Common Rhinoplasty Questions

Common Rhinoplasty Questions

It takes a lot of consideration and courage to get a nose job. Doing so after carefully selecting an experienced plastic surgeon can be life-changing, which is why rhinoplasty continues to be a popular procedure. To help you on your journey to great facial proportions, we answer some common rhinoplasty questions here

What does rhinoplasty do?

The rhinoplasty procedure is customized to each patient to improve the shape, size, projection, or function of the nose. While the procedure can offer medical benefits, it is typically performed for cosmetic reasons. It is not a nasal procedure, though it can correct some minor issues that affect breathing.

Does rhinoplasty hurt?

Patients receive general anesthesia when they undergo nose surgery. They feel no pain while under anesthesia and have no memory of their procedure due to the short-term amnesiac effects of the medications used. After surgery, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and minor discomfort. Often, over-the-counter medication is sufficient for addressing this side effect. The surgeon will most likely prescribe a more potent painkiller to be taken for a few days, after which point comfort improves significantly.

Will rhinoplasty change my voice?

In most cases, a patient’s voice does not change in any discernible way after their rhinoplasty procedure. That said, people who rely on their voice for their profession, such as singers, may notice this slight change. This should be taken into account when considering the potential advantages and disadvantages of rhinoplasty.

Can rhinoplasty make my nose smaller?

Rhinoplasty can make your nose smaller if that is a goal. In consultation with patients, Dr. Trussler considers the entire face and how the nose fits with other facial features. To improve symmetry and proportion, he may decrease the size of the nose, alter tip projection, narrow the bridge, or smooth away bumps or ridges.

Do rhinoplasty results last forever?

After rhinoplasty, the nose cannot go back to the way it looked before surgery. However, the outcome of surgery may be further refined or corrected with revision rhinoplasty, if need be. 

Is rhinoplasty right for me?

Rhinoplasty may be right for you if you are well informed regarding the pros and cons of this procedure and have realistic expectations about your doctor’s anticipated outcome. If you are interested in refining the shape or size of your nose to better suit your face, the best next step is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. 

To schedule your appointment to discuss rhinoplasty surgery, contact our Austin office at  (512) 450-1077.

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