The goal of our Washington DC rhinoplasty is to improve the external appearance of the nose by removing a hump, narrowing the upper portion of the nose and/or tip, changing the tip position, or correcting any asymmetries.
Through manipulation of the bone and cartilage, placing of sutures and possibly grafts, nasal deformities may be altered to provide a more pleasing nose that is an enhancement to your individual facial structure.
Nose reshaping surgery can also be performed to correct irregularities resulting from previous nasal surgery, called revision rhinoplasty or secondary rhinoplasty.
Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
If you feel that your nose has a negative effect on your facial appearance, you are probably a candidate for rhinoplasty, or a “nose job.” As a custom procedure, rhinoplasty can resolve any of the following nose aesthetic or function problems:
- Overlarge nose
- Hump on bridge
- Bulbous nasal tip
- Hanging nasal tip
- Pinched nasal tip
- Overlarge nostrils
- Overwide nostrils
- Nasal asymmetry
- Flat nasal bridge
- Scooped nasal bridge
- Wide nasal bridge
Why Choose Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington for Rhinoplasty?
At PSIW, your nose reshaping surgery will be performed by a top-rated, board-certified plastic surgeon – and it 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 surgery will be performed with advanced surgical techniques, precision and meticulous attention to detail. Our providers teach rhinoplasty surgical techniques on a national level. Computer imaging helps our patients to not only be involved in their surgery, but also to better appreciate the goals of surgery.
What is Revision Rhinoplasty?
If you had a previous surgery with a disappointing result, there may be deficiencies that must be addressed by the addition of cartilage or an implant. Implants may be silicone or a sheet of Gore-Tex®. The final step of the procedure involves evaluating the width of the base of the nose. This can be narrowed by making wedge skin excisions (Weir excisions) of the outer portion of the nostrils.
Recovery from Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
Our Washington DC rhinoplasty patients rarely complain of pain after this operation. The two most common complaints are a stuffy nose due to the nasal packing that forces the patient to breathe out of his/her mouth and dry mouth. Drinking plenty of liquids and applying Vaseline to the lips can alleviate the problem. Nasal packing placed is removed the day after surgery. However, you may still not be able to breathe out of your nose for a bit longer, due to internal swelling. At approximately four to five days following your nose surgery, the external splint is removed along with any sutures.
You will now see and feel a difference in your nose but will not appreciate the full benefit of your surgery for about six to twelve months when the final appearance is achieved. Any internal sutures dissolve. Bruising is rare but if it does occur, it typically resolves within a week. We provide our patients with homeopathic products, Arnica and Bromelain, which we believe to minimize bruising and swelling. Your nose must be carefully protected for at least one month to ensure the new structure heals and stabilizes. Exercise can be resumed at two weeks with a treadmill or stationary bike, with restrictions lifted in about one month.
Can Rhinoplasty be Performed with Other Surgical Procedures?
If there is a deviation in the nasal septum or enlargement of the inferior turbinates that causes nasal airway obstruction or difficulty breathing, this problem can be addressed during your rhinoplasty surgery to correct the internal nasal deformities affecting free breathing.
In addition, there is a balance between chin and nose, if chin augmentation (genioplasty) is required to improve this balance, this can be performed in the same surgical appointment. This can be performed with placement of an implant or altering the bone structure to correct the appearance of a receding chin, small chin, or uneven chin structure.