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Pinching Pennies Isn’t Necessary to Pay for Your Rhinoplasty

Breaking Down the Cost of a RhinoplastyRhinoplasty is one of the most popular procedures in the cosmetic surgery world, but it is also one of the most expensive. Doctors are becoming more experienced, techniques are becoming more refined, and the technology as a whole is becoming more innovative all the time. All of these contribute to a higher cost in rhinoplasty surgery. However, patients no longer have to pinch pennies for years in order to finance their rhinoplasty. They now have several payment options that can enable them to get the procedure sooner rather than later.

Breaking Down the Cost of a Rhinoplasty

  • Consultation fee ($0 – $400) – This is the fee for your meetings with the doctor prior to the surgery. These can vary greatly and not every doctor has one. You can find out more about how much a consultation fee will be by calling plastic surgery offices, but you shouldn’t make your choice of plastic surgeon based solely on the expense of appointments. Some doctors will take the cost of your consultation fee out of the surgeon’s fee if you choose to let them perform your surgery.
  • Surgeon’s fee (average $4,545) – This is the fee that covers the cost of the procedure and pays the doctor for his/her work. It differs the most between doctors and generally increases with their level of training and experience. It also depends on the type and extent of the surgery that is being performed. For example, a patient who is undergoing revision rhinoplasty will usually pay more for their surgery than a patient undergoing their first rhinoplasty.
  • Anesthesia fee ($1,000 – $1300) – Knocking you out for surgery takes some money, too! Anesthesiology is a very precise science and requires someone who knows what they’re doing. The doctor may not always be the one to put you to sleep, meaning that the anesthesiologist and the associated drugs will have to be paid for as well.
  • Facility fee ($500 – $2000) – Most rhinoplasty surgeons are capable of performing the surgery in their personal practices as an outpatient procedure. But, whether the procedure is done in a personal office or in a hospital, there are fees associated with keeping the facility in operation. That’s where this fee comes in. It’s another one that varies, this time according to the amount of equipment, the length of surgery time, the extent of post-operative recovery, and the location of the facility.
  • Post-operative care costs – You won’t wake up from surgery the instant the doctor closes the incisions and you won’t be able to leave as soon as you wake up. There will be at least a couple hours after your rhinoplasty where you rest in the surgery facility, and then you will need bandages, medications, and possibly some other post-operative care materials. The total cost of your post-operative care will depend on these things as well as the type and amount of rhinoplasty surgery you’ve just had.
  • Additional expenses – Some other costs that may not come from the doctor include arranging care for yourself and your family during and after your surgery. A babysitter, housekeeper, car service, or even something as simple as using sick time from work will all have costs that add to your total for the rhinoplasty procedure.

Rhinoplasty Payment Options

Now that we’ve broken down all the fees and expenses associated with rhinoplasty, exactly how much are we talking here? The total cost for a rhinoplasty surgery from Dr. Nassif averages about $20,000. For most people, $20,000 is not something that is just burning a hole in their pocket. It can take families years to save up that kind of money. Paying for your rhinoplasty doesn’t have to empty your savings account, though. Here are a few choices for financing the surgery:

  • Insurance – Generally speaking, insurance companies will not pay for rhinoplasty, especially if it is purely cosmetic in nature. However, if you are looking to have rhinoplasty surgery to improve your breathing and overall health (also known as functional rhinoplasty), your insurance company may be willing to finance part or all of the procedure.
  • Credit cards – There are actually medical credit cards that people can get for this exact purpose. They work just like normal credit cards with high interest rates and monthly payment plans.
  • Loans – Your doctor’s office may have this option for patient payment plans, or you might be able to get one from your personal bank. They work just like any other loan, but are specifically for medical expenses.
  • Savings – Of course, there is always the option of paying for your surgery with your own personal savings. However, most patients who have a plastic surgery procedure performed are not especially wealthy people. It can take many years to save money for surgery, particularly if you have a family or other important obligations that require financing.

