Rhinoplasty FAQ

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Patients at our Virginia Beach practice typically arrive at their rhinoplasty consultations with many specific questions for Dr. Thomas Hubbard. Through his years of experience, Dr. Hubbard recognizes there are some common questions asked by most of his patients. This page includes many of those to help you prepare for your consultation.

As a rhinoplasty specialist recognized nationally for his nose surgery expertise, Dr. Hubbard is the choice of rhinoplasty patients from Norfolk and throughout the Eastern Seaboard. You can request a consultation using our online form or call our office at (757) 687-1900 to schedule an appointment.

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This 18-year-old woman asked Dr. Hubbard to correct the dorsal hump on the bridge of her nose. Her surgery require specialized surgical techniques that sets Dr. Hubbard apart from other plastic surgeons. View our photo gallery to see the kinds of results Dr. Hubbard consistently creates for his patients.

Common Rhinoplasty Questions

When will I see the results of rhinoplasty surgery?

The vast majority of rhinoplasty patients see many of their exciting changes as soon as the splint is removed, 7 days after surgery. Other more subtle refinements begin to appear over the next few weeks. The full results of rhinoplasty emerge gradually as the residual 20% of swelling resolves. It can take 6 months to see the more subtle improvements and even a year to see the final results.

Is it possible to combine rhinoplasty with other cosmetic procedures?

Dr. Hubbard often combines rhinoplasty with other facial cosmetic procedures such as fat grafting, chin implant or eyelid surgery. Dr. Hubbard can talk to you about a comprehensive approach that addresses each of your goals during your consultation.

Why is revision rhinoplasty often more difficult?

There are several reasons that revision rhinoplasty may be more difficult than your initial rhinoplasty. . Previous surgery can leave considerable scar tissue in multiple areas, changing the character of the structures. There has almost always been excessive weakening or removal of cartilage and bone removed in outdated methods that are unfortunately still used today. Often, cartilage must be replaced to overcome the weakness and possible collapse that may have resulted from these antiquated rhinoplasty techniques. Modern methods are more predictable and actually more natural in appearance. The goal is a more attractive nose that does not reveal any signs of prior surgery.

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Dr. Hubbard is an authority on rhinoplasty, and has authored textbooks, articles, and presented extensively on the subject.

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Are there scars after rhinoplasty?

The incisions made during rhinoplasty are either hidden inside the nose or on the thin strip of skin that separates the nostrils (called the columella). It is a tiny incision, and the resulting scar is almost imperceptible.

Can rhinoplasty help improve breathing through my nose?

Nose surgery to improve breathing is absolutely possible and is often called functional rhinoplasty. Dr. Hubbard uses specialized techniques during rhinoplasty that can improve breathing. Septoplasty and internal and external valve surgery are common procedures that are often combined with cosmetic maneuvers to correct a deviated septum, which can cause breathing problems. Another common procedure shrinks swollen turbinates that can obstruct the airways.

Do you use computer imaging during the consultation?

Yes, by applying sophisticated computer software on a patient's digital photo, Dr. Hubbard can effectively demonstrate the potential changes created through surgery. Computer imaging is an extremely valuable communication tool Dr. Hubbard uses to help his patients provide feedback as part of the collaboration that's so important to creating a customized surgical plan. Not all views can be seen on the computer and the computer cannot show the exact surgical result. However, the vast majority of patients find this visual imaging not only reassuring, but extremely valuable in decision making. Since no two rhinoplasties are the same, a detailed plan prior to surgery is always necessary.

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