Nose Surgery

If you don’t love your nose, you’re not alone. Many people feel that their nose doesn’t fit with their facial features, whether it’s too big, too small, too wide, too arched, too bumpy or too crooked. Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, can reshape the nose but a nose job can be about more than looks. Rhinoplasty can also repair damage from an injury, correct birth defects and improve breathing problems by rebuilding the nasal passage.*

Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Dellinger is skilled at facial plastic surgery procedures, including rhinoplasty. Over his two decades at Elysian Plastic Surgery, Dr. Dellinger has worked with men and women to help them meet their appearance goals with the help of nose surgery.

Contact us online or call our Austin office at 512-229-1978 to learn more your options for nose surgery.

Why Choose Elysian Plastic Surgery?

  • Dr. Dellinger and his team are committed to staying up to date on the latest innovations in facial plastic surgery.
  • At Elysian Plastic Surgery, we also offer non-surgical cosmetic treatments to complement your nose surgery.
  • Our team believes that good plastic surgery comes from combining medical expertise with patient education and one-on-one care.

Best Candidates for Rhinoplasty

The best candidates are healthy men and women who have realistic expectations. Nose surgery can balance your facial features and enhance symmetry but you may still have slight asymmetry in your face. In some cases, Dr. Dellinger may recommend additional procedures, such as chin augmentation, to further balance your facial features.*

Nose surgery may be right for you if you have trouble breathing or want to improve the appearance of your nose. Rhinoplasty can create better proportions between your nose and facial features, reduce the size of too large or too wide nose, correct an overly arched or Roman nose, reshape the nostrils, smooth bumps, adjust the angle of your nose and re-form a crooked or elongated tip.*

A nose job can also correct structural problems, such as a deviated septum, that are impacting your airway and causing congestion.

What to Expect

Nose surgery typically takes one to three hours to perform under general anesthesia. Rhinoplasty can be performed using an open or closed technique.

  • Open nose surgery uses an incision across the strip of tissue that separates your nostrils for maximum visibility and control. The open technique may also include incisions inside your nose.
  • The closed or endonasal rhinoplasty technique hides the incisions inside the nasal passages. Internal incisions tend to heal faster and provide good visibility but may limit access to nasal tissues.

Dr. Dellinger can explain the difference in rhinoplasty techniques at your consultation and discuss which one may work best for you.

During your nose surgery, Dr. Dellinger may remove bone or cartilage, straighten the septum and use cartilage grafts from the septum to enhance the shape and function of your nose by sculpting the underlying structure.

After your nose surgery, Dr. Dellinger will apply bandages and a splint to protect and support your nose. He may also place packing within your nasal passage to support your new shape from all sides.

Your Nose Surgery Recovery & Results

You may have some swelling, bruising and discomfort in the first few days after your nose surgery. You will have to wear a protective splint for the first week. If you wear prescription glasses, your glasses should be taped up and off your nose for several weeks. The swelling should go down after a couple weeks but you may have minor swelling periodically during the first year. You should also protect your nose from the direct sunlight during the first year.*

Your nose surgery results should last long-term, though your nose may change slightly as you age and you won’t see your final results right away. Rhinoplasty results take time to develop. Your nose may gradually change for up to a year as your results become more refined.*

To schedule your nose surgery consultation, please call our Austin plastic surgery practice at 512-229-1978 or request a consultation online.

*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.