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Tips for Handling Post-Rhinoplasty Swelling and Bruising

How to Mitigate Post-Rhinoplasty Swelling and BruisingIf you’ve ever had a surgical procedure done before, you know that the recovery is no picnic. Your body has experienced significant trauma and takes a long time to heal from that. Two of the more unpleasant side effects of surgery are swelling and bruising around the operated area, which can linger for several weeks if not months. In rhinoplasty surgery recovery, unfortunately, all the swelling and bruising will be smack dab in the middle of your face. While there is no getting around this part of recovery, there are some steps you can take to make the process easier.

Step #1: Preparation

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to go home the same day of the surgery. However, you won’t be able to just bounce up from the operating table, head out to your car, and have the ability to resume normal activities immediately. Recovery will take several weeks and the first two will be the worst. As such, it’s important to plan ahead.

If you have major upcoming events, such as a wedding, reunion, graduation, etc., it’s best to schedule your rhinoplasty at least six weeks in advance. Every patient responds differently to the procedure, so it is in your best interest to schedule it as early as possible to give yourself maximum recovery time.

Your preparation should also be extended to your home life. Have a good stock of ice packs and pillows in the house. Arrange your furniture so that you can reach things easily and move around without too much effort. Keep all your needed recovery supplies handy and in an easily accessible location.

Step #2: Avoid Anticoagulant Medications

Dr. Naderi will provide you with a complete list of pre-surgery and post-surgery recommendations, one of which may be to avoid blood thinners. Things like aspirin and ibuprofen can actually increase the amount of bruising after surgery because your blood can’t clot very well. Other common blood thinners include warfarin and heparin.

Step #3: Use Those Ice Packs Regularly

Obviously, you can’t (and shouldn’t) keep your face constantly cold during your recovery. You can, however, develop a good routine for using your cold compresses to minimize the amount of swelling and pain surrounding your nose. Gel ice packs are recommended over water-based packs because they are gentler on your face and are easier to mold to the area. Typically, a good routine involves using the ice pack for 15-20 minutes at a time with a 15-20 rest period in between. Using your ice packs will be especially helpful in the first couple days after surgery, when your face will be experiencing the most pain and discomfort.

Step #4:Cover Up With Some Cover Up

All those bruises on your face certainly don’t encourage you to head back out into the world once the initial recovery period is over. However, it will be possible to hide the bruises using cover up makeup. If you have light bruises, powder and concealer usually do the trick, but if your bruises are more extensive, you might look into getting some neutralizing foundation. This kind of cover up is based on the color wheel and the color of your bruises determines the kind of foundation you need. Green bruises can be covered up with a red-based foundation, yellow bruises can be covered up with an orange-based foundation. Check with makeup professionals to be sure you get the right products, then double-check those products with your doctor to make sure the ingredients won’t have negative effects on your skin.

Step #5: Listen to Your Doctor

This is the most critical of all the steps. Your doctor will give you a very comprehensive recovery plan full of Dos and Don’ts, medication regimen recommendations, and other guidelines. It’s basic elementary education – follow directions! This is your best way to a fast recovery with minimal pain and discomfort. Keep in close contact with your doctor as your recovery progresses so they are aware of your progress and can answer any questions you might have.

Meet Dr. Naderi

Dr. Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS of The Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery is a D.C.- area (Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland) facial plastic surgeon. The doctor has dedicated his practice to the specialty of nose surgery, includingrhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, septoplasty and reconstruction. Contact Dr. Naderi’s Herndon, VA, office at 703-481-0002, or the Chevy Chase, MD, location at 301-222-2020.

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Is Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty for You?

Why You Should Consider Non-Surgical RhinoplastyMost rhinoplasty patients are individuals who would like to have a dramatic improvement in the appearance or function of their nose. For those patients, a traditional rhinoplasty surgery is an excellent choice. However, there are some people who would like to change their nose in only a small way. Their nose might have a slight bump in the nasal bridge, a depression in the slope of the nasal tip, or appear crooked or uneven. Non-surgical rhinoplasty, also known as a liquid nose job, is a possible option for these particular patient needs.

