Medical advances have allowed for the development of nose job surgery procedures capable of enhancing the nose’s appearance of correcting its defects. Here at Capital Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer two types of nose surgery: rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty.
When nose length and shape is in balance, your natural beauty shines through. Unfortunately, many patients feel that their nose does not complement the rest of their appearance. In such cases, patients may experience a loss of self-esteem and look for options to create their desired aesthetics. At Capital Facial Plastic Surgery in the Washington, D.C. area, Dr. Adam Singleton provides nose jobs, also known as cosmetic rhinoplasty, to help you feel confident about the way you look.
Nose jobs were developed to address numerous issues concerning the nose’s appearance. Most of our patients come to our facility seeking the correction of bumps on the nasal bridge, large nostrils, a bulbous or drooping nose tip, a long nose, or a crooked nose.
Dr. Singleton will help you in every step of the way of your treatment. Prior to the procedure, you’ll meet with him to discuss what aspects of your nose shape you’d like improved. During this discussion, you’ll be informed about the nose job surgery process and what can be achieved with rhinoplasty.
As no two noses are exactly the same, every nose surgery is unique. With that said, nose jobs typically come in two types: closed and open.
In closed rhinoplasty, your surgeon makes incisions inside your nose. This results in completely invisible scarring. In open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made under the nose between the nostrils. Nevertheless, the resulting scarring is effectively concealed. Which of these two types of nose jobs you’ll need will depend on your specific goals and the unique structure of your nose?
In either type of nose job surgery, Dr. Singleton will manipulate skin, cartilage, and bone to alter the shape, size, and/or proportions of various parts of the nose, allowing him to repair deformities caused by congenital defects or traumatic injury. Nose reduction, for example, can make an overly large nose smaller, while the resetting of nasal bones can straighten a crooked nose.
In some cases, correcting the structure of the nose can also help improve nasal functions. For example, straightening a crooked nose can fix breathing difficulty.
Those worried about pain will be glad to know most patients who’ve undergone rhinoplasty don’t consider it a painful procedure. Dr. Singleton considers patient comfort among his chief priorities when performing any cosmetic procedure. During nose jobs, light general anesthesia or in some cases local anesthesia with deep sedation will be used to reduce any immediate pain.
The time it takes to complete the nose surgery will depend on the complexity of the procedure and thus varies for each patient. However, treatment times generally average between 3 and 4 hours.
For the first 7 to 10 days after nose surgery, you’ll be required to wear a nasal splint. You can also expect side effects such as mild swelling, bruising, and pain around the nose and eyes for up to 2 weeks. Dr. Singleton will provide appropriate medication to reduce the discomfort.
Patients will need to take time off from work between 1 and 2 weeks. Rigorous physical activities such as sports should be avoided for at least 3 to 4 weeks.
Patients are also advised not to expect a great-looking nose for a few weeks after a nose job. You’ll need to wait for your nose to completely heal before you’ll be able to see your desired look. Once the optimal results are on full display, you can expect them to be permanent.
Revision rhinoplasty, a type of corrective nose surgery, can address structural, functional, and aesthetic issues after rhinoplasty. The need for a second surgery can be incredibly frustrating and patients often feel discouraged. Turn your frustration into excitement by working with a skilled rhinoplasty surgeon to address and correct problems from a previous nose job surgery. Dr. Singleton, a revision rhinoplasty specialist in the Washington, D.C. area, can help alleviate nasal complications after rhinoplasty.
Revision rhinoplasty becomes a necessity when a previous nose job fails to achieve your desired look and/or when said treatment impairs nasal function. The revision procedure is extremely complex as it requires advanced surgical techniques to deal with scar tissue, missing or removed cartilage and bone, and structural abnormalities. For such reasons, it’s important that your secondary procedure is performed by a surgeon with years of experience and extensive training.
Patients typically have to wait for their nose to completely heal from their original nose job surgery before they can undergo revision rhinoplasty.
Revision rhinoplasty addresses many functional and aesthetic nasal concerns after nasal surgery. It can solve problems caused by earlier nose jobs such as humps, bumps, and recessions on the nasal bridge; large, small, or misshapen nostrils; nasal asymmetry; nasal tip abnormalities; a crooked nose; breathing difficulties; and injury or nasal trauma.
Dr. Singleton is an active participant during every stage of the plastic surgery process. Before your revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Singleton will thoroughly discuss with you every step of the procedure and what you should expect post-treatment. He’ll examine your nose, assess breathing function, and determine what problems caused by your previous nose job surgery need to be resolved.
Dr. Singleton usually addresses issues caused by the reductive technique used by many surgeons. Said technique involves the removal of bone, cartilage, and soft tissue from the nose, which can lead to structural abnormalities and side effects such as a reduced sense of smell.
Revision therefore often requires additional tissue to be placed into the nose. Your doctor will harvest this tissue from other places. For instance, cartilage may be extracted from your ears or ribs, then transplanted into the nose.
Recovery times are similar to a first-time nose job surgery. Patients who require cartilage harvesting will have additional surgical sites, either behind the ear or in the rib area. Patients should expect to miss 1 to 2 weeks from work. Strenuous activities, such as sports and rigorous exercise, should be avoided for about a month.
Anyone over the age of 16 can undergo rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty. These surgeries are not recommended for children as they are still growing, which may lead to unforeseen consequences to the nose’s appearance as they age. It is also extremely important that the patient is old enough to understand the potential risks involved and how the procedure is performed.
Those wishing to undergo a nose job surgery should proceed to Capital Facial Plastic Surgery at 2 Wisconsin Cir #820, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. If you’d like to know the most convenient route to our facility, please click on this link for directions.
If you have any questions about any of the above nose surgery procedures or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Singleton, please contact us at (240) 630-8175 or via our website.