Like many other services, cosmetic surgery is one in which you get what you pay for. Paying for cosmetic surgery may be overwhelming and it might seem better to choose a less expensive surgeon. However, you could be risking your health in choosing a less experienced doctor. The results might also not be what you imagined, leading you to require revision rhinoplasty, a procedure more expensive than a first rhinoplasty. The best plastic surgeons are willing to work with you on your payment options; most patients are regular, hard-working middle-class people who are not capable of dropping thousands of dollars on surgery immediately.

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Dr. ShervinNaderi, MD, FACS is a facial plastic surgeon located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, and want to consult with an experienced Washington, DC-area facial plastic surgeon, call the theNaderi Center Rhinoplasty& Cosmetic Surgery.

For the convenience of his patients he has two office locations, one in Herndon, VA (703 481-0002) and the other in Chevy Chase, MD (301 222-2020). Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The doctor can also be reached by email by clicking here.

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What Can Rhinoplasty Do for Your Nose?

What Can Rhinoplasty Do for Your Nose?Everyone’s nose is different, and for that reason, rhinoplasty can change the appearance of the nose in a number of different ways. In some cases, a patient may decide to have the surgery to change a particular feature of the nose or to alter its size. In other cases, the surgery may be needed to correct a deformity a person was born with or to fix a deformity that developed as a result of injury to the nose.

During a consultation, your surgeon will examine your nose closely and determine what the best option is for you, based on shape, size or the presence of any deformities. In some cases, fixing nasal deformities can change your nose cosmetically. Repairing a nasal deformity can also improve the function of your nose.

Saddle Nose

You may have a saddle nose if the dorsum of your nose dips downward and the tip points up. The deformity is also sometimes called a boxer’s nose or a pug nose. It can occur as a result of injury or disease or it can develop due to lifestyle choices, such as using certain drugs. Some people are also born with a saddle  nose. A saddle nose can also develop after nasal surgery, such as a surgical procedure that removes too much of the cartilage in the nose, reducing the amount of support.

Rhinoplasty can repair a saddle nose. During the procedure, the surgeon will typically augment the dorsum to provide more support to the area. Usually, the procedure involves inserting a cartilage graft into the area or using materials such as Teflon to augment the dorsal area.

Cleft Lip

Rhinoplasty can help improve the appearance of the nose in patients who were born with a cleft lip. Often, children with a cleft lip also have airways that are reduced in size, making it difficult to breathe. The deformity can also make the nose asymmetrical.

Cleft lip nasal deformities can be particularly challenging for surgeons to fix, as in most cases, rhinoplasty is only intended for people who are fully grown. Altering the nose’s shape before  a person has finished growing can affect the growth of the nose. A good amount of surgical skill is required when fixing a deformity connected to a cleft lip.

Age-Related Changes

Few people think of the nose when they think of signs of aging on the face. But, the nose is subject to age-related changes just as the eyes, cheeks and forehead are. As you get older, the tip of your nose might begin to droop more.

Your nose changes as you get older because the cartilage becomes less supportive of the skin and because you begin to produce less cartilage, meaning there is less structure and more sagging. Rhinoplasty can enhance an aging nose by providing more support to the tip and by making the overall structure of the nose stronger. If your nose is starting to display signs of age, but you aren’t ready for surgery, a non-surgicalrhinoplasty, which involves the use of fillers, might be an option.

Bumps and Humps

While some patients want rhinoplasty to fix a dip in the bridge of their nose, a more common reason for the procedure is to reduce the size of a bump or hump over the nasal bridge. How much the patient wants to reduce the size of the bump depends on how large it is and his or her own preferences. Some people want to have a slightly sloping nose while others want some a small bump in the nose to preserve some ethnic features or to create a more masculine looking nose.

Before the surgery, the surgeon can use computer imaging or can show you before and after photos of previous patients to give you an idea of what to expect after the hump is removed or made smaller. Rhinoplasty to reduce a hump may require removing some cartilage or bone from the nose. It might also require the addition of a graft above the hump, to make the nose look smoother.