What Is Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

Typically, when people hear “rhinoplasty”, they imagine that always mean surgery. Rhinoplasty is actually Greek for “to shape the nose”. Most rhinoplasty procedures do involve some kind of surgery, but they can also be non-surgical.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty involves the use of injectable fillers, much like Botox, to fill out the soft tissue of the nose. Its origins date back to the early 19th century, but it is still a relatively young procedure in the world of plastic surgery. The most common uses for this procedure are concealing bumps in the nasal bridge, increase the height of the nasal bridge, or adjust the nasal tip shape.

The fillers commonly used in non-surgical rhinoplasty include Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylene, Sculptra, Perlane, and Silikon-1000. The doctor will begin by applying an anesthetic to the injection site. A small and controlled amount of the filler will be injected, then the doctor will massage the area to make sure the filler is shaped correctly.

Advantages of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

  • Save some money –Fillers are understandably much cheaper than undergoing a full surgery. The average rhinoplasty surgery costs about $6,775 while a filler injection runs about $750.
  • No recovery needed! – Unlike with surgery, it isn’t necessary to take time off work to correct the nose with fillers. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is done as an outpatient procedure and only takes a few minutes. Your nose will be a red and a little tender for a few days, with some minor swelling or bruising, but that’s easily managed.
  • Take a test run – If you are considering undergoing rhinoplasty surgery, fillers will give you a chance to see what your nose might look like after surgery.
  • They’re reversible – Fillers can be removed, reapplied, or readjusted depending on what you need
  • Prevent corrective surgery – Some patients do not have good experiences with rhinoplasty surgery. They are left with deformities that give their nose an unattractive appearance. Fillers in non-surgical rhinoplasty can be used to correct some of these problems.

Disadvantages of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

  • Temporary results – like other cosmetic fillers, these don’t last forever. Most patients will need to have the procedure repeated after about a year, though they can last longer because the nose is not an area with a lot of movement
  • It adds to your nose –Injecting fillers into the nose will predictably increase its size and volume.If you are looking to decrease the size of your nasal tip or nasal bridge, this procedure is not for you.
  • Limitations – Non-surgical rhinoplasty can only do so much to change your nose. If you are looking for a dramatic change in the shape and size, or need to correct the function of your nose, you’re better off with surgical rhinoplasty.

Choosing the Right Doctor

While a non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure sounds simple enough, it can go horribly wrong if it is performed by a doctor who doesn’t know what he or she is doing. Regardless of the method, rhinoplasty is as much an art as it is a medical procedure and requires a keen sense of what an attractive nose looks like.

Dr. Shervin Naderi’s practice and skills are all-inclusive, meaning he performs most types of rhinoplasty surgeries, including ethnic, septoplasty and revision.

Schedule a Consultation Appointment

If you are interested in finding out more about the surgical and non-surgical options for rhinoplasty, contact our offices in Herndon, Virginia, to schedule an initial consultation. We can be reached at 703-481-0002, or at 301-222-2020 for our Chevy Chase, Maryland office. We also offer a patient contact page on our website. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Dr. Naderi: A Great Choice for Patients

Why You Should Choose Dr. NaderiIf you are a prospective rhinoplasty patient, you may be in the process of vetting a doctor. Before you make a final decision, there are a number of variables to take into account. Read on to learn more about why the D.C. area’s Dr. Naderi is an ideal surgeon to perform this procedure.

Qualifications

Dr. ShervinNaderi, MD, FACS,is a dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon. It was during his education that Dr. Naderi developed an interest in the intricacies present in treating the face. He was able to tailor his education and training to this passion. He beganhis collegiate career with a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University, and then went on to a Master’s degree in Medical Sciences from Boston University, School of Medicine, and then finally to medical school at the Hahnemann University School of Medicine (MCP-HU) in Philadelphia, currently known as Drexel University.

Dr. Naderi spent a year as a surgery intern and completed afour year residency at Indiana University where he dealt, in part, with facial reconstruction surgeries. This afforded the doctor the opportunity to treat facial structures that had been compromised by disease, deformities, and facial traumas. It also presented the doctor with unique access to facial structures that required serious correction. From this training, the doctor has been able to form a practice that encompasses reconstructive rhinoplasty and secondary rhinoplasty, also called revision rhinoplasty.

