Cosmetic Rhinoplasty in the Washington, DC, Metro

Rhinoplasty, sometimes called a nose job, may address many aspects of the nasal bridge and tip. Rhinoplasty is very common in facial plastic surgery offices worldwide, especially in younger patients. In fact, you may be surprised by how frequently rhinoplasty is performed because the results can look so natural. Men and women travel from Arlington and Ashburn, VA; Bethesda and Chevy Chase, MD; and beyond to experience Potomac Plastic Surgery’s expertise in cosmetic rhinoplasty, including revision and preservation rhinoplasty. Here in Washington, DC, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Houtan Chaboki offers world-class results our patients can feel great about no matter how complex their case may be.

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Rhinoplasty to correct a deviated septum and balance the nasal profile of a younger woman

An ideal nose is variable. Qualitiies of an ideal nose that plastic surgeons attempt to achieve will be different for each person. One general quality that some patients want from rhinoplasty is a smaller nose, especially the tip.This Washington DC rhinoplasty patient reported that her nasal tip was too big and droopy, especially... Read More
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Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty using dermal fillers to build the nasal bridge of a younger woman

Dermal fillers are popular nonsurgical treatments performed by the best plastic surgeons and dermatologists. Top injectors place fillers in various areas such as the lips, cheeks, chin, and eyes. Only the very top cosmetic specialists, however, have expertise in filler injection for the nose.Liquid rhinoplasty is an option to improve t... Read More
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Rhinoplasty and septoplasty to alter the form and function of the nose of a younger woman

Rhinoplasty is tailored to the specific needs of each patient. Some patients have cosmetic concerns of the nasal tip, while others may have issues with the bridge. One angle of the nose may be acceptable, while another angle may be disliked.This patient was referred to Dr. Chaboki to review rhinoplasty options. She had a deviated septu... Read More
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Revision rhinoplasty and septoplasty to improve the breathing and unnaturally narrow appearance of the nose of a younger man

Revision rhinoplasty may be minor or major and may occur anytime after the original procedure. For DC revision rhinoplasty patients, refining the tip or profile are the more common procedures requested. Some DC rhinoplasty patients unfortunately also have difficulty breathing through their nose after the initial rhinoplasty surgery.&nb... Read More
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Rhinoplasty to correct a deviated septum and to improve the nostril asymmetry of a middle-aged woman

Facial or nasal asymmetry is common and expected in everyone, but the degree of asymmetry can be worse for those Washington DC rhinoplasty patients who also have a deviated septum. The nasal septum is a wall of cartilage and bone that separates the nose into right and left passages and contributes greatly to the appearance of the nose. W... Read More
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Chin augmentation with silicone implant to balance the facial features of a younger woman

Northern Virginia plastic surgeons often assess the entire face during a cosmetic surgery consultation, not just a specific facial area. Virginia cosmetic surgery patients with a small or weak chin may benefit from chin augmentation with an implant. A silicone chin implant may be an appropriate option with rhinoplasty for some patients with "... Read More
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Closed rhinoplasty to reduce the nasal bump of a young woman

Sinus allergies are very common for patients living in Washington DC. Sinus surgery with rhinoplasty or septoplasty may be appropriate options for patients with chronic nasal congestion despite allergy treatment. Sinus surgery in patients with a deviated septum can vary from relatively minor to more complicated. Sinus surg... Read More
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Rhinoplasty with turbinate reduction to improve the breathing and nasal profile of a younger man

Improving the profile is one of the most common requests for rhinoplasty. A bump is normally made of both bone and cartilage tissue. While most nasal bumps develop naturally, some bumps are from trauma or injury.This Washington DC area man had a prior sports injury, which contributed to his nasal bump and deviated septum. In addition,... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What Is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, also called nose surgery, is a facial plastic surgery procedure that improves the appearance of the nose. Medical rhinoplasty, also called functional rhinoplasty, can be combined with cosmetic rhinoplasty to improve the patient’s ability to breathe.

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost in the Washington, DC, Metro?

The cost of rhinoplasty surgery is based on the nature of your procedure and many other factors, such as operating room costs. Every patient is different, and there’s no way to offer a concrete estimate without an in‐person consultation. A member of our staff will provide you with a written quote that reflects your specific procedure discussed with Dr. Chaboki. You can learn more about the costs associated with plastic surgery on our Fees & Financing page.

