Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to change the size and shape of the nose.  This usually involves reducing, augmenting, or changing the shape of the underlying cartilage and bones of the nose.  Rhinoplasty involves making incisions on the inside, and at times, on both the inside and outside of the nose.  Some patients with external nasal deformities have additional internal nasal breathing difficulties.  The repair of the inside and the outside can usually be done simultaneously. 

       Rhinoplasty surgery is usually performed as an outpatient surgical procedure.  Most of the discomfort is controlled with pain medication by mouth.  An oral antibiotic is also prescribed. Splints are usually placed internally and externally and are normally removed five to seven days following surgery.  Bruising and swelling continues to improve over a three to six month period.  As a general rule, your final result will be fully appreciated approximately one year from the surgery date.

       Dr. Pownell is one of a few physicians in Texas that is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and in Otolaryngology.  This unique combination allows him to have a comprehensive understanding of the form, function, and structure of the nose.   If sinus surgery is needed, Dr. Pownell will help arrange another physician to perform this portion of the procedure.  On most occasions, these procedures can all be done at the same operation.

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