A Specialist in Facial Plastic Surgery

The doctor made the decision to focus his practice on plastic surgery of the face. In particular, Dr. Naderi is most commonly known for his results with rhinoplasty procedures. As a specialty surgeon, he has more experience in performing these transformative procedures than other doctors. Some plastic surgeons operate on both the face and body, but may not have as much experience as a doctor who narrows his services to a focused area of the body, such as the face.

Facial anatomy can pose interesting challenges, ranging from physical differences specific to ethnic groups to issues with prior surgeries. Rhinoplasty can lead to a healing period that may span a full two years, and complications should be avoided as to not extend this time. A doctor who specializes in facial plastic surgery will create the most natural results and can provide patients with a more positive healing experience.

A Rhinoplasty Sub-Practice

Referred to by surgeon friends as “The Nose Man,” Dr. Naderi’s Washington D.C.-area practice is almost entirely dedicated to the art of rhinoplasty. Patients come to see the doctor from all over the United States, and even abroad, to undergo nose surgery. Whether a person requests a septoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, or another variation of the procedure, the doctor treats each patient with knowledge and technique used in numerous other procedures, while customizing the rhinoplasty to each patient. The doctor has not only the education and training to perform this surgery expertly, but he also has a strong patient base that has sharpened his skills immeasurably in comparison with other surgeons.

Schedule Your Consultation

Washington D.C.-area facial plastic surgeon, ShervinNaderi, MD, FACS, caters to patients through two office locations. The first is located at 297 Herndon Parkway Suite 101 Herndon, VA, 20170, and can be reached at (703) 481-0002. The other is located at 5454 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 1655 Chevy Chase, MD, 20815. Call (301) 222-2020 to make a consultation at that location. Or you can contact the doctor’s specialty rhinoplasty practice through his website’s Contact Form.

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Ethnic Noses: How They Differ From the Caucasian Structure

How Ethnic Noses Differ From the Caucasian StructureEthnic rhinoplasty is a customizable cosmetic nose surgery that caters to patients of various cultural groups. Differentiations exist between ethnic noses and Caucasian noses, and among noses belonging to patients of various ethnicities. Ethnic noses commonly have extra fatty, fibrous material situated in the tip, though some of the nasal cartilage in the support of the nose is weak in comparison with Caucasian noses. Changes to an ethnic nose must be robust so they can be seen from an exterior view of the face. Dr. Naderi has extensive training in nasal anatomy, and knows how to tailor each surgery to meet a patient’s specific needs.

African American Noses

Individuals of African American descent tend to have thicker skin on the nose. The tips are commonly rounded and the nostrils are wide set. Typically, bridge height is low. The nose often supports other curvaceous features of the face, including full lips, though patients may request refinement of the nose. Sometimes this requires the surgeon to build up the bridge and tip of the nose with material (often times harvested from the patient) to enhance the nose from both frontal and side views.

Asian Noses

Asian noses are very similar to those of African Americans with a lower bridge, wider nasal base, and thicker skin, though Asian noses tend to match the petite structures of the face. In many patients, the inner nostrils are partially or fully apparent when seen straight on. This is often due to an upturned nasal tip that may be corrected during rhinoplasty.The doctor may also be tasked with moving the nostrils inward toward the nose, while building up the height of the nose and shaping a more defining nasal tip. While African Americans commonly ask that the nose be made smaller, Asian patients are more likely to ask for an increase in the prominence of the structure.

Hispanic Noses

Hispanic noses can vary greatly as the people who make up this ethnic group are found on different continents. The structure of a nose is thought to be determined by the originating group’s geographic location, evolved to provide the best humidifying, warming, and oxygen-delivering breaths to each individual. Hispanic noses can also have thicker skin, rounded and widely set nostrils, as well as a structure that sits closer to the face. Because Hispanic noses are not always projected away from the face at a sharp angle, this can be addressed during rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Naderi can explain to patients ideal aesthetic proportions as well as limitations to each nose surgery.