What Are the Benefits of a Closed Rhinoplasty?

Closed rhinoplasty is known as endonasal (inside the nose) rhinoplasty. Many people consider this method of rhinoplasty as incisionless as Dr. Chaboki hides incisions inside the nose. Closed rhinoplasty offers patients several advantages:

  • Avoids external scars
  • Reduces rhinoplasty swelling
  • Reduces numbness of the nose

Dr. Chaboki performs a variety of rhinoplasty procedures but specializes in and teaches other surgeons the closed rhinoplasty technique. Each patient is unique and requires a customized treatment plan, and closed scarless rhinoplasty can be used on a wide variety of patients, from the most simple to the most complex revision surgery.

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Is a Closed or Open Rhinoplasty Right for Me?

Dr. Chaboki offers his patients, who visit him from areas like Northern Virginia and Maryland, both open rhinoplasty and incisionless rhinoplasty procedures and will help determine the most appropriate method for you. Rhinoplasty, even when performed for cosmetic reasons, should avoid decreasing nasal function. It would be inappropriate to get a cosmetically improved nose if you are unable to breathe through it. For this reason, it’s important to choose a surgeon with an artistic eye and sound medical experience.

What Is Preservation Rhinoplasty?

Preservation rhinoplasty is a relatively advanced surgical technique that allows plastic surgeons to modify the nose while preserving normal anatomy as much as possible. For example, rhinoplasty surgery to reduce a bump is typically reductive, with plastic surgeons only shaving, rasping, or filing down the bump. Preservation rhinoplasty is an alternate method that pushes or lets down the bump by removing tissue under the bump itself. As a result, preservation rhinoplasty results tend to be smoother.

Closed rhinoplasty is more difficult to learn for plastic surgeons, and closed preservation rhinoplasty has an even higher learning curve for some surgeons. Dr. Chaboki is one of a few select rhinoplasty specialists in the United States who perform this type of nasal surgery.

While closed preservation rhinoplasty is more difficult for the plastic surgeon, this advanced technique has many benefits for the patient, including a smoother result and less swelling.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Healing after rhinoplasty surgery involves both short-term recovery and a longer period during which residual swelling gradually goes down. Initially, you can expect visible swelling and bruising to last about 2 weeks. Most patients return to work or school a week after the procedure. The feeling of a stuffy nose is another part of the recovery, although most patients don’t experience much discomfort. Patients use saline spray and antibiotic ointment inside the nose to promote healing and relieve these symptoms.

You can accelerate the healing process in the first week by applying cold compresses on the cheeks (not directly on the nose), keeping your head elevated while sleeping, and not blowing your nose.

Here’s a typical rhinoplasty recovery timeline:

  • First week: A majority of healing occurs during the first week after surgery. Dr. Chaboki removes the external cast after a week.
  • 2 weeks: Swelling and bruising should have diminished enough to feel comfortable going to a restaurant or other social gathering.
  • 3 months: You’ll have a good idea of the new shape and size of the nose. Most swelling in the upper third will have resolved.
  • 6 months: Almost all of the swelling resolves by this point, with the tip remaining a bit swollen.
  • 1 to 3 years: You’ll see the final shape and size of your nose.

You can resume exercise about 2 to 4 weeks after the procedure, but avoid contact sports for at least 3 to 4 months.

What Is Revision Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is considered the most difficult of all cosmetic surgery procedures by plastic surgeons. Even the “best” surgery may result in suboptimal outcomes with external irregularities or breathing difficulties. The complicated anatomy of the internal and external nose, along with variables of healing, can result in unpredictable results.

Revision rhinoplasty may be an option for patients who are seeking to refine a previous rhinoplasty surgery. Patients who have had rhinoplasty may consider another rhinoplasty at some point after the original procedure. Closed rhinoplasty may be an option in revision cases too.

Houtan Chaboki, MD

Double Board-Certified
Facial Plastic Surgeon

Houtan Chaboki, MD

Certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Chaboki has extensive knowledge of the intricacies of the face and neck. When you choose him for your procedure, you’re choosing one of the most reputable facial plastic surgeons in DC, as well as a nationwide leader in preservation rhinoplasty.

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Can Rhinoplasty Improve Breathing?

