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What is Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)?

Rhinoplasty | Nose Surgery | Northern Virginia | Leesburg | Loudoun VARhinoplasty or nose surgery is procedure designed to improve the shape or size of the nose in proportion to the rest of the facial features. The nose is one of the most strategic facial features, and even a mild aesthetic alteration to it can have a magnified impact on the overall facial appearance. The most important part for a plastic surgeon is to maintain the essential identity and integrity of the face, and yet achieving the desired aesthetic enhancement of the nose.

Customized Procedure

While nose surgery is one of the most rewarding and gratifying aesthetic procedures, it is also one of the intricate ones. A customized surgical plan must be created to match with the unique aesthetic needs of a patient. Each nose has a different shape and size, and the perfectly fitting nasal shape and size must be created with rhinoplasty.

Dr. Trang Vo-Nguyen (Dr. V) of the Virginia Institute is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing advanced rhinoplasty and other procedures to patients in Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and nearby areas.

Functional or Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty surgery may be performed to correct aesthetic or functional anomalies, or both in some cases. Open or closed rhinoplasty techniques are available to perform the procedure.

Functional Rhinoplasty

One of the most common functional concerns related to the nose is a deviated septum, which can lead to obstruction in the nasal airway, causing difficulties in breathing. In some cases, functional rhinoplasty may also be required to address the oversized internal bones or turbinates, or collapse nasal passages. Many times, the surgeon will recommend functional rhinoplasty in combination with aesthetic enhancement of the nose to produce comprehensive and stellar results.

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is more popular, where the patient needs only aesthetic improvements to make the overall facial appearance more balanced and attractive. This procedure may involve refining of the nasal tip, straightening the dorsum or the nose length, reducing nostril size, increase the dorsum size, subduing a prominent dorsal hump, reducing nasal width, or changing the overall size of the nose.

Open and Closed Rhinoplasty

As an experienced facial plastic surgeon, Dr. V will recommend the appropriate rhinoplasty surgical technique for her patients in Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and surrounding communities. The two primary techniques in this procedure are open and closed rhinoplasty.

In the case of open rhinoplasty, the surgeon will place the incision across the columella, or the delicate column of tissue that separates the nostrils. The incision will extend into the inside of the nostrils from where the surgeon will retract the skin by separating it from cartilage and bone. The advantage with open surgery is that the surgeon can view the anatomy clearly and correct the anomalies to achieve desirable aesthetic results.

In case of closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are made inside the nostrils, which mean that no scarring is visible from the outside. The nasal skin is not lifted, and the corrections are performed through the internal incisions. The recovery period involved is quicker in this case, and results can be very similar to that of open rhinoplasty.

For more infomation please contact Dr. V. Dr. Trang Thuy Vo-Nguyen, known to her patients as “Dr. V,” is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing the latest surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures in Northern Virginia, Leesburg, Loudoun, Fairfax, Warrenton, Fauquier, Arlington, Manassas, Middleburg, Prince William, and other areas.

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