The nose is the very center of the face, so it comes as no surprise that having a large or crooked nose may attract unwanted attention. A rhinoplasty in Austin, TX can help improve various aspects of the nose including the size of your nose and nostrils, the shape of your nose's tip and bridge, as well as the angle between your nose and upper lip. In some cases, rhinoplasty may even improve breathing. Dr. Rocco Piazza, a board-certified plastic surgeon, understands that each patient is unique and no two noses are alike, therefore, your rhinoplasty procedure will be tailored to fit your individual needs.
At The Piazza Center, we believe that beautiful surgical results are enhanced by a healthy lifestyle. Our aim is to help you achieve your cosmetic goals and desires. If you would like to find out more about rhinoplasty, you can request a consultation online, or call our office at (512) 551-1067.
Your Rhinoplasty Procedure
Because every nose is different, and each face has its own unique character, Dr. Piazza takes into consideration your whole face during your rhinoplasty consultation. Rather than performing a typical nose job in Austin, Dr. Piazza understands how important it is to consider your ethnic heritage when performing rhinoplasty. He believes that there is no one-size-fits-all nose, and will be sure to maintain a nose that is in balance with the rest of your face.
In general, nose surgery takes about 1 to 3 hours to perform. Dr. Piazza will either perform an open or closed rhinoplasty, depending on what needs to be corrected.
This is a commonly used nose surgery technique, typical in primary rhinoplasty procedures. This method requires that the incisions are created inside the nostrils, leaving no external scarring. Many corrections can be made using this method, including hump reduction, profile straightening, tip refinement, narrowing, and more.
For those requiring more extensive nasal correction, open rhinoplasty can be used. By performing this technique, incisions are created inside the nostrils, and an additional incision is made across the columella (the small strip of skin at the base of your nose between your nostrils). This method allows for greater access to the nose for the surgeon, which is helpful for noses that need greater correction.
Meet Dr. Piazza
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rocco C. Piazza looks forward to meeting with you to help you discover how you can achieve your cosmetic goals and desires.
Dr. Piazza Answers Common Questions
Can a chin implant be performed with my rhinoplasty?
Yes, oftentimes women and men who come into my practice in Austin seeking rhinoplasty may actually benefit from a chin implant as well. Together, a chin implant and rhinoplasty may help balance the face, and create a facial structure that is proportionate. I will assess whether you are a candidate for a facial implant when I meet with you for your consultation.
Are rhinoplasty and septoplasty the same?
Rhinoplasty and septoplasty are different procedures, and their purposes are different. While rhinoplasty may improve breathing, its primary function is to reshape the nose for cosmetic purposes. Septoplasty is performed to improve the function of the nose by correcting a deviated septum, which can cause chronic sinusitis, snoring or sleep apnea.
Does rhinoplasty leave scarring?
Depending on the technique used for your nose surgery, there may or may not be a small scar across the columella. This open technique is typically used for those who require more extensive surgery, as this method allows for greater access to the nasal structure. The closed technique does not leave any scarring on the outside of the nose.
Your Rhinoplasty Results
Depending on the extent of your procedure, a splint may need to be worn for about 5 to 7 days following your procedure in order to maintain your new nasal shape. Most swelling typically subsides around 3 to 7 days after the surgery. Normal activity may be resumed in about a week. As you continue to heal, the shape of your nose will continue to change, with minor changes emerging over the course of a year.