Rhinoplasty in Memphis, TN with Dr. Langsdon
Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job, is an operation designed to improve the nose’s appearance. Rhinoplasty surgery involves the meticulous removal and reshaping of the nasal bones and cartilage.
Most rhinoplasty surgeries are performed to improve appearance. Facial harmony may be disturbed when a nose is out of proportion with other facial features (because it is too broad, long, large, crooked, deformed secondary to traumatic injury, and has a hump or drooping tip, etc.). Removing nasal deformities through rhinoplasty can often improve a person’s self-image, which may improve a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
Deformities inside the nose that impair breathing can sometimes be improved by an internal nasal procedure called septoplasty. However, with rhinoplasty surgery, internal changes can be achieved while simultaneously straightening the external nose.
A rhinoplasty can often improve your overall appearance as well as improve how the nose functions. Some of the cosmetic improvements that our rhinoplasty patients in Memphis seek include decreasing or increasing the nose size, changing the shape or position of the tip of the nose, narrowing the nostrils, or straightening the nose.
The Langsdon Clinic specializes in facial procedures like rhinoplasty. Through their decades of work with thousands of patients, they’ve gained invaluable expertise and experience with the nuances of facial procedures.
When searching for the best rhinoplasty surgeon in America, Dr. Langsdon often appears at the top of the list. He is a pioneer in rhinoplasty surgery and has developed highly sought-after methods for rhinoplasty procedures, including a preservation rhinoplasty technique that is specific to creating a nose job that focuses on the nose tip to create beautiful, natural-looking results.
Preservation rhinoplasty is a new revolutionary approach to improving the aesthetic appearance of the nose, which retains as much of the patient’s original cartilage and bone as possible while improving the general appearance of the nose.
Nose Surgery in Memphis, TN
One goal of nose surgery is solely aesthetic — to bring its shape and proportions into balance with the other facial features. Nose surgery can also change nasal structure to correct an injury or birth defect, or resolve breathing problems.
Regardless of your reasons for seeking rhinoplasty or septoplasty, you should only trust an expert to operate on the delicate nasal structures, creating a result that improves your facial harmony and quality of life while preserving or enhancing your respiratory ability.
Dr. Phillip Langsdon is a leading figure in the field of facial plastic surgery. He has developed improved techniques for rhinoplasty, including a preservation rhinoplasty technique that enhances the natural look when changing the tip of the nose. Dr. Langsdon served as president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) in 2018-19. Many people consider him to be the best rhinoplasty surgeon in America.
To learn more about how rhinoplasty in Memphis might benefit you, contact The Langsdon Clinic today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Langsdon. You can also see Dr. Langsdon’s rhinoplasty before and after photo gallery to see his actual patients’ transformations.
Dr. Langsdon Is A Leading Expert In Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is surgery to improve the nose’s appearance and bring facial proportions into better harmony. Rhinoplasty can also correct some breathing problems.
Rhinoplasty can decrease or increase the size of the nose, change the shape or position of the tip of the nose, narrow the width of the nostrils, or straighten a nose that is crooked or has a hump. When performing rhinoplasty or septoplasty surgery for a patient with trouble breathing, Dr. Langsdon opens a narrowed or obstructed nasal airway. The surgery involves the meticulous removal and reshaping of the nasal bones and cartilage.
Preservation rhinoplasty is an approach to nose-reshaping surgery that conserves as much of the original tissue in the nose as possible to create natural-looking changes. In preservation rhinoplasty, Dr. Langsdon alters the nose bridge by removing a small amount of bone and cartilage from below (rather than from the top, as in traditional or structural rhinoplasty).
This approach retains more of the nose’s original structure for more natural results. Preservation rhinoplasty also maintains the cartilage in the tip of the nose while making the desired shape changes, rather than altering the cartilage with grafts, sutures, or other modifications. It reduces the risk of changes in the shape of the nasal tip over time.
There are two primary approaches to rhinoplasty: open and closed rhinoplasty. Dr. Langsdon is one of an elite handful of experts in the world specializing in both approaches.
