The size, width, shape, and contours of the nose provide balance and beauty to the entire face. Rhinoplasty is one of the most common facial plastic surgery procedures in the world because the nose plays such an essential role in a person’s overall appearance. Rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Saiqa I. Khan, MD, in Houston, TX, customizes the nose job procedure to achieve her patients’ goals for a more attractive profile, appealing size, and improved breathing. Minor cosmetic and functional adjustments enhance the patient’s natural appearance and improve symptoms like snoring, congestion, and sinusitis.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job, is a reconstructive and cosmetic surgical procedure used to improve the nose’s function, shape, and/or size. When performed by a qualified surgeon, rhinoplasty offers life-changing improvements for patients who have experienced a facial injury, have trouble breathing, or simply do not like the appearance of their nose. Dr. Khan specializes in nasal enhancements, including removing a dorsal hump, straightening the bridge of the nose, adjusting the nasal tip, repairing a broken nose, or performing septoplasty to correct a deviated septum. Because every nose is unique and even minor changes in the structure of the nose can play a role in the patient’s nasal function and appearance, Dr. Khan customizes each procedure to suit her patient’s facial aesthetics and functional goals. Dr. Khan also performs rhinoplasty revision for patients who have experienced unsatisfactory results from previous rhinoplasty surgery.
The benefits of rhinoplasty will vary based on the patient’s goals for cosmetic or functional results. Patients typically experience both physical and emotional benefits, including increased confidence and self-esteem. Dr. Khan may perform rhinoplasty for patients seeking the following results:
Adjusting the size of the nose
Straightening the bridge or removing a hump
Improving asymmetry or adjusting a crooked nose
Correcting the shape, size, or position of the nasal tip
Achieving facial balance
Fixing a deviated septum to reduce snoring or improve breathing
Addressing a crooked septum to address sinus infections
Improving unsatisfactory results from a prior rhinoplasty
Addressing structural damage after an injury
Ideal rhinoplasty candidates are healthy, non-smoking individuals who are dissatisfied with the appearance or function of their nose, including issues such as a nasal hump, flared nostrils, a large or drooping tip, or snoring. Candidates must have realistic surgical expectations and be willing to follow the doctor’s instructions. Rhinoplasty patients are typically over the age of 18. Younger rhinoplasty patients may be considered in some cases if they are over the age of 14, have completed their facial growth, and have their parents’ consent. Dr. Khan evaluates the candidacy of prospective rhinoplasty patients during a private consultation in Houston, TX.
Dr. Khan has a patient-centered approach and a warm personality. During each consultation in Houston, TX, she examines the patient, reviews their medical history, and determines if rhinoplasty is the best option for reaching their individual goals. Dr. Khan notes the position of the septum, any bumps or indentations, the angle of the nose, and any patient concerns before creating a detailed, customized treatment plan. Dr. Khan spends as much time as needed with each patient. Step by step, she verbally walks the rhinoplasty candidate through the process and answers any questions about the procedure, the recovery, and the expected results. Dr. Khan combines art and science to provide beautiful results that retain the unique characteristics of the individual.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Dr. Khan performs rhinoplasty as an outpatient procedure at the modern, accredited Houston Plastic Surgery Center, adjacent to the Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics office. She works with board-certified anesthesiologists and uses the latest, state-of-the-art technology. Dr. Khan prefers open rhinoplasty, which requires a small incision at the base of the nose and into the nostril. She explains the surgical details, including the incisions and stitches, during the consultation. Dr. Khan creates a personalized surgical plan for each patient, including dorsal hump removal, narrowing or lifting the nasal tip, and straightening the nose. Dr. Khan may use advanced techniques to achieve the patient’s goals, including:
Cartilage grafts to add support or definition to the nasal tip
Trimming the lower lateral cartilage
Special suture techniques to reduce a bulbous nose
Wedge extensions to correct wide nostrils
Correct a deviated or crooked septum
Revision rhinoplasty to address structural or cosmetic issues
Dr. Khan uses tiny sutures inside the nose to hold the changes in place before closing the external incision. A splint is placed over the nose to support the new contours during the healing process. The patient will also receive post-surgery instructions before being driven home by a friend or family member.
