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Restora Austin Rhinoplasty

“It’s as plain as the nose on your face.”

This expression tells us just how much our noses affect the way we look. The nose is the first facial feature other people notice, not only because it’s in the middle of the face, but because it is always exposed. If your nose is out of balance or has an abnormality, you can’t hide it with makeup, and it can detract from your other features, calling too much attention to itself. On the other hand, when your nose is in harmony with the rest of your face, this symmetry actually enhances your overall look. Because people have different facial features, no one nose will fit every face.

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In the hands of Dr. Reid, a member of the prestigious Rhinoplasty Society, rhinoplasty or nose surgery is as much an art as a science. The goal is a natural-appearing result that brings balance to your facial features– not the “operated on”, sloping, pinch-tipped nose of the past or a celebrity’s nose that might not look great on you. Your ethnic background and sex must also be considered. The goal is for it to be your nose – just better. Dr. Reid has a special interest in noses. He performs all of the rhinoplasty surgery at Restora Austin, and it is a focus of his practice. The precision of the procedure requires a keen eye for detail that appeals to his meticulous nature and approach to surgery. He has a deep understanding of how to reshape the nose, so that it preserves facial harmony and symmetry – for both men and women. Every patient is different, and Dr. Reid takes care to evaluate the characteristics of your nose that are uniquely yours.

One of the tools that Dr. Reid uses is photography with facial-morphing software. You will be able to review the changes to your nose at your initial consultation. This allows you to be more involved with the process and have input into what you feel is attractive. It is an excellent communication tool, and it ensures that you and Dr. Reid have the same picture in in mind.

Watch these videos to learn more about the Dr. Reid’s approach to rhinoplasty.

Nose Aesthetics

rhino-3_07“Ideal” nose aesthetics have been clearly described through the years. However, people dislike their noses for all sorts of reasons. It all comes back to facial harmony. How well do all of the features of the face complement each other? When someone’s nose “fits” their face, we don’t necessarily notice it. Instead, we focus on their more expressive features. So, if you dislike your nose, you don’t want it to get in the way of your overall attractiveness. The bottom line is that after rhinoplasty at Restora Austin, you will look like you, but without the distraction of a nose that doesn’t quite do you justice.

Below are the more specific concerns that Dr. Reid hears most often when people come to him for a rhinoplasty consultation.

Your Nose Concerns:

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My Nose Has a Hump

Cause:
A hump is often something you’re born with, but it can also be caused by a broken nose that healed improperly.

Surgical Solution:
A nose hump can be made of cartilage, bone, or both. Dr. Reid will remove the amount of cartilage and bone necessary to smooth out the hump and give a natural contour to your nose.

My Nose is Too Wide

Cause:
This is often a genetic condition.

Surgical Solution:
To make the nose the appropriate size, Dr. Reid may remove or add small amounts of tissue to reshape and reposition the nose to more balanced proportions.

My Nose is Too Long/Too Short

Cause:
This is often genetic condition.

Surgical Solution:
To make the nose the appropriate size, Dr. Reid may remove or add small amounts of tissue to reshape and reposition the nose to more balanced proportions.

The Tip Of My Nose Is Bulbous

Cause:
This is a genetic condition.

Surgical Solution:
To make the tip of the nose less bulbous and give the nose more of a natural contour, Dr. Reid removes the excess tissue and reshapes the tip of the nose to smaller proportions.

My Nose is Crooked

Cause:
A crooked nose can be genetic or a result of a broken nose that did not heal correctly.

Surgical Solution:
First, Dr. Reid has to determine the reason why your nose is crooked. The most common causes are problems with the nasal bones and/or the septum along the midline of the nose. Sometimes, a broken bone has healed in a crooked position, and must be reset to a straighter position. Care must be taken so that the underlying structure of the nose is made straighter without losing breathing function.

The Tip of My Nose is Droopy

Cause:
This is a genetic condition.

Surgical Solution:
Dr. Reid carefully evaluates the cause of a droopy nose. Excess tissue may need to be removed with release of underlying muscles, along with repositioning the tip to a natural position.

My Nostrils Are Too Big/wide

Cause:
This is usually a genetic condition.

Surgical Solution:
Dr. Reid determines the cause of the appearance of large or wide nostrils. Sometimes excess tissue must be removed. Other times, grafts may be required to improve the shape of the nostril.

