Each year, up to 220,000 Americans undergo rhinoplasty –– a procedure designed to improve the shape or appearance of the nose. Most people undergo rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, but it can also treat nasal obstructions. At his practice in Katy, Texas, oral and maxillofacial surgeon John Freeman, MD, DDS, FACS, provides rhinoplasty on an outpatient basis. To make an appointment, call the office or click the online booking feature today.
Rhinoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery that reshapes your nose. During treatment, Dr. Freeman uses surgical tools to build upon, remove, or rearrange the bone and cartilage that support your nose. That improves its appearance and enhances your facial symmetry.
Dr. Freeman uses rhinoplasty to correct a wide range of cosmetic issues, including:
Even though rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery, it can offer medical benefits. For example, rhinoplasty can provide lasting relief if you have a nasal obstruction that prevents you from breathing easily.
Anyone who experiences difficulty breathing or feels self-conscious about the appearance of their nose is a candidate for rhinoplasty. That said, Dr. Freeman typically recommends treatment to people 20 and older, as the nose continues growing until then.
During your consultation, let Dr. Freeman know about the medications and supplements you regularly take. Certain drugs can interfere with anesthesia, increasing the risk of surgical complications, so communication is essential.
Dr. Freeman performs rhinoplasty during an outpatient procedure. The surgery occurs under general anesthesia, meaning you’re asleep during treatment.
After the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Freeman uses special surgical tools to carefully recontour your nose, reshape your nasal tip, and correct the angle between your nose and upper lip. The procedure typically takes between one and three hours. After the anesthesia wears off, a friend or family member can drive you home.
After rhinoplasty, it’s crucial to take a week or two off work* to give your body time to heal. During that time, your face will be red, puffy, and bruised. Take your medication as prescribed, change your dressings daily, and follow Dr. Freeman’s instructions carefully.
About a week after surgery, you visit Dr. Freeman for a checkup. He examines your nose, monitors your healing process, and makes adjustments as necessary to reduce the risk of infection.
To see if you’re a candidate for rhinoplasty, make an appointment at the practice of John Freeman, MD, DDS, FACS, by calling the office or booking online today.
*Individual results may vary.