In performing open – or external – rhinoplasty, Dr. Langsdon makes a tiny incision in the thin strip of skin between the nostrils, on the underside of the nose. This small opening grants him full access to the nose’s cartilage and bone, allowing him to make significant structural changes.
Closed – or minimalist – rhinoplasty involves making tiny incisions inside the nose. Dr. Langsdon achieves excellent results using closed rhinoplasty in reshaping the tip of the nose, reducing humps, reducing the nose’s overall size or length, and correcting specific nasal airway problems.
Revision rhinoplasty, also known as secondary nose surgery, aims to correct problems with the results of an earlier procedure. The goal of revision rhinoplasty is to fix disappointing cosmetic results from the initial rhinoplasty or to clear obstruction in the nasal airway and restore comfortable breathing function. Rhinoplasty is among the most complex and challenging of all plastic surgery procedures. When problems result from the initial procedure, it becomes even more critical to work with the most skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeon to make needed corrections.
In terms of the procedure itself, teenage rhinoplasty is not significantly different from rhinoplasty for adults. However, we must wait to perform the procedure if the facial bones and cartilage are still growing. Some girls are able to have surgery after they are having monthly cycles and have stopped growing in height. Boys usually physically mature at a later age than girls. We usually recommend waiting for boys until they have stopped growing in height.
The Ideal Rhinoplasty Candidate
Many people wonder if there is an ideal age to perform a nose job. To ensure that the results are as predictable and long-lasting as possible, it’s highly recommended that patients undergo a rhinoplasty only after their facial bones have completely matured. In most cases, girls’ facial structures stop developing at fifteen and boys at eighteen. Maturity is variable; therefore, the timing of rhinoplasty depends on each individual’s growth, maturation, and specific problem. It is essential that a parent accompany a young adult for their consultation visit.
If your facial bones have stopped growing and if you are in good health, it is never too late for nasal surgery. Sometimes a nose becomes progressively disfigured with age. A long nose with a drooping tip may result from aging, and a rhinoplasty surgery can provide a nose lift for a more youthful appearance. Those seeking rhinoplasty in Memphis often pair it with a facelift to give themselves comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
Rhinoplasty Surgery at The Langsdon Clinic
Patients unhappy about their nose and seeking rhinoplasty surgery in the Memphis area should consult with an experienced and skillful cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Langsdon, who has specialized in facial plastic surgery for over 25 years. There is no one more experienced in the community.
Your rhinoplasty will be performed in the clinic’s outpatient surgical facility. Preoperatively, you will be given medication to help you relax, promote healing, and help minimize swelling and bruising. Generally, twilight sedation is used and supplemented by local anesthesia. Most patients report that the rhinoplasty surgery is painless and have very little memory of the experience.
To achieve Dr. Langsdon’s goal of a balanced and proportional nose, he reconfigures the underlying structures of the nose so that it can adequately support and contour the nasal skin once it has settled on top of the bone.
The rhinoplasty surgery takes about one to two hours for uncomplicated cases. Dr. Langsdon places most incisions entirely inside the nose. The injured, twisted, or deformed nose may require a small incision below the tip of the nose between the nostrils. To help shape the structure of the nose, Dr. Langsdon shaves down any bumps in the cartilage and the bone. Then Dr. Langsdon will create incisions in the bone to bring the width of the nose a little closer together.
During the patient’s consultation, Dr. Langsdon will analyze the width of the nose to see if it needs to be narrowed. Wide, flaring nostrils may necessitate an incision in the crease where the side of the nostril joins the upper lip and cheek. These incisions usually become inconspicuous with time.
Your rhinoplasty will be performed in The Langsdon Clinic’s on-site private outpatient facility. The surgical suite is certified by the State of Tennessee Department of Health and is staffed by medical professionals dedicated to providing outstanding care for our patients.
The Rhinoplasty Results We Strive For
A rhinoplasty that’s noticeable has not been performed well. Rhinoplasty has advanced far from the traditional “upturned” or “pinched” look, and today the very best cosmetic surgeons create results that look natural for the patient. While advanced techniques give the surgeon more precise control and make the rhinoplasty surgery more comfortable for the patient, surgical skill and experience are the most significant factors for creating those natural and balanced results.
