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Rhinoplasty: Discovery How Subtle Changes Can Deliver Dramatic Transformation! *

Rhinoplasty (or nose shaping surgery) remains one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures today because unfortunately, we cannot control the size or appearance of the most central feature of our face. For individuals who have endured years of thoughtless comments, snide remarks, and “big nose” jokes, rhinoplasty can be a truly transformative, life-altering procedure. Even subtle changes to the size or shape of the nose and minute corrections to the nostrils, nasal tip, or bridge of the nose can have a dramatic impact on the balance and harmony of your entire facial profile. In fact, the goal of a successful rhinoplasty is to change your appearance so subtly, that your friends may not even be sure why you look so different! *

Yet achieving a successful rhinoplasty—one that subtly enhances the harmony of your facial contours and your natural beauty—is surprisingly difficult to achieve. Designing and implementing delicate, precise changes to create your perfect nose requires both artistic vision and surgical skill, in order to understand how subtle changes to the nose will impact the entire face and to implement those changes correctly. Board Certified plastic surgeons Dr. Reps Burton and Dr. Burton Sundin, lead surgeons at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery located in Richmond and Vienna, Virginia, have extensive specialized training and years of experience planning and performing complex rhinoplasty procedures, and have both the talent and skill required to make your rhinoplasty truly successful.*

Planning for Your Rhinoplasty

The ideal candidate for rhinoplasty is anyone unhappy with the size, shape, appearance, or functionality of the nose, and who have a realistic expectation of outcome of the procedure. A rhinoplasty is only appropriate for individuals who have finished growing (girls should be at least 16-17, while boys may need to be a bit older). There are generally two different reasons why a rhinoplasty may be appropriate.*

Cosmetic reasons include:

  • Enlarge or reduce the length and/or width of the nose*
  • Bring a crooked or off-center nose into proper balance*
  • Correct the appearance of a bump or depression on the bridge of the nose*
  • Enhance the shape of nostrils that are wide, flared, or upturned*
  • Reshape an undefined, upturned, or drooping nasal tip*

Functional reasons include:

  • Reconstruct or repair the nose after trauma or injury*
  • Repair a deviated septum*
  • Correct collapsed nasal valves*
  • Reduce the size of enlarged inferior turbinates*

Once you have made the decision to undergo rhinoplasty, the next step is working with your surgeon to design the ideal nose for your facial structure. At your first consultation, we encourage you to bring pictures of noses you find attractive, and we will ask you to look at many more as well. However, the goal is not to choose a specific nose, but to give Dr. Sundin a complete understanding of your ideal, so he can design a unique nose that will harmonize and blend with your specific facial features and create a balanced, beautiful facial profile just for you.*


Your Rhinoplasty Procedure and Recovery

Most rhinoplasties can be completed within an hour or two and may not require complete sedation; however, more extensive, complicated rhinoplasties may need to be completed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. The procedure requires making small incisions inside the nose (closed rhinoplasty) and/or at the base of the columella, the strip of tissue between the nostrils (open rhinoplasty), taking care to minimize the potential for visible scarring. The skin of the nose is separated from the bone and cartilage and the structures of the nose reshaped as required by your specific surgical plan. The skin is re-draped over the new nasal framework and sutured into place. A temporary splint is applied to help the nose maintain its new shape, and nasal packs may be placed in the nostrils to stabilize the septum.*

Recovery from rhinoplasty generally requires at least a week or two before resumption of normal activities, and wearing glasses on the bridge of the nose must be avoided for at least six to seven weeks. The most common side effects are swelling and bruising around the nose, eyes, and cheeks; they are usually the worst within the first few days after surgery and resolve within two weeks. Cold compresses and keeping the head elevated, as well as doctor-prescribed pain-killers, may help alleviate discomfort. Minor bleeding and stuffiness is also common immediately after the procedure, and you should refrain from blowing your nose while the nasal tissues heal. In a small number of cases, patients find that small burst blood vessels appear as tiny red spots on the surface of the skin; these are usually minor but may be permanent.*

Contact the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery

At the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, with offices conveniently located in Richmond and Tyson’s Corner, our ultimate goal is to ensure you achieve naturally-gorgeous results that reflect your inner beauty and vitality, while providing you with excellent medical care that maintains and supports your health and well-being. Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin are both Board Certified in plastic surgery with extensive specialized training and decades of experience, enabling them to stay abreast of the latest advancements in cosmetic surgery and non-surgical rejuvenation procedures. Their dedication to the powerful combination of cutting-edge techniques, open and honest communication, and a patient-centric philosophy is sure to maximize your safety and comfort.*

If you are believe you may be a candidate for a rhinoplasty (nose surgery), or would more information on any of our surgical or non-surgical rejuvenation procedures, we encourage you to contact the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery to schedule an appointment today. We look forward to hearing from you!

*DISCLAIMER: Individual results may vary. Results are neither guaranteed nor permanent. All patients must have realistic expectations of what plastic surgery and/or non-surgical procedures can achieve.