Nose reshaping, or rhinoplasty, procedures are for those patients whose nose—by birth, accident, or disease—is outside the range of normal-looking. The patient finds that not only does the procedure enhance overall facial appearance, it also helps those patients with breathing problems due to nasal deformity. Rhinoplasty procedures are often combined with a chin implant to create a more balanced profile.

Who is a Candidate for Nose Reshaping?

If you have a nose that is cosmetically unattractive or does not “fit” with other facial features, you may be eligible for rhinoplasty. Newport News, Hampton Roads, and other local area patients have had their lives concretely and positively impacted by the elimination of a nose problem that has been troubling them since childhood. Rhinoplasty may also be indicated for abnormal appearance of the nose as a result of birth defects, injury, or disease.

Nose reshaping is intended to produce a more attractive nasal shape and/or a nose in better proportion to other facial features.

About Nose Reshaping

Rhinoplasty is done on an outpatient basis under sedation, and local or general anesthesia. There are several types of rhinoplasty:

  • STANDARD RHINOPLASTY: Incisions are made inside the nostrils. The nasal bones, cartilage, and soft tissues are reshaped to improve the external contour.
  • OPEN RHINOPLASTY: Frequently used for difficult or larger noses, it involves one external incision across the columella (the strut between the nostrils). Bones, cartilage, and soft tissues are reshaped under direct vision.
  • TIP PLASTY: If only the nasal tip is abnormal, it may be corrected with either a standard or external (open) approach.

Large nostrils may be reduced through tiny incisions at the outer base of the nostrils with either type of rhinoplasty.

The patient goes home with an external cast or splint in place. The nose may be packed for 24 to 48 hours. The cast or splint is usually removed in 7 to 10 days. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. The majority of swelling and bruising subsides progressively over 2 to 4 weeks. External sutures (if any) are removed in 4 to 6 days. Internal sutures will dissolve.

The semi-final result of a nose reshaping procedure is evident in 3 months. The final result is evident in 12 to 14 months.

Payment for Plastic Surgery

Rhinoplasty in Newport News is not covered by insurance if being done for cosmetic reasons. If however, the nasal deformity is due to recent injury, insurance coverage may be available. Pre-authorization information can be obtained from your insurance company. Our patient counselors can help you with your financial arrangements, including financing.


The specific risks and the suitability of nose reshaping for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual with rhinoplasty. Newport News, Williamsburg, Hampton Roads, and other local area patients can meet with a highly qualified surgeon at Plastic Surgery Center and discuss their options before making any decisions.

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