Patients can contact our staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics at any time with questions or concerns during the recovery period. Over-the-counter or prescription medication is recommended to address any pain or discomfort. The splint must remain in place until the postoperative appointment, which typically takes place in 5 to 10 days. The patient is encouraged to keep their head in an upright position to reduce swelling and to avoid foods requiring excessive chewing for the first several days. Mild swelling and bruising around the eyes are typical and resolve gradually within one to two weeks. Strenuous exercise must be avoided until approved by the doctor. Nasal swelling may create symptoms such as mild congestion or a dry mouth. Patients are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids to help with hydration and promote healing. Patients usually return to work within two weeks. Minor residual swelling will take several months to resolve.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Saiqa I. Khan?
Dr. Saiqa I. Khan, MD, is a part of the dynamic team of doctors at Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics in Houston, TX. As a rhinoplasty specialist and facial cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Khan works side by side with highly-respected body plastic surgeon Dr. Ravi and cosmetic physician Dr. Gopathi. Each of Dr. Khan’s patients have access to superb care that achieves multiple aesthetic goals, including options like rhinoplasty, facial fat transfer, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, Botox, and lip augmentation. Dr. Saiqa I. Khan, MD, is a highly-respected female facial plastic surgeon with the following qualifications:
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biochemistry with Cum Laude honors
Medical degree (MD) from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Board-certified in General Surgery
Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery
Highly-trained facial plastic surgeon
Provides outstanding tailored results
Passionate about helping each patient improve their appearance and self-image
Dr. Khan provides superb, natural-looking rhinoplasty results that offer patients easy breathing and beautifully harmonize with their other features.
Dr. Khan reviews each patient’s health history and explains the possible risks during the consultation, which may include infection, numbness, difficulty breathing, or unsatisfactory cosmetic results. Rhinoplasty risks are rare when the surgery is performed by an experienced, board-certified surgeon.
Dr. Khan typically performs rhinoplasty surgery on adults, and she encourages teenage patients to wait to have a nose job until they reach adulthood. But, in some cases, she may approve a nose job for teens older than 14 if their nose has finished growing to address severe deformity or difficulty breathing after a sports injury or accident. The nasal tip may begin to droop with age, and there is no upper age limit for a nose job. Some patients may request rhinoplasty along with a facelift or another procedure to improve their profile and address signs of aging.
Final results are typically seen six months to one year after rhinoplasty surgery. The initial swelling and bruising fade within the first couple of weeks, and many patients see results early on during the recovery. However, the tissues within the nose heal slowly, and mild swelling gradually resolves throughout the first year.
Each rhinoplasty procedure is unique and may take one or more hours, depending on the complexity of the case and the exact steps taken to achieve the optimal outcome. Dr. Khan provides each patient with a customized treatment plan and an estimate for the length of the surgery during the consultation.
Rhinoplasty recovery is typically minor and requires one to two weeks off from work and normal activities. Mild to moderate swelling, bruising, stuffiness, and discomfort are expected during the first few weeks and are treated with over-the-counter or prescription medication. Most swelling dissipates within a few weeks after surgery, but subtle changes may occur up to one year after surgery.
Schedule a Rhinoplasty Consultation in Houston, TX
Dr. Saiqa I. Khan, MD, is an experienced female plastic surgeon with extensive rhinoplasty and facial plastic surgery training. Call 281–603–0493 today to request a rhinoplasty consultation in Houston, TX, with Dr. Khan or visit the Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics website to set up a virtual consultation.
Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics
Dr. Ravi Somayazula, Dr. Swapna Gopathi, and Dr. Saiqa Khan, all Board-Certified Physicians, use a patient-centered approach and spend as much time as needed to make each patient feel special and respected—not just another person walking through the door. As a team, a one-of-a-kind treatment plan is created to address concerns from head to toe with the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques, including: Breast Augmentation (Implants), Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, miraDry®, Botox®, Dermal Fillers, and Sculptra®. Working side-by-side, Dr. Ravi, Dr. Gopathi and Dr. Khan strive to create a long-lasting relationship with each patient, meeting any new aesthetic needs as they arise. Together, the staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics take each patient step-by-step through their cosmetic journey to achieve the desired aesthetic results.