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Different Types of Cosmetic Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)? | FairfaxNose cosmetic surgery, clinically known as rhinoplasty, is designed to improve the proportion and appearance of the nose and enhance facial balance.

The procedure may also be used to correct breathing issues or abnormalities occurring due to birth defects or trauma. Rhinoplasty can be performed using various techniques, depending on the patient’s unique anatomical and cosmetic needs.

The nose surgeon will carefully determine the patient’s candidacy for rhinoplasty and create a customized surgical plan using the most appropriate technique. Board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Trang Vo-Nguyen (Dr. V) provides rhinoplasty to patients in Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and other cities in this part of the state.


Improvements with Nose Surgery

Cosmetic nose surgery can enlarge or reduce nasal structures with the use of cartilage grafted from the septum or other areas of the body. If the nasal septum is deviated, the surgeon can straighten it and reduce the projections inside the nose to facilitate breathing.

Once the underlying nasal structure is sculpted to the desired shape, the nasal skin will be re-draped and incisions closed. Rhinoplasty can be used to increase or decrease the overall size of the nose. Nose tip can be refined, bumps on the nasal bridge can be removed, and flared nostrils can be reshaped as needed.

In case of trauma, a major post-traumatic nose surgery can be performed. Reconstructive rhinoplasty may be performed to correct birth defects or deformities caused due to skin cancer, other illnesses, or trauma. Ethnic rhinoplasty is a procedure to specifically improve the nasal characteristics of African American, Latin American, Asian, or Middle Eastern patients.


Open and Closed Rhinoplasty

Open and closed rhinoplasty are the two broad classifications of cosmetic nose surgery. Major nose reshaping or restructuring procedures will require open rhinoplasty. In this case, the surgeon will make the incisions in the columella, which is the vertical strip of skin dividing the nostrils. Through the incision, the surgeon will lift off the underlying nasal structures to view and correct the nasal anatomy.

In case of minor nose reshaping, the surgeon can perform closed rhinoplasty. This involves incisions within the nose only. The nasal skin is then separated from the cartilage and bone, which constitute its supporting framework. Once exposed, cartilage and bone can be reshaped, removed, rearranged or augmented to create the desired new results. Closed rhinoplasty will leave no scarring on the outside.


Other Types of Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty or secondary rhinoplasty is a procedure designed to correct problems that have remained or emerged after a previous nose surgery. Revision procedures are typically more complex and should only be performed by an experienced facial plastic surgeon.

Filler rhinoplasty is a non-surgical nose reshaping procedure that involves the use of dermal filler injections. These fillers can smooth out the depressions and sharp angles or correct the angle of the nasal tip to improve symmetry.

Dr. V receives patients from Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and nearby areas for various types of rhinoplasty procedures.

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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