What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure that addresses the symmetry, shape, size, and structure of your nose to achieve a more elegant, refined appearance. Rhinoplasty can help address lifelong insecurities about your facial appearance. For others, rhinoplasty provides relief from breathing problems, excessive snoring, and other concerns that inhibit the quality of life.
One of the most noticeable parts of your face is your nose. If you wish your nose looked different because you feel its size or shape isn’t in harmony with the rest of your facial features, or you would like its appearance to be more refined, you may have experienced feeling self-conscious or embarrassed. Rhinoplasty in Washington DC is performed to address the shape and size of your nose to achieve attractive facial balance and feel comfortable and confident.
What Can a rhinoplasty accomplish?
Whether the appearance of your nose has always troubled you, or if the concern is more recent due to trauma or changes with age, rhinoplasty can address anything you have attention on.
When it comes to cosmetic concerns, rhinoplasty can make a prominent or large nose smaller, create a more aesthetic nasal shape, straighten a crooked nose, smooth bumps or humps on the nose, refine the nasal tip,
Rhinoplasty also addresses functional concerns with the nose. Nasal issues caused by trauma or genetics that cause breathing concerns, including a deviated septum, can be addressed by a rhinoplasty procedure. Functional rhinoplasty can be performed on its own or as a part of a cosmetic rhinoplasty procedure.
Am I a candidate for rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is for people who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose and/or have functional concerns with their nose. During your consultation, you will be able to discuss your goals for your nose. Your surgeon will determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for rhinoplasty in Washington DC. Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty should meet the following criteria:
- Are generally in good health
- Do not smoke
- The nasal skin is not too thick or thin
- There is a strong framework of nasal cartilage
- The nose is fully formed
- Struggle with breathing problems
- Snore excessively
- Are unhappy with the appearance of their nose
- Have realistic expectations for what can be achieved with rhinoplasty
What are the Benefits of a Rhinoplasty?
Some of the benefits of rhinoplasty include:
- Improved nose appearance and symmetry
- Enhanced facial proportion
- Corrects bumps, humps, or crookedness
- Eases breathing
- Corrects structural issues
- Boosts self-confidence
- Improves sleep quality
- Enhances facial aesthetic appeal
- Corrects nasal asymmetry
- Reduces snoring
- Long-lasting results
Your Rhinoplasty Procedure
Your rhinoplasty in Washington DC will be performed with general anesthesia or while you are under mild sedation with local anesthesia. The anesthesia type and specific surgical procedure you’re having for your rhinoplasty will be decided before your surgery during your consultation with your surgeon.
Rhinoplasty is most commonly performed with one of two main surgical techniques. These techniques have variations, allowing them to be customized for your specific needs based on your aesthetic or functional goals and unique physical structure.
The two main types of rhinoplasty are open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty:
Open rhinoplasty is a surgical approach taken for patients who desire more extensive or complex nose alterations. During open rhinoplasty, small incisions are made in the columella, the line between the nostrils. Additional incisions are then made inside the nose. Once the incisions are made, the nasal skin is gently lifted, which exposes the underlying nasal structures. This allows the surgeon more access to achieve accurate and significant reshaping.
A closed rhinoplasty approach is taken for patients who want less significant changes to their nose. During closed rhinoplasty, smaller incisions are made within the nostrils. This surgical technique results in no visible scars on the outside of the nose, which is an added benefit for many patients. However, the incision is made with finesse so that it can be concealed in the natural fold of your skin, and the scar left during open rhinoplasty is very small and heals well, becoming barely visible.
What is a revision rhinoplasty?
If you’re disappointed with the results of a previous rhinoplasty surgery, a revision rhinoplasty is performed to address your past outcome. Your surgeon can address a rhinoplasty that went too far with the addition of cartilage or an implant. Rhinoplasty that didn’t achieve enough change can be revised with further sculpting. Revision rhinoplasty must be performed by a surgeon with excellent expertise and experience who specializes in facial cosmetic procedures.
Can a rhinoplasty be performed with other procedures?
Rhinoplasty is often performed with other procedures to achieve a more complete facial enhancement. Cheek or chin augmentation are complementary procedures that can be beautifully combined with rhinoplasty for a more dramatic, harmonious effect.
Why choose The Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington?
At PSIW, your rhinoplasty in Washington DC will be performed by a top-rated, board-certified plastic surgeon – and that matters. Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult and delicate of all facial plastic surgeries, and even a millimeter of error can lead to problems. Under the care of our plastic surgery team, you can be confident that your precision surgery will be performed with advanced surgical techniques and meticulous attention to detail.Our board-certified providers are leading authorities in the field of aesthetic medicine who teach rhinoplasty surgical techniques on a national level.
To find out more about your rhinoplasty surgery at The Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington, please call today for a consultation.
Rhinoplasty Frequently Asked Questions
Can a rhinoplasty improve my breathing?
If you have a deviated septum or a nasal blockage causing a functional concern, your cosmetic rhinoplasty can include functional rhinoplasty to specifically address these issues. If you do not need cosmetic rhinoplasty, a functional rhinoplasty can be performed alone.
What is the cost of a rhinoplasty?
The cost of a rhinoplasty procedure varies from patient to patient, depending on how complex the procedure is. Based on your specific needs and aesthetic goals, your surgical plan will be customized for you. The surgical plan will include the exact cost of your rhinoplasty.
What risks are involved with rhinoplasty?
Any surgery includes risks such as infection, bleeding, anesthesia risks, and poor outcome–however, these are significantly reduced if your surgeon is experienced and board-certified. Other risks include numbness, difficulty breathing, poor healing, and a hole in the nasal septum (very rare).
How old do you have to be to get a rhinoplasty?
Wait to have rhinoplasty until the nose has completely finished growing, which may happen at different ages. Girls should be 15 or 16 years old, while boys should be 17 or 18 years old before they have a rhinoplasty. Adults can have rhinoplasty at any age. Be sure you have at least two weeks of time during your recovery period after your surgery.