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Dallas Rhinoplasty - Plano Nose Surgery

Nasal surgery often dramatically alters the appearance of the nose, strengthens or refines the profile, and creates a totally new look for the face. For a number of reasons, the shape of the nose may be out of proportion to the rest of the face – it may be too large, the tip too bulbous, or there may be a hump in the bridge of the nose. Often, the deformity results from injury to the skeletal structure, producing the "humped" nose, the "hooked" nose or the "crooked" nose. The shape of the nose is dependent upon its skeleton, an arrangement of bone and cartilage. The bone between the yes and cartilage near the tip provide the shape of the nose, much as a tent pole gives a tent it shape. The skin draped over these structures gives the outward appearance of the nose. In addition to appearance, the structure of the nose may limit breathing or aggravate sinus problems.

Nasal surgery alters or removes the misshaped or oversized elements of bone and cartilage, physically changing the nose. At the time of surgery, it is common to also alter the inner workings of the nasal passages to improve breathing or sinus problems. After the alteration to bone and cartilage is completed, the skin is then redraped over the new foundation and creates the new look.

In the initial private consultation, Dr. Lester and the patient identify the specific areas of the nose needing correction. The techniques required to achieve the desired goal are outlined plainly and sometimes graphically, stressing the limitations of the procedures. The majority of nasal surgery is performed as outpatient, using intravenous sedation to insure minimal discomfort. The surgery generally lasts 3-4 hours.

After surgery, it is recommended to keep the head elevated on pillows during the night to reduce swelling. You should also avoid straining or bending over in the first few postoperative days. The most frequent complaint is nasal stuffiness and a temporary adjustment to mouth breathing, but these conditions are generally relieved in 1-3 weeks. Gentle irrigation of the nasal passages with plain saline solution will improve the stuffiness.