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What can rhinoplasty address?

Rhinoplasty can correct a wide range of cosmetic and structural problems of the nose. Nose flaws may have been present from birth or could happen later in life due to injury or trauma. Nose appearance and breathing function can both be resolved with a rhinoplasty surgery.

The majority of people seeking nose reshaping surgery are seeking a cosmetic enhancement. Dr. Christopher Chang is the premier rhinoplasty surgeon in Washington, D.C., known for high-level surgical skills in performing this complex procedure. He will create a custom surgical plan to resolve issues such as a wide or bulbous tip, drooping tip, a pronounced bridge, a bump on the nose bridge, overlarge nostrils, or asymmetry. A noticeable flaw will detract from your other appealing facial features.

A deviated septum impairs breathing, impacting all areas of life. Rhinoplasty can resolve various problems with the septum that block air passages, causing problems with sleep, physical activity, and overall health.

Am I a candidate for rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a frequently performed cosmetic procedure, and adults and adolescents who are unhappy with nose shape, size, or projections will greatly benefit from the procedure. The surgery is customized to flatter your individual facial features.

It is generally recommended that teenagers have the procedure have finished growing before undergoing a rhinoplasty. The developmental changes during the teen years include nose growth and waiting until this is advised.

Adults who are considering nose reshaping should:

  • Be in good general health
  • Have reasonable expectations about surgery, recovery, and outcome
  • Non-smoker, or willing to quit

At your private consultation with Dr. Chang, be open about discussing your cosmetic goals and the changes you envision for yourself. Bring photos of nose shapes you like and look over before and after images of patients with a similar facial structure that have undergone a rhinoplasty from Dr. Chang. If you are having rhinoplasty to resolve a nose structure problem or nose reconstruction after trauma, your procedure may be covered by insurance.

How long does a rhinoplasty take?

The duration of your surgery will be determined by your existing nasal structure, and the extent of the changes required. Simple rhinoplasty procedures can take as little as one or one and a half hours. More complex changes may require three to four hours.

Dr. Chang will discuss all aspects of your procedure in your initial consultation. After surgery, you will need to be driven home by a family member or friend, as you will have been under anesthesia and will be feeling groggy and tired.

Is rhinoplasty painful?

The rhinoplasty surgery itself will not be painful because the procedure is performed under anesthetic. You will either have general or local anesthetic based on the extent of the surgical alterations to be performed. The numbing medication will wear off slowly and eases any pain from surgery, and you will have prescription pain medication to keep you comfortable in the early stages of healing.

You will experience tenderness and sensitivity, and breathing will be comparable to having a stuffy nose or a sinus headache. We monitor your recovery and provide thorough aftercare instructions to follow. Adhering to all instructions is important in speeding the healing process and will help you avoid complications. Any residual pain after the initial stages of healing can typically be managed with an over-the-counter pain medication. Overall, rhinoplasty is not considered an extremely painful procedure for most individuals.

How long is the recovery period?

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure and you will be able to return home to rest after the surgery. You should have a trusted adult to help you for at least the first 24 hours. The recovery time will depend on the extent of the changes made during the procedure and how your body heals. Patients typically resume light activity after five to seven days.

Bruising and swelling should subside within two weeks of the surgery. There may be minor swelling for up to a year after your procedure but it will not be noticeable to others. You will have periodic follow-up appointments with Dr. Chang to monitor your progress.

Be cautious with your altered nose. It will be exposed and vulnerable once the bandages are removed. Avoid activities where the nose could be bumped. The bones and cartilage will still be settling into place for the first month or more after surgery and must be treated gently and carefully.

What are the benefits of a rhinoplasty procedure?

Rhinoplasty can improve your appearance, as well as your ability to breathe freely.

The nose is a prominent feature on the face and if overlarge, misshapen, droopy, or with wide, large nostrils, can be the first thing that people notice about your appearance. Children and teenagers can be cruel and tease a person with an unusual nose. You may have less self-confidence because you feel embarrassed about the size, shape, or other nose flaw. Feeling better about your facial features can restore confidence in your facial appearance and have a very positive impact on your personal and professional life.

Will my breathing be improved with rhinoplasty?

Improving sleep quality has immense health benefits. You will likely feel less sluggish during the day and wake up feeling energetic rather than groggy and tired. Healthy breathing can help you perform better at work and experience greater joy in daily living. Minute changes inside your nose can produce a remarkable improvement in your feelings of confidence, as well as your overall physical health.

Why should I come to Dr. Christopher Chang for rhinoplasty?

Dr. Chang is a highly-esteemed, board-certified plastic surgeon who has spent years honing advanced surgical techniques for modern rhinoplasty. He has dedicated his professional life to performing facial and cosmetic surgery and is known as the premier rhinoplasty surgeon serving in the Washington, D.C. area.

His credentials are impeccable, with degrees from Harvard and Yale. His exceptional results involve both surgical excellence and his artistic eye for facial balance and harmony. Rhinoplasty involves small, precise changes to create a more attractive, appealing facial appearance. As a top plastic surgeon in Maryland, Dr. Chang is often called upon to present at a range of regional, national, and international plastic surgery conferences and meetings.

Why does choosing the right plastic surgeon matter so much?

When seeking to alter nose structure, it is imperative that your procedure is performed with high-level skills – the procedure is one of the most complex of all facial surgeries. Dr. Chang is often sought for revision rhinoplasty procedure to repair an earlier surgery that produced unacceptable results. You are invited to meet with Dr. Chang to discuss what you envision, and to find out more about undergoing rhinoplasty – for the nose shape and size that truly enhances your other features.

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