All You Need to Know About Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, also referred to as “nose job,” is a type of plastic cosmetic surgery that enhances your facial appearance by improving certain proportions of your nose. It can also be used to correct structural deformities in the nose that cause difficulty in breathing. Rhinoplasty can be used to alter the shape of your nose by changing the lower portion (cartilage) and the upper part of your nose, which is primarily bone. In this guide, we will discuss the benefits of having your rhinoplasty procedure performed by a Houston, TX facial plastic surgeon.

 Why is Rhinoplasty Done?

There are a number of reasons why people go for rhinoplasty, such as to correct a birth deformity, repair the nose after an injury or correct their nasal function. Nonetheless, below are some of the possible changes that your cosmetic surgeon can make to your nose:

·         narrowing of the nostrils

·         straightening of the bridge

·         a change in size

·         reshaping of the tip

·         a change in angle

It should be noted that rhinoplasty done for appearance purposes is not advisable if the nasal bone is not fully grown. However, if you are getting a Rhinoplasty to correct a breathing impairment, it can be done at a tender age.

Preparing for Rhinoplasty

The first step is to consult with your healthcare provider, who will determine if you are a suitable candidate for rhinoplasty. You will work closely with your surgeon to determine why you want the surgery and what your expectations are after the surgery. Your cosmetic surgeon will inquire about any of your current medications or pre-existing medical complications and examine your medical history. You will undergo a physical exam, where the surgeon will closely examine your skin on the outside and inside of your nose to determine the appropriate surgical procedures to use.


Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient surgical procedure, which means you can go home after the procedure. You may receive local anesthesia (the nose is numbed), intravenous sedation (you’ll be relaxed and awake), and general anesthesia (you are completely asleep). During the procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will make a small incision inside the nostril to expose the skin covering the cartilage and nasal bones. The surgeon will then add, reduce or rearrange the cartilage and underlying bone to correct a deviated septum and create your desired nose shape. The exposed skin will be covered by small dissolvable stitches that help secure the skin covering in place.

What Are the Risks Involved?

Like with most surgeries, there are some risks involved during a rhinoplasty, and some of the common ones include:

·         an adverse reaction to anesthesia

·         scars

·         nosebleeds

·         a numb nose

·         difficulty in breathing

·         infection

·         an asymmetrical nose

Rhinoplasties are typically performed by facial plastic surgeons or otolaryngologists who have medical board certification and adequate training experience. That is why at Yeung Institute, we are devoted to ensuring that all our patients have their breathing problems corrected and the appearance of their nose improved through rhinoplasty. For natural-looking results, consult with Dr. Cecil Yeung, a leading facial plastic surgeon at the Yeung Institute in Houston. Dr. Yeung is well-known for his state-of-the-art technology and expert cosmetic skills to ensure you leave the procedure fully satisfied. To learn more about our services, schedule a consultation online or call the office at 713-795-4885.

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