Piazza Center for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skin Care
7900 Farm to Market Road 1826, Bldg 2, Suite 206
Austin, TX 78737
Phone: (512) 288-8200
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Rhinoplasty

If you feel self-conscious about the size or shape of your nose, rhinoplasty at our Austin, TX, practice can produce a nose that looks natural and harmonizes with the rest of your facial features. Performed by facial plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Marcelo Antunes, rhinoplasty can enhance your natural beauty, bringing focus to other attractive features without sacrificing the unique character of your face.

Dr. Antunes takes a lot of pride in his rhinoplasty work. He understands the importance of harmony between the nose and the face and how much work it takes to create even a subtle change in the nasal contour. His advanced surgical training and commitment to excellence will clearly delineate why he is uniquely qualified to perform your rhinoplasty. The results speak for themselves.

Why Choose a Rhinoplasty Specialist?

Rhinoplasty is complicated and widely considered to be the most difficult plastic surgery procedure to perform. No other cosmetic procedure combines art and science like rhinoplasty. It takes dedication and skill to master the techniques involved in this surgery. The difference between a great result and one that’s unacceptable can be 2 millimeters. That’s why it’s so important to choose an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Antunes, who has a thorough knowledge of the nasal structures and understands that modifying 1 aspect of the nose will create changes in other portions of the nose.

Can You Benefit From Rhinoplasty?

As the nose is the centerpiece of your face, even small changes through rhinoplasty can significantly enhance your appearance confidence. With that in mind, the decision to undergo rhinoplasty is very personal and one that only you can make. People who can benefit from rhinoplasty may want to:

  • Reduce the size of the nose
  • Reduce the hump of the nasal dorsum
  • Refine the tip of the nose if it’s too rounded or broad
  • Straighten a crooked nose
  • Lift a nasal tip that is droopy
  • Narrow a wide nose
  • Lengthen a nose that is too short or small compared to the rest of the face

Rhinoplasty can be truly life-changing when performed by an experienced surgeon. It can restore form and function and be a gratifying experience for the patient and the surgeon. Rhinoplasty can be purely cosmetic (for patients who have no difficulty breathing through their noses) or functional (when structural abnormalities make breathing difficult through one or both sides of the nose). In some cases, Dr. Antunes can combine functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty.

The procedure is consistently one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed. Also called nose reshaping or a nose job, it is often sought by younger Austin residents—even older teens—but can be performed on women and men of any age.

Meet Dr. Antunes

Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Marcelo Antunes dedicates his practice exclusively to aesthetic procedures for the face. He can help you look your best and be confident in your appearance.

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Your Consultation

Going into your initial consultation unsure what to expect can sometimes be intimidating. But once you find out about the consultation process, you will realize that there is little reason for concern. The primary goal of your initial rhinoplasty consultation is for you to meet Dr. Antunes and spend time with him discussing your aesthetic goals and desires. You will typically meet with him for a thorough examination and learn about rhinoplasty and his approach.

Getting to know your surgeon is extremely important. You need to ensure that your surgeon is not only skilled, practiced, and board certified, but that you also feel comfortable around him or her. Your surgeon should carefully listen to you, discuss your goals, give you realistic and honest feedback, and answer any questions that you have. After discussing your concerns with Dr. Antunes, he will perform a computer simulation of the expected results.

Computer Imaging

Computer imaging is an exceptional tool to enhance communication between you and Dr. Antunes. Most patients have a clear picture in their minds of what they would like to achieve in their rhinoplasty, but accurately expressing this image to the surgeon can be challenging. Other patients have a broader idea of what they are looking for and want to discuss Dr. Antunes’ suggestions.

Dr. Antunes uses his experience to explain–with the aid of computer imaging–what rhinoplasty can realistically accomplish based on your anatomy. He is careful to show you a very realistic image morphing that represents the possibilities and limitations of your procedure. Your input is extremely important. We encourage you to give your opinion regarding the designed shape. This is the time to voice aesthetic preferences and ask all the questions.

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Your Procedure

Every treatment is customized with your needs in mind to make sure the result you get is what you were looking for.

There are 2 primary incision techniques used to perform rhinoplasty: open and closed.

Open Rhinoplasty

In some cases, Dr. Antunes makes a small incision on the columella—the small strip of skin between the nostrils. He then gently lifts the skin to expose the nasal structures, such as cartilage and bone, which he sculpts to create the desired shape and size. The tiny incision results in a scar that is nearly imperceptible.

Closed Rhinoplasty

Dr. Antunes hides incisions within the nose in a closed rhinoplasty procedure. A plastic surgeon with the expertise of Dr. Antunes can use this technique and create exceptional facial balance and harmony.

Whether Dr. Antunes recommends a closed or open procedure, he tailors the surgery based upon your goals, specific nasal anatomy, facial structure, and unique features.

Rhinoplasty can take between 2 to 4 hours and Dr. Antunes uses either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the circumstances and your preference.

Recovery & Results

Because Dr. Antunes doesn’t use nasal packing for rhinoplasty, discomfort during the recovery process is minimized. He places a cast on the nose and uses dissolvable stitches on the nose’s interior. For an open rhinoplasty he will use stitches on the columella.

Expect to experience some nasal congestion and pressure during the first few days following the surgery. That said, many of our patients feel remarkably well immediately after the procedure, despite some swelling. Pain medication is very effective for managing any discomfort. We schedule several follow-up appointments with Dr. Antunes during the initial couple of weeks after surgery, so he can make sure your recovery is proceeding as expected. He removes the nasal cast 7 days after your procedure.

Plan to return to work after a week and to resume physical activities 2 weeks after the surgery. You may still have bruising around the eyes. It typically takes up to a year before the nose is fully healed after rhinoplasty, although you’ll notice the new look of your nose long before that.

Rhinoplasty at a Glance

Goal: Refining the size and shape of the nose to create an attractive, natural-looking contour that improves the facial balance. In addition, it can improve nasal function helping the patient to breathe better.

Procedure: Incisions are hidden inside the nose, and in some cases a small incision is made in the columella (skin between the nostrils) underneath the nose. The incisions typically heal extremely well and over time become nearly invisible. The nasal cartilages and bones are sculpted to create the new shape. The procedure will be tailored based upon your goals, specific nasal anatomy, facial structure, and unique features.

Anesthesia: General anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the case and patient preference.

Procedure length: 2 to 4 hours

Aftercare: There will be a cast over the nose, dissolvable stitches inside the nose, and in some cases stitches on the skin between the nostrils. Dr. Antunes does not pack the nose after surgery, which minimizes discomfort during the recovery process.

Recovery: During the first few days after rhinoplasty, the patient will experience some nasal congestion and pressure. Most patients feel remarkably well immediately after the procedure in spite of swelling. Most patients have mild pain after rhinoplasty that can be controlled with pain medications. Dr. Antunes will see the patient several times over the first couple of weeks. The nasal cast will be removed at the day 7 appointment. Most patients will return to work at that time and are back to full activities after 2 weeks. Patients may have bruising around the eyes, but this can be easily camouflaged with makeup.

Timeline

  • Surgery
  • Day 5 to 7: Suture removal
  • Day 7: Cast and splint removal
  • Within 7 days: Return to work and social activities
  • 8 to 12 weeks: 50% healed
  • 1+ year: 100% healed

Dr. Antunes takes great pride in the natural-looking results he creates for rhinoplasty patients. Request a consultation using the online form to meet personally with Dr. Antunes to discuss your concerns. You can also call The Piazza Center at (512) 288-8200 to schedule an appointment.