Rhinoplasty colloquially referred to as a ‘nose job‘, can accomplish a number of things. It can reduce the overall size, improve the tip, remove a bump, narrow or widen the width, or even improve the angle between the nose and the upper lip. Nose surgery can also sometimes relieve breathing problems, which in some cases, may be covered by insurance). Generally, an Austin rhinoplasty procedure can accomplish all of these changes during one operation which usually takes from one to three hours. The procedure is almost always done on an outpatient basis, using local anesthesia with sedation.

Rhinoplasty is a procedure that is popular among both Austin women and men alike. Male rhinoplasty and female rhinoplasty procedures use similar techniques, however, the aesthetic goals are a bit different for each.

Many of our Austin rhinoplasty patients report that even their friends and family cannot tell they had the procedure. In most cases, people notice something is different but they can’t quite put their finger on what it is. Most of our previous Austin nose job patients tell us that post-surgery they’ve received numerous compliments about how great they look, but that their friends often attribute their fresh, new look to things like having lost weight or getting more sleep.

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Rhinoplasty surgery is perhaps one of the most aesthetically rewarding procedures in plastic surgery. It’s remarkable how even the slightest correction of a minor nose imperfection can dramatically enhance the appearance of an individual’s face. As a central feature of the face, the nose can have a profound effect on your overall look and even a nominal defect can throw off the balance of the rest of your features. Let our rhinoplasty specialists advise you by scheduling a free no-obligation consultation.

Working from inside the nose, the surgeon carefully modifies and reshapes the bones and cartilage. A bump can be reduced or eliminated. The sides of the nose can be brought closer together to make the nose narrower. The tip can be made smaller and also lifted to enhance its appearance. When a large, oversized nose is made smaller, sometimes the nostrils also need to be reduced in size. Unbalanced, crooked, or curved noses can be straightened and made more symmetrical. Usually, only a very small change is needed in most ‘nose job’ procedures to achieve noticeable results.



If you’re trying to decide if Rhinoplasty is right for you, we have listed some qualities that make up the best candidates:

  • Are physically healthy
  • Facial growth is finished
  • Has a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance
  • Looking to increase/ reduce the size of the nose
  • No preexisting conditions (heart, lung, etc.)
  • Non-smoker
  • Not currently pregnant or nursing


The procedure can be performed for a number of reasons, including medical, to help relieve breathing problems, or strictly to improve aesthetic appearance. A rhinoplasty procedure can address a variety of cosmetic issues including

  • Symmetry – Studies have shown that human beings respond more positively to symmetry, so a nose that is even just slightly off-centered can create an asymmetrical appearance, throwing the entire symmetry of the person’s face out of balance. Rhinoplasty can remedy this uneven look and restore a more harmonious balance to the patient’s face.
  • Shape – A number of our Austin rhinoplasty patients come to Personique® displeased with the shape of their noses. With nasal surgery, our plastic surgeons can reshape the nose from the inside by altering underlying bone and cartilage structure, without any external scarring. Each patient has a unique set of needs when it comes to nose shape, for some, the problem may lie in a bulbous tip that they may wish to have reduced or removed. Many patients we see are displeased with an overly prominent nasal hump, which a nose job can easily remove, creating a smoother, straighter profile. In other instances, the tip may need to be lowered or raised.
  • Size – During a rhinoplasty procedure, the plastic surgeon can both reduce or increase the size of the nose (although the latter isn’t as frequently sought after as the former). However, every case is different and depends on the patient’s individual needs. Size reduction is a very common request from patients seeking a nose job. Reduction rhinoplasty can be easily performed by reducing and adjusting the size of the bone and cartilage framework beneath the skin. This is typically achieved by moving the bones closer together to narrow the width of the nose. It is also possible to shorten the nose by removing excess cartilage from the end of the nose as well.