Middle Eastern Noses

Rhinoplasty is not only a top plastic surgery in the United States, but it is also wildly popular in the Middle East. The conservative culture and weather leaves many people covering their bodies from head to toe with only their faces exposed, which may play a role in the mid-face focus. People of Middle Eastern descent tend to have very prominent noses, with dorsal humps, and a downturned tip. The lips may be slightly shadowed by the feature, and the eyes appear smaller prior to rhinoplasty as well. Cosmetic nose surgery creates harmony of the face, promoting balance among the features.

Caucasian Noses

Traditionally, Caucasian noses tend to vary greatly, though there are some general similarities of this facial feature. The nose is larger, more structured than noses of other ethnicities, and can be wide throughout the bridge. The angle at which the nose projects away from the face is often more severe. A dorsal hump may be present, requiring osteotomies, or nasal bone fractures. When a hump is removed, it can leave an open roof deformity in the nose. This initial anatomical change can be likened to a three dimensional triangle losing one of its pointed sides, whereas this feature must be replaced. Other changes to the nose during Caucasian rhinoplasty and ethnic rhinoplasty can be discussed in detail during a doctor-patient consultation with Dr. Naderi.

Dr. Naderi, Washington D.C.-Area Rhinoplasty Specialist

Dr. ShervinNaderi practices out of two offices, one in Herndon, Virginia (703-481-0002) and the other in Chevy Chase, Maryland (301-222-2020). The doctor is both accessible and all-inclusive, performing most types of rhinoplasty surgeries, including ethnic rhinoplasty, septoplasty, and revision rhinoplassty. If you seek cosmetic, functional, or both forms of rhinoplasty, contact Dr. Naderi today.

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How Effective Is Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

How Effective Is Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?Very! Though the procedure has its limitations.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty, or temporary changes to the nose performed through dermal filler injections, is able to create the following changes to the nose:

Camouflage a Dorsal Hump

A large hump in the bridge of the nose can detract from a person’s looks because it serves as a focal point. By using injectable fillers, Dr. Naderi can add volume to areas of the nose to camouflage the hump. The doctor will need to retreat the area every few months as fillers dissipate over time.

Create Facial Symmetry

By plumping irregularities of the skin, Dr. Naderi can even out the look of the nose. It is a well document fact that symmetry is one facet of attractiveness, and a non-surgical rhinoplasty seeks to achieve this.

Fill In Anatomical Divots That Show Through the Nose’s Skin

Some noses present interesting underlying patterns of cartilage and bones. Notably, celebrities like Owen Wilson and Jennifer Love Hewitt display shapely noses, where the structure of this feature is visible through the skin. Injecting fillers under the skin can give the nose a smooth appearance where bone and cartilage do not distract from one’s appearance.

Add Volume to Areas Impacted by Trauma or Disease

Before a patient commits to an extensive reconstructive rhinoplasty, they can undergo dermal injection treatments to view the potential outcome of a surgery. They may also opt for these temporary results to help make the face appear more attractive prior to the procedure. This method best suits patients who have healed injuries to the nose and require minor correction.

Limitations to Liquid Rhinoplasty

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a wonderful tool to treat patients who would like to alter the look of the nose. Through this procedure, Dr. Naderi can instantly improve many aesthetic issues. Because of the nature of the gel, the material can lift the skin to a certain height. More serious depressions of the skin or underlying tissues may require reconstructive surgery for full results.

Dermal fillers are not typically intended to be a permanent solution to cosmetic concerns of the nose. Often, these injections are performed on a repeat basis to maintain the results. Dr. Naderi can suggest the best injection type for their needs.

Washington D.C.’s Rhinoplasty Specialist

Dr. Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS of the The Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery is a D.C. area (Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland) facial plastic surgeon. The doctor has dedicated his practice to the specialty of nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, septoplasty and reconstruction. Contact Dr. Naderi’s Herndon, VA, office at 703-481-0002, or the Chevy Chase, MD, location at 301-222-2020.

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What to Expect From Rhinoplasty Recovery

Rhinoplasty BenefitsDuring a rhinoplasty consultation with a plastic surgeon, you’ll probably learn a lot about your surgery and catch only a glimpse of what your recovery will be like. As a prospective patient for this procedure, you’ll want to gather as much information as you can about what you can expect from your surgery and what you can do to ensure your successful recovery. After all, once the stitches are in and the surgery is over, it’s up to you to care for your wounds and start the healing process. Doing so can guarantee the best results possible from your rhinoplasty. Read on to learn more about what you can expect from your all-important recovery time.

