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Rhinoplasty

As the central feature of your face, your nose can integrate beautifully with your other features or draw immediate attention. Corrective nose surgery, technically called rhinoplasty, can improve the way the nose looks and functions. Board-certified plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist (head-neck surgeon) Dr. Thomas Hubbard is a recognized authority on rhinoplasty in Virginia Beach. He understands how to give you an attractive nose that integrates harmoniously with your face.

Choose Dr. Thomas Hubbard, a highly experienced rhinoplasty specialist, for your nose. Request a consultation online or contact our office by calling (757) 687-1900.

Before & After Rhinoplasty

Before After
Before After

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Is Rhinoplasty for Me?

Rhinoplasty can help you look more attractive by changing the shape and size of your nose. It can also benefit those who have difficulty breathing. Dr. Hubbard is experienced in correcting a diversity of concerns and noses. Women and men visit him in Virginia Beach for rhinoplasty to improve one or more of the following conditions:

"I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with my beautiful new nose! I have wanted rhinoplasty my whole life but was afraid to do it. Dr. Hubbard was recommended to me by another local plastic surgeon. When I found out that Dr. Hubbard used to practice as an E.N.T physician, I felt more confident about him doing my surgery. My decision was the right one. ... Dr. Hubbard is obviously the best surgeon and the most knowledgeable in our area for not only rhinoplasty but any cosmetic procedure as well. I would not trust anyone else to perform cosmetic surgery on me, especially for my face."

— Rhinoplasty patient
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Your Rhinoplasty Consultation

When you meet with Dr. Hubbard, he will:

  • Listen to your concerns
  • Examine the outside and inside of your nose
  • Assess your facial anatomy and breathing
  • Simulate possible results through computer imaging

Dr. Hubbard also offers virtual consultations for out-of-town patients.

Dr. Hubbard developed his expertise in rhinoplasty through 2 residencies; one in ear, nose, and throat care and the other in plastic surgery. He also has specialized in rhinoplasty in private practice over the past 2 decades. Since 2000, Dr. Hubbard has given national presentations on nose surgery and has published textbook chapters on rhinoplasty. The art of rhinoplasty has become his passion and has earned him the respect of his colleagues nationwide.

Dr. Hubbard has published extensively on both cosmetic and functional nose surgery. His surgical theories, details, and techniques are published in both books and journals, including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the most prestigious national and international journal of his specialty.

Dr. Hubbard has completed updated chapters for the second edition of Dallas Rhinoplasty: Nasal Surgery by the Masters, one of the most authoritative texts in modern rhinoplasty.

Read more about Dr. Hubbard's experience in My Journey in Rhinoplasty.

About the Procedure

Rhinoplasty methods are as varied as the individual's needs. Rhinoplasty surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure with general anesthesia. Incisions are placed inside the nose, occasionally across the skin between the nostrils, and on the edge of the nostril if nostril reshaping is designated. Frequently septoplasty (treatment of the septum) is involved. Performing surgery on the turbinates (projections on the sidewalls of the nasal passage) can improve breathing.

Recovery After Rhinoplasty

Patients can return to work in about a week. If packing is placed inside the nostrils, it is usually minimal and removed the next day. Internal sutures dissolve, and external ones are mostly removed in 4 to 7 days. Patients wear an external splint for 1 week.

Postoperative discomfort is easily managed with oral medication. Some bruising and swelling may result, but most bruising fades after 2 weeks. About 20% of swelling may persist for 4 to 6 months with a smaller percentage resolving in up to a year.

Rhinoplasty Questions

Here are answers to some of the most common questions Dr. Hubbard is asked about rhinoplasty.

What makes rhinoplasty so complex?

Rhinoplasty involves surgically sculpting the nose while simultaneously maintaining or improving breathing. The procedure demands great precision. The nose is the most complex structure addressed in plastic surgery, and there are many hundreds of surgical maneuvers available for the nose. The structures manipulated are among the most delicate tissues of the face. The variations in the shape of a person's nose are some of the most extreme in the body.

What's more, each patient has unique desires and needs. Only with a passion for this type of surgery and extensive training and experience can these challenges be met.

Is rhinoplasty covered by insurance?

In the case of true medical conditions such as a deviated septum, some insurance policies may cover part or all of the procedure.

With rhinoplasty, should I expect pain after surgery?

While it's not unusual to have swelling and bruising after rhinoplasty, related discomfort is typically in the form of feeling "stuffed up" instead of pain.

I had rhinoplasty by another surgeon and am unhappy with my results. What should I do?

Dr. Hubbard regularly performs revision rhinoplasty to correct unsatisfying results. In most cases, he recommends waiting 6 months to a year after the previous procedure.

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