Rhinoplasty in McLean and Northern Virginia

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what is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic nose surgery that is used to improve the shape and size of the nose. It can also help improve breathing function in some patients. Dr. Alex Mesbahi is an experienced and highly trained cosmetic surgeon who specializes in nose reshaping surgery. He is not only an expert in traditional rhinoplasty but revision rhinoplasty as well. Revision rhinoplasty is generally reserved for those who have already undergone a nose surgery but are unhappy with their results. If you would like to improve the projection of your nose, address overly large nostrils, a bulbous tip, or revise your results after a previous nose job, call Mesbahi Plastic Surgery to schedule a consult. We have locations in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., and Beverly Hills, CA.

What are the benefits of rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can improve the appearance of your nose, making it more symmetrical and proportional to the rest of your face. It may also help improve breathing by correcting structural abnormalities. Many patients choose to work with our team for the following benefits:

  • Safe: The safety of our patients is always our number one priority. Dr. Mesbahi is a highly trained and experienced surgeon who only uses the most advanced techniques.
  • Effective: We tailor each treatment plan to the specific needs and goals of each patient. Our attention to detail helps ensure beautiful, natural-looking results.
  • Compassionate: Our team is committed to providing compassionate care throughout your journey with us. If you have any concerns or questions, we will take the time to address them.

who is a Candidate for rhinoplasty?

Cosmetic nose surgery, commonly known as rhinoplasty, is a sought-after procedure for men and women dissatisfied with their nasal appearance. This surgery offers a solution to enhance or correct specific concerns, fundamentally altering facial aesthetics. Ideal candidates for this procedure include:

  • Individuals with distinct nasal features they wish to enhance or repair
  • Those with realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery
  • People who have achieved facial maturity, which is especially important for individuals under 21

During your consultation, your suitability for the procedure will be carefully evaluated, ensuring that facial maturity is complete and expectations are aligned. If you're considering cosmetic nose surgery, this could be a transformative step towards achieving the appearance you desire.

How Is A rhinoplasty Performed?

Rhinoplasty is performed with general anesthesia and is generally considered an outpatient procedure. Rhinoplasty incorporates various surgical techniques, depending on what is being addressed. Dr. Mesbahi performs rhinoplasty using either a closed approach or an open method. The goal during the procedure is to decrease or eliminate excess cartilage, tissue, and bone for reshaping. The nasal features are repositioned while the skin is re-draped over the newly improved framework. Stitches are implemented either inside the nose or along the natural, external crease.

WHat TO Expect after your Rhinoplasty

After your cosmetic nose surgery, you will be carefully monitored in the recovery room, and then our nurses will release you to recover at home. The nose will be swollen, bruised, and sore for the first few days. In most cases, there is some discoloration under the eyes in addition to the nose. Cold compresses and pain medication can help with these effects. Your follow-up appointment with Dr. Mesbahi will be scheduled within 72 hours after surgery to assess your healing progress. On average, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks to look normal following nose surgery. Optimal results will occur once your nose is fully healed. 

rhinoplasty faqs

Will my insurance cover functional nose surgery?
Although cosmetic rhinoplasty is not covered by insurance, functional rhinoplasty that is medically necessary to improve your breathing may be covered. If you plan on using your insurance, please tell Dr. Mesbahi during your consultation. We can help you submit the needed information and paperwork to your insurance provider to process your claim.

Are there nonsurgical options to change my nose?
To smooth the appearance of lumps and bumps on your nose, a hyaluronic acid-based wrinkle filler (like JUVÉDERM) may be an option. A filler can temporarily correct minor imperfections, which may help you decide to get a rhinoplasty. Nose surgery is better for larger changes, long-lasting results, and to improve the internal structure for better function. At your consultation, Dr. Mesbahi will let you know if you may be a candidate for nonsurgical nose reshaping.

What about ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty is about improving the appearance of the nose while still keeping your cultural identity. This may be a concern if you are Asian, African-American, or Middle Eastern. In your consultation with Dr. Mesbahi, you can discuss what you want to keep and what you want to change. This will allow him to customize your treatment plan so you get your best results.

Can I combine nose surgery with other facial surgeries?
Yes. Many patients decide to combine nose surgery with another cosmetic procedure, like chin or cheek augmentation. Combining surgeries for a dramatic result can be reviewed during your consultation with Dr. Mesbahi. Once he understands your goals, he can help you decide which procedures should be in your treatment plan. Nose reshaping surgery can help make your whole face appear more balanced so you should wait to see your results before considering another procedure.

How should I prepare for rhinoplasty surgery?
Proper preparation is essential for a successful rhinoplasty and a smooth recovery. During your consultation, Dr. Mesbahi will provide you with detailed pre-operative instructions, which may include guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking, and which medications or vitamins to avoid before your surgery. It's also important to arrange for someone to drive you home post-surgery and assist you for the first few days of your recovery.

Will rhinoplasty affect my sense of smell?
Rhinoplasty can temporarily affect your sense of smell due to swelling and the healing process inside the nose. Most patients experience a gradual return of their sense of smell over a period of weeks to months after surgery. Dr. Mesbahi will discuss the potential changes in sensory experience during your consultation and will provide you with information on what to expect during the recovery phase.

How do I know if I need a revision rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty is considered for several reasons, such as not being satisfied with the results of your original surgery or experiencing functional issues. If you have concerns after your initial rhinoplasty, it's essential to discuss them with Dr. Mesbahi. He will evaluate the appearance and function of your nose to determine if revision surgery is appropriate and will ensure that your concerns are addressed while planning the corrective procedure.

Your Best Nose

If you are unhappy with the look of your nose or if you suffer from breathing problems, rhinoplasty may help. Nose surgery is a very common cosmetic treatment with very high success rates. Seasoned plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi aims to improve your nose so your entire face appears more attractive and proportionate. Even small tweaks can lead to an impressive difference. We invite you to get in touch with Mesbahi Plastic Surgery in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., or Beverly Hills, CA to make a consultation.

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