Rhinoplasty Enjoy Improved Facial Harmony

Nose surgery—also known as rhinoplasty, or a “nose job”—remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures today. Unfortunately, we simply can’t control the size or appearance of the nose, one of the most central features of our face. For those who don’t feel that their nose is contributing to an attractive sense of facial harmony, 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. What’s more is that this procedure can also bring about a series of vital functional improvements, enabling you to breathe more clearly while also improving your facial appearance.

Here at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery—with offices in Richmond, Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, and Washington DC—brothers Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin offer patients a combined 30 years of experience and have earned a reputation for impressively naturalistic results. If you’re interested in learning more about how rhinoplasty can help you, reach out and set up your consultation today.

The Ideal Candidate for Nose Surgery

The ideal candidate for rhinoplasty in Richmond at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery is anyone unhappy with the size, shape, appearance, or functionality of their nose, and who has a realistic expectation for the outcome of the procedure. Rhinoplasty is only appropriate for individuals who have finished growing (girls should be at least 16 to 17 years old, while boys may need to be a bit older). There are generally two different reasons why a rhinoplasty may be appropriate:

Cosmetic Benefits

  • Enlarging or reducing the length and/or width of the nose
  • Centering a crooked or off-center nose
  • Correcting a bump or depression on the bridge of the nose
  • Enhancing the shape of nostrils that are wide, flared, or upturned
  • Reshaping an undefined, upturned, or drooping nasal tip

Functional Benefits

  • Reconstructing or repairing the nose after trauma or injury
  • Repairing a deviated septum
  • Correcting collapsed nasal valves
  • Reducing the size of enlarged inferior turbinates
  • Addressing sleep apnea issues
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Your Nose Surgery Consultation Designing Your Ideal Look

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. During your initial consultation, you’ll be encouraged to bring pictures of noses that you personally find attractive, and we will ask you to look at many more as well, to help us attain an understanding of exactly the results you’re most interested in. Keep in mind, however, that our goal is not to recreate a specific nose exactly, but rather to give Dr. Sundin a complete understanding of your ideal, so he can design a unique nose that will harmonize and blend with your unique facial features. This individualized approach will enable your surgeon to create a balanced, beautiful facial profile that is custom-tailored to your personal cosmetic goals.

Before & After Rhinoplasty

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Your Rhinoplasty Experience

Most nose surgery procedures can be completed within an hour or two and may not require general anesthesia. More extensive, complicated rhinoplasties, however, may need to be completed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. 

The procedure begins with a series of small incisions inside the nose (closed rhinoplasty), and/or at the base of the columella, the strip of tissue between the nostrils (open rhinoplasty). Extra care will be taken to minimize the potential for visible scarring. 

The skin of the nose will be separated from the bone and cartilage, enabling the structures of the nose to be reshaped according to your surgical plan. The skin will then be 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. Before the day of your surgery, you’ll be given a detailed overview of your specific rhinoplasty procedure.

Rest and Recovery After Your Rhinoplasty

After rhinoplasty, patients typically require at least a week or two before resuming their normal activities. You’ll need to avoid wearing glasses on the bridge of your nose for at least six to seven weeks. The most common side effects will be swelling and bruising around your nose, eyes, and cheeks. This is quite normal and will resolve within two weeks. Cold compresses and elevation—as well as doctor-prescribed painkillers—will keep you comfortable. Minor bleeding and stuffiness are also common immediately after the procedure, and you should refrain from blowing your nose while your 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.

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Burton M. Sundin, MD

Reps B. Sundin, MD

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Extensive Skill. Impressive Results.

Designing and implementing delicate, precise changes to create your perfect nose involves both artistic vision and surgical skill. Drs. Burton and Reps Sundin have the training and expertise needed to understand the ways in which subtle changes to the nose will impact the entire face, and to implement those changes correctly, creating truly naturalistic results that will enhance your appearance and your quality of life in equal measure. As board-certified plastic surgeons with over 30 years of combined experience, Drs. Sundin are pleased to be offering their patients an elite-level experience. If you’d like to learn more about the procedures we offer, and how they can help you truly discover your best self, reach out to our offices—located in Richmond, Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, and Washington DC—and set up your initial consultation with a helpful member of our team today.

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Say Hello to a Rejuvenated You

If you are interested in nose surgery in Northern Virginia, we encourage you to contact the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery today. We look forward to hearing from you, and can’t wait to get you started on your life-affirming cosmetic journey.

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