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Rhinoplasty FAQ

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The nose is one of the most prominent facial features, and it’s especially noticeable when it is misshapen or out of balance with the rest of the face. At Synergy Plastic Surgery in Austin, rhinoplasty (sometimes called a nose job) can greatly improve a person’s appearance. The results affect most of our patients so positively, both in the way they look and in their self-confidence, that many wish they had not waited so long to have the procedure. On this page, our plastic surgeons answer some common questions about rhinoplasty.

If you’re ready to find out how rhinoplasty can improve your look, request a consultation online with one of our experienced plastic surgeons, or call us in Austin and Round Rock at  (512) 244-1439. We serve patients from neighboring Texas communities such as Cedar Park, Killeen, Leander, and Pflugerville.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Before & After Rhinoplasty Case 227 View #1 View in Round Rock, TX
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This 40-year-old female came to see our doctor at his Round Rock, Texas location to discuss ways that she could improve the shape of her nose. She had a large bump on the lower aspect of her nasal bridge as well as a wide nasal base. She was not pleased with either and wanted to find out more about how a rhinoplasty could help refine her alre... Read More
Before & After Rhinoplasty Case 244 View #1 View in Round Rock, TX
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Case #244

This 37-year-old female came to see our doctor to discuss a rhinoplasty and breast augmentation combined together. She did not like her enlarged nasal tip or dorsum and was hoping a rhinoplasty surgery could improve her appearance.Our doctor met with her at his Austin, Texas plastic surgery practice to discuss rhinoplasty options. To... Read More
Before & After Rhinoplasty Case 200 View #1 View in Round Rock, TX
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Case #200

This female patient in her 20s came to see our doctor at his Austin, Texas location to discuss ways that she could improve the shape of her nose. She had curved cartilage in her nose that gave her a crooked appearance that didn’t fit her otherwise beautiful facial features.During her consultation, he pointed changes that could be... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Will it hurt?

The patients who visit us for rhinoplasty often tell us it didn’t hurt as much as they thought it would. Most feel pretty good after 2 to 3 days. Your nose may ache and you may have a dull headache for the first day. It’s common to feel like you have a stuffy nose for the first week or so.

How can I help my recovery?

To speed recovery after rhinoplasty, the goal is to minimize swelling and bruising. Swelling usually increases for the first 2 to 3 days before subsiding. For the first 48 hours after surgery, apply cold packs to your eyelids and cheeks — but not your nose — as much as possible. Avoid straining of any kind during these first 2 days of recovery. You can minimize swelling by keeping your head elevated at all times for the first week. We recommend sleeping in a recliner or propped up with pillows.

When will I see results?

The greatest change will take place within about 4 to 6 weeks as swelling diminishes. In many cases, it takes up to a year to achieve the final results, especially if the surgery reshapes the tip of the nose.

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What is open rhinoplasty?

During an open rhinoplasty, the incision is made along the columella, where the skin between the nostrils meets the upper lip. The resulting scar is usually unnoticeable because it’s placed along this natural crease and fades quickly.

What is closed rhinoplasty?

During a closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are made within the nostrils.

What is revision rhinoplasty?

Revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to correct the results of a previous rhinoplasty. This secondary procedure is more complicated than an initial rhinoplasty because of reduced cartilage, scar tissue, and the delicate nature of the nasal structures. It’s very important to make sure your surgeon is trained and experienced when having a revision procedure.

How much time will I need to take off from work?

Rhinoplasty patients can usually return to work after a week, depending on the type of work they do.

When can I begin exercising again?

Most patients can begin walking and other light exercise 7 to 10 days after surgery. More strenuous activity will need to wait for at least a month.

When can I swim after rhinoplasty?

Patients can usually go swimming 2 to 3 weeks after their rhinoplasty. This depends on the specifics of your procedure and how strenuously you plan to swim. Avoid wearing goggles for 4 weeks as it puts pressure on the nose. Avoid exposure to the sun for the first 8 weeks.

Will insurance pay for my nose surgery?

This varies between insurance carriers. Rhinoplasty or a portion of the procedure may be paid for by insurance if it is performed to improve the nose’s function or to correct damage caused by an injury or trauma.