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Dr. Paul Howard

Plastic Surgeon

Howard Plastic Surgery
Rhinoplasty Birmingham


Nose Surgery, or Rhinoplasty, is the medical term that describes the operation used to improve nasal breathing and, in most cases, to improve the appearance of the nose. The operation is performed through carefully placed incisions inside the nose to remove or reshape any excess or malpositioned cartilage or bone, resulting in improved breathing through the nostrils. It is rare to need skin incisions for rhinoplasty thus there should be no external scarring.


We see many patients who have had previous nasal surgery. In general, we ask that patients who have had previous nasal surgery to wait at least six months, if possible, before a second operation is recommended. A consultation can be obtained at any time to discuss possible problems and the solutions that are available.


Rhinoplasty can be one of the most enjoyable Plastic Surgery procedures when performed by an experienced surgeon. The challenge is to find a surgeon that has the skill and mastered the wide variety of techniques used to reshape a nose. The ultimate goal is to have a nose that breathes well and adds refinement to the overall facial appearance. The attractive nose is always straight, symmetric, and is of the proper size to accentuate the attractive face.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Recovery from Cosmetic Nose Surgery can be between 4 to 7 days off work. Most patients have a surgical dressing applied in the operating room which must remain in place until Dr. Howard removes it during one of your post operative visits. Dr. Howard usually removes this dressing after 5 days. Swelling and bruising can persist for longer than one week. Patients are allowed to resume regular activities after one week, and may resume strenuous physicial activity after 2 to 4 weeks.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

After your eyelid surgery, an ointment will be placed on your incisions and cold compresses will be applied. It is important to keep your eyes hydrated with the specified eye drops post-operatively and to keep cold compresses applied as much as possible the first 48 to 72 hours following surgery. Cold compresses may still be necessary for up to a week following surgery. You must wear sunglasses when outside of your home to protect your eyes from the sun and eye strain until you are healed.

Rhinoplasty Risks

isks are associated with any surgical procedure whether cosmetic or non-elective. Some risks are numbness, swelling, infection, and bleeding.


Rhinoplasty Costs

All patients are not created equal and all noses rquire individual sugical plans to achieve an aesthetically pleasing and realistic result. During your consultation, Dr. Howard will discuss your cosmetic surgery needs to achieve the result you desire. With the use of digital imaging, Dr. Howard will be able to help you visualize your potential surgical result. Cosmetic Nose Surgery is considered cosmetic by insurance companies and therefore is not a covered medical expense. There are few instances when this procedure is considered reconstructive such as adult Cleft Lip Rhinoplasty surgery. The cost for cosmetic nasal surgery can range between $3500 to $5000.


Dr. Howard accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance.

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