LENGTH: 2-3 hours
SIDE EFFECTS: Bruising, swelling, and some pain
RECOVERY: Return to work: 1 weeks. Light exercise: 3 weeks. Contact sports: 4-6 weeks.
Dr. Tran is a plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery, including nose surgery, in Arlington. He received his credentials at some of the nation’s most prestigious medical centers.
Dr. Tran is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is highly acclaimed, with awards like America’s Top Plastic Surgeons and Vitals Patient Choice Award. He is an expert in performing nose jobs for men and women and is considered one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons.
What Is Nose Surgery?
Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery, nose sculpting, nose reshaping, or a “nose job,” is a surgery that changes the way your nose looks. This may be performed for cosmetic reasons, to correct a birth defect or injury, or to help improve breathing through your nose.
Your Nose Surgery Consultation
Before you decide to have your nose surgery or any other facial plastic surgery (such as a facelift, eyelid lift, or brow lift), think carefully about your expectations and make sure you discuss them with Dr. Tran.
Your rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Tran will determine if you are a good candidate for nose reshaping. If you are in good physical and emotional health and have reasonable expectations then this may be a good choice for you.
During your first visit, Dr. Tran will ask you about your desired appearance to help him understand your expectations and let you know if they can be realistically accomplished.
He will examine your nose, considering factors such as the structure of your nasal bones and cartilage, the thickness of your skin, and how your nose relates to the rest of your facial structures.
Your age will also be considered. It is best for younger patients to have reached full facial growth, usually between 15 and 17 years of age. A younger person may benefit from reshaping the nose to better match their face, while someone older with a droopy nose may undergo rhinoplasty to appear more youthful and refreshed.
Be prepared to discuss any medical conditions you may have, such as allergies, prior nose injuries (no matter how minor), breathing difficulties, surgeries, and medications, vitamins, or other supplements that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information.
If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking at least 3 weeks before your surgery. Dr. Tran is concerned about your health and safety, and depending on your medical status, he may ask for additional evaluations before proceeding with surgery.
You will learn about the procedure, its limitations and risks, and Dr. Tran will discuss your needs and concerns. He will explain which surgical techniques are most appropriate for you to reach your goals and achieve a natural aesthetic result that will be in harmony with the rest of your facial features.
Photographs will be taken for your medical record. An additional consultation may be scheduled to preview computer imaging; this will give you an idea of how your nose may look after surgery and its relation to the rest of your face.
The Day of Surgery
Before nose surgery, you will be given medicine to lessen anxiety and prevent pain. General anesthesia is typically preferred for your comfort, and you will be completely asleep during surgery. You will meet your anesthetist beforehand, and they will answer any questions you may have about your anesthesia.
Surgery may be performed as an outpatient procedure at our certified ambulatory surgery center or at one of several affiliated hospitals. The surgery usually takes 2 to 3 hours.
During the rhinoplasty procedure, small incisions will be made either inside your nose (closed rhinoplasty) or on your columella between your nostrils (open rhinoplasty). Next, bone, cartilage, and/or soft tissue will be adjusted to achieve your goals. Finally, the incisions will be closed with sutures.
After surgery, you will awake in a recovery area, where you will be closely monitored. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay to help you at least the first day while at home.
Below is an example of a before and after nose surgery case. More examples can be found on the before and after gallery here.
After surgery, you will have a splint on the outside of the nose to help maintain the shape and protect the nose. You may also have a soft splint inside the nostrils to help stabilize the septum. The splints will be removed one week after your surgery.
You may experience some discomfort or pain. A little bleeding is not uncommon, and you may have stuffiness for several weeks.
The first day, your nose will swell and you may have some bruising around your eyes. This usually peaks at 3 days, then gradually the bruising and most of swelling will resolve over the next 2 weeks.
However, because complete resolution of the swelling takes several months, it may be 9 months to one year before you are able to see your final results.
Most patients return to work after 1 week. However, plan on limited physical activity and restrictions on vigorous exercise or contact sports for at least 4 weeks.
Your follow-up visits will usually start a few days following your surgery for a checkup and/or splint removal. During your postoperative visits, Dr. Tran will review activity limitations, incision care, and any concerns you may have.
Following this visit, you will follow up again in approximately 3 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, and annually after that.
Be assured that your relationship with Dr. Tran does not end after your surgery. If you have any concerns during your recovery, or have more questions at a later time, you can always contact Dr. Tran.
How Much Does a Rhinoplasty Cost?
After your initial consultation, you will be quoted a price that will include Dr. Tran’s fee as well as the operating room and any anesthesia fees. If you have any breathing difficulties through your nose or a deviated septum due to trauma, insurance may sometimes cover part of the costs.
Financing options are also available. Please bring your insurance information with you to your initial consultation.
Contact Our Office
To find out more about nose surgery in Arlington, contact the office of Dr. Anthony Tran. Schedule your consultation today to get started.