Cosmetic nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is an aesthetic procedure performed to improve the appearance of the nose. In addition, rhinoplasty can help correct functionality in some patients. Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andre Y. Levesque is seasoned in providing rhinoplasty procedures to patients, taking a subtle approach to produce the most beautiful and natural-looking outcomes. While rhinoplasty consists of slight changes, results can be very dramatic. Rhinoplasty at Levesque Plastic Surgery is used to make a nose look smaller or enhance a nose that is wide, too large, or misshaped. The goal is to produce a more aesthetically pleasing nose that meets your goals and functions as it should. Learn more about rhinoplasty and then contact Levesque Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation.
"Dr. Levesque is an artful and incredibly proficient surgeon. I went to him for a recent rhinoplasty (open approach with osteotomy as well as tip refinement) and cannot express enough thanks for my new nose as well as the entire effortless surgical experience - consultation to post-op. I was able to communication directly with Dr. Levesque whenever I had a concern or question, both pre and post op. Additionally, interactions with all Devenir (to become) staff made me feel 100% comfortable. I can confidently say Dr. Levesque is a patient-focused surgeon with a keen aesthetic eye, only matched, and potentially surpassed, by his surgical adeptness. I am in disbelief I felt fully recovered after only 3 days post-op and ready to go back to work, which is evidence of a masterful surgical hand. I had minimal pain for 3 days post op then switched to NSAIDs, as needed. There was some bruising, which I covered up with makeup. Dr. Levesque is absolutely wonderful, calm, kind surgeon! Thank you Dr. Levesque and Devenir!"- E. / Google / May 30, 2018
Both women and men are excellent potential candidates for rhinoplasty. If you're displeased with the overall look of your nose and have specific concerns you wish to enhance or repair, this procedure may be the right answer. It is important that realistic expectations are discussed because your appearance will be changed. In addition, your facial maturity should be complete. This will be discussed during your consultation if you are 21 years old or younger and seeking rhinoplasty.
Cosmetic nose surgery is performed with the patient under IV sedation or general anesthesia, and it is considered an outpatient surgical procedure. Rhinoplasty has varying surgical techniques depending on what is being addressed. Dr. Levesque performs nose surgery with either a closed approach or an open method. The goal during surgery is to remove excess tissue and cartilage, or to improve and add cartilage if needed for reshaping. The nose is repositioned while the skin is reformed and draped over the newly enhanced framework. Sutures are placed either inside the nose or in the natural external crease.
What to Expect
After your nose surgery, you will be monitored closely in the recovery space. From there, you will be released to heal at home. The area around the nose will be very swollen and bruised for a week or so. In most cases, there is bruising under the eyes as well. Cold compresses and prescription medication can help with these effects. Your post-operative appointment with Dr. Levesque will take place within 72 hours following surgery to monitor your healing process. On average, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks to heal from rhinoplasty. During this process, strenuous activity or exercise should be avoided.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of nose reshaping surgery varies based on the technique used and the complexity of the procedure. Before estimating costs, Dr. Levesque will listen to your needs and goals to help create your custom treatment plan. Once this is done, he can go over costs for the facility, anesthesia, and more. To get your best results, it's better to focus on choosing an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Levesque, rather than the least expensive alternative. This is to ensure that the treatment you receive is safe and effective. To help make your surgery easy to afford, Levesque Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods and can help with low-interest financing.
Will my insurance cover functional nose surgery?
While rhinoplasty to improve your appearance is not covered by insurance, if your nose reshaping surgery is considered medically necessary to improve your breathing, some of your costs may be covered by insurance. If you are considering using your insurance, please tell Dr. Levesque during your consultation. Our office will help you submit the needed paperwork and information to your insurance to process your claim.
Are there nonsurgical options to change my nose?
To smooth lumps and bumps on your nose, a wrinkle filler (like Juvéderm or Restylane) may be an option. An injectable filler can temporarily correct minor imperfections on your nose, which may help you decide to proceed with rhinoplasty. Nose surgery is better for long-lasting results, larger changes, and to improve the internal structure for better function. During your consultation, Dr. Levesque will let you know if you may be a candidate for nonsurgical nose reshaping.
What about ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty focuses on improving the nose while still maintaining your cultural identity. This may be a consideration if you are Asian, African-American, or Middle Eastern. During your consultation with Dr. Levesque, you can discuss what you like about your nose and what you would like to change. This will allow him to customize your treatment plan so you get your best results.
Can I combine nose surgery with other facial surgeries?
Many patients consider combining nose surgery with another procedure, like chin or cheek augmentation. Combining surgeries for a dramatic result can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Levesque. Once he understands your goals, he can help you decide what procedures should be in your treatment plan. Nose reshaping surgery can help your whole face appear more balanced, so you should wait to see your results before considering another procedure.
Your Best Nose
Rhinoplasty is a widely performed procedure that addresses the displeasure you may feel when looking at your facial profile. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, or if you have breathing issues, rhinoplasty may help. Rhinoplasty is a highly sought-after cosmetic treatment with high success rates. Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Levesque aims to reshape your nose so your whole face looks more proportionate and attractive. Even small tweaks can make a huge difference. We invite you to contact Levesque Plastic Surgery in Austin, TX and schedule a consultation today.