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Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

If you would like to improve the appearance of your nose, a rhinoplasty procedure could be right for you. This cosmetic procedure can remove a hump or bump, straighten the nose, narrow the nose tip, adjust the nose tip projection, alter the size of the nose, alter nostril size, and reduce nostril width. There are several types of rhinoplasty, including:

  • PRIMARY RHINOPLASTY – Rhinoplasty procedures are performed to alter the cosmetic appearance of one’s nose.
  • REVISION RHINOPLASTY – Revision rhinoplasty procedures can correct imperfections from previous rhinoplasty procedures.
  • SEPTOPLASTY (DEVIATED SEPTUM) – Septoplasty procedures are performed to correct deviated septums.

To find out if you’re a candidate for this procedure, schedule a consultation with Houston Rhinoplasty Surgeon Dr. Michael Eisemann. One of his board certifications is Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat) which makes him uniquely qualified to perform cosmetic nasal surgery. He is also certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). Additionally, he lectures, publishes articles, and educates residents on various aspects of plastic surgery. For over 30 years, Dr. Michael Eisemann has helped men and women in the Houston, Texas area as well as around the world, restore balance to facial features through personalized rhinoplasty procedures.

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During your cosmetic consultation, Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann will perform a comprehensive examination of your nose to determine if you are a candidate for the rhinoplasty procedure. This surgery is appropriate for most people over the age of 16 who are physically and psychologically healthy and whose facial maturation is complete.

As part of the examination, Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann will check for any functional airway problems which can also be addressed during your procedure.

To help you visualize your postoperative nose, he will take photographs of your face with the latest technology and use video imaging to show you what you can expect to look like after surgery. He will discuss this image with you, allowing for modifications as needed to ensure that all of your goals are met.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia or under local anesthesia with IV sedation. The surgery can be performed in a hospital setting or in our fully accredited facility, accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) and takes about one to two hours, although more complicated procedures can take longer to complete. Most incisions are concealed inside the nose or along its natural creases, leaving no noticeable evidence of the surgery.

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For rhinoplasty surgery, there are two surgical techniques: open and closed. In an open rhinoplasty procedure, a small incision is made on the external part of the nose in one of three places: between the nostrils, between the nose and cheek, or most commonly, at the edges of the nostrils. In a closed rhinoplasty procedure on the other hand, the incision is made on the inside of the nose.

Since closed rhinoplasty allows for complete concealment of incision scars, it is often the more attractive option. However, even open rhinoplasty incisions can become nearly undetectable when your procedure is performed by an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Michael Eisemann.

You can further reduce risks of visible scars by carefully following all rhinoplasty recovery instructions provided during your time in our care. Care instructions will be covered in detail to ensure you are provided with all of the information and support you need to make a full and quick recovery.


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Initial recovery from rhinoplasty typically takes about two weeks. However, you should not confuse initial recovery with final results, as those can take months to become apparent. After two weeks, the primary obstacles to seeing your final results will be bruising and residual swelling. Once these disappear, your newly contoured nose will be completely visible.

The first few days of rhinoplasty recovery can present the biggest challenges. For the first 24 to 48 hours, you will want to make sure you have someone around to help take care of household necessities while you take time to rest.

It is not uncommon to experience a headache or to notice swelling around the nose during the initial recovery period. You can control pain with medications. For swelling, you should apply ice packs and avoid strenuous or excessive movements. Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann will provide you with a complete list of things you can and cannot do during this time to help ensure you do not complicate your recovery.

During your one week follow-up appointment, splints, stitches, and nasal packing are removed. At this time, many people are comfortable returning to work, but this decision should be based on the requirements of your job. Based on Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann’ recommendations, you may need to avoid strenuous activities for up to six weeks.

Provided that you follow all pre and postoperative instructions, your recovery time should be minimal and your final results amazing.

To learn if you are a good candidate please contact our experienced Houston plastic surgeons, Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann, at our accredited surgical center in Houston, Texas.


It is not enough to assume a surgeon who offers nose surgery is capable of producing remarkable results. It’s important that you feel confident in a surgeon’s abilities before you commit to having your procedure performed. One of the first things to look for in a rhinoplasty surgeon is his or her training and certifications. You should only work with a board-certified plastic surgeon with hospital privileges who can perform your surgery in an accredited hospital or surgical suite. Both of these things can play a large role in your safety and final results. Your rhinoplasty surgeon should be willing to show you before and after pictures of patients he has helped through both primary and revision rhinoplasty. These pictures will give you a better idea of the type of results a particular surgeon can offer. Your rhinoplasty surgeon should listen closely to your needs from the moment you walk in the door. He or she should clearly answer all of your questions and honestly discuss things such as potential complications and rhinoplasty recovery. If you feel like a surgeon is not listening to you or is incapable of producing your desired results, look for another surgeon. Consultations for plastic surgery are not commitments. You are entitled to continue looking until you find a rhinoplasty surgeon with whom you feel comfortable and confident.

Health insurance does not cover cosmetic rhinoplasty. Often, people combine cosmetic and functional procedures. Depending on your insurance company, the functional component of the surgery, such as the correction of a deviated septum or other breathing problems, may be covered.

The duration of the procedure depends on the extensivity of the changes to be made and the surgical method (open or closed). The procedure can last anywhere from one to four hours.

The first two days after the procedure are the most difficult. After one week, packing and stitches are removed and many patients are able to return to work. It can take up to six weeks to fully recover from a rhinoplasty procedure and return to strenuous activity.

During the procedure, you’re under general anesthesia so you won’t feel any discomfort. After the procedure, you may experience some swelling and pain, but you can easily manage these symptoms with mild painkillers.

For a facial plastic surgery procedure like rhinoplasty, it’s important that your face be fully developed. For females, this occurs around age 14 or 15. For males, this occurs around age 16 or 17.

The cost of rhinoplasty varies depending on the procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Eisemann will discuss this with you.

Ultimately, it’s up to the patient to answer this question. A nose job can produce a dramatic change in a patient’s appearance which can be rewarding for both the patient and the physician. Many patients who undergo this procedure feel more confident in their appearance afterwards.

Dr. Michael Eisemann is triple board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS), and the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto).  He also lectures, publishes articles, and educates residents on various aspects of plastic surgery.

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