No matter what shape your  nose is in or the cause of your dissatisfaction with it, rhinoplasty can give you a nose you feel happy about. If you are thinking about nose surgery in the DC area, choose a surgeon who has years of experience performing rhinoplasty. Dr. Naderi is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure and want to consult with an experienced Washington, DC-area facial plastic surgeon, call the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery. For the convenience of his patients he has two office locations, one in Herndon, VA 703-481-0002 and the other in Chevy Chase, MD 301-222-2020. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The doctor can also be reached by email.

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How to Minimize Bruising and Swelling After Rhinoplasty

Minimize Bruising and Swelling After RhinoplastyUnlike many plastic surgery procedures, rhinoplasty surgery is designed to be a long term solution, and a successful rhinoplasty will look good for a lifetime. It would be ideal, of course, if patients could simply skip the discomfort involved with the procedure and see their great results immediately, but unfortunately, recovery from surgery is an inevitable part of the rhinoplasty process. However, due to advances in technology, technique, and knowledge, it is possible for many patients to minimize the side effects involved with rhinoplasty recovery. While it’s not possible to eliminate all swelling and bruising (two inevitable side effects of surgery), minimizing their impact can help aid in a speedy recovery. Here are some tips for making sure bruising and swelling don’t take over after nasal surgery.

Follow Pre and Post-Operative Precautions

There are many different medications and substances that will need to be eliminated about two weeks prior to surgery, including a variety of over-the-counter medications, certain herbal supplements, and alcohol. Smoking is prohibited for several months, or at least weeks, before surgery, as the habit can have severe repercussions during and after the procedure. These substances are also prohibited during initial recovery, as they can interfere with healing and eventual results, and make swelling worse. Don’t risk your results by taking any of these without your doctor’s advice.

Leave Your Bandaging

You should always do as your doctor says with regards to pre and post-operative care. This includes keeping any bandaging, splints, or packing in place until he or she removes them or gives the green light for you to remove them. Splints help keep swelling under control and protect your nose’s new shape. Also be careful about getting your bandaging wet or dirty, as this can be detrimental to the healing process or encourage infection.

Be Delicate

Your nose will be very fragile and delicate after surgery, so treat it with care. Be gentle when brushing your teeth, showering, and during other everyday activities. The more you can leave your nose alone to let it heal, the better.

Ice It

For the first few days after rhinoplasty, ice will help greatly for reducing swelling and discomfort. It should be applied as necessary, but never directly on the nose with no insulation. Ask your surgeon for tips on this important anti-swelling method, and make sure you are well-stocked with ice, ice packs, and even frozen vegetables to get you through the first few days.

Get Active

It is important to get ample rest during initial recovery, but light activity is encouraged to help keep swelling down and reduce the risk of blood clots. Be careful to keep your head elevated and avoid bending and lifting, as these can be dangerous and detrimental. Take it easy and follow activity restrictions, but don’t be sedentary during recovery – your body will thank you.

Take Approved Medications

Many recovering rhinoplasty patients take approved medications to help control swelling. The most common of these are Arnica and bromelain (which can also be found in pineapple juice), compounds which are usually approved by surgeons. It is important to ask your surgeon for guidance and approval when choosing anti-swelling supplements.

When Necessary, Cover Up

While it’s important to schedule enough time off from work or school for proper recovery, sometimes bruising doesn’t fade as quickly as expected, as each patient is unique. For patients returning to work after a week or two with persistent bruising, it may be necessary to cover up with makeup. Ask your doctor if there is any restriction on makeup use, and for how long.

Remember Residual Swelling

While the majority of rhinoplasty swelling should subside after about 4 to 6 months or so, there will be residual swelling that will disappear gradually within the year following initial healing. It is important for rhinoplasty patients to have patience and wait at least 6 months to seek revision surgery for any problems, as swelling can distort results and present a false image of poor results.

Ready to Learn More?

