Rhinoplasty in Baltimore, MD
The nose plays a central role in the balance and aesthetics of the face. Rhinoplasty is performed to reshape or augment the appearance of the nose. Rhinoplasty may also be performed to improve the function of the nose; to allow for improved nasal breathing. Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Samuel Hahn of the Maryland Center for Facial Plastic Surgery performs rhinoplasty for patients throughout the Baltimore, Towson, Columbia, and surrounding communities.
What is a Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a nose job, is a surgical procedure performed to enhance the appearance of the nose. The nose is composed of intricately connected bony and cartilaginous structures. Rhinoplasty reshapes or augments these structures to create a nose that appears natural and balanced with the rest of the face. The nose also serves an important function in respiration and changes to the the nose through injuries or accidents can result in impaired breathing. Rhinoplasty may provide lasting relief to your nasal obstruction by correcting the anatomic defects that are affecting your breathing.
What are the Benefits of a Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty can be performed to reshape the nose to improve appearance and nasal breathing. There are numerous benefits of rhinoplasty including:
- Remove a prominent hump
- Improve nasal symmetry
- Refine the tip of the nose
- Straighten the nose
- Improve nasal breathing
Revision rhinoplasty refers to surgical correction of any asymmetries or problems resulting from a previous rhinoplasty. Additionally, many patients seek revision rhinoplasty because their prior nasal surgery resulted in compromised nasal breathing. The size and shape of the nose is closely related to its functional ability, and nasal obstruction is frequently encountered along with aesthetically displeasing results.
Nasal breathing can be affected by blockage of the nasal passage from the cartilaginous, bony, and soft tissue structures of the nose. Functional rhinoplasty is performed to primarily to improve nasal respiration by addressing deviation of the nasal septum, narrowed nasal valves, or weakened nasal cartilages. A complete examination of all of these factors will help determine if functional rhinoplasty will help your breathing concerns. Areas of weakness or obstruction can be augmented or restructured to greatly improve your nasal breathing. Functional rhinoplasty may be performed in conjunction with cosmetic rhinoplasty if additional changes to the nasal appearance is desired.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty or “liquid” rhinoplasty can be performed in certain circumstances. Small changes in nasal asymmetry or contour irregularities can be treated with non-surgical rhinoplasty techniques. During your consultation, Dr. Hahn will walk you through the treatment and can evaluate if you are a candidate for non-surgical rhinoplasty.
How is a Rhinoplasty Performed?
Rhinoplasty can be performed through a closed or open approach. The technique utilized will depend on the extent of bony and cartilaginous work that will need to be performed. The incisions for a closed approach are hidden within the nasal cavity. An open approach requires an additional small incision at the base of the nose which is often imperceptible when healed. Through these incisions, the cartilage and bone can be reshaped and supported to provide the desired aesthetic and functional results.
Am I A Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
If you are unhappy with the shape or size of your nose, have difficulty breathing through your nose, or have concerns regarding your nasal appearance, you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty. Most important is your personal goals and desires. If you think you are a good candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Samuel Hahn of Maryland Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. During this consultation, Dr. Hahn will walk you through the treatment and explain the process.
How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?
There are numerous factors that go into the cost of the rhinoplasty procedure. This will depend on the amount of work to be done, if it is a revision procedure, if additional grafts need to be utilized, and if there is a functional or breathing component that insurance covers. Anesthesia and facility fees are also a component of the total cost, but may be partially covered by insurance. During your consultation with Dr. Hahn, we will provide you with a clear breakdown of costs and explain your payment options.
Dr. Samuel Hahn works with each patient to determine the best personalized treatment plan to achieve natural-looking results. Men and women in the Baltimore, Towson, and Columbia communities trust Maryland Center for Facial Plastic Surgery for their rhinoplasty procedure. If you are interested, please contact us today to schedule your personal consultation.