Meet Dr. Bridges
Dr. Matthew A. Bridges is a Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon offering cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for the face, nose, and skin. Dr. Bridges has spent many years studying and going through extensive training to become one of the top facial plastic surgeons in Virginia. He is board certified in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, which gives him an advanced knowledge and understanding to the functions and diseases of the ear, nose, and throat. Dr. Bridges is also board certified in facial plastic/reconstructive surgery and he combines both of these certifications to provide excellent care and treatment for his patients.
Skills and Specialties
Dr. Bridges performs nose surgeries for cosmetic reasons (rhinoplasty) and for medical reasons (septoplasty, sinuplasty, and more) with outstanding results that improve his patients’ lives and confidence. Patients seeking facial reconstruction to restore the form and function after a trauma or skin cancer excision will find that Dr. Bridges is a skilled and compassionate surgeon. In addition to reconstructive procedures, he performs facelift surgery, brow lift and eyelid lift surgery, otoplasty and chin augmentation. He also offers a number of nonsurgical facial rejuvenation treatments such as injectable fillers and BOTOX.
Education and Training
Dr. Bridges received a Bachelor of Arts with highest distinction in Biology from the University of Virginia, where he spent 4 years on the Dean’s List, and was a part of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and AED Premedical Honor Society. Dr. Bridges then continued his education at the University of Virginia School of Medicine where he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree. He then began a 1-year surgical internship at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems with rotations in general surgery, neurosurgery, transplant surgery, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, cardiac surgery, trauma surgery, anesthesia, and emergency medicine. Dr. Bridges stayed at VCU Health Systems and chose to focus on Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery during his 4-year residency. To complete his specialized training, Dr. Bridges completed a prestigious year long fellowship in Facial Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery with world-renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston.
After his residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck surgery, Dr. Bridges joined the United States Air Force (USAF). He served as the staff otolaryngologist at Keesler Air Force Base and Langley AFB Medical Center. Dr. Bridges was awarded the rank of Major in the USAF in May 2005. Dr. Bridges received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Air Force in 2008, when he decided to continue his training with a fellowship in facial plastic/reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Bridges believes strongly in educating the next generation of facial plastic surgeons so he has been a clinical instructor at Keesler Air Force Base, Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, and the University of Texas at Houston. He is currently an assistant professor at his alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University. Click here to visit the VCU website.
Awards and Honors
Dr. Bridges has received many awards and honors for his work in facial plastic surgery including 3 awards from Vitals: Patient’s Choice Award, Compassionate Doctor Recognition, and On-Time Doctor Award. He was also a recipient of 2 scholarships, the Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship and D. Edward Hebert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship and Financial Assistance Program. Dr. Bridges is also proud to be on the Healthgrades Honor Roll and a Top Doctor on RealSelf.
Dr. Bridges is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, as well as the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). He is also a part of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and a former member of the Residency Staff Council Committee, Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems.
Research and Publications
In addition to his practice and teaching positions, Dr. Bridges also remains involved in medical research and writing for medical publications. He has worked with several top facial plastic surgeons, including his mentor Dr. Russell Kridel, on research projects to improve the field of facial plastic surgery. He has also authored and co-authored several papers that have been published in prestigious medical publications and given numerous presentations to the medical community.
"Look no further- the BEST!"
"Now six months post-op, and absolutely thrilled with my result - I spent early a year researching before deciding on Dr. Bridges for my rhinoplasty, so I wanted to pay it forward and share my experience to help others who are searching for the perfect surgeon. I had my closed rhinoplasty done with Dr. Bridges over 6 months ago and I am absolutely in love with my new nose.After my first consultation with Dr. Bridges, I knew he was the right surgeon and scheduled my nose job days later. His work as an ENT put me at ease, because he not only has an eye for aesthetics, but he regularly fixes and restores breathing problems in his patients. I also was drawn to the fact that he exclusively performs closed (scarless) rhinoplasties, because it causes less trauma to the tissues in the nose. He took time to listen to me and understand what bothered me about my nose, and gave me exactly what I wished for- a nose that is feminine, refined, and still looks like I was born with it. Despite performing an osteotomy (breaking the nasal bones) and filing down the hump in my nose, most of my bruising subsided within 4 days of my operation. I have a very low pain tolerance, and I was surprised that the recovery was as easy as it was. A few Tylenol for the first few days was enough to manage the discomfort, and the worst part was just the stuffiness and inability to breathe through my nose. I am now six months post-op, and absolutely thrilled with my result! Dr. Bridges created a nose that perfectly fits the rest of my features, while maintaining a look that is so natural, no one would ever know that I've had work done. The nose he gave me is the nose that I truly feel like I was meant to have all along. I would chose Dr. Bridges a thousand times again, he is a true artist and incredibly caring, talented, and skilled. Thank you for everything, Dr. Bridges!"
"I’m blown away, pun intended. From the moment Dr. Shaia recommended Bridges, I have felt that my level of care was akin to what the president receives. The expertise and confidence that Dr. Bridges possesses is unmatched in my opinion. I did zero research on my procedures until post-op. What an amazingly barbaric and frightening process. Hammers and chisels and scalpels and forceps oh my! His staff couldn’t be more helpful and compassionate. From the scheduling to the post op appointment, this crew is stellar and top notch. Bravo! I do hope I never have to see them again, but, if I do, I definitely will. Thank you Dr. Bridges!!"
"I am in my mid 50s and happier with my nose than I’ve ever been in my life - Very long story short, between ages 15 and 50, I broke my nose twice and had two surgeries, and then in 2019, filler on the bridge of my nose. That did not go well, as after three months it started to migrate into a ball on the bridge of my nose. The doctor where I live injected it several times over two months to dissolve the filler, but it just didn’t want to go away. Finally, it did, but about a month later I noticed my nose curving to the right and a big divot on the left, as well as my bridge looked like it was sinking. I think all of the injections in my nose destabilized it. This continued to worsen over the next couple of years. For three years off and on, I scoured the Internet for revision rhinoplasty surgeons. One day, I read a review from one of Dr. Bridges’ patients that really hit home with me and when I looked to see where Dr. Bridges is located, I couldn’t believe he is in my hometown where my parents still live. I had a virtual consultation and ended up scheduling the surgery. I was so nervous because I knew that no matter what the outcome, this had to be the last nose surgery of my life. It’s been almost 5 months now since my surgery, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I barely had any pain compared to my two other surgeries and although I know I must still have swelling, even I cannot notice it. He had to use some fascia from behind my ear to create a little padding since I am thin skinned and my nose is bony. It healed perfectly. I honestly don’t believe I could have gone to a doctor anywhere who could have done a better job. I am in my mid 50s and happier with my nose than I’ve ever been in my life. I would recommend Dr. Bridges to anyone!"
"Getting rhinoplasty to correct my larger nose has been a lifelong dream of mine, but the idea of doing it has always been scary/intimidating. Dr. Bridges and his team made this the best possible experience I could have had. From the quickness of the scheduling, his listening and understanding of my goals, to the smoothness of the procedure and recovery - everything was better than I imagined. The result was awesome- subtle and natural looking while still accomplishing what I wanted. I would recommend him to anyone considering taking this step."
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