What to expect
Our Austin nose surgeons will perform your preservation rhinoplasty under general anesthesia. Through discreet openings between the nostrils or hidden inside the nose, we will manipulate the underlying tissues – thus enhancing the shape while preserving the natural structures. Here is a closer look at some of the specific techniques we will employ, depending on your needs:
Nasal hump deformity. This is a very common concern for patients undergoing rhinoplasty. The traditional approach involves sanding down the bone and cutting off excess cartilage – which can disrupt the structure of the nose and destabilize the entire area.
A highly effective preservation technique involves creating deep incisions within the nose and removing very precise segments of cartilage and bone in that area instead. This creates space for the nasal bridge to shift down to a lower location – effectively addressing the hump while preserving the overlying bone and cartilage.
Nasal tip issues. The nasal tip is composed of alar cartilages, which this new take on nose surgery strives to preserve. Traditional approaches involve resecting the cartilage to reshape the tip of the nose. For example, if you have a bulbous nasal tip, your surgeon will cut out certain portions of the cartilage to narrow it.
However, this can result in an unpredictable contour as the nose heals, which can lead to revision surgeries. The new preservation techniques do not remove any alar cartilage. Instead, we will cut into the cartilage and move it around to create more definition. In this way, we don’t compromise support or structural integrity – and we reduce the risk of unpredictable changes during the healing process.
While we are reshaping the structures that determine the shape and size of your nose, we will take special care to avoid damage to the soft tissues that cover this framework. By preserving these important tissues, we can ensure a more predictable outcome.