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Rhinoplasty for Men

male rhinoplasty patient

Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping surgery is a top cosmetic procedure for men, offering an effective way to enhance the appearance of this central facial feature. Like women that undergo rhinoplasty, men that have this procedure can see significant improvements in their looks and their self-confidence. Whether you want to alter the size, shape or symmetry of the nose, rhinoplasty can help you achieve your goals. In addition, this procedure can improve the function of the nose if a defect like a deviated septum keeps you from breathing as easy as you would like.

Double board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kenneth Yu understands that male nose reshaping differs from rhinoplasty performed on women. While appearance is important to men and women alike, men are looking for a way to enhance their looks without compromising their rugged masculinity. Dr. Yu’s rhinoplasty for men is specifically designed to give male patients the natural, masculine outcome they want.

Rhinoplasty Results

Men considering rhinoplasty may have different goals they are hoping to achieve:

  • Straighten or reduce the nasal bridge
  • Remove a dorsal hump or concave from the bridge
  • Change the size or shape of the nasal tip
  • Create symmetry or a more attractive shape to the nostrils
  • Produce proportion and balance to the entire face

Whether you are looking to repair a deformity you were born with or correct a problem caused by an injury, Dr. Yu can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Candidates for Rhinoplasty

The best candidates for rhinoplasty are men in good health that are unhappy with the appearance or the function of their nose. The procedure is appropriate for male patients of all ages and may even be performed on children under certain circumstances. At your initial consultation, Dr. Yu will take a complete medical history and discuss your precise concerns and desired outcome to determine whether rhinoplasty is a good option for you.

What are Your Options?

Dr. Yu may perform your rhinoplasty using one of two different techniques:

Closed rhinoplasty involves incisions inside the nasal cavity only, eliminating all visible scarring after the procedure. This approach is recommended for patients that do not need as much correction since the internal incisions limit access to the nasal structure somewhat.

Open rhinoplasty uses a combination of internal incisions and a single external incision across the tissue on the underside of the nose. While this approach does leave a single visible scar underneath the nose, it is not noticeable and allows for greater access to the nasal cavity so that more correction can be done.

Procedure Details and Recovery Basics

Your rhinoplasty will be performed as a day surgery, usually in the operating room of a hospital near Dr. Yu’s San Antonio’s office. Patients may be given general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the amount of correction needed, and the age and preference of the patient. Most rhinoplasties take a few hours to complete, and you will be returning home later in the day.

After your rhinoplasty, you will have a small external splint placed on the nose to hold it in place while it heals. Bruising and swelling are common, and Dr. Yu will provide you with comprehensive post-operative instructions to follow to minimize those side effects. In addition to traditional treatments like medication and ice packs, Dr. Yu also has a host of herbal and homeopathic remedies to choose from. Recovery usually takes around seven to 10 days before you feel ready to return to work and non-strenuous activities. Contact sports should be avoided for at least two months to give the nose ample time to heal.

If you are unhappy with your appearance due to the shape or size of your nose, rhinoplasty may be the solution. Contact Dr. Kenneth Yu Plastic Surgery today at (210) 876-6868 to learn more about your choices in nose reshaping surgery.

*This content was reviewed by Dr. Kenneth Yu, a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in head and neck surgery (otolaryngology). His practice — Dr. Kenneth Yu Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery — proudly serves the San Antonio, Alamo Heights and Austin communities.