Dr. ShervinNaderi, MD, FACS of the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty& Cosmetic Surgery is a facial plastic surgeon located in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

He has dedicated himself and his practice to the specialty of rhinoplasty, treating the area of the nose both cosmetically and functionally. Because of his dedication to each patient as an individual he always seeks the best approach to improve both form and function. His goal is a nose that works with and complements the face, making it look both attractive and natural. He is also an expert in the even more delicate areas of revision rhinoplasty and reconstruction. The results of just some of his work can be seen here in the Naderi Center Photo Gallery.

Dr. Naderi is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure and want to consult with an experienced Washington, DC-area facial plastic surgeon, call the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty& Cosmetic Surgery. For the convenience of his patients he has two office locations, one in Herndon, VA 703-481-0002 and the other in Chevy Chase, MD 301-222-2020. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The doctor can also be reached by email.

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Plastic Surgery Isn’t About Plastic or Looking Plastic

Less Is More in Plastic SurgeryDustin Hoffman’s 1967 movie The Graduate resulted in not only the start of a long and storied career of a Hollywood icon, but also the coining of a number of quotes that are used frequently to this day. None is more quoted than the career advice a young Hoffman receives from a family friend that “There’s a great future in plastics.”

But plastic surgery has nothing to do with plastic. The term, like many things in medicine, comes to us from the ancient Greeks and their word plastikos, meaning to form. Regrettably this doesn’t stop some patients and doctors from opting for a procedure, or procedures, that leaves an entirely artificial or plastic result.

Revision Rhinoplasty

Dr. Shervin Naderi is among a handful of plastic surgeons in the United States who focus specifically on nasal surgery (rhinoplasty). Rhinoplasty, along with revision rhinoplasty, makes up over 90 percent of his practice.

Revision rhinoplasty is also referred to as secondary rhinoplasty. It is a corrective procedure to restore aesthetic or functional issues and complications resulting from a previous surgery to the nose. About five to 10 percent of the time a revision may only be required to promote healing due to minor issues that may occur. But the rest of the time, the reason for a revision is either due to surgeon error, poor doctor/patient dialogue leading to differing expectations, or patients with unrealistic expectations.

Most reputable cosmetic surgeons believe that a conservative approach is always best. Less is more in plastic surgery. The ideal result is always an individualized natural look that works to harmonize with all the patient’s features.

Consult With a Facial Plastic Surgeon Dedicated To Rhinoplasty

Dr. Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS of the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery is a facial plastic surgeon located in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Dr. Naderi has dedicated himself and his practice to the specialty of rhinoplasty, treating the area of the nose both cosmetically and functionally. Because of his dedication to each patient as an individual he always seeks the best approach to improve both form and function. His goal is a nose that works with and complements the face, making it look both attractive and natural. He is also an expert in the even more delicate areas of revision rhinoplasty and reconstruction. The results of just some of his work can be seen here in the Naderi Center Photo Gallery.

Dr. Naderi is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure and want to consult with an experienced Washington, DC-area facial plastic surgeon, call the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery. For the convenience of his patients he has two office locations, one in Herndon, VA 703-481-0002 and the other in Chevy Chase, MD 301-222-2020. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The doctor can also be reached by email.

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The Top Eight Reasons to Choose Rhinoplasty

Top Reasons for RhinoplastyNo two patients are alike. The same goes for their noses, the results they desire, and their motivations for rhinoplasty surgery. Reasons that patients seek rhinoplasty surgery can vary greatly, from a simple cosmetic concern to a major functional problem. If you’re considering rhinoplasty surgery for yourself, you’ve likely considered your own reasons and weighed the pros and cons. Maybe your own motivation ranks as one of the eight most popular reasons men and women give for seeking rhinoplasty surgery.

#1 – A Problem with Symmetry

A crooked nose is hard to miss, especially if it’s your own. Many patients cite their crooked nose as the compelling factor behind their choice for rhinoplasty surgery. Because facial symmetry is something we all instinctively look for in the faces of others, an asymmetry like a crooked nose is blatantly obvious. These can include noses that are off center, have a crooked bridge, or uneven nostrils. Slight corrections that restore symmetry to the nose, and therefore to the face, can make a dramatic impact overall. Patients with asymmetrical nasal features are amazed at how much the corrections can balance their entire face and let their other facial features stand out for once.

