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Will Rhinoplasty Surgery Make Your Nose Appear Smaller?

By: Austin-Weston


With the nose being one of the most prominent and influential facial features – as well as one of the only parts of our body that never stops growing – it is no wonder millions of men and women turn to cosmetic surgery to get a smaller nose. However, rhinoplasty can also be a life-changing solution for patients with different concerns, both cosmetic and functional. In fact, some men and women actually want to increase the size of their nose to create better proportions across their faces. In any of these cases, rhinoplasty may be a fantastic option.

The award-winning team of plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery has performed thousands of successful Northern Virginia rhinoplasty procedures and has extensive experience in even the most complex and sensitive nasal surgery techniques. Regardless of your reason for pursuing nose surgery, make sure you know what to expect and what results may be possible for you, including how your nose may change in the days, weeks, and years after rhinoplasty.

What does rhinoplasty do?

The possibilities with rhinoplasty surgery are virtually endless, but the specific improvements you may achieve will depend on the nature of your concerns, your personal goals, the surgeon’s technique, and others. For example, the benefits of cosmetic rhinoplasty can help men and women who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose, while functional rhinoplasty may dramatically improve a patient’s ability to breathe comfortably. In some cases, rhinoplasty patients experience enhanced form and function as a result of the procedure. Some of the concerns that most frequently lead patients to consider rhinoplasty in Northern Virginia include:

  • Nose is too large
  • Nose is too narrow
  • Nose is too wide
  • Female nose looks too masculine
  • Crooked nose
  • Bump or hump in bridge of nose
  • “Pig nose” (upturned nose)
  • Hooked nose
  • Deviated septum
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Large or small nostrils
  • Unhappy with nose overall

Will rhinoplasty change the size of my nose?

The majority of cosmetic rhinoplasty procedures result in some amount of change to the size, shape, and other features of your nose. However, each nose surgery at Austin-Weston is customized to match the patient’s specific needs, meaning our skilled plastic surgeons can address your personal concerns and make enhancements that meet your particular goals. If you are interested in decreasing the size of your nose, your surgeon may include cartilage removal or bony structure reduction in your surgical plan. For patients who may want to increase the size of their nose or even out its contour, cartilage grafting may be utilized. Finally, patients with a crooked nose, asymmetric nostrils, or other more isolated concerns can often achieve their ideal outcome without actually changing the overall size of the nose. During your initial consultation, don’t hesitate to discuss with your surgeon how you do or don’t want rhinoplasty to affect the size, shape, or other features of your nose.

What will my nose look like during rhinoplasty recovery?

Almost immediately after rhinoplasty surgery, there will be some level of bruising and discomfort. More important, however, patients should expect to be swollen. The swelling after rhinoplasty can make it difficult to discern the enhancements that were made during surgery. For patients with concerns about their nose being too large, postsurgical swelling can understandably be discouraging. However, rest assured that once the swelling resolves, which can take several weeks, you will begin to see your gorgeous new nose taking shape. The final outcome may take up to six months or longer to fully develop as the residual swelling subsides and the tissues heal and settle completely.

Soften your look and get the nose you were meant to have with life-changing rhinoplasty in Reston, VA

For countless men and women, rhinoplasty is a solution to a lifetime of being unhappy with their nose. Whether you want a bigger nose, smaller nose, more feminine nose, or a nose that allows you to breathe more comfortably, the internationally recognized team of plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery are here to help. Call us to schedule your private in-office or virtual consultation today, and discover how Reston, VA rhinoplasty surgery can finally give you a natural, stunning look you can feel comfortable and confident about!


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