The Rhinoplasty Surgery

Rhinoplasty is a complex cosmetic surgery that can create permanent changes to the shape and form of the nose, while preserving or improving function. There are two main approaches to the rhinoplasty procedure: open and closed. A closed rhinoplasty surgery involves incisions contained within the nostrils, while an open rhinoplasty will include one incision on the underside of the bridge between the nostrils. With an open approach, your surgeon can gain greater access to your nasal structure, which may be necessary to make the changes needed to achieve your desired results. While this approach may leave behind a scar, it will be hardly visible because of its discrete location. A closed approach offers a limited range of access to the nasal structures, but leaves behind no scarring at all. If a closed rhinoplasty will offer your surgeon access to the nasal structures necessary, he or she may opt for this approach. Most often, however, the open approach is the chosen approach.

Preparing for Rhinoplasty Surgery

Before you are cleared for rhinoplasty surgery, your plastic surgeon will most likely ask you a series of questions about your lifestyle, daily habits, current medications, and more. It’s important to be in good health before any cosmetic surgery, since it can help minimize procedural risks and even speed up your recovery time. If you’re in good enough health for surgery, staying that way is one essential way to plan for a successful rhinoplasty. Cut down on unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking excessively to optimize your health.

Follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully to be sure that you eliminate certain medications that may interfere with your anesthetics or pain medication, increasing your risk of complications. Avoid aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications, which can increase the chance of bleeding, as well as any offer off-limits medications, supplements, and herbal remedies. If you have any questions or concerns about any of your daily habits or other factors that might be relevant to your surgery, don’t hesitate to ask your surgeon. Being clear about your pre-operative instructions can only help you to enjoy a better recovery time.

Planning for the Day of Surgery

While you might be nervous about the day of your surgery, there are several measures you can take to make sure the day goes smoothly. It might even take your mind off the worrying! Plan ahead with a friend or family member to drive you to and from surgery. You won’t be able to drive yourself home, thanks to pain medication and the anesthetics, and it might be difficult for you to see distances because of the swelling around your eyes. With a safe ride home, you can plan to start resting right away. Ask someone to stay with you for the first 48 hours to take care of the things you aren’t able to do in the early stages of your recovery.

When you leave the clinic, you will likely have a cast and bandages placed over your nose to help the bones and cartilage begin to set. Light dressings may be used to help with any bleeding, but these can often be removed on the following day. Any external stitches will be removed within the first few days and the nasal cast often comes off after one week.

Preparing for Successful Recovery

The best measures you can take to have a successful rhinoplasty should all happen before your surgery date even arrives. In the days leading up to your rhinoplasty, take the steps necessary to set up a complete recovery area in your home that includes all of the things you may need to be comfortable. Shop for post-operative medical supplies like bandages, if needed, and fill your pain medication prescription. Complete all of your regular errands ahead of time so there are groceries in the house and whatever else you’ll need. Find an area to make into your Recovery Area and get pillows, blankets, comfortable clothing, water to drink, healthy snacks, and things to keep you entertained like magazines, tablets, or a television. Think about what you’d like to have near you when you’re recovering and prepare it ahead of time.

Side Effects of Surgery and Your Recovery

The common belief is that rhinoplasty surgery is extremely painful, but in reality, the majority of patients are surprised how little pain they actually feel. Yes, you should expect to feel some discomfort following your procedure, but it won’t be blinding pain that is your primary concern. Most patients are more frustrated by trying to breathe with swollen nasal passages, a side effect that will subside gradually following your procedure. Swelling will also occur around the nose and eyes, as well as bruising. Any pain you do experience can be managed with prescribed pain medications.

During your recovery, it is important to avoid certain activities that might put you at risk of damaging your newly reconstructed nose. Stay away from bending or lifting, since these activities will increase the swelling in your facial tissue. You should also wait about three weeks before resuming some exercise activities, such as running, cycling, and aerobics. Contact sports are especially forbidden for up to six weeks, given the high risk of sustaining trauma to your nose. After about one week, most patients feel comfortable driving again, since the swelling should reduce enough so as to not interfere with vision. If there is specific activity you have questions about, talk to your surgeon first to avoid any unforeseen consequences. Damage, injuries, and complications may lead to a revision rhinoplasty, so do your best to care for your first surgery’s results until you are fully healed.

