At our practice in Richmond, rhinoplasty is a very popular cosmetic procedure that many people undergo to change the appearance of their nose. While most times it is done for cosmetic purposes, the surgery is also performed to enhance the function of the nose.
Many people in this world are unhappy with the way they look. With the nose being the most prominent feature of the face, a nose that is proportionate to the face is considered pleasing and beautiful. Unfortunately, some are born with a big nose and others with a small one. While some have a narrow nose, others have a wide one.
There are many reasons why the nose is shaped as it is. While deformities of the nose can be the result of a previous injury, for many people the most significant factor is their genetic makeup. The best way to reshape a deformed nose is through rhinoplasty.
What Is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty involves the surgical correction of the shape or size of the nose. It is commonly known as a nose job. The surgery alters the bone, cartilage, and/or soft tissue to achieve the patient’s needs and goals.
The procedure has two purposes.
- Functional rhinoplasty surgery restores the form and functions of the nose. It means that if you have breathing problems resulting from the nose’s structural defects, these can be addressed.
- Cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery improves the appearance of the nose. Patients commonly express concerns about their noses, including the size of the nose and width, bumps or depressions of the bridge, bulbous, drooping, or upturned tip, and crooked shape.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Rhinoplasty is classified into closed rhinoplasty and open rhinoplasty based on the incisions made.
A closed rhinoplasty is also called endonasal rhinoplasty, and the incisions are made exclusively within the nose. It does not result in any visible scarring.
An open rhinoplasty is also called external rhinoplasty. During this procedure, a small incision is made in the exterior end of the nasal septum, known as the columella. Although this tiny scar might be visible, it often heals so well that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to see.
Because each nose is unique, Dr. Hubert takes a personalized approach to each patient in order to restore overall facial harmony. Incisions are typically placed inside the nose and across the columella (the soft tissue which separates the nostrils).
Rhinoplasty is done as an outpatient procedure, and sometimes patients might have to wear a post-operative splint on the outside of the nose, and even with splints inside the nose as well, for the first several days.
Are You an Ideal Candidate?
A good candidate for nose reshaping surgery is one who has reached skeletal maturity (which occurs during adolescence when you stop growing) and has a positive outlook and realistic goals. You must be in good health with no underlying conditions that could pose a threat to your health during the surgery.
During your consultation, Dr. Hubert will determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure based on your overall health and history of previous surgeries or injuries. He will work together with you to formulate a plan to help you achieve your goals.
How Much Does a Rhinoplasty Cost in Richmond?
The price can vary on a number of factors. As an experienced Richmond rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Hubert will meet with you in his office to discuss all options and pricing.
Many Richmond rhinoplasty patients feel that the surgery greatly benefits their lives. Contact our office to set up your rhinoplasty consultation and learn more about the procedure. Dr. Darrin Hubert will be happy to answer any questions you may have.