Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, has emerged as an increasingly popular plastic surgery procedure in recent years. More than 200,000 rhinoplasty procedures are carried out each year in the US, placing it among the top five plastic surgeries in the country.
On the surface, rhinoplasty may appear to be a minor procedure, but it involves delicate nuances that can have a dramatic impact on the overall facial balance and appearance. In some cases, rhinoplasty can be used to correct structural issues and clear breathing obstructions.
Board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin provide nose reshaping surgery to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, and surrounding locations.
Types of Rhinoplasty
Various approaches to nose plastic surgery are employed by surgeons, depending on the unique nasal structure and aesthetic needs of a patient.
This is probably the most common type of nose reshaping surgery. It is designed to reduce the nose size in order to bring it in balance with other facial features such as the chin. The plastic surgeon may reduce the nasal bumps, refine the nasal tip, and reshape enlarged or upturned nostrils as a part of this procedure. The technique usually involves removal of some amount of cartilage and bone to reduce the nose size.
If an individual has a less prominent nose which appears undermined by other facial features, the surgeon may recommend augmentation rhinoplasty. This technique will involve building up of the nasal bridge or nasal tip with the help of tissue or bone grafting. The surgeon will use spare cartilage from the septum, ribs, or other areas. A few patients may also require implants to augment the nose size.
This technique may be used for a patient who has suffered severe injury in the nose area. To restore both nasal function and aesthetics, the surgeon may have to repair a fractured bone, straighten the nose, or enhance the nasal septum. Leading plastic surgeons Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.
Skin cancer or a serious accident may sometimes result in the patient losing all or a part of their nose. In such a case, a reconstructive rhinoplasty may have to be performed to rebuild the nose. Flap technique, skin grafting, and synthetic implants may be used in the process of nasal reconstruction.
People of different ethnic backgrounds such as African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, and Middle Eastern will usually have certain nasal characteristics peculiar to their ethnicity. To improve their nasal contours, they may sometimes choose ethnic rhinoplasty. The surgeon must have a deep understanding of the ethnic facial features, and should be able to preserve the natural identity and integrity of the face while creating a desirable shape of nose.
Recovery in rhinoplasty can take about a week to 10 days. The results are usually permanent and will establish themselves gradually over several months.
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