Begin With the Right Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Virginia rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. ShervinNaderi, MD, FACS is a Washington, D.C.-area facial plastic surgeon. The doctor’s is passion for nasal cosmetic surgery is evidenced by his excellent postoperative results in the Naderi Center Photo Gallery. Contact Dr. Naderi’s conveniently located offices in Herndon, VA, at (703) 481-0002 or in Chevy Chase, MD at (301) 222-2020.

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Benefits of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty BenefitsWhether you’ve hated your nose for as long as you can remember or had an accident that’s changed the look of your nose, rhinoplasty can provide some relief. There are a number of advantages to the procedure. The surgery not only improves the way your nose looks, it can also improve the way it functions, improving your quality of life considerably.

A Nose That Works on Your Face

One of the top benefits of rhinoplasty is the chance to have the surgeon create a nose that looks like it belongs on your face. People want nasal surgery for a number of different reasons. They might think their nose is too large for their face or too small. Some people are unhappy with a bump on the bridge of the nose or with the way the tip of their nose turns down or up.

During a consultation, your surgeon will usually use computer imaging to create a picture of what your new nose will look like. The computer imaging will help you see if the new nose you’ve always envisioned for yourself actually works with your facial structure.

Having your nose reshaped can improve your appearance in a few ways. A nose that is too small will make the other features on your face seem overly large, while a nose that is too large will be the only thing people notice or can make you feel self-conscious. But a nose that is in proportion to the rest of your facial features looks like it belongs on your face. Changing the size of your nose through rhinoplasty helps improve your facial symmetry and balance.

Better Nasal Function

Although commonly thought of as a purely cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty can improve the function of your nose in some cases. During the surgery, the surgeon can adjust a deviated septum, making it easier for you to breathe. The surgery can also be done to help open up your nasal passages, making breathing easier, too.

Rhinoplasty can help people who suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that causes a person to stop breathing during sleep. The surgery can open obstructed airways or simply make it easier for a person to use his or her CPAP machine at night.

Improved Self Confidence

A huge benefit of rhinoplasty for many people is the boost in self-confidence they get after the surgery and as the results are starting to show. A 2013 study from the University of Pennsylvania reviewed the results from previous studies looking at people’s self esteem after plastic surgery. What they found was that people’s self esteem and quality of life improved after nose jobs. Part of the reason why patients might feel more confident after a nose job is that the surgery finally gave them a nose they wanted. No longer worried about how their nose looks, patients might be more likely to get out and try new things, such as applying for a job or taking up a new hobby.

Cuts Down on Bullying

While teases and taunts from others shouldn’t be the sole reason you get surgery, having the procedure done can significantly reduce bullying. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, nearly 70 percent of teenagers who have plastic surgery do it to stop bullying. If you have been bullied about your nose,  rhinoplasty can give you a new outlook and the boost of self confidence you need.

Once you’ve made the decision to have rhinoplasty and have found the surgeon you think is a good fit, it’s important that you know what to expect right after the procedure. After rhinoplasty, things might look worse before they look better.

You’ll most likely have some swelling and bruising in the area for about a week. It can take up to a year for swelling to completely go down and for the final results to be visible. Understanding the healing process after rhinoplasty will help you enjoy the benefits of the surgery even more.

Washington, D.C.-area facial plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty specialist, Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS caters to patients through two office locations: One on 297 Herndon Parkway, Suite 101, Herndon, VA, 20170, which can be reached at (703) 481-0002. The other is located at 5454 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 1655 Chevy Chase, MD, 20815, and can be reached at (301) 222-2020.

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Beating the Post-Rhinoplasty Blues

How to Heal After Your RhinoplastyAll rhinoplasty surgeries are not created equally if they are performed by a skilled facial plastic surgeon like Dr. ShervinNaderi, MD, FACS. There are many determining factors that must be taken into account for a successful post-operative result, such as medical history, facial anatomy, and features unique to a patient’s looks. A nose job is entirely customizable when performed correctly.

