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When you’re unhappy with your nose, it’s difficult to feel good about your facial appearance. At Dr. Charles Virden’s practice in Reno, rhinoplasty is used to reshape and resize the nose so that it is in better proportion and harmony with other facial features. He performs this procedure for individuals who want a more refined look, or for those who suffer from breathing problems.
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Rhinoplasty requires a high level of skill, artistry, and experience to achieve great results. If you’re serious about improving your image, we invite you to meet with Dr. Virden for a complete evaluation. Request a consultation online now, or schedule an appointment by calling (775) 348-9798.
Reshaping the nose is very complicated. The challenge is to meet realistic goals in a very artistic, conservative way. Delicate refinements are essential so as not to change someone’s appearance too much.
—Charles P. Virden, MD
About the Procedure
Rhinoplasty from Reno board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Virden can change the shape of the nose – whether it appears too large for your face, has a bump on the bridge, or is off-center or crooked. Traditionally, a “nose job” was performed only to correct major problems. However, recent surgical innovations allow for more moderate improvements as well. Nose surgery provides better facial balance and improves your overall appearance, but it can also be used to correct breathing. Rhinoplasty can also be combined with ear surgery or facial implants for those who want additional enhancements.
With hundreds of thousands of nose surgeries performed each year, rhinoplasty is considered one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. The results are unique to each individual and depend on factors such as skin condition and thickness, nasal and facial structure, genetic conditions, and age. Therefore, it’s important to choose a surgeon like Dr. Virden who has a complete understanding of facial anatomy and is sensitive to issues concerning skin type, quality, ethnicity, and your goals.
Reasons for Considering Rhinoplasty
- Bringing better proportion to the nose and facial features
- Reducing the size of a nose that is too large or too wide
- Correcting an overly arched or “Roman” nose
- Re-forming a crooked or elongated nasal tip
- Restoring the nose if damaged from accident or injury
- Helping with breathing problems
- Treating nasal deformities caused at birth
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Charles P. Virden has the credentials you can trust and the experience you need for the results you want.
When you want quality, safety, and excellence in plastic surgery, Reno plastic surgeon Dr. Charles P. Virden delivers.
Dr. Virden’s Rhinoplasty Procedure
Dr. Virden’s rhinoplasty procedure lasts from 1 to 3 hours and can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending upon the complexity of the operation.
Tiny incisions are first made to access the underlying nasal structure. Once the skin is opened, cartilage and bone are reshaped to form your new look. Two basic rhinoplasty techniques can be used: “open” or “closed”. The open technique allows for maximum visibility and control over the procedure. The incision used in the open technique is placed in-between the nostrils on the columella (the medial nostril strip). In the closed technique, the incisions are internal and heal faster, however, there is less surgical control over the outcome. Dr. Virden will discuss which technique is best during your initial consultation.
Generally, Dr. Virden recommends plenty of rest and minimal activity after rhinoplasty. Some swelling may be noticed but should disappear within a few weeks. A splint, bandages, and/or gauze are applied immediately after surgery to minimize movement and aid in the healing process. Patients must refrain from smoking for several weeks before and after the surgery. In addition, any corrective glasses that are worn must be taped up and off the nose.
The nose will need to be well-protected from the sun for the first year after surgery. Patients sometimes report minor pain after rhinoplasty, but this can be effectively treated with oral medication and/or cold compresses. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk of potential problems by carefully following the post-surgical directions given by Dr. Virden.