San Antonio plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Decherd, performs rhinoplasty surgery for women and men who desire a more aesthetically pleasing nose. The most common reason to have rhinoplasty is for cosmetic purposes. Whether caused by trauma or heredity, Dr. Decherd can correct asymmetries and imperfections and create a balanced, natural look. Using a subtle approach to nose reshaping, he can help improve the appearance of noses that are too big, too wide, are crooked, or have a deformity such as a visible bump on the top or at the tip.
"I knew Dr. Decherd was the surgeon for me as soon as I did a consultation with him. He actually took the time to show you possible results on the computer and spent a good hour listening to what I wanted to see in my rhinoplasty. I'm now 10 weeks post op and so satisfied with the results. If I ever get anymore work done, I'll be heading straight back to his office."- A.P. / Yelp / Oct 15, 2014
"Dr. Decherd did my rhinoplasty over 13yrs ago, he did outstanding reconstruction surgery, I highly recommend, to this day I have no issues and it still looks perfect."- G.C. / Yelp / Jun 11, 2019
"Dr. Decherd did my rhinoplasty over 13yrs ago, he did outstanding reconstruction surgery, I highly recommend, to this day I have no issues and it still looks perfect."- G.C. / Yahoo / Jun 11, 2019
"Dr. Dechert and his staff are absolutely wonderful. He did a rhinoplasty for me and I couldn't be happier with the results! He was very professional and put me at ease during my pre op appointment and right before the surgery. His staff are all so welcoming and helpful. I highly recommend Dr. Dechert and I will definitely come back if i ever decide to get more work done!"- H.H. / Google / Jul 18, 2019
"I am very happy with Dr. Decherd, his staff, and my final results. I had rhinoplasty surgery 13 months ago. I spent 2 years researching and deciding if I wanted to go through with the procedure. I flew to Houston and San Antonio to meet with Doctors, and spoke with others in Dallas. Needless to say...I was going to be a high maintenance client. I went to see Dr. Decherd for the first time about something completely unrelated. After leaving his office and processing my experience with him and his staff (Heather in particular), I made another appointment to discuss rhinoplasty. After I made the decision to move forward, I met with Dr. Decherd three additional times. Each time I had a full page of questions for him. He answered all of my questions and I did not feel rushed. I was nervous and kind of embarrassed to ask some of my questions but I asked anyway because I didn't want to leave any questions un answered. He never made me feel dumb for asking the questions and he took every question I had seriously. This is something that was VERY important to me. I felt more comfortable every time I left his office. Every time I met with Dr. Decherd he always had another female present in the room. I thought this was very professional. The day of surgery went very smoothly. I was really happy with the private surgical facility. Very clean, private, and comfortable. Fast forwarding to the present...it takes 12-18 months to see the final results from a rhinoplasty procedure. That is why I'm writing this review 13 months later. Before my surgery I was uncomfortable taking pictures, I felt bad/sad when I looked in the mirror, and I had pain from the injury which cased my problem in the first place. Today, I look in the mirror and have the opposite thoughts. I LOVE my nose. I am very happy and appreciative of the attention, patience, and kindness Dr. Decherd and his staff has shown me. Thank you!!"- A.T. / Google / Jan 31, 2020
Rhinoplasty Surgical Considerations
Dr. Decherd is skilled to perform both open and closed rhinoplasty. The approach taken during surgery will be based on the aesthetic goals of the patient, as well as the complexity of the surgical case. Open rhinoplasty is used for more complex cases and allows the surgeon greater access into the nose to manipulate cartilage and bones. The incisions are made on the tissue between the nostrils or on the natural crease of the nose just above the lips. Closed rhinoplasty is used for cases that require mild reshaping and are not as severe. The incisions are made to the inside of the nose through the nostrils.
Some patients may also benefit from the use of an injectable filler to achieve certain results. A filler can help add volume to hide small deformities, such as a bump or a bony appearance. Surgery, of course, is a solution once fillers are no longer able to provide the desired outcomes.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
What Can I Expect?
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and can take up to about 2 hours to complete. Once the incisions are closed, the nose will be placed in a splint for additional support. There will be swelling, soreness and bruising around the nose and possibly even under the eyes. It takes about 7-10 days for these side effects to disappear. Patients will be able to see their results immediately, however, it may take 3-4 months for the results to become optimal.
Is It Risky?
All cosmetic surgeries carry some form of risk, especially those that involve the face because that is what people see first. It’s important to find a qualified and skilled nose surgeon so that any risks can be minimized during surgery. Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the U.S., and a good surgeon will create a satisfactory outcome that is natural, subtle and pleasing.
Does Nasal Packing Hurt?
After rhinoplasty, some patients will require nasal packing. This includes gauze or cotton packs to be inserted into the nasal chamber to help control bleeding. This can cause some discomfort, but the packing is short term and is usually only for the first 24 hours after surgery.
What Does This Cost?
Depending on the surgical case and the complexity of the surgery, rhinoplasty can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. Insurance does not cover this expense if the procedure is performed for cosmetic purposes. However, if surgery is being done to help correct a medical condition (such as sleep apnea or obstruction of breathing), insurance may cover a portion of the expense.