Rhinoplasty, when performed along with a nasal and sinus surgery to improve breathing, may be referred to as functional rhinoplasty or reconstructive nasal surgery. As a facial plastic surgeon in Washington, DC, Dr. Chaboki performs functional rhinoplasty to enhance nasal function with improved airflow. He has specialized training in the anatomy, physiology, and cosmetic aspect of the nose and sinuses. His expertise in both the internal and external nose can help improve both the appearance and function of the nose at the same time.

Can Rhinoplasty Be Combined With Other Procedures?

Yes, Dr. Chaboki often combines rhinoplasty with other cosmetic procedures of the face, surgical or nonsurgical, for enhanced results. Popular options include:

  • Chin augmentation to build out a weak chin and balance the profile.
  • Facelift to rejuvenate the lower 2/3 of the face.
  • Eyelid surgery to reduce sagging eyelid skin and pockets of fat.
  • Neck lift to tighten lax, crepey skin and pronounced vertical neckbands.
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic to smooth away lines and creases around the eyes, between the eyebrows, and across the forehead.
  • Dermal fillers to fill in tear troughs and dark circles under the eyes.

We want you to look and feel your best, so we’ll discuss your cosmetic options with you during your initial consultation.

Are There Nonsurgical Alternatives to Cosmetic Rhinoplasty?

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty, also referred to as liquid rhinoplasty, is a quick procedure performed in the office via awake, local anesthesia and requires little to no downtime. Dermal fillers are soft gels that are injected into the nose to temporarily change the shape of your nose without surgery. Dr. Chaboki is a facial plastic surgery specialist who understands how combining facial filler and BOTOX Cosmetic injections can reshape the nose using only local anesthesia. For example, injections made in precise locations can camouflage a bump without surgery.

Both patients considering a nose job for the first time or those seeking revision rhinoplasty may possibly benefit from nonsurgical rhinoplasty. Some patients may also “test drive” a new nose with nonsurgical rhinoplasty prior to surgery. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty, however, is not a replacement for surgery, and permanent results still require surgery.

Rhinoplasty FAQs

Is a rhinoplasty considered major surgery?

While rhinoplasty is a commonly performed facial plastic surgery procedure, it is highly complex and requires a surgeon who has extensive training and experience for optimal safety and results. As a board-certified otolaryngologist and a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Chaboki has the credentials needed to give patients the results they desire with both cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty.

How painful is rhinoplasty?

Dr. Chaboki performs cosmetic nasal surgery with the patient under a general anesthetic, so you’ll be asleep during the procedure. You may experience some discomfort during the initial recovery period, but most rhinoplasty patients are able to manage their pain with over-the-counter medication.

Are rhinoplasty results permanent?

Yes, rhinoplasty results last indefinitely—if there is no trauma to the nose. The aging process will continue, but it typically doesn’t have a noticeable impact on the nose.

What’s the best age for a nose job?

In general, rhinoplasty patients should be between ages 18 and 40 to attain optimal results. It’s important for young patients to have a fully developed facial structure. Patients over 40 tend to heal slower than younger patients; however, there is no upper age limit for rhinoplasty.

How old do you have to be to get a nose job?

As mentioned in the above answer, it’s important that your nose is fully developed before undergoing rhinoplasty. Girls’ noses tend to develop earlier than boys’, so they can schedule surgery when they’re 15 or 16 (with parents’ consent). Boys should wait until they’re 17 or 18 to get rhinoplasty.

Is a surgical or nonsurgical rhinoplasty better?

In most cases, surgical rhinoplasty provides more satisfying results than the nonsurgical version. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is mainly effective for altering the nasal bridge or tip, while more significant improvements can be accomplished with surgery. The cost is higher with surgery and recovery time is required; however, results last indefinitely.

Can I have a nonsurgical nose job if I’m thinking of getting a real rhinoplasty later?

Try to avoid any nonsurgical rhinoplasty before traditional cosmetic nasal surgery. Nasal injections may have complications or side effects that may interfere with future cosmetic rhinoplasty. Scar tissue may form and nasal cartilage may be altered with any procedure, even nonsurgical rhinoplasty. Some residual injected material may still be present in the nasal tissue long after the initial treatment, which may interfere with rhinoplasty surgery. 