#2 – You Hate Your Nose and Always Have

Some people just can’t make peace with certain body parts and the nose is a popular target. Because it is the central part of your face, where most eyes land when they look at you, a nose can make a person very self-conscious in pictures, videos, out in public, and at work. Many patients walk in hating their noses, a hatred that extends all the way back to their childhoods. After all that time, it becomes very hard to ignore it and find a way to co-exist. Most of these patients also have a specific characteristic of their nose that they want to fix, if not more. Consult with a facial plastic surgeon to get to the real problem you might have with your nose so you can guarantee your best results.

#3 – You Have a Deviated Septum

The septum is a flap of cartilage beneath the bridge of the nose that separates the nostrils. Some prospective patients are born with a deviated septum, one that is slightly tilted one way or the other. Others might have suffered some form of nasal injury that shifted the position of the septum out of balance. Regardless of how it happened, fixing a deviated septum is a job for a credentialed facial plastic surgeon to perform. When the septum is deviated, it can affect your breathing and even block one nostril completely. Sinus troubles, snoring, and other breathing-related issues can result if a deviated septum is not corrected.

#4 – You Have Trouble Breathing

Beyond a deviated septum, there are many other conditions that can lead to difficulty breathing. This is, of course, a vital part of human life so resolving any breathing troubles is essential. Other conditions such as enlarged turbinates, nasal collapse, sleep apnea, nasal polyps, and other troubles can greatly impair a patient’s ability to breath. Removing nasal blockages can make a huge difference for any patient who has been struggling to breathe.

#5 – The Shape of Your Nose

Some people are born with noses they don’t like, whether it’s the shape or size of the nose or something totally different. Rhinoplasty surgery can be used to change the shape of a patient’s nose into the desired results, whether that means reshaping the bridge, widening or narrowing the nostrils, or changing the tip of the nose. Reshaping the nose can give the entire face a new look.

#6–The Size of Your Nose

Would you rather have a big nose on a small face or a small nose on a big face? Most rhinoplasty patients would prefer to choose option three: a well-proportioned nose on the appropriate face. By seeking rhinoplasty, you can work with your facial plastic surgeon to create the changes you want most and achieve the surgical results you have been wanting. Size-based changes to the nose can include reshaping to make a nose smaller or bigger. Adding or removing even a small amount of tissue can make an enormous difference in a patient’s appearance.

#7 – Past or Current Nasal Injury

Nasal injuries can happen to almost anyone, but taking proper action can make the difference between lasting damage or a complete recovery.  Trauma to the nose can cause broken bones, damaged cartilage, and internal injuries as well. A reconstructive rhinoplasty offers you the chance to recreate the nose you had before sustaining trauma or designing something close by slightly different. Bring a photograph of yourself pre-injury to help your facial plastic surgeon design the right surgical approach for you.

#8 – Realistic Expectations

If you’re entering into the rhinoplasty process with a realistic goal and expectation from your surgery, you will most likely be pleased with your results. Aiming for the “perfect” nose is impractical and wastes time—after all, there is no such thing as a perfect nose. Rather, keeping a level head and looking for improvement over perfection is a great way to enter into your consultation, day of surgery, and early recovery period.  Good candidates for rhinoplasty must possess a realistic set of expectations for their procedure and what can be achieved. If you’re looking for a rhinoplasty to improve upon the nose you already have, rather than create a perfect one from thin air, then you’re already on the right track.

Make the Choice for Rhinoplasty Today

Dr. ShervinNaderi, MD, FACS is a facial plastic surgeon located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure and want to consult with an experienced Washington, D.C.-area facial plastic surgeon, call the theNaderi Center for Rhinoplasty& Cosmetic Surgery.

For the convenience of his patients he has two office locations, one in Herndon, VA (703 481-0002) and the other in Chevy Chase, MD (301 222-2020). Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The doctor can also be reached by email by clicking here.