Nasal healing times can vary, but most patients’ final results will be apparent 18-24 months following rhinoplasty. There are many stages of the healing process and patients must have realistic expectations for what to expect during this timeframe. When people enter this process fully informed, they may allow recovery to take place without constant concern. Some surgeons fail to explain to patients that both function and form are affected during this time.

Rhinoplasty Healing – Phase 1:

The inner nasal tissues will be swollen, and may prevent patients from breathing through their nose after the surgery. Through medication, icing, and the elevation of the head, this will begin to subside within a few days to a week postoperatively. Other areas of the face may be swollen, most commonly the cheeks and upper lip.

The nose may appear upturned, where the nostrils are fully visible for one or more days, but this is just to prevent a droopy tip as the tissues settle into place. A nasal cast will cover the majority of the nose for the first week, but is then removed to reveal a reshaped nose. Some patients note bruising, especially “black eyes” and redness of the nasal tip.

Rhinoplasty Healing – Phase 2:

After the nasal cast is removed, Dr. Naderi may create minor adjustments to the structure. In some cases, areas of the nose remain slightly pliable and can be reshaped for final results. This is especially true of Asian rhinoplasty, where the DCF (diced cartilage wrapped in fascia) technique is utilized.

The doctor exhibits a level of expertise unsurpassed by his peers, with methods that do not require the need for nasal packing. A nasal cast and some bandages and tape are typically the extent of exterior nasal dressings. There may be some residual blood within the nose, but nosebleeds are not typical following rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty Healing – Phase 3:

The final stretch of healing can last anywhere from a couple weeks or months after rhinoplastyto two years. The nose consists of multiple tissues, including bone, cartilage, and blood vessels, all of which recover at different rates. In the first two weeks following the procedure, patients will notice their new nose take shape; however, much of the residual swelling is not noticed by patients and very subtly decreases over the lengthy healing period.

It is important for patients to be informed of each phase of healing so they know what to expect after surgery. While most patients find that the nose has been improved just a week after rhinoplasty, changes that refine the nose take time to evolve. Dr. Naderi hopes to inform interested candidates of the healing process so they can fully embrace the rhinoplasty process. 

Visiting Dr. Naderi’s Office for Rhinoplasty

Washington, D.C.-area facial plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty specialist, ShervinNaderi, MD, FACS caters to patients through two office locations: One on 297 Herndon Parkway, Suite 101, Herndon, VA, 20170, which can be reached at (703) 481-0002. The other is located at 5454 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 1655 Chevy Chase, MD, 20815, and can be reached at (301) 222-2020.

Contact the doctor’s specialty rhinoplasty practice website through his Contact Form.

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Beyond the Nose – The Scope of Rhinoplasty Benefits

All You Need to Know About the Benefits of RhinoplastyCosmetic fixes to the nose during rhinoplasty are changes that can alter a patient’s entire face, even by the millimeter. The nose sits directly in the center of the face, and projects away from the lower plane of the surrounding area. In relation to this feature, all others become relative to its new size and shape.

Fuller Lips

Often times, alterations of the nose help to reveal one of the most attention-drawing features of the face: the lips. The human mouth not only conveys emotion, but people also pay attention to this feature when another speaks. If a nasal tip is modified to be less projected and refined, especially when the tip is bulbous or droopy, the lips become part of the overall display of the face whereas they may have been hidden before. A more prominent mouth creates the illusion that the lips are fuller than they actually are.

An Attractive Upper Lip Shape

During rhinoplasty, Dr. Naderi can alter the look of the upper lip. Patients may request a fuller, upturned appearance or another position they find attractive. Incisions can be fully camouflaged, and result is a better looking nose and mouth that are very much in harmony with the face.

A Stronger Chin

What many do not realize is that changes to the nose will directly impact the way the chin is seen. From the front, the chin may be more prominent as the nose is brought in closer to the face and the tip refined. At a side glance, rhinoplasty can emphasize the shape and projection of the chin. A large, over-projected nose can cause the chin to appear weak, when in actuality the nose is too strong a feature for a patient’s other facial features. Nose surgery creates a better visual relationship between the two parts.

