How Long Can Preservation Rhinoplasty Results Last?

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If you’re like many people, this may be the first time you are hearing about preservation rhinoplasty. Although this approach is not new – it has been around for decades – its exciting benefits have helped it to increase in popularity in recent years. At Mesbahi Plastic Surgery in McLean, VA, top Washington, D.C. board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi understands the complex and delicate nature of preservation rhinoplasty surgery and utilizes this technique when appropriate and possible to help patients achieve stunningly natural-looking results with minimal downtime and a number of other benefits. In this blog, we’ll explore the fundamentals of preservation rhinoplasty, including how it works, when it can be used, and how long patients can expect their results to last.

What is preservation rhinoplasty?

Preservation rhinoplasty is a technique used in nose surgery that aims to make cosmetic or functional enhancements in a way that removes and/or disturbs the least amount of nasal tissue possible. For example, patients hoping to reduce a dorsal hump often undergo traditional rhinoplasty surgery, which may involve shaving the bone, tissue, or cartilage to achieve the desired contour. In preservation rhinoplasty, the surgeon employs specialized techniques – such as reducing or repositioning structures below the bridge of the nose (rather than removing them) – to bring the dorsal hump down.

What are the benefits of preservation rhinoplasty vs. traditional rhinoplasty?

Some of the most compelling potential benefits of preservation rhinoplasty compared with a traditional approach include:

  • Less trauma during surgery
  • Less bruising and swelling after surgery
  • Less discomfort during recovery
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Fewer incisions/less scarring
  • Natural structures remain more fully intact
  • Smoother, more natural-looking outcome
  • Potentially less disruption to breathing/nasal function
  • Potentially better result for a subsequent revision rhinoplasty, if needed

How long does a preservation rhinoplasty last?

The results of a preservation rhinoplasty can potentially last a lifetime. In fact, many people believe that preservation rhinoplasty results may last longer than the results of other types of nose surgeries, as there is less risk of tissue or cartilage collapse and other complications in the future. Additionally, the preservation of the natural nasal structures may allow for more efficient and successful alterations to be made during revision rhinoplasty, should that be needed at some point in the future.

Who is a good candidate for a preservation rhinoplasty?

It is important to select a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to conduct an evaluation for preservation rhinoplasty, as this complex technique may not be ideal for everyone. Generally speaking, preservation rhinoplasty is most appropriate for first-time rhinoplasty patients with a dorsal hump, an asymmetric/crooked nasal bridge, or a hooked nasal tip. Patients with soft tissue, thick skin, a wide nasal bridge, and other concerns may be better suited to another type of nasal surgery. During your initial consultation for rhinoplasty in Washington, D.C., Dr. Mesbahi will carefully examine your nose, discuss your primary concerns and goals, and recommend the most appropriate type of rhinoplasty for you.

Enhance your nose more naturally, comfortably, and conveniently than ever with preservation rhinoplasty in McLean, VA

If you are considering rhinoplasty for the first time and have fairly mild, standard, or common cosmetic concerns – such as a dorsal hump or crooked bridge – you may be a candidate for preservation rhinoplasty surgery. To learn more about the advantages of this unique approach, call Mesbahi Plastic Surgery in McLean, VA to schedule your one-on-one consultation with acclaimed board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.