When something is not right with the look of your nose, it is practically impossible to ignore it. You are reminded every time you look in the mirror. The importance of a proportional nose is evident in the fact that nose surgery has been one of the most common plastic surgery procedures for decades.
At Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg in Northern Virginia, our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Heppe, Dr. Bautista, and Dr. Aflaki specialize in rhinoplasty (also called a nose job) for patients who want to bring their nose into harmony with their other facial features.
What You Should Know about Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose in order to improve its appearance. Common reasons for nose surgery include:
- Reducing the size of the nose
- Correcting a prominent nose hump
- Refining the tip of the nose
- Decreasing the width of the nostrils
- Correcting nose asymmetry
We also perform rhinoplasty to correct damage caused by a nose injury or a previous nose surgery.
Some of our rhinoplasty patients come to us for revision rhinoplasty, which means that they have already undergone one or more nose surgeries with another surgeon. Revisions are typically more complex than a primary rhinoplasty because there is often scar tissue, compromised cartilage, and changes in skin thickness. Our facility is fully accredited and meets the highest of medical standards.
Open Vs. Closed Rhinoplasty
Our surgeons perform rhinoplasty using either an open or a closed approach, depending on the anatomy of your nose and the extent of the concerns to be addressed.
Open rhinoplasty utilizes tiny incisions made from the outside of the nose, while closed rhinoplasty does not require any external incisions. Although a closed rhinoplasty involves no visible scarring, the tiny scar from an open rhinoplasty is, in most cases, practically undetectable.
Recovery from nose surgery is relatively straightforward. After the procedure, you can expect to wear a splint to protect the new shape of your nose. You will also experience some swelling and bruising for a short period of time.
Follow-up appointments and adhering to your doctor’s guidelines are essential, as your nose may continue to change in subtle ways for up to a year after surgery.
Rhinoplasty Before and After Photos
View nose job before and after pictures by visiting our photo gallery.
Rhinoplasty may be more affordable than you expect. Visit our fees and financing page for more information about rhinoplasty cost, including discounts and financing arrangements.
Will I need any touch-ups after surgery?
Because rhinoplasty is a complicated operation and the nose swells during surgery, there is a chance you would require post-surgery touch-ups. About fifteen percent of rhinoplasty patients require touch-up procedures.
What are the limitations and risks of rhinoplasty?
The most significant limitation with rhinoplasty is thick skin due to difficulty shrinking and conforming to the underlying framework of the operation. In addition, your surgeon can only do so much with a large nose if the skin won’t contract.
Risks include infection, numbness, postoperative nose bleeds, swelling, external scarring, the possible collapse of the nose, residual deformity, and holes inside the septal area of the nose.
Will my insurance cover rhinoplasty?
If your surgery is 100% cosmetic, your insurance company will not likely cover any of the rhinoplasty cost.
However, if the operation is considered medically necessary because of a birth defect, sinus problem, or trauma, there is a chance the surgery will be covered totally or in part.
Discussing this with your health insurance company will help you understand all of your financing options for rhinoplasty cost in Virginia.