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Types of Rhinoplasty Surgery Techniques

Close up portrait of woman's nose in profile before and after

The fact that the nose is a major defining feature on the face is undeniable. Because of this, rhinoplasty is one of the most common forms of facial cosmetic surgery.

Many people of all genders are unhappy with the shape of their nose. Whether it is an inherited flaw or a crooked nose from an accident, Dr. Athré is able to correct any abnormalities in the nose and make you feel better about how it looks. Feeling better about your appearance will help increase confidence in your day-to-day life.

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Rhinoplasty Risks

No surgical procedure is without risk, and that includes the various surgical methods of correcting the tip of your nose. Your surgeon will use anesthesia in these procedures, and just as with any other surgical procedure, the risk of bruising, swelling, and infection at the incision site is present. Be sure to consult thoroughly with your doctor and surgeon before deciding to have any rhinoplasty procedure done.

Let’s learn more about a few main categories of rhinoplasty and Dr. Athré’s personal experience as one of the leading plastic surgeons for rhinoplasty in the Houston, Texas area.

Traditional Rhinoplasty

If you feel that the tip of your nose is really off-balance, and you think that a change in your appearance would make you feel better, speak to a board certified plastic surgeon. They will know the best course of treatment for your nose, and if you will be able to get a more aesthetically pleasing look by having rhinoplasty performed.

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What is Traditional Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is the method used to correct the tip of the nose. If you feel that the top of your nose is too round and full, you may think that it detracts from or imbalances the rest of your face. Rhinoplasty can work to correct these issues and refine it so that the tip of your nose appears to be in proportion to the rest of your face.

Some doctors choose to use sutures in their rhinoplasty procedures, as they do not require the cutting and removal of any tissue. The tip is literally sewn together to make a skinnier, more refined looking end of the nose. Another technique that your surgeon might use is cephalic resection; where a portion of the cartilage in the tip of the nose is removed to make it smaller and less full looking.

Rhinoplasty can also repair defects following an injury, correct a birth defect or improve certain breathing issues.

Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty

Another type of rhinoplasty surgery is ultrasonic rhinoplasty. Here’s what makes ultrasonic rhinoplasty unique. Ultrasonic rhinoplasty utilizes a specialized instrument called a piezotome.  This instrument uses tips that vibrate at a very fast rate. The main difference between an ultrasonic rhinoplasty and a traditional rhinoplasty deals with cutting the bone (osteotomies).  

The piezotome tool slices very accurately through bone. The bits look like something that you would use on a Dremel Moto-Tool. These bits are sharp, but if you happened to place the running bit on your finger, it would do absolutely nothing; it only cuts bone.

 

A few benefits of ultrasonic rhinoplasty are:

  • Minimized bleeding
  • Reduced post-operative bruising and swelling
  • Shorter recovery period

 

This is one of the most promising advancements in the field of rhinoplasty in the last 25-30 years.

Athé Facial Plastics offers both types of rhinoplasty: traditional and ultrasonic. Ultrasonic rhinoplasty is becoming more and more common, especially in revision cases and for patients with thin skin. Patients who have thicker skin may not see a significant difference between ultrasonic and traditional techniques.

In Dr. Athré’s opinion, ultrasonic rhinoplasty really is the only way to go. He is the only plastic surgeon in Houston that offers the ultrasonic rhinoplasty, and has quickly become one of the busiest ultrasonic rhinoplasty surgeons in the United States.

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Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most demanding surgical procedures, and it is one of the specialties undertaken at Athré Facial Plastics. Successful rhinoplasty requires the surgeon to take into account every variable including:

  • Skin color
  • Skin texture
  • Overall facial shape
  • Height of the patient
  • A patient’s aesthetic sense
  • Facial bone structure
  • Patient’s ethnicity

All of us have an ethnic heritage, and, as such, have certain facial characteristics that identify us. Patients from various ethnicities still want to look like themselves. This is the challenge of ethnic rhinoplasty and is one of the specialties of Athré Facial Plastics. Dr. Athré specializes in rhinoplasty procedures for Hispanic, Persian, Asian, and African-American patients.

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Schedule an Appointment with Athré Facial Plastics Today!

Dr. Athré has offices located in Houston, Texas, and is one of the foremost rhinoplasty surgeons in the United States. Patients seek him out from all over the United States and around the world for his rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty experience.

Athré is one of the only plastic surgeons in the Houston area that offers ultrasonic rhinoplasty, and has quickly become one of the busiest ultrasonic rhinoplasty surgeons in the United States.

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What is Rhinoplasty?

One of the biggest complaints that plastic surgeons hear from patients is not the size of breasts, butts, or stomaches, but the size and appearance of the tip of the nose. Rhinoplasty is the technique of correcting the tip of the nose.

If you feel that the top of your nose is too round and full, you may think that it detracts from the rest of your face. Rhinoplasty can work to correct this and refine it so that the tip of your nose appears to be in proportion to the rest of your face.

Rhinoplasty Surgery Techniques

If you have complaints about your nose and rhinoplasty is your choice to correct it, your plastic surgeon may use different techniques. Some doctors choose to use sutures, as they do not require the cutting and removal of any tissue. Your surgeon will sew the tip together to make a skinnier, more refined-looking end of the nose. Another technique your surgeon might use is cephalic resection. In this method, they will remove a portion of the cartilage in the tip of the nose to make it smaller and less full looking.

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Risk of Rhinoplasty Surgery

No surgical procedure is without risk, and that includes the various surgical methods of correcting the tip of your nose. Anesthesia will need to be used in these procedures, and there is the risk of bruising, swelling, and infection at the incision site, just as there is with any surgical procedure. Be sure to consult thoroughly with your doctor and surgeon before deciding to have any rhinoplasty procedure done.

If you feel that the tip of your nose is really off-balance, and you think that a change in your appearance would make you feel better, speak to a board certified plastic surgeon. They will know the best course of treatment for your nose, and if you will be able to get a more aesthetically pleasing look by opting for rhinoplasty surgery.

Contact Us Today for More Information on Rhinoplasty Surgery techniques!

Dr. Athré has offices are located in Houston, Texas, and is one of the foremost rhinoplasty surgeons in the United States. Patients seek him out from all over the United States and from many international countries for his rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty experience.

[Related: What to Expect After a Nose Job]

If you’re interested in learning more about rhinoplasty surgery, please contact Athré Facial Plastics today!