplasty procedure?
No. Anesthesia is administered throughout the entire procedure, so patients do not have to worry about feeling any pain or discomfort during surgery.
How long does nose surgery take to complete?
Nose surgery generally takes two to four hours to perform, although the exact amount of time needed for surgery will depend on the specific corrections that need to be made.
Will I be able to go home after the surgery is complete?
Rhinoplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis. However, because you will still be under the effects of anesthesia after surgery, you will need someone to drive you home.
Will rhinoplasty leave scarring?
Surgical procedures that require incisions generally leave some extent of scarring. However, incisions will be placed inside of the nose or on the columella (the skin bridge on the underside of the nose between the nostrils) to ensure scarring is as inconspicuous as possible. In the majority of cases, this is not visible after a few months have passed.
When will the stitches be removed?
Dr. Aly utilizes absorbable stitches, which do not need to be removed. The only stitch to remove is one that holds a “splint” that is sometimes placed on the inside of the nose if the septum (the wall between the two sides of the nose) is operated on. That stitch is typically removed six or seven days after surgery.
Will I have a cast on my nose after surgery?
An external nasal cast will most often be placed on the bridge of the nose and will be removed in six to seven days.
Will I have packing in my nose after surgery?
Dr. Aly does not utilize packing in the nose.
How long does it take to recover from rhinoplasty?
Most patients will need about one week of downtime to recover from rhinoplasty, after which time they generally feel good enough to return to work. However, strenuous exercises and physical activities should be avoided until after your surgeon determines that your nose has healed properly at a follow-up appointment.
When can I expect to see results?
The results of nose surgery will become more evident as the swelling goes down over the coming weeks and months. It may take up to a year to see the final results of your rhinoplasty.