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Considering Nose Surgery? Consider Dr. Naderi

Consider Dr. Naderi for Your RhinoplastyAny surgery has its risks. And choosing a doctor for any procedure is always difficult. But only more so when it involves something as visible, as well as fragile and easily cosmetically and structurally compromised as a nose.

Experience, Training, and Knowledge

Here at the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty& Cosmetic Surgery we provide a multitude of surgical and non-surgical treatments to the body, but if you’re considering rhinoplasty our office is especially suited to handle your needs. This is because Dr. ShervinNaderi, MD, FACS has a deep knowledge and vast experience in the field of rhinoplasty/nasal reconstruction. In fact, Dr Naderi is often called on to provide reconstructive surgery or revisions to previous surgeries to the point that it makes up almost half of his practice.

Dr. Naderi has dedicated himself and his practice to the specialty of rhinoplasty, treating the area of the nose both cosmetically and functionally. Because of his dedication to each patient as an individual, he always seeks the best approach to improve both form and function. His goal is a nose that works with and complements the face so that it looks both attractive and natural. His skills include not just basic rhinoplasty and septoplasty. He is also often called to perform revision rhinoplasty and reconstruction. The results of some of his work can be seen here in the Naderi Center Photo Gallery.

Rhinoplasty

Nose surgery is a highly individual process. The goal of any surgery should be to harmonize the appearance of the nose with the other features of the face. To achieve that goal Dr. Naderi has a highly individualized approach. Along with his exacting medical expertise a computerized imager will be used during the initial consultation to provide a complete facial analysis. After this the doctor and patient will determine the best course of action based on realistic expectations to fix the specific aesthetic and structural issues of concern.

With the wide range of choices to suit specific needs, the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty& Cosmetic Surgery under the medical direction of Dr. ShervinNaderi can help you to achieve the facial appearance you desire.

Consult With a Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. ShervinNaderi, MD, FACS is a facial plastic surgeon located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, and want to consult with an experienced Washington, DC-area facial plastic surgeon, call the theNaderi Center Rhinoplasty& Cosmetic Surgery.

For the convenience of his patients he has two office locations, one in Herndon, VA (703 481-0002) and the other in Chevy Chase, MD (301 222-2020). Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The doctor can also be reached by email by clicking here.

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The Issue of Scar Tissue

Why Scar Tissue Is an Issue During Revision RhinoplastyRevision rhinoplasty makes up about 15 percent of all rhinoplasty surgeries. Patients usually seek out a revision rhinoplasty because a previous rhinoplasty did not yield the desired results or had unexpected complications.

What most patients don’t realize is that revision rhinoplasty is a more difficult procedure to perform than original rhinoplasty. There can be several reasons for this, such as patient anatomy or previous surgeon skill/technique, but one of the biggest is leftover scar tissue.

Why We Have Scar Tissue

Scar tissue forms after there is an injury to the soft tissue. Chances are you have a great deal of scars all over from accidents as a child or playing sports. You may even have surgical scars from something other than cosmetic surgery. When the skin is injured through a laceration or incision, fibroblast cells are brought in to repair the damage. The cells transport collagen and other important proteins that knit the skin back together and restore its function.

As the soft tissue heals, the scar tissue becomes noticeably different. It’s redder, thicker, and shinier than the undamaged soft tissue. Scarring varies from person to person depending on things like your skin’s elasticity and pigmentation, your age, and the extent of the damage caused by the injury. Over time, scar tissue fades to become white, but it never completely rejoins the original soft tissue.

Why Scars Are an Issue for Revision Rhinoplasty

Since scar tissue is formed during soft tissue healing, it is significantly stronger and tougher than undamaged soft tissue. It has to be in order for the skin to stay together while the tissue underneath the skin recovers. Scar tissue is also less flexible, which is an important characteristic of undamaged skin.

