Rhinoplasty involves surgical techniques that can improve both the appearance and the function of the nose. If there are features of your nose that you would like to change — or if you are having trouble breathing — the procedure can provide aesthetic enhancement and a better quality of life.
Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery offers experienced and expert care to patients in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter, our founder, has spent over 20 years in practice with a primary surgical focus on rhinoplasty. She serves as a clinical associate professor at Georgetown University Medical Center and has contributed book chapters and journal articles on the subject to several medical texts and publications.
With rhinoplasty, Dr. Porter produces natural-looking results that are in harmony with each patient’s features. She carefully considers the functional aspect of procedures to improve or maintain proper breathing. Outcomes reflect the patient’s personal aesthetic vision, based on our doctor’s skill and on the collaborative and extensive consultation that makes up treatment.
The Benefits of Rhinoplasty
Washington, DC-area patients consider rhinoplasty both for their cosmetic improvement and their comfort. With the surgery, CCFPS can:
- Remove an unwanted hump or bump.
- Alter a nose to be in proportion with other facial features.
- Make a wide nose narrower.
- Fix a flat or droopy nose.
- Revise large or flaring nostrils.
- Address traumatic deformities.
Rhinoplasty is a precise and technically advanced procedure that, when performed expertly, enhances both the aesthetics and function of the nose. Patients who have had an unsatisfying experience with another plastic surgeon make up about half of the rhinoplasty cases we see at CCFPS.
Most frequently, Washington, DC-area patients choose to have a revision because they are having trouble breathing. Dr. Porter can also address cosmetic concerns related to an earlier rhinoplasty.
Revision rhinoplasty tends to be more complex than the initial procedure because of changes that the first surgery makes to the structures of the nose. Dr. Porter can discuss these issues during your initial consultation so that you know what to expect.
Septoplasty may be included in a rhinoplasty. The septum is the natural segment of bone and cartilage that separates the two air passages inside the nostrils. Injury or genetics can shift the septum out of place and partially limit your ability to breathe. With a septoplasty, we can correct this deviated septum and clear your breathing passages.
CCFPS and Your Care
As responsible practitioners, the team at CCFPS wants to ensure that you get the care you need. We encourage you to start your experience by contacting our office, discussing your concerns and goals, and getting information about the type of improvement rhinoplasty can offer you. Some insurance companies will compensate patients for surgeries that address function. While CCFPS does not take insurance, we can give you the codes to use with your insurer.
The next step is an initial consultation with Dr. Porter, who will go over your medical history, examine your face and nose, and review digital photographs with you. Most of our Washington, DC-area patients are excited about this part of the process. Dr. Porter will use sophisticated MIRROR® imaging technology to show you what you can expect from your results. As part of treatment planning, she will also aim to create a look that respects your cultural heritage and aesthetic individuality.
When you decide that you are ready to move forward, our practice will schedule your surgery. You will return to CCFPS for a preoperative visit two weeks beforehand so that we can review the surgical plan and answer any other questions you may have. Our goal is for you to enter your procedure with complete confidence and comfort in the decision.
Treatment With Rhinoplasty
Dr. Porter conducts her rhinoplasty procedures at the Suburban Outpatient Surgery Center in Bethesda and at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Most of our patients receive general anesthesia so that they can sleep through the entire experience.
The techniques that Dr. Porter will use during your rhinoplasty will depend on your needs and goals:
- She is skilled in both “open” and “closed” procedures and will advise you about the approach she will use during your consultation
- If you are having rhinoplasty for cosmetic purposes, Dr. Porter will revise internal and external features of the nose to create a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
- If you are having surgery to improve problems with breathing, she will work expertly and with precision to rebuild and support the internal structure of the nose.
- Regardless of the goals of the procedure, Dr. Porter will use special techniques in the operating room to minimize bruising so that you can heal more quickly and comfortably.
After rhinoplasty, you will spend about an hour recovering at the hospital before heading home with light nasal packing. We will see you back at CCFPS the next day where we will remove the packing, and for the next week, you will use salt water nasal spray on a daily basis. If you have a cast and sutures, Dr. Porter will remove them one week after surgery.
Nine to ten days following rhinoplasty, most patients are comfortable socializing and returning to work. Eighty percent of the swelling should subside within one month, and if you have had rhinoplasty to improve your ability to breath, you should notice a difference by this point. Cosmetic patients should see the final result of their procedure after about one year: a more refined and aesthetically appealing nose that fits naturally with their other facial features.
Talk with an experienced facial plastic surgeon about your options with rhinoplasty. Schedule a consultation online with CCFPS or by calling us in the Washington, DC area at (301) 652-8191.