Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)

Surgery to reshape the nose is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in Chevy Chase, MD, and the Washington, DC, area. Rhinoplasty can have a profound effect on your appearance and self-confidence. You may have always felt self-conscious about the size or shape of your nose or nostrils, and plastic surgeon Dr. Lynch realizes how difficult and painful that self-consciousness can be because your nose is the centerpiece of your face. Through rhinoplasty, Dr. Lynch can make any number of alterations. She can change the size, angle or bridge of your nose. She can change your nostril width or straighten your crooked nose. Rhinoplasty can alter the way your perceive yourself, giving you more balanced contours and a more shapely nose.

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You will no longer have to be self-conscious about your nose or how your face is balanced. And the results of your nose reshaping cosmetic surgery are permanent. Rhinoplasty is often performed in conjunction with other facial surgeries. Together with Dr. Lynch, you will decide which procedures she will perform in order to enhance the symmetry of your face.

For your safety and comfort, your nose reshaping cosmetic surgery will be performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Dr. Lynch will either make an incision up inside your nostrils to access the framework (Closed Rhinoplasty) or make and incision on the skin between your nostrils called the collumella (Open Rhinoplasty). Dr. Lynch may graft cartilage from other areas of your body (such as your nasal septum, ear, or, in rare cases, rib cartilage) to your nose. She will then reshape your nose and cartilage to create the shape you desire.

The first day following nose reshaping surgery should be spent resting. Cold compresses should be used to reduce swelling around the face, especially the eyes. Initial discomfort is relieved by oral pain medication. Around the 4th or 5th day after surgery, the nose splint and stitches can be removed. After about a week, swelling and bruises will subside. If you have a desk job, you can return to work after only a few days. Minor residual swelling will resolve over the first year and final results are considered achieved at one year.

For the first week or two, any activity that raises blood pressure should be avoided. Blowing and rubbing the nose should be avoided for one month. After eight weeks, you should recover fully and the improved proportions of your face will only enhance your beauty.

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The specific risks and the suitability of rhinoplasty for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare. Find out more about this popular procedure in Chevy Chase, MD, and the Washington, DC, area by calling Dr. Lynch.

Minor nasal deformities can be treated in the office with injectable materials such as Radiesse (calcium hydroxyappetite). This injectable material, placed under the skin by injection, can often change the nasal profile by filling in a low area or camouflaging a hump deformity or irregularity.


Injection of Radiesse at Nasal Radix to Cammoflage the Nasal Hump

The changes made with injectable fillers such as Radiesse are not permanent. The filler material will dissolve at approximately eighteen months.

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