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Dr. Alidad Arabshahi, MD

Dr. Arabshahi is a native of New Jersey and a Trinity College alumnus where he was inducted to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He completed his medical training at George Washington University in 1998 where he was also elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He completed his Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery training at the University of Maryland in 2003. He co-founded Potomac Ear, Nose & Throat in 2004, and has since retired from here. He is now fully committed to providing patients with unmatched rhinoplasty care at Nova Rhinoplasty, an affiliate of Diba MedSpa, and practicing at SomnoSleep Consultants LLC. 

Dr. Arabshahi is a board certified physician by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is also certified in Sleep Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.  The combination of these trainings and certifications uniquely enable Dr. Arabshahi to offer a complete and holistic approach to patient nasal and sinus issues.  Thus, Dr. Arabshahi approaches every rhinoplasty as both a cosmetic and a functional process, alleviating nasal and sinus complications while creating a beautifully harmonious balance to the nose.  Dr. Arabshahi has since furthered his education by completing the Executive Master of Business Administration program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  He has been recognized as a Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top Doctor annually for over a decade, and has been honored as a Washingtonian Top Doctor and a Castle Connolly Top Doctor year after year. He has also received many Vital’s Patient’s Choice and Compassionate Doctors awards.

In the past, in addition to being one of the partner physicians at Potomac ENT, where he enjoyed treating both kids and adults in the full range of ear, nose, and throat disorders including facial plastic surgery, sinusitis, hearing disorders, dizziness, thyroid problems, and pediatric disorders, Dr. Arabshahi served as a featured physician at both Potomac View Surgery Center and The Centers for Advanced ENT Care, LLC. He also previously served as the chair of the department of surgery at Sentara Northern Virginia Hospital from 2012-2014.

Dr. Arabshahi and his wife, Dornaz, live in McLean, VA. Outside of medicine he enjoys world travel and boating. He is a huge soccer fanatic. He cheers for Liverpool and he’s been to the World Cups in Brazil, South Africa, Germany and the United States.

-Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology
-Subspecialty certified in Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Otolaryngology
-Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy
-Vice-Chairman of the Board for the Centers for Advanced ENT Care

-Former Chair of the Department of Surgery at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center 

-Board Member of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians

  • Undergraduate – Trinity College
  • Medical School – George Washington University, 1998
  • Residency – University of Maryland, 2003
  • Languages Spoken – English, Spanish, and Farsi
  • Hospital Affiliations – Sentara Northern Virginia Hospital, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, and Stafford Hospital
  • Rhinoplasty Surgical Centers — Potomac View Surgery Center (Primary)
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general questions About Rhinoplasties

Frequently Asked Questions

A rhinoplasty, commonly called a “nose job,” is a cosmetic surgical procedure of the nose done to improve appearance and/or to rectify functional challenges.  Since the nose is a central facial feature, even minor corrections can drastically impact the appearance of the face.  Dr. Arabshahi performs rhinoplasties with the goal of harmonizing the nose to the individual patient’s face.

Patients undergo rhinoplasties for a vast variety of different reasons.  Some of the more common reasons to seek a rhinoplasty include:

  • Modification of the size or shape of the nose
  • Correction of a hump or dent in the nose
  • Establishment of symmetry of the nose
  • Improvement of the appearance of the nostrils and nasal tip
  • Correction of a deviated septum or underlying nasal structures
  • Improvement of breathing through the nose
  • Fixing of the nose after trauma

The coverage of a rhinoplasty largely depends on your specific insurance provider and plan type.  Generally-speaking, medical insurance does not cover nasal reshaping undergone for purely cosmetic reasons alone. However, medical insurance may cover turbinoplasties, septoplasties, and other rhinoplasty surgeries done for correcting structural and functional problems of the nose. When cosmetic and functional procedures are both combined, medical insurance may cover a portion of the overall surgery cost. 


While the public commonly associates rhinoplasties as a strictly cosmetic endeavor, the truth is that there are many functional reason for why a patient may seek a rhinoplasty.

One common functional reason for a rhinoplasty is to address breathing issues.  A deviated septum or other structural issue, for example, caused naturally or by trauma, may result in ongoing nasal discomfort plus breathing challenges.  Recurring sinus infections, congestion, headaches, nosebleeds, and difficulty sleeping are some symptoms that may result from this.

As a renowned and award-winning ENT surgron, Dr. Arabshahi will surgically correct the functional issues with your nose to minimize or eliminate any of your symptoms and breathing challenges so that you can get better, more restful and rejuvenating sleep.  

Dr. Arabshahi’s philosophy is that each and every patient is unique, with a unique nose, and a unique face to which the nose must harmonize with. Thus every rhinoplasty Dr. Arabshahi performs is likewise a unique and customized experience for the patient. Opposed to the one-size-fits-all philosophy, Dr. Arabshahi partners with you to explore the uniqueness of your appearance and how your post-surgical nose would ideally fit your face and highlight its unique beauty. 


Dr. Arabshahi performs rhinoplasties in established outpatient surgical centers or hospital operating rooms throughout Northern Virginia, location being dependent on when you would like to schedule your surgery. 

The rhinoplasty itself typically takes less than two hours and is performed under general anesthesia, or under local anesthesia with sedation. You should plan to have someone drive you home after surgery. 

While the surgery itself does not involve any pain due to anesthesia, post-procedurally you may experience some discomfort at first.  Pain medications may help you ward off discomfort, and you will typically not need to take pain medicine for long.

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