Scarring is a problem for any kind of surgery, but it is especially difficult in rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is performed in a small, very confined space, which means that there already isn’t a great quantity of tissue for the surgeon to work with. A surgeon performing revision rhinoplasty has to be able to navigate around or incorporate the leftover scar tissue so that the patient isn’t damaged even more by the surgery. If that skin isn’t particularly flexible, it can be hard for surgeons to reshape the inside or outside of the nose to be exactly what the patient wants. Patients who have had more than one previous rhinoplasty likely have a great deal of scar tissue leftover, particularly if the previous surgeon didn’t do a very good job.

What This Means for Patients

Not to worry, there are surgeons who are extremely capable and experienced at dealing with scar tissue during revision rhinoplasty. There are a few things that patients will need to keep in mind while looking into having the procedure:

  • You may not be able to get exactly what you want. A great surgeon will be able to get you as close as possible to your desired result, but they may not be able to completely accommodate the scar tissue. You should prepare yourself for the possibility that you won’t have the “perfect nose”.
  • That being said, there are surgeons who have the skills to do amazing work even with the presence of scar tissue. You need to do your research and remember that you get what you pay for. The more rhinoplasties you have, the more difficult it becomes with each surgery. Getting it right with your revision rhinoplasty is the best way to ensure that you will have good results.
  • During your consultation, be very clear about what you want. Bring in pictures of your ideal nose or take pictures of your own nose to demonstrate exactly what you’re looking for. The better you communicate with your surgeon, the more likely you will be satisfied with the surgery outcome.

Scheduling a Consultation

For the convenience of his patients, Dr. Naderi has two office locations, one in Herndon, VA, (703 481-0002) and the other in Chevy Chase, MD, (301 222-2020). Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The doctor can also be reached by email.

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The Many Benefits of Rhinoplasty Surgery

How Rhinoplasty Can Benefit YouNoses come in all shapes and sizes and people may have a variety of reasons for wanting to alter them.

Many of these reasons are aesthetically based, where people wish to alter their physical appearance.

However, rhinoplasty can benefit you in several important ways that are not only cosmetic. It can also improve your physical and mental health.

 

Physical Health Benefits of Rhinoplasty

  • Improve Your Breathing

This is one of the most important things that rhinoplasty can do for you. Many people suffer from obstructions in their nose, which can occur from trauma, disease, or genetics. Breathing can also be impaired from a deviated septum or cartilage enlargement deep in the nasal cavity. Rhinoplasty can correct all these issues to help you breathe easier.

  • Sleep Easier

If you can breathe better, you can sleep better! Conditions like congested or swollen sinuses, sleep apnea, allergies, or fluid drainage from your sinuses can all prevent you from breathing through your nose while you sleep. Mouth breathing can also cause bacteria growth in your mouth. Clear nasal passages will allow you to breathe through your nose while you sleep.

  • Restore Your Nose to Its Original State After Surgery or Trauma

Certain cancers can affect your appearance when surgery is required. For example, skin cancer may require surgical removal of lesions or other tissues. Trauma to your nose can leave scars or damage the internal structure. Rhinoplasty can improve the facial damage left by these kinds of events.

  • Preserve Your Ethnicity

Some rhinoplasty surgeons, like Dr. Naderi, also specialize in ethnic rhinoplasty. This type of surgery is specifically designed to cater to an individual patient’s culture when designing the appearance of their nose. This allows the patient to match their ethnicity instead of getting a cookie cutter nose.

  • Create the Best Version of Yourself

When people are healthy, they reap all the benefits of looking and feeling their absolute best. There are several ways to alter your physical appearance, including weight loss, hair dyes, or tattoos. Rhinoplasty is a permanent, surgical change that you and your doctor can design to help you feel like the very best version of yourself.

Mental Benefits of Rhinoplasty

  • Gain Self-Confidence

When you don’t feel that you look your best, it’s difficult to be confident in your appearance. The nose is one of the focal points of the face and is a common source of embarrassment for people who don’t like how it looks. Rhinoplasty can transform your face and give you more confidence in your daily life.

Lifestyle Benefits of Rhinoplasty

  • Get Ahead in the Workforce

Some careers are heavily based in physical appearance, such as modeling or acting. For some, the look of their face will determine whether they succeed or fail in the business. Even if you don’t have such a career, the self-confidence that comes from looking and feeling your best can give you a great advantage by making you more appealing to potential or current employers.