At The Langsdon Clinic, we strive to personalize each rhinoplasty so that the patient’s results are perfect for them and them alone. We understand that there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all type of nose, so our goal is to shape our patients’ noses in a way that fits their facial architecture perfectly. We create natural-looking results by striving to create balanced and proportional results to the patient’s unique facial features.
Dr. Langsdon takes multiple factors into account when planning his rhinoplasty. Before your rhinoplasty, Dr. Langsdon will carefully analyze your nose to look at the shape of your nasal structures and the quality of your skin.
Meet Dr. Langsdon
President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2018
Phillip R. Langsdon, M.D. is Clinical Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. Dr. Langsdon’s career has been limited and focused entirely on Facial Plastic Surgery and he has dedicated himself to the pursuit of excellence in his field.
Your Rhinoplasty Results
When the nasal splint is first removed, the nose may appear turned up because of the effects of the splint and swelling of the tissues. However, once enough time has passed and the nose has healed, most people usually cannot tell that you have had a rhinoplasty. Most of the swelling subsides within one to two weeks, but it may take a year (occasionally longer) for the final minor side effects to dissipate.
The recovering nose does not typically bother the patient or even look noticeable; the nose gains definition over time as the last bit of swelling subsides. It may take longer for the swelling to completely diminish for patients with relatively thicker skin or who have had previous nasal surgery or trauma. The tissues inside your nose may also be swollen after your rhinoplasty, causing some nasal stuffiness, but this should improve as the swelling decreases.
After one week, you may be able to return to light work or school. At this point, many of our patients do not look like they have had rhinoplasty surgery. Post-operative instructions are provided for you at your preoperative appointment. If you are an out-of-town patient, you should plan to stay nearby for at least two days after your rhinoplasty.
After your rhinoplasty surgery, a small protective splint will be placed inside the nose and worn for one week. We do not ordinarily pack the nose since we find that our patients experience less discomfort, swelling, and discoloration by avoiding packing, thus making your post-operative recovery much more comfortable and pleasant.
We can usually eliminate packing by using a unique absorbable suturing technique to reposition the internal nasal tissues. This technique is widely considered new and innovative in rhinoplasty surgery because it reduces much of the undesirable post-operative discomfort and swelling. The initial swelling usually resolves in seven to ten days. Keep in mind that every patient is different, so the rate of recovery from the rhinoplasty will depend on several different factors.
Why Choose Dr. Langsdon as My Memphis Rhinoplasty Surgeon?
Dr. Langsdon is a pioneer in rhinoplasty surgery. Through his work with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which he led as president in 2018-19, he has organized and overseen the organization’s medical education program. He has published his innovations in surgical technique, taught young doctors specializing in facial plastic surgery, and led special rhinoplasty training programs for experienced plastic surgeons. He is among the select group of facial plastic surgeons who are skilled in performing preservation rhinoplasty procedures.
Dr. Langsdon’s expertise and innovations are all focused on one overriding goal: to produce beautifully natural-looking results for his patients. You should trust nothing less than a talented and compassionate surgeon for your rhinoplasty, and Dr. Langsdon has the experience and specialization to create outstanding results.
Schedule Your Memphis Rhinoplasty Consultation Today
Contact The Langsdon Clinic today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Langsdon. He will examine your nose, carefully analyzing the shape of your nasal structures and the quality of your skin; consider the harmony of your facial features; ask questions to understand your goals for the procedure; and give you his expert recommendation on the best approach to meet your needs. Patients seeking rhinoplasty in Memphis have chosen Dr. Langsdon time and time again because of his natural and balanced results.
Common Rhinoplasty Questions
The Langsdon Clinic has collected and answered some of the most frequently asked questions about rhinoplasty for patients hoping to learn more about rhinoplasty in Memphis.
With our rhinoplasty technique, an incision is made into the nasal bones when repositioning is required. There is also usually less post-operative discomfort, discoloration, and swelling when compared with older techniques. We don’t use nasal packing, which we’ve found dramatically improves patients’ comfort during recovery.