Shapelier Cheekbones

Cosmetic nose surgery will change the look of the mid-face, including how the cheekbones appear. Men and women alike can enjoy more visible facial contours once the nose has been corrected. The nose may distract from natural curvature, serving as the unintended focal point. High cheekbones are a distinguishing mark of beauty, and rhinoplasty will enhance the two slightly elevated bones at either side of the nose.

Emphasize the Eyes

In the same way a large or uniquely shaped nose can cause the lips, chin, and cheeks to appear small in comparison, the same is true of the eyes. When the swelling subsides and the nasal cast is removed, any bruising under the eyes should have dissipated enough to reveal the newly accentuated eyes. Often, the nasal bridge is lowered as dorsal hump removal is a key component to many plastic surgeries of the nose. When this occurs, the nose sits closer to the face, and the eyes become the focus of one’s appearance.

Create Symmetry of the Face

Often times, patients undergo rhinoplasty because of a past nasal trauma. The nose may have been injured in an accident, during contact sports, or because of necessary medical intervention, which is often the case during skin cancer removal surgery. Dr. Naderi can restore balanceto the face. It is a well-known fact that symmetry plays an important role in attractiveness.

An Expert With a Vision for Each Patient

Virginia rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. ShervinNaderi, MD, FACS is a Washington, D.C.-area facial plastic surgeon. The doctor’s is passion for nasal cosmetic surgery is evidenced by his excellent postoperative results in the Naderi Center Photo Gallery. Contact Dr. Naderi’s conveniently located offices in Herndon, VA, at (703) 481-0002 or in Chevy Chase, MD at (301) 222-2020.

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Size of a Nose: How Big Is Too Big?

How Big Is Too Big?A nose doesn’t have to be small to be attractive. What matters is how the nose appears in relation and proportion to the whole face. There are plenty of people whose large or prominent noses enhance their looks. So an "oversized" nose is a very relative concept.

Nasal size is measured in three aspects: length (from root to base), width (either of the bridge or nostrils), and amount of protrusion from the plane of the face. Indeed, an impression of unwanted size may owe to how any one of these aspects relates to the other two. Resizing the nose may call for an adjustment to just one area, and not a complete resculpting of the entire nose.

So when a prospective patient sits down and says, "My nose is too big," that’s an impression and a description. Evaluation comes next, with doctor and patient talking candidly about the patient’s needs and what a skilled, experienced rhinoplasty specialist can realistically achieve.

Computer imaging is an immensely helpful way of showing a person in consultation what his or her nose’s proportions actually are, and what they might be with changes to length, width or prominence. While computer imaging is not an exact simulation of what a nose will look like after rhinoplasty, it is a remarkably accurate tool and a key part of the doctor’s consultation protocol.

Many patients come away from the computer imaging process surprised, and delighted, by how much a change to just one aspect of the nose can transform its appearance entirely.

Interestingly, one way to trim the width of the nose and make it look smaller is to build it up along the ridge, the centerline running down the bridge.

Facial plastic surgeons often use a mountaintop analogy to describe the effect of this procedure: Viewed from above, a taller mountain looks narrower than a shorter one. So, too, a raised nose —when viewed straight on —appears narrower thanks to the new ridge.

Choosing Your Doctor

As a specialist in rhinoplasty, Dr. Naderi is dedicated to finding for each individual patient the optimal approach to improve looks. He creates an attractive and natural-looking nose that complements the whole face, and withstands the changes that go with the healing process and the passage of time.

Visit our photo gallery, where you’ll see pictures of our clients before and after rhinoplasty. To learn more about rhinoplasty and other cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, please contact the Naderi Center at 703-481-0002 in Virginia or 301-222-2020 in Maryland for a consultation today.

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EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS
Dr. Naderi went on to train above and beyond completing a fully accredited fellowship in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery with Dr. Stephen W. Perkins, one of the world's top cosmetic Facial Plastic & Rhinoplasty Surgeons and a past president of the American Academy of Facial
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Plastic Surgeon Dr. Shervin Naderi is a member of an exclusive & highly specialized group of Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeons who have dedicated their surgical practice and expertise to helping those who are looking to improve their appearance and quality of life
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