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Rhinoplasty Specialist

West End Facial Plastic Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery & Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons located in Richmond, VA

Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States. The surgical procedure corrects deformities of the nose, improves facial symmetry, and treats structural abnormalities that impair breathing. At West End Facial Plastic Surgery in Richmond, Virginia, Robert Schmidt, MD, a double board-certified plastic surgeon, can make your nose look and function at its best. To schedule a rhinoplasty consultation with the expert, call the office in The West End, or book an appointment online today.

Rhinoplasty Q & A

What is a rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that changes the shape of your nose. Your desire to change the shape of your nose may be to improve aesthetics or function. 

The facial plastic surgeon at West End Facial Plastic Surgery takes into consideration both the aesthetic and functional aspects of rhinoplasty surgery. The goal is to make your nose look and function at its best. 

What can rhinoplasty correct?

Rhinoplasty can correct aesthetic and structural issues you have with your nose. Many people consider rhinoplasty to correct:

  • Genetic abnormalities
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Nasal breathing
  • Asymmetry

At West End Facial Plastic Surgery, the board-certified plastic surgeon has expertise in performing rhinoplasties to address a wide range of needs, from the most simple to the most complex. 

What are rhinoplasty techniques?

Your board-certified plastic surgeon at West End Facial Plastic Surgery develops an individualized rhinoplasty surgical plan that matches your needs. Some of the techniques include:

Closed rhinoplasty

During a closed rhinoplasty, the plastic surgeon hides the surgical incisions inside the nose. They use this technique when performing less invasive rhinoplasties that require simple adjustments. 

Open rhinoplasty

If your nose requires more extensive adjustments, such as rebuilding the external nose using septal cartilage, your surgeon performs an open rhinoplasty. 

During the procedure, your facial plastic surgeon makes a small incision at the base of your nostril to get better access to the internal structures of the nose.


During a septoplasty, the plastic surgeon straightens the septum in-between your nostrils to correct any deviation. Your surgeon may perform a septoplasty during your rhinoplasty. 

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure the plastic surgeon at West End Facial Plastic Surgery performs at a local hospital or surgical center. 

What can I expect during recovery from my rhinoplasty?

You can expect bruising and swelling around your nose and eyes following rhinoplasty. Your surgeon at West End Facial Plastic Surgery removes your stitches and splint about a week after the procedure. 

Most patients are back to work within a week following rhinoplasty. You should notice improvements in your nose within a few weeks as the bruising and swelling subsides. However, because of internal swelling, it can take up to a year before you see the final results. 

To schedule your rhinoplasty consultation at West End Facial Plastic Surgery, call the office or book online today. 


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