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.
Structural abnormalities that affect your nose may impair breathing and other functions. Robert Schmidt, MD, a double board-certified plastic surgeon at West End Facial Plastic Surgery in Richmond, Virginia, specializes in making your nose look and function at its best. He also specializes in rhinoplasty revision. To schedule your nasal surgery consultation with an expert in facial plastic surgery, call the office in The West End or book an appointment online today.
Rhinoplasty and Nasal Surgery 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
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:
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.
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.
What is nasal surgery?
When it comes to nose surgery, most people only think about plastic surgery to fix the size, shape, and appearance of the nose. But structural abnormalities may affect the normal function of your nose and benefit from nasal surgery.
The double-board certified plastic surgeon at West End Facial Plastic Surgery is an expert at improving the look and function of your nose using many nasal surgery techniques.
What are the types of nasal surgery?
There are many types of nasal surgery:
Septoplasty is a nasal surgery that fixes a deviated septum. The septum has bone and cartilage and separates the two sides of your nose. If you have a deviated septum, you may have a hard time breathing through one side of your nose.
You may be born with a deviated septum, or it may develop after trauma to the nose. Your deviated septum may also cause external crookedness.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects nasal deformities to improve the look of your nose. During rhinoplasty, the plastic surgeon at West End Facial Plastic Surgery focuses on both the aesthetic and functional aspects of the procedure.
Nasal turbinates line the inside of your nose and moisten the air you breathe in. However, your nasal turbinates may grow large and obstruct breathing.
Turbinate reduction is a nasal surgery that removes the turbinates or makes them smaller to improve breathing.
The results of nasal surgery can be unpredictable. You may develop scar tissue or other problems during the healing process that affect the look or function of your nose. Modern rhinoplasty techniques emphasize building support and structure in the nose to prevent scarring to ensure long-term results.
West End Facial Plastic Surgery performs revision rhinoplasty to fix problems from an earlier surgery. Rhinoplasty revision is more complex than rhinoplasty and requires an individualized surgical plan to fix the underlying issue and rebuild and reshape the nose.
What can I expect during a nasal surgery consultation?
When you visit West End Facial Plastic Surgery for a nasal surgery consultation, you can expect a patient-focused evaluation. During your visit, your plastic surgeon asks detailed questions about your concerns and goals.
Then, they examine your nose and take diagnostic images to assess the internal structure. Your plastic surgeon also reviews your medical history.
Based on the information gathered during your consultation, the experienced plastic surgeon at West End Facial Plastic Surgery develops your personalized nasal surgery plan.
To improve the look and function of your nose, call West End Facial Plastic Surgery, or book an appointment online today.