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What Is Rhinoplasty?

One of the most common types of plastic surgery is rhinoplasty or nose surgery. Rhinoplasty makes it possible to reshape, augment or reduce your nose as a means of boosting your confidence and achieving facial harmony.

Though often performed strictly as a cosmetic procedure, rhinoplasty can also be a reconstructive procedure that corrects a birth defect or injury, such as a broken nose. In other instances, rhinoplasty may be a means of addressing breathing issues. Nose reshaping combined with endoscopic sinus surgery or septoplasty is a very effective method of treating many types of breathing problems.

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If you’ve ever considered undergoing rhinoplasty in Houston, you’ve likely wondered whether or not you are a good candidate. The good news is that many people are, indeed, good candidates. The best candidates are individuals who are over the age of 14 and have finished facial growth and have been contemplating surgery for a while. You also should not be a smoker, and you need to be in good overall health. To determine whether rhinoplasty is right for you, Dr. Khetarpal will discuss your goals with you to make sure your desired results are realistic and that you want the surgery for personal reasons and not for someone else.


Rhinoplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia or IV sedation. During the procedure, one of two techniques is typically used. Your surgeon will likely opt for closed rhinoplasty, with incisions made inside the nostrils, or open rhinoplasty, with an incision made in the tissue between the nostrils. During either procedure, the surgeon will gently lift the soft tissue covering the nose. This provides access to the bone and cartilage which is then sculpted to the desired shape. If augmentation is desired, additional cartilage is taken from the septum, the ear, rib, or banked cartilage may be used.

Once reshaping is complete, the soft tissue is then redraped over the underlying structure and stitched closed. The entire procedure typically takes about one to two hours.



For a short time following nose surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising, pain, bleeding, stuffiness or headaches. In most cases, these symptoms subside within a couple of days, and most patients are able to return to work within a week.

The result of your surgery will gradually become apparent in the days following your procedure, with full results appearing once the swelling has gone down completely. The vast majority of patients with realistic expectations are extremely happy with the results of rhinoplasty.


For rhinoplasty in Houston, contact Dr. Khetarpal at the Khetarpal Facial Plastics Institute.

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