Rhinoplasty – Procedure, Recovery & Risks
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that enhances facial appearance and adjusts proportions of your nose.
Combined with Septoplasty, also known as Septorhinoplasty, it can correct obstructed breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.
Rhinoplasty is known as a “nose job” that Hollywood loves.
Benefits of Rhinoplasty Surgery
- Enhances nose appearance in relation to facial balance
- Adjusts nasal width at the bridge or the position and size of nostrils
- Enhances nose profile by reducing visible humps or depressions on the nose bridge
- Nose tip that is hooked, upturned, bulbous or enlarged can be corrected
- Nostrils that are wide, large or upturned (ethnic rhinoplasty) can be reduced
- Nose can be made symmetric
The goal of rhinoplasty is to create facial balance and correct facial proportion.
Everyone’s face is asymmetric in one way or another, therefore, you need to keep in mind that facial surgical procedure, or any other plastic surgery done to correct certain body imperfections, may not produce the exact result that you are expecting.
Be ready to face the consequences of your decision in case the surgery does not pan out the way you imagined.
The average rhinoplasty cost is between $4,000 and $6,000 per procedure.
Rhinoplasty surgery costs can differ widely. The average cost above does not include operating room facilities, anesthesia or other related expenses.
A plastic surgeon will charge you a fee based on his/her experience.
Geographic location is also a factor; you should expect to pay more if you live in a metropolitan area.
Rhinoplasty Cost May Include
- Medical tests
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Anesthesia fees
- Post-surgery garments
- Prescriptions for medication
- Surgeon’s fee
When considering where to have rhinoplasty you should consider surgeons experience rather than just the fee. Surgeons experience is more important than money because the change is permanent, therefore you should not take any risk with the result.
Does health insurance cover rhinoplasty?
Your health insurance will cover your procedure is performed to improve breathing function.
If you are only doing the procedure to improve your facial appearance, that will probably not be covered by the insurance.
The best way to find out is to contact your insurance and find out. Your plastic surgeon can tell you as well.
If the insurance tells you that it might cover part of the cost they will most likely ask for detailed examination by one of their own health professionals or will consult with your doctor.
Good candidates should be in good physical health, adults whose growth is complete, non-smokers and those that have realistic goals in mind.
It’s important to emphasize realistic expectations. Consequently, your appearance will change, whether you like the new look or not is something that surgeons can guarantee.
Even though the initial swelling around the nose area subsides within a few weeks it can take some time for your new appearance to fully refine. In some cases, it can take up to a year.
Most noteworthy, the results of rhinoplasty surgery are permanent, but as you age, you can expect to see changes to your nose as well; you cannot stop your natural aging process.
A healthy lifestyle combined with regular use of sun protection products will help extend the results of your new appearance even as you age.
Rhinoplasty Surgery Steps
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Anesthesia can be risky for some patients so it’s especially important to trust your doctor to recommend the best option for you.
Step 2 – The incision
Rhinoplasty is performed inside the nose or with the incision made across columella. Columella is the skin and cartilage area between two nostrils.
Doing the incision allows the surgeon to raise that part of the skin to reshape the structure of the nose.
Step 3 – Reshaping the nose structure and correcting a deviated septum.
Depending on the procedure the nose is restructured by removing/adding bone or cartilage.
Deviated septum is corrected to improve breathing.
Watch this video simulation for a visual presentation.
Rhinoplasty Risks and Safety
Almost every surgery is risky and therefore can cause additional complications.
As a result of that, you should consider all the risks before deciding whether you should have the plastic surgery or not.
The potential complication may involve unsuccessful surgeries and infections.
In some rare cases, even death is possible.
You will probably have to sign a consent form explaining all the risks involved to ensure your full understanding of the procedure and risks that come with it.
- Anesthesia complications
- Poor wound healing
- Numbness or pain
- Nasal septal perforation (hole in the nose) that could be permanent
- Possibility of revised rhinoplasty
- Difficulty breathing
- Unsatisfactory appearance
Your Rhinoplasty Consultation
Consultation session with your doctor will probably include the following;
- Your surgical goals and what kind of results you are expecting
- Medical conditions, allergies, and prior procedures
- Current medications, use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco
- Evaluate your general health status
- Discuss available surgery options
- Take photographs
- Measure and examine your face
- Recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes and any risks or potential complications
Finally, be sure to ask questions. You can use my “Checklist”.
Always choose a surgeon you can trust!
- Rhinoplasty definition– what is it and how it differs from septorhinoplasty.
- Benefits of Rhinoplasty – what you can expect and how it will benefit you.
- Rhinoplasty cost– the cost depending on the doctor and your geographic location.
- Who should have it – are you the right candidate?
- Results – what to expect and how to be satisfied with the result.
- Rhinoplasty Steps – surgery step by step.
- Risk and Safety – understanding what can go wrong and how to minimize the chance of that happening.
- Consultation – Pre-surgery chat with your doctor.