What is Rhinoplasty?
Your nose sits in the middle of your face, so if it’s out of proportion by being either too big or too small, it can make any asymmetry strikingly noticeable. Add to this the fact that many people suffer from a nose that doesn’t function properly and you can see why rhinoplasty (also known as nose reshaping surgery or a nose job) is one of our most common plastic surgery procedures at Alford Facial Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX. Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of either the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. While many rhinoplasties are performed for an improved appearance, there are also those who suffer from poor nasal function caused by deformities on the inside of the nose that impair breathing, causing headaches and sinus troubles. Double-board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eugene "Gene" Alford’s goal with his rhinoplasty patients is to create a nose that appears natural, functions properly, and is in balance with the rest of the face. Typically, rhinoplasty renders excellent results with no external scarring, and while the greatest numbers are performed in the younger age groups, excellent results can also be obtained by patients in their 50’s, 60’s, and beyond.
"Dr. Alford and his team were incredible! I had deviated septum since I was 15 and after having surgery, I felt like a new person, I am able to fully breathe through my nose now and sleep even better! They were extremely professional, friendly and excellent at their job! I appreciate y’all and will definitely recommend you to all my friends and family. Thank you"- S.F. / Google / Dec 19, 2019
"I was involved in an aircraft accident and got to know Dr Alford after to help me get my sinuses and nose back together after trauma from the accident. Dr Alford runs a first class operation and has a wonderful staff. I never wait more then 5 minutes to see him and what Doctor will actually personally call you to follow up on things! The staff is also really fast and follows up insurance paperwork when they request it. Oh- and he did an awesome job on my first nose surgery! I'm blessed he's in the Med Center and close to home."- M.B. / Google / Dec 20, 2019
"Dr. Alford and his team were incredible! I had deviated septum since I was 15 and after having surgery, I felt like a new person, I am able to fully breathe through my nose now and sleep even better! They were extremely professional, friendly and excellent at their job! I appreciate y’all and will definitely recommend you to all my friends and family. Thank you"- S.F. / Google / Dec 28, 2019
"Dr. Alford helped give me give me smile back along with gave me a chance to breathe again after multiple injuries as an event planner serving the military injury .He truly listened attentively takes his time ,very caring and makes a big difference an incredible surgeon Very Proud to recommend him and his staff"- A.J. / Healthgrades / Jul 22, 2020
"Dr. Alford and his team were incredible! I had deviated septum since I was 15 and after having surgery, I felt like a new person, I am able to fully breathe through my nose now and sleep even better! They were extremely professional, friendly and excellent at their job! I appreciate y’all and will definitely recommend you to all my friends and family. Thank you"- S.F. / Google / Jan 03, 2020
A nose job typically takes about 2 – 4 hours, and is performed as an outpatient procedure. Rhinoplasty entails either removing bone or cartilage when there’s too much present or else adding bone or cartilage when there’s not enough. The nose is then repositioned, and shaped to correct the deformity, and the skin is allowed to re-drape over this new framework, resulting in the nose’s new appearance. Dr. Gene may use an open or endonasal rhinoplasty technique depending on your anatomy and goals.
After your nose surgery is complete, you will be taken to a recovery area for another approximate 2-4 hours where you will be cared for to ensure your pain is well controlled and you are stable before being discharged home. You will have a follow-up appointment at Alford Facial Plastic Surgery 1 week after your surgery. At this 1 week post op appointment Dr. Gene will assess your recovery and remove any stitches or splints that were used. You are encouraged to take at least 2 – 4 weeks for your recovery before returning to normal activities. Strenuous activity, like exercise, should be avoided until you are cleared by Dr. Gene. Also, wearing glasses of any kind is prohibited for the first 4 weeks follow surgery. Please inquire about a special device that is available at Alford Facial Plastic Surgery that will allow you to wear eyeglasses without affecting your surgical results.
Rhinoplasty requires a high degree of artistry and experience on the part of the surgeon. The artistry involved in 3Dimensional crafting of bone and cartilage requires unique skills to translate from vision to execution. Dr. Gene's 25 years of experience having performed more than 5, 000 nasal surgeries you can rest assured whatever problem you have Dr Gene has seen it, diagnosed it and repaired it before. The results are also limited by certain elements out of the surgeon’s control such as facial contour and shape, skin texture and thickness, the inclination of the chin, lips and forehead, and the depth of the angle between the forehead and the nose. Here at Alford Facial Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX Dr. Eugene "Gene" Alford uses advanced technology computer imaging, which allows you to actually visualize the possible results of your surgery, giving you the opportunity to provide feedback as to what you like and dislike. This amazing educational tool enables both you and Dr. Gene to clearly understand the realistic possibilities of your nasal surgery, and to become equal partners in your care.
What does Rhinoplasty Cost?
You will have a chance to review cost estimates during your consultation. There may be additional expenses including hospital and anesthesia fees that will be discussed further in your consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 - 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 - 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
- Bad shapes, angles, and/or size of nose
- Birth or congenital defect
- Bulbous nose
- Drooping, elevated, or wide nasal tip
- Injury or accident
- Nasal blockage or congestion
- Nasal hump or bumps
- Nasal polyps
Rhinoplasty is appropriate for anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their nose and wants to reshape, resize, or otherwise alter their nose. Rhinoplasty is also great for anyone who has breathing trouble due to a congenital defect, medical condition, or injury to the nose. Rhinoplasty can improve nasal blockage and improve your breathing.
Incisions and Scars?
The surgical incisions for rhinoplasty are typically very small and made inside the nose or on the underside of the nostril, which will leave no visible scars. Proper scar care after surgery will help the incisions heal quickly and blend with the normal skin.
In some cases, it might be necessary to augment the chin or perform some additional surgery, such as a brow or eyelid lift, to achieve your desired facial balance and symmetry. This is something that Dr. Gene will discuss with you in detail during your consultation. A functional nasal surgery, like septoplasty or sinus surgery, may be added to the rhinoplasty for optimal function and appearance.