Along with our advanced techniques, The Langsdon Clinic also offers patients an outstanding patient experience; our highly professional staff will guide our patients every step of the way and inform them of every aspect of their rhinoplasty. We personalize each rhinoplasty procedure to fit each patient. We also take the time to create a post-operative recovery plan to help each patient heal successfully from the procedure.
Many people ask if the nasal bones are broken during the surgery, typically done for traditional techniques. Our surgical technique eliminates most of the side effects of older approaches that usually result in extreme swelling and bruising.
A “closed” rhinoplasty is when all the incisions are placed inside the nose. In an external rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes external incisions to access the nasal structures. Many surgeons prefer the closed method because it results in faster healing for the patient, and the incisions will be hidden. Dr. Langsdon’s rhinoplasty is performed using incisions placed inside the nose; however, he might make some incisions along the nostrils if they are too wide and need to be resized. These incisions are usually well-hidden by the natural creases of the nose.
Preservation rhinoplasty is a new, revolutionary rhinoplasty surgery that aims to preserve as much of a patient’s original tissue as possible while improving the general appearance of the nose.
The procedure involves advanced surgical techniques, where the surgeon alters the shape of the nose by strategically and skillfully removing small amounts of cartilage and bone from underneath the nose bridge. Through this new process, expert preservation rhinoplasty surgeons like Dr. Langsdon can reduce the height of the nose bridge – or nasal dorsum – without altering the patient’s dorsal lines. Learn more about the differences between rhinoplasty and preservation rhinoplasty.
The Langsdon Clinic strives to create results that are proportional to the patient’s natural facial architecture. The results should bring the patient’s facial features into harmony while at the same time having an aesthetically pleasing effect. The Langsdon Clinic prides itself in creating results that don’t look unnatural or artificial.
Since rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, patients can go home the same day as the surgery. Patients are required to have a trusted friend or family member drive them home.
Patients will experience some side effects like bruising, swelling, and soreness for the first few weeks of their recovery. These side effects may also be present in the area around the eyes. Dr. Langsdon will prescribe pain medication to help with any discomfort; however, many patients report the period after their rhinoplasty as tolerable. It’s essential that patients keep their heads elevated during the first couple of days of the recovery to limit the amount of swelling.
The majority of the swelling and bruising should dissipate after the first week or two of recovery from rhinoplasty. Patients are discouraged from undergoing strenuous activity for the first two weeks of the recovery. They should be able to go back to office work or school a week after their rhinoplasty. While it might take a full year before patients see a complete dissipation of swelling, The Langsdon Clinic creates results that already look balanced and proportional, so the recovery will not be noticeable after a week or two.
Dr. Langsdon typically places almost all the incisions inside the nose. However, if the patient has the size of their nostrils reduced, some incisions might be made in the crease between the nostrils and the cheeks. These incisions are well-hidden and should not be noticeable once the nose heals.
The nose needs to be protected while it’s recovering from the rhinoplasty. Patients not only need to keep their heads elevated during sleep, but they also need to ensure that the nose does not bump into anything. Patients can use multiple pillows or a single incline pillow to ensure that they sleep with their heads elevated. They can also prop pillows by their side to prevent themselves from rolling onto their side or stomachs.
Because rhinoplasty changes the structure of your bones and cartilage, your rhinoplasty results should be permanent.
Patients seeking rhinoplasty in Memphis have chosen Dr. Langsdon time and time again because of his natural and balanced results. You should trust nothing less than a talented and compassionate surgeon for your rhinoplasty, and Dr. Langsdon has the experience and specialization to deliver outstanding results. Contact The Langsdon Clinic now for a consultation on the rhinoplasty.
Patients seeking a rhinoplasty in Memphis have chosen Dr. Langsdon time and time again because of his natural and balanced results. You should trust nothing less than a talented and compassionate surgeon for your rhinoplasty, and Dr. Langsdon has the experience and specialization to be able to create outstanding results. Contact The Langsdon Clinic now, for a consultation on the rhinoplasty.