The purpose of nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is to improve the appearance of the nose, to help it fit the face in a complementary way that is harmonious with other facial features. A nose that is out of balance on the face can become a focal point that draws attention away from other attractive facial features. Nose surgery brings a more harmonious appearance to the face by altering characteristics that include:
- Size of the nose
- Width of the nose
- A bump on the bridge of the nose
- The tip of the nose to correct a large or bulbous, upturned, or drooping appearance
- Excessively flared nostrils
- A crooked or off-center appearance
- Asymmetry due to a previous injury
"My Fabulous Rhinoplasty - Houston, TX - I devoted over a year of my time and energy consulting with the known "best" doctors in the area. I had seven consults with other doctors before deciding on Dr. Mentz. He has excellent bedside manner, in addition, he is triple board certified and his work is beautiful art.I will consider him a five-star plastic surgery expert! - - PROS:-Facial balance-My face looks more beautiful than I expected-Breathing significantly better-Felt confident in my plastic surgeon's ability to perform "perfect" or as close to results-Improved self-esteem, in regards to my nose-Less pain than anticipated-Fabulous doctor (Dr. Mentz is a Plastic Surgeon that I highly recommend)!CONS:-Excessive swelling-Post surgery blues, due to inability to resume my usual five day a week workouts for over three weeks, feelings of isolation and pain meds (yuck!)"- S. / RealSelf / Jan 13, 2012
"I don't think I could have picked a better surgeon to restore my broken nose. Dr. Mentz performed a septorhinoplasty on me last year, and my nose looks just as I hoped it would! His care and expertise are excellent, and both he and his support staff helped me tremendously during my recovery. "- A. / Demandforce / Mar 13, 2013
"Dr. Mentz is wonderful. He did an excellent job on my rhinoplasty and was attentive to my concerns and needs. His staff is very friendly as well. "- K. / Demandforce / Jun 05, 2013
"Researched Dr Mentz on the Web and my local med spa recommended him based on what their clients had experienced. Having rhinoplasty July 18. First met with Lupe, the patient coordinator, who explained everything in great detail, also with a very good computer image of my new nose. Then I met with Dr. Mentz, who refined the computer image. I left the office feeling like I was doing the right procedure with the right doctor. I CAN'T WAIT! I am 58, I have hated my nose my whole life and I have the right doctor. "- L. / Demandforce / Jun 20, 2014
"I was in for my pre-surgery consultation. They are very thorough. I left the office with no questions and I know exactly what to expect after surgery. I am having rhinoplasty and upper eyelids done. I feel very confident with Dr. Mentz. "- L. / Demandforce / Jul 01, 2014
Rhinoplasty Surgical Technique
A rhinoplasty procedure typically can be completed in about 1-3 hours on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Using either a closed procedure where the incisions are hidden inside the nose or an open procedure where an incision is made across the narrow strip of tissue that is between the nostrils, Dr. Mentz reshapes the bone and cartilage in order to resculpt the appearance of the nose. He may alter the position of bones to make it look narrower or straighter, or he may build up some areas by using cartilage or bone from the nose or another area of the body. The skin and tissues are then reshaped over this new nasal structure. To help stabilize and protect the new structures of your nose during the healing process, Dr. Mentz may place splints on the outside and inside of your nose; these are typically removed in 5 – 7 days.
To help control, bruising, swelling, and minor bleeding, you will spend the first day after your rhinoplasty surgery at home in bed with your head elevated. The majority of bruising will be gone in 1 – 2 weeks. For the first few days, you should continue to sleep with your head elevated and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. Most patients can return to work in 7 – 10 days, and resume exercise in 3 – 4 weeks. You will need to refrain from taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs that can increase bleeding. In addition, for 8 weeks following surgery, you should avoid hitting or rubbing the nose. Sun exposure should be limited for 2 months. The closed rhinoplasty procedure leaves no scars, while the open procedure leaves a scar that is virtually undetectable.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $9,000 - $12,000
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Nose Surgery FAQs
Dr. Mentz will use computer imaging to help you communicate and visualize the results you would like to attain through nose surgery. During your exam, he will evaluate your skin quality and the internal and external structure of your nose to determine how to best create balance between your nose and other facial features.
Nose surgery may typically be performed on female patients who are as young as age 15 or males who are as young as age 17, but it will be necessary for Dr. Mentz to determine any possible limitations.
Deviated Septum Correction?
If you have difficulty breathing or you snore while sleeping, you may be a candidate for a procedure known as a septoplasty. When the dividing wall between the nasal passages is crooked, it can obstruct the airways and make it more difficult for you to breathe. In a one-hour septoplasty procedure, Dr. Mentz corrects this structural disorder, which is known as a deviated septum.
Why Dr. Mentz?
As a triple board certified Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Mentz has a unique skill set which blends his board certification in otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery) with his board certifications in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and plastic surgery. His background as an otolaryngologist provided him with extensive experience and skill in performing the detailed and complex work of nose surgery. He combines this with the aesthetic and surgical skills he has honed as a plastic surgeon to achieve excellent appearance and structural results.