Austin plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Whitfield is a board-certified with over 20 years of experience in cosmetic facial surgery. He has a deep understanding of anatomy and balanced proportion. This, combined with his keen artistic eye, is what allows him to create exceptional results in nose reshaping surgery.
The first step on your journey to a new nose is the consultation. Dr. Whitfield will evaluate the size, shape, and projection of your nose structure carefully, and perform precise measurements. With the help of a 3D imaging system, you will be able to visualize various changes to your nose structure clearly, and a custom surgical plan established. Nose surgery may be performed alone or in conjunction with a chin augmentation or facelift.
Dr. Whitfield prefers to perform what is called an open rhinoplasty where an incision is made at the base of the columella, the cartilage that separates your nostrils. Depending on your individual condition, Dr. Whitfield may remove bone or cartilage, add cartilage with a cartilage graft (taken from the septum or the ear) and/or correct a deviated septum. All of this will be discussed with you in detail, so you fully understand the procedure, recovery, and what to expect in nose appearance, once healed.
A nose can be too large for the rest of your face, but it can also be too small, crooked, or oddly-shaped. The key to very successful nose surgery is creating the right nose for your unique features.
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Some patients may have a nose that does not function properly due to a deviated septum. We perform rhinoplasty in Austin which can improve breathing issues by removing the blockages restricting airflow.
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgery center or hospital. You will typically have airway splints and a plaster splint that Dr. Whitfield will fashion and place when your nose reshaping surgery is complete. You can expect to be bruised and swollen for several weeks depending on the extent of the surgery performed. Stitches are removed in seven to ten days.
It is very important to take protect your nose during recovery from the procedure, and in the months ahead. You want to avoid any kind of trauma to the nose; something as mild as forceful blowing of the nose could cause the splints to move.
While your initial swelling can take about two to six weeks weeks to fully resolve, the swelling at the tip of the nose may require up to a year to fully diminish, although others will not likely notice the minor residual swelling.
– Dr. Robert Whitfield, MD, FACS Plastic Surgeon – Austin, TX