Rhinoplasty – What to know.

Before and after photos of a young man with nose job plastic surRhinoplasty, is often called nose surgery or a “nose job.”  It is a plastic surgery procedure designed to improve the appearance of the nose. There are many reasons patients seek rhinoplasty, including; drooping of the tip, a large nasal hump, birth deformities, previous trauma, skin cancer, or dissatisfaction with its natural shape or size.  Dr. Magassy is board certified and top-rated in the Northern Virginia area for providing attractive, yet natural looking rhinoplasty results.


Let’s talk about the different types of rhinoplasty…


Refinement Rhinoplasty

Are you wanting a more refined looking nose?  Most common refinements are:

Hump Reduction – to reduce the size and shape of dorsal hump or bump on the nose.

Tip refinement – to make a bulbous or bulky tip look more refined and sophisticated.

Tip rotation – to create a more attractive angle between the tip of the nose and the upper lip.


Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Are you thinking about surgery to make your nasal bridge more prominent or your tip more projected and defined? The nose can be augmented with the patient’s own cartilage (if available) using septal cartilage grafts or a nasal implant.  Many things are accomplished with an ethnic rhinoplasty like increasing the height of the nasal bridge, narrowing the bridge to provide more definition, narrowing the nostrils with an alar base reduction or increasing the definition of the tip.


Alar Base Reduction

Alar base reduction refers reducing the width of the alar, or base, of the nose. It is often, but not always, combined with rhinoplasty surgery or augmentation rhinoplasty.  A small incision is place at the base of each nostril, and wedge of tissue is excised. The natural continuity of the nasal is still preserved, and the nose appears smaller and narrower.


Revision Rhinoplasty

Secondary rhinoplasty is a procedure to revise a previous nasal surgery.   Not everyone is a candidate for revision rhinoplasty.  There are some very important things to consider in order to be a candidate for secondary rhinoplasty.  Clients must have realistic expectations and have not had any nasal surgery within the last year. The amount of scar tissue in the nose is minimal and the nasal framework is sufficiently intact and can handle another surgery.  It is very important to understand that the potential complications of rhinoplasty surgery increase with each additional surgery.


If you’ve been contemplating consulting a board certified plastic surgeon about rhinoplasty, contact Dr. Magassy of Plastic Surgery Associates PC located in McLean, VA.  Convenient location for clients living in Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia.







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