If you are in the Austin area and think that you could use a Rhinoplasty, the first step is to contact our office and schedule a consultation. You will meet with one of our plastic surgeons who will discuss your medical history with you, listen to your aspirations for this procedure, answer any questions, and examine your nose. After having all the information they need, a custom surgical plan will be created for you. If you agree with this plan and your surgeon’s evaluation, then you will meet with our Patient Coordinator to schedule your procedure. After settling on the date, you will be provided with certain instructions to follow leading up to your surgery.

Pro Tip: When discussing your medical history, please be open and honest with your doctor. The more factual information they have, the better the outcome for your Rhinoplasty and less opportunity for risks or side effects.



To prepare the nose and surrounding area for rhinoplasty surgery, our team will administer intravenous anesthesia. Then, depending on the nature of your nose surgery, an incision will be made either inside the nostrils or on the columella, the bridge of tissue that separates the nostrils. Typically, for a minor reshaping of the nose, incisions are made inside of the nose and are virtually hidden, while a major restructuring of the entire nose may require a larger incision as well as rearranging of bone and/or cartilage. To reduce the size of the nose, septum cartilage may be removed during a nose job. To reshape the nose or add volume, cartilage grafts, also typically from the septum, may be used to supplement some areas.


Overall, the surgical techniques of rhinoplasty for both men and women are similar; however, as discussed above, the aesthetic goals are somewhat different. There are other natural differences between the male and female nose that also must be taken into consideration during male rhinoplasty. For instance, men tend to have thicker skin and stiffer cartilage. This often dictates a different technique when it comes to altering the underlying framework to reshape the nose.

During a typical male rhinoplasty procedure, the surgeon will make incisions within the nostrils and work from inside the nose to carefully alter and reshape the bones and cartilage to achieve the desired shape. In more complex cases, the surgeon may need to make incisions across the base of the nose.

Depending on your specific aesthetic goals and what was discussed at your consultation, pieces of cartilage or bone may be removed from or added to the nose to achieve the desired shape and size. If your goal is to create a narrower nasal bridge, the bones can be precisely broken and moved together to achieve a thinner nasal bone structure. If a hump is present, this can be filed down with a specialized surgical tool.

After all the reshaping and resetting methods have been performed, the nasal tissue and skin is redraped and the incisions are closed. A nasal splint will be worn for the first week to help minimize swelling.


The immediate recovery phase is usually the first week immediately after the surgery. Typically, it is five days to seven days from the date of the surgery. After your procedure, a splint is placed on the nose. This splint acts both as a protector for the nose and helps maintain the position of the newly sculpted nasal bones. Often a nasal pack is inserted in the nose as well to support the inside. You will have stitches as well, the location depending on the type of rhinoplasty technique that was used.

You’ll be up and around a day or two after your surgery, and any pain you feel can be controlled by medication. Cold compresses on your eyes can reduce swelling and bruising. During the first week of rhinoplasty recovery, you should rest as much as possible and keep the head elevated. You should not engage in any laborious activities like working out during this period. Within a couple of days the nasal packing comes out and the splint usually comes off within a week.

After the immediate recovery phase, you enter the intermediate recovery phase. At the start of this phase, your bandages and stitches will be removed and your surgeon will assess the condition of your nose to ensure your recovery is progressing smoothly. You may notice some swelling of the nose which will subside over time. By this point, if you are still feeling any pain it is typically very mild. You may have some numbness of the nose as well, which will also resolve over time.

Oral medications are often prescribed through the immediate and intermediate recovery phases. You can resume work and most of your usual activities during the intermediate phase. It is advised that you avoid strenuous activity for 2 – 3 weeks after rhinoplasty. Strenuous activity, in this case, is defined as anything that raises your blood pressure, pulse, or breathing rate. It is important to refrain from intensive exercise for the first few weeks after surgery to minimize the risk of a nosebleed.

The final recovery phase is when the results of your rhinoplasty surgery will start to become fully evident. It can take anywhere from seven months to over a year before your final results are visible. The majority of swelling will resolve in the first few months and typically the final results will be completely apparent around a year. However, every patient is different and each person heals at their rate.



