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See Your Rhinoplasty Results Before Surgery!

Because it is centrally located on the face, the nose is one of the most noticeable features of a person’s appearance. When people are unhappy with the size or shape of their nose, they typically desire nose surgery, often referred to as rhinoplasty, to improve their overall facial balance. Many people considering rhinoplasty wonder what their nose would look like if they had nasal surgery. While looking at before-and-after photos can give you a general idea of what results you can expect, advancements in technology have allowed for better ways to view the outcome of your procedure before you undergo surgery. At Mesbahi Plastic Surgery, we offer our patients innovative Vectra® 3D Imaging to accurately simulate what their results will look like prior to their procedure.

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How Does VECTRA® 3D Imaging Work?

The Vectra® 3D Imaging process is quick and efficient:

  • Patients stand in front of the simulator while the system takes pictures of their nose. Several images are taken from a variety of angles to construct a three-dimensional picture of your face. 
  • Any concerns with your nose are identified, and Dr. Mesbahi recommends a treatment plan. The techniques intended to correct the issues are communicated and entered into the system.
  • Specialized software is applied to create a postoperative visual simulation by altering the images to reveal your rhinoplasty results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any pain associated with VECTRA® 3D Imaging?

No pain is involved with the imaging system. VECTRA® 3D Imaging takes digital photos of your nose for an accurate representation of your expected results.

How closely do the simulated results match the actual outcome?

Although the physical results of your rhinoplasty may vary slightly, the images from the Vectra® 3D Imaging system are typically very similar to what you can expect after your surgery.

Selecting Your Surgeon

Due to the complexity of rhinoplasty, it is imperative that patients choose the right surgeon to perform their procedure and ensure that the desired results are achieved. 

Board Certification

Before deciding to undergo any plastic surgery procedure, you should check to see if the surgeon is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Being board certified means that the surgeon has gone through extensive training and testing, and has been evaluated by a panel of doctors who are already certified. The American Board of Medical Specialties does not recognize some boards, so doing some research can help you avoid potential risks.


Many patients decide to proceed with the least expensive surgeon possible, and some are willing to travel long distances to save money on their surgery. These decisions often lead to dissatisfaction and revision surgery later, which ends up costing more in the long run. An experienced, well-credentialed surgeon is not likely to be the least expensive option. Your nose is an important part of your appearance and should be cared for by an expert with proven results and experience, who uses advanced technology in a safe, clean environment. You should consider investing in the right surgeon to significantly reduce the risk of complications and undesirable results.


To learn more about the Vectra® 3D Imaging system or rhinoplasty, please call (703) 287-8277 to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Alex Mesbahi today.

Benefits of a Mommy Makeover

Pregnancy, for many women, is among the most memorable experiences of their lives. The ability to carry and bring a child into this world is one of the most beautiful processes a woman can go through. But the effects of such an impressive feat can often take a toll on the body. 

Some women may feel unsatisfied with their bodies even years after they have given birth. Many struggle with extra pounds and saggy skin, and despite exercise and diet, cannot seem to get their pre-baby shape back. A Mommy Makeover can help target those problem areas for a tightened, defined shape. 

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Mommy Makeover: What It Does

A Mommy Makeover is a combination of surgical procedures that can help tighten and lift body contours to produce a more defined shape. Dr. Mesbahi performs Mommy Makeovers that incorporate procedures such as: 

Breast Lift: This procedure lifts and raises breast tissue while also removing excess skin for a more youthful appearance. This is especially helpful after pregnancy or breastfeeding have changed the size and shape of the breasts. 

Breast Augmentation: Implants can be used to augment and improve the size and shape of breasts. 

Breast Reduction: This procedure helps reduce breast size and volume and improves breast shape. A breast reduction can often help reduce back pain caused by heavy breasts, along with giving breasts a more youthful look.

Liposuction: This procedure can be used to get rid of excess fat along the stomach, thighs, buttocks, or any other areas of the body. 

Tummy Tuck: Also referred to as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is used to flatten and tighten tissue around the midsection. A tummy tuck can help address the lower “pooch” of excess fat that can develop after pregnancy, while also removing some of the excess skin and stretch marks in the area.  

These procedures can be customized to address each patient’s unique needs and concerns. Dr. Mesbahi will closely examine your body shape and areas of concern to come up with a Mommy Makeover that gets you the body you want. 


Mommy Makeover Candidates

The best candidates for a Mommy Makeover are in good general health, already at or close to their ideal body weight, have good skin elasticity, and have realistic expectations for their final results. Candidates should also be finished having children. Additional pregnancies after a Mommy Makeover will undo the results of your procedures.

Mommy Makeover Results and Recovery

Recovery from a Mommy Makeover varies from patient to patient and depends on the combination of procedures used. Patients are typically looking at several weeks of recovery time. You will be given instructions on incision care, medications for pain or discomfort, and compression bandages to help with healing. 

Results may not be apparent for a few weeks or even months as the initial swelling after surgery subsides, but should soon be noticeable. Women who have a Mommy Makeover are left with a flatter stomach, more youthful-looking breasts, and a smoother and tighter overall body contour. There may be some scars from incision areas, but for most women, a Mommy Makeover leads to a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance that makes it all worthwhile. 


Interested in seeing what a Mommy Makeover can do for you? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mesbahi by calling our office at 703-287-8277.