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Rhinoplasty Austin – Nose Job Procedure

Rhinoplasty / Nose Job Overview

The nose is the center of the face. A nose that is too large may take away from facial symmetry and beauty. An unrefined nose may lack delicate features and be a distraction to others. The most common, straight-forward treatments offered for the nose through a rhinoplasty are usually hump reductions and procedures that enhance the appearance of the nasal tip.

Rhinoplasty refers to a reshaping of the nose. Usually, the issue is a bridge that is too high or wide and a tip that is not refined. Many patients want their noses smaller. By manipulating the bone and cartilage of the nose, an improved shape and harmony will result. Internal nasal work may be performed on the septum and turbinates to enhance breathing at the same time.

Secondary rhinoplasty refers to a procedure that is performed after one has already been done before. This is not uncommon in my practice, and usually is offered to patients whose noses were either overdone or inexpertly manipulated so that the nose appears unnatural, artificial, and uncomplimentary. If breathing has been compromised from previous surgery, this will be addressed at the time of secondary rhinoplasty.

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Dr. Caridi’s Take

Unfortunately, so many patients are aware of the nose jobs that “went bad” that they are afraid to consider this relativey popular procedure–”I don’t want a pig nose or something that looks unnatural.” An expert surgeon can often work wonders on improving facial balance and providing a refined nose with artistic rhinoplasty techniques. Stick with surgeons with experience and you will likely find this procedure very rewarding on many levels. The best results tend to be the very outcomes that “nobody noticed!”


Anesthesia Options:

IV sedation or general anesthesia is recommended.

Risks and Benefits:

Temporary swelling and bruising around the eyes nose and cheeks. Some people complain of headaches. If internal work was performed this could lead to temporary breathing compromise from internal swelling. Bleeding is a risk for 10 days to 2 weeks if internal work has been done on your turbinates. Infection is rare. Additional surgery is sometimes necessary to achieve the desired result. Having a qualified surgeon is of paramount importance in Rhinoplasty as inexpert surgery can result in contour irregularities and asymmetries or an undesirable shape.

The benefits include a more proportional nose with more desirable features or the improvement in undesirable features (such as a large hump or a wide nasal tip). Improvement in breathing can be very beneficial.


After surgery, particularly during the first twenty-four hours, your face will feel puffy, your nose may ache, and you may have a dull headache. You will be asked to sleep with the head of your bed elevated and apply ice to reduce bruising and swelling. You may have internal packing in your nostrils for 1-4 days. If a bone fracture was performed, a nasal splint is typically worn for about 5 days. All nasal swelling will be gone about a year and a half after your procedure. Nasal saline spray is recommended for your comfort for about two weeks. You may be asked to follow up in the office weekly if internal work was performed to clean the inside to ensure unobstructed breathing.