The cost of a Rhinoplasty in Austin will change depending on various factors, such as what kind of work or technique is required to achieve your desired appearance. The best way to understand the price of your procedure is to come in for a consultation and allow your plastic surgeon to give you an examination. Once they know best how to help you, you will be provided with a cost breakdown for your entire treatment.

Why Choose Personique?

Personique is staffed with so many talented plastic surgeons and technicians who have years of specialized training combined with decades of experience, and even continue to refine and develop their skills and techniques to provide our patients with the highest level of professionalism. Our entire team values and appreciates the humanistic element of every procedure and believe in open, honest communication and a thorough understanding of their patient’s needs and goals. We understand that your cosmetic enhancement decisions have the potential to not only improve your appearance but your overall quality of life as well, so we strive to exceed your expectations and consistently deliver the best results.


What is the difference between male and female Rhinoplasty?

Men’s noses are different than women’s noses, and thus male rhinoplasty is different than female rhinoplasty. On the female face, a straight nose is essential to overall facial beauty, whereas a slight deviation can be acceptable on a man’s face. In female rhinoplasty, the goal is usually to create a smaller, straighter, and more symmetrical nose. With male rhinoplasty, on the other hand, the goal is to create a strong, full, and well-defined nose that suits his masculine facial features.

In general, when it comes to the side profile, most men desire to have a straight or slightly convex bridge line. A bridge that is too “scooped” tends to feminize the profile. When it comes to the nasal tip, for women, a slight overall rotation upward is considered ideal. For men, however, the tip should be less rotated. The nasal tip should be defined as well, but not narrow or pinched. The narrower the nasal tip, the more feminized the nose appears.

Is Rhinoplasty painful?

Most patients don’t experience any pain following their surgery, and if they do, it’s typically very tolerable. Any pain felt is temporary within the first 2 – 3 days and usually only occurs if your nose is manipulated or bumped. Although there shouldn’t be any pain after that, your nose will probably be sensitive to touch for up to 3 months after your procedure.

How many appointments will I need?

The number of appointments you will need following your Rhinoplasty is determined by how well your body takes to the procedure. You will need to return about a week following your surgery to have the splint removed. After that initial appointment, most patients will need to return 3 – 4 weeks later, then possibly again at 3 months, and once more at 6 months.

How long until I see results?

The results will be immediate and dramatic if the nose was very large or if a big hump was removed. But usually, the changes are less dramatic. A slight hump or oversized tip can be improved without attracting a great deal of attention. Your surgery should improve your appearance without drawing direct attention to your nose. Remember, the idea is not to create an entirely new nose, but rather to refine the one you have by diminishing the appearance of any noticeable imperfections.

Can I combine Rhinoplasty with other procedures?

Depending on what your goals are, our expert plastic surgeons can offer many suggestions for additional cosmetic surgery. Many of our Austin Rhinoplasty patients will combine their surgery with other procedures that improve their profile, such as Chin Augmentation, Facial Liposuction, or Eyelid surgery

What are the risks associated with Rhinoplasty?

We take each surgery very seriously and strive to provide a positive and safe recovery for every one of our patients, however, as with any surgery, Rhinoplasty does carry its share of potential risks, such as:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Change in skin sensation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Infection
  • Nasal septal perforation (a hole in the nasal septum) is rare. Additional surgical treatment may be necessary to repair the septum but it may be impossible to correct this complication
  • Poor wound healing or scarring
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Skin discoloration and swelling
  • Unsatisfactory nasal appearance

If you have any concerns during your recovery or notice any long-term or serious reactions, please contact our office immediately.



Your nose doesn’t need to define you in any way other than what you want. If you feel like your nose is too big or even too small, we want to help you make it just right. Contact our office today at 512-459-6800 or request your consultation through our website and someone will be in touch with you shortly!

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