Nose Reconstruction – Rhinoplasty
Have you ever considered having nose reconstruction, or rhinoplasty– commonly called a nose job? The Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery is honored to have Dr. Bradford Patt, a prominent facial reconstructive surgery specialist, offer and perform rhinoplasty surgical procedures in Houston. Dr. Patt is one of the few dedicated board certified plastic surgeons who specializes in rhinoplasty in Houston, and its various nose job techniques; therefore, many patients look to Dr. Patt’s education and expertise before having nose reconstruction.
Rhinoplasty is the official medical procedure term for what is commonly called a nose job. Rhinoplasty comes from the Greek words: ῥίς rhis (“nose”) and πλάσσειν (“to shape”). A nose job, or rhinoplasty procedure, is facial reconstructive surgery which can be an option to for patients who wish to aesthetically enhance the look of their nose.
Rhinoplasties are typically performed in cases where a person may be dissatisfied with the appearance of their nose, or due to an accident where there is internal and/or external damage to the nose. Moreover, nose reconstruction surgery is not always just for aesthetic plastic surgery purposes, it is also performed to correct or reconstruct the form of the nose, in order to restore proper functionality. This may involve resolving a congenital defect, nasal trauma, or respiratory impediment; these are all considered medical reasons for surgery.
In our experience, plastic surgery of the nose, or rhinoplasty, is one of the most gratifying and rewarding surgeries for patients. Changing the appearance of the nose can have dramatic effects on your physical appearance, while (in most cases) allowing you to return to normal life remarkably fast. This procedure involves re-contouring the cartilage and bone of the nose, while maintaining, or even improving, the breathing function of the nose. Our special expertise in this area comes from training in both otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), and facial reconstructive surgery. Both men and women who have attained full growth into adulthood are good candidates for this procedure.
Preoperative consultation for rhinoplasty involves a personal discussion with Dr. Patt on what changes are desired, photographs, and computer imaging, as to show the patient the likely results. The procedure can be performed along with internal nasal surgery to improve the breathing function of the nose. Typically, nose reconstruction is performed as outpatient surgery, and most patients can return to their daily activities within one week, and can resume exercise within four weeks postop.
One of Dr. Patt’s education goals is to help rhinoplasty patients gain a certain level of insight into surgical procedures. Below, Dr. Patt explains the two basic types of rhinoplasty procedures- the endonasal approach, and the external approach.