Can septoplasty or functional nasal surgery be combined with cosmetic rhinoplasty?

Yes. Combining septoplasty with rhinoplasty is beneficial for several reasons. First, by combining surgery, insurance may cover a portion of the procedure, and you may save money on fees. Secondly, cartilage modified from the nasal septum during the septoplasty may be used for grafts during the rhinoplasty. Dr. Chaboki may need to obtain cartilage from your ear or rib for grafts, if you have already had deviated septum surgery, since cartilage from the septum would not be available. Lastly, the recovery process following surgery would only be once, and you minimize downtime by avoiding two separate procedures. 

Does a deviated septum affect the appearance of the nose?

The nasal septum is the foundation of the nose and contributes to its appearance. Deviated septums are very common. However, most patients are not aware of having a deviated septum, as their external nose is symmetric. A deviated septum may present itself on the external nose as a big or large nose, crooked or twisted nose, a overprojected nasal tip, a rounded nasal tip, or a hump. 

What is functional rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, plastic surgery to reshape the nose, when perfomed along with a septoplasty, turbinate surgery, or sinus surgery is often called functional rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty. This type of rhinoplasty is performed primarily to restore nasal function of breathing and airflow. Surgery may be performed on various components of the internal and external nose to improve nasal breathing: nostrils, lower nasal tip cartilage, septum, upper nasal cartilage, turbinates, sinuses, and nasal bones. Each one of these areas can contribute to difficulty breathing through the nose and may need to be addressed separately or together to get the best possible results. Dr. Chaboki has specialized training in the anatomy, physiology, and cosmetic aspect of the nose. His expertise on both the internal and external nose will help treat your sinus nasal symptoms of allergy, nasal obstruction, snoring, nasal congestion, sinusitis, and post nasal drip. He performs minimally invasive rhinoplasty, functional rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, septoplasty, deviated septum surgery, turbinate reduction surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. 

What is endonasal rhinoplasty?

Also known as closed or incisionless rhinoplasty, it’s a rhinoplasty approach that uses no external incisions. This surgical approach may be applied from the most simple to the most difficult revision rhinoplasty cases. There is also less swelling and nasal numbness too, as compared to the open rhinoplasty approach. Any surgical approach for rhinoplasty should be specific to the particular patient and surgeon. Dr. Chaboki performs all methods of rhinoplasty, but primarily endonasal nasal surgery and will determine if endonasal rhinoplasty is right for you. 

  • No external incisions 
  • Less swelling
  • Less numbness 

When can I resume regular exercise after rhinoplasty?

Strenuous activities or exercise after plastic surgery will increase the risk of bleeding, swelling, and bruising, until an appropriate healing time has been allowed. This restriction during the recovery period varies based on the operation performed and patient’s medical condition. Light activities, such as slow walking, may be performed soon after anesthesia. Heavy activity, such as aerobics, yoga, cycling, running, heavy lifting, or similar vigorous activities, is allowed after 2 weeks from the procedure. Contact sports are generally allowed after 6 weeks from surgery. 

Will I need time off work after rhinoplasty?

Most patients plan at least one week off from work. A longer period of recovery may be necessary for combined procedures. 

Will smoking affect my recovery after rhinoplasty?

Smoking adversely affects your recovery. One may develop pneumonia, and treated areas don’t heal as well or may become infected. The blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the tissues shrink up and prevent the necessary healing of the area. Patients must stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks prior to surgery to decrease the risk of these complications, and continue smoking cessation after the procedure. 

Does insurance cover rhinoplasty?

Dr. Chaboki provides the finest in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery at affordable prices, and participates with most insurance plans. Plastic surgery covers a broad area of medicine, which includes both reconstructive procedures and cosmetic procedures. If your procedure is medically indicated, some portion of the cost may be covered. The office accepts insurance in applicable cases and will, if you wish, contact your insurance company to find out if your procedure will be covered. Insurance coverage varies greatly for patients, however, rhinoplasty may be partially or fully covered. 

To discuss your goals for cosmetic facial surgery and the areas that you would like to improve, request a consultation with Dr. Chaboki online or call his office at (202) 800-2085. Women and men visit him for complex rhinoplasty procedures from Arlington, VA; Silver Spring, MD; and throughout the Washington, DC, metro area.

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