What You Should Know About Rhinoplasty


Published: 09/16/2013


Rhinoplasty is surgery aimed at reshaping the nose. Often referred to as a "nose job," the procedure may be performed to correct functional problems, improve the appearance of the nose, or fix structural deformities. If you have difficulty breathing owed to a deviated septum, or you'd like to correct a bump or hook on your nose; surgery can help restore proper function and improve the overall look of your face.



How is Surgery Performed?


Rhinoplasties are usually performed in a surgical suite or hospital on an outpatient basis. Normally, surgery takes between one to three hours; however, revision rhinoplasty may take longer. Once the patient is sedated, the surgeon may use either an open procedure (where incisions are made across the patient's columella) or a closed procedure (where each incision is hidden within the nose).

After incisions are made, the surgeon lifts the soft tissues and begins to reshape the structure of the nose. Depending on your personal goals, the surgeon may opt to reduce nasal structures or augment them using cartilage grafted from other parts of your body, such as the septum or even the rib or ear. The surgeon may also reduce internal projections in an effort to improve breathing.

Once the internal structure is sculpted, the tissue and skin is reshaped, the incisions are closed and a splint or cast is usually applied. Patients are usually unable to breathe through their noses for 24 hours due to nasal packing and/or swelling. Discomfort is treated with pain medication, and some physical restrictions are required to prevent complications. Though surgery may significantly improve the appearance of the nose, swelling can mask this, and full results aren't usually noticeable for up to a year.


Varying Cost of Surgery


Fees may vary depending on various factors; however, the average cost of rhinoplasty is approximately $4,277. Costs typically consist of a combination of operating room fees, surgeon’s fees and anesthesia fees. Some patients choose to have secondary cosmetic procedures performed during the same operation, leading to higher surgeon’s fees but greater overall savings due to the need for only one operating room fee and anesthesia fee.