  • Look Younger

As the focal point of your face, the nose contributes to facial harmony with the rest of your features. For some, the nose doesn’t match the rest of the face and can cause the individual to look older than they really are. Rhinoplasty can remove excess cartilage or tissue and reshape the nose to give your face a more harmonized and youthful look.

  • Look More Masculine or More Feminine

We’ve all experienced that awkward moment where we mistake a person for the wrong gender. This can be due to how a person dresses or carries herself, but it can also be due to their physical appearance. Unfortunately, genetics plays an enormous role in how we look to others. Some women may be genetically prone to larger noses, which are more characteristic of men, while some men may have noses that blend in to their face, which are more characteristic of men. Rhinoplasty can give you a nose that better matches your gender.

For those individuals who are transgender or dress as the opposite gender regularly, rhinoplasty can also create a nose to match the desired gender.

  • Enjoy Your Appearance

Human beings can be their own worst critics. Wouldn’t it be amazing to look in the mirror and think, “I look great today!” Having a positive self-image can lead to improvements in your attitude and your outlook on life.

Rhinoplasty is one of the oldest cosmetic procedures known to man and continues to be one of the most popular choices amongst plastic surgery patients. Each patient is unique, which different needs and lifestyles. Rhinoplasty can be beneficial to these patients in more ways than one. Other than the obvious cosmetic enhancement, rhinoplasty can improve a person’s lifestyle by improving their physical and mental health.

Meet Dr. ShervinNaderi

Dr. Naderi’s Washington D.C.-area practice is almost entirely dedicated to the art of rhinoplasty. Often referred to as the “Nose Man,” Naderi sees patients from all over the United States, and even abroad.

He has expertise in all forms of rhinoplasty including septoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and other variations of the procedure. He will customize the surgery to your unique needs. He has the education and training as well as years of experience that gives him an edge over competitors.

Schedule a 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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Can You Be Too Young for Rhinoplasty?

What Is an Appropriate Age for a Rhinoplasty Procedure?According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), rhinoplasty, or cosmetic nose surgery, is the second most common plastic surgery for those 18 years old and younger. It trails closely behind otoplasty (cosmetic ear surgery), and is then followed by breast augmentation in a distant third.

When Is the Right Age for Nose Surgery?

Unless it is a functional matter, and a younger child is having difficulty breathing because of a functional deformity in the nose, surgery should not be considered until the child is fully grown and their nasal cartilages and bony vault are at full adult development. On average this is around 15 years of age and varies most commonly depending on the sex of the patient. In females, full nasal development is usually about a year or two after their first menstrual cycle. In males, development can vary dramatically from 13 years old until 21 or even a bit older.

Because of this variation, the initial consultation with a doctor to assess all these factors isn’t just important, but essential. The doctor will also assess the patient’s emotional maturity in addition to their physical development to make sure they are mature enough to take care of not only their nose but also themselves following surgery.

How Much Time Should You Schedule Off From School?

Surgery is generally scheduled during school breaks as one to two weeks is usually enough time to recover from rhinoplasty. The most common time is the summer before college.

Contact Us Today for a Consultation.

Dr. Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS of the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery is a facial plastic surgeon located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Dr. Naderi has dedicated himself and his practice to the specialty of rhinoplasty, treating the area of the nose both cosmetically and functionally. Because of his dedication to each patient as an individual he always seeks the best approach to improve both form and function. His goal is a nose that works with and complements the face so that it looks both attractive and natural. His skills include not just basic rhinoplasty and septoplasty, but he is also often called to perform revision rhinoplasty and reconstruction, a much more complicated procedure than traditional rhinoplasty. The results of just some of his work can be seen here in the Naderi Center Photo Gallery.

For the convenience of his patients, he has two office locations, one in Herndon, VA, (703 481-0002) and the other in Chevy Chase, MD, (301 222-2020). Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The doctor can also be reached by email.

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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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