Key Differences Between Rhinoplasty At Restora Austin Vs. Traditional Rhinoplasty

Dr. Reid believes that no one nasal shape is right for every person. The approach must be tailored to each patient’s specific problems, bring balance to their facial features, and consider the desires of the patient. That’s why so much time is spent in discussion with each patient. Photographic alterations are carefully reviewed together, and a plan that will deliver the most balanced result is determined. Equally important is Dr. Reid’s unique surgical approach to rhinoplasty. He refers to his surgical approach as “Structural Rhinoplasty”. As opposed to the older techniques of “reductive rhinoplasty” which removed large portions of the skeleton of the nose, this technique respects the importance of each structure of the nose. Judicious removal of tissue is performed, but carefully “reshaping” of structures with suturing techniques is preferred. This preserves the tissue and cartilages of the nose, so that both aesthetics and function are left intact. Typically, Dr. Reid takes advantage of the “open” technique. In this approach, an incision is made along the under-surface of the nose that separates the nostrils. Through this incision and small incisions on the inside of the nose, Dr. Reid can directly visualize the skeletal structures of the nose and make the precise changes that are required for predictable and natural results. This scar is hidden and all but disappears with time.

Rhinoplasty Q&A

Am I a good nose surgery candidate?

The best way to know if you’re a good candidate for rhinoplasty is through a consultation at Restora Austin. Dr. Reid will listen to your concerns about the appearance of your nose and conduct an examination. Interactive photographs of the changes that you want to see will be reviewed. He can then advise you on what can be done to improve the aesthetics of your nose.

How is rhinoplasty done?

As described above, a small incision is made on the under-surface of the nose to expose the underlying structures of the nose. After that, every case is different, as Dr. Reid designs a surgical plan very specific to your needs, goals, and anatomy. He works much like a sculptor – lifting away the skin on the bridge of the nose, removing tissue when necessary, and even sometimes grafting cartilage to re-shape other areas, if that’s what needed to get you the best result. Before surgery, he will review your plan to ensure you have a clear understanding of his approach and to establish realistic expectations for your surgical outcome.

Where will my nose surgery be performed?

Your rhinoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure at INSPIRE Surgery Centre, our state-of-the-art surgical facility that is certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAASF), which ensures the highest standard of surgical care. INSPIRE is conveniently located in the suite adjacent to Restora Austin and is staffed by a team of board-certified anesthesiologists and very experienced nurses and surgical techs, all of whom were hand-picked by Dr. Gordon and Dr. Reid. The facility is equipped with highly advanced monitors and the finest surgical equipment, and is fully equipped to handle an emergency situation if one should occur.

What type of anesthesia is used and who will be putting me to sleep?

Your rhinoplasty will be performed under general anesthesia. Your anesthesia will be administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist from Capitol Anesthesiology Association. The anesthesiologist will monitor you during the entire procedure, ensuring your safety and comfort, and will remain with you until you are fully awake.

How much time do I have to take off from work after nose surgery?

Most patients take at least a week off from work or school. You should also avoid anything that could disturb your nose for a period of time, and you will need to avoid strenuous exercise for 3 weeks and contact sports for 6 weeks.

What can I expect after my nose surgery?

You may have some mild discomfort after surgery. Bruising is uncommon but can occur under the eyes. This is usually resolved in 7 – 10 days. Most swelling subsides in the first 3 weeks. Minor swelling can take longer to resolve.

What is the recovery period like after rhinoplasty?

You will have a splint over your nose for a few days following the procedure, but the vast majority of patients no longer require packing in the nostrils after nose surgery. Dr. Reid will give you full post-operative instructions, including what medications you can take if you feel some mild discomfort, and how to wash your face properly.

Will I see the surgeon after my surgery to make sure I’m healing properly?

Absolutely! You will have follow-up visits with Dr. Reid, during which he will remove the splint and sutures. He will always be available to answer any questions you have, and he will give you a full rundown of what you can expect, so that you are unlikely to have any surprises.

Is there a visible scar after rhinoplasty?

The scar is on the underside of the nose where it is not easily visible. This scar fades and flattens during the months following your surgery.

Will I be able to see the results of my surgery immediately?

Your nose will be swollen for a period of time after your surgery. While you will be able to see immediate results, your nose may continue to “settle” with improvement of swelling for as long as a year.

Will nose surgery affect my breathing?

Although rhinoplasty can affect one’s ability to breathe through their nose, most patients state that they can actually breathe better after the structural rhinoplasty techniques that are used by Dr. Reid.

What are the risks of rhinoplasty?

Like all surgical procedures, rhinoplasty involves certain risks, including the possibility of bleeding, infection, and contour changes. You will discuss all of these risks with Dr. Reid during your initial consultation.

What other surgeries do patients sometimes get to complement rhinoplasty?

Many patients choose to achieve a whole new look by combining a nose job with one or more other facial plastic surgeries. The most common procedure to compliment rhinoplasty is chin augmentation. A retruded chin is not uncommon in patients who desire rhinoplasty, and it contributes to the overall appearance of a large nose and facial disharmony. As an adjunctive procedure, chin augmentation can uniquely bring more balance to the face. Dr. Reid will carefully review your facial proportions with you to determine if this would be right for you. Bringing your nose into balance with your other facial features can also be an important step in facial rejuvenation and can be combined with other rejuvenative procedures such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), facelift, brow lift, Botox, and/or dermal fillers.

Are you ready for your better looking nose? Call Restora Austin today at 512.371.8817.

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