As the central feature of the face, the nose plays an important role in your overall appearance. If you are unhappy with your nose, you might find yourself consumed with thoughts about your looks, or you might worry that everyone you meet is staring at your nose. You do not have to experience these negative thoughts any longer. Rhinoplasty will fix what you don’t love about your nose to give you more confidence.
There are three basic fees that are associated with most rhinoplasty procedures. These include:
There are other pricing factors to consider as well such as the extent of your procedure, where you live, and the plastic surgeon you choose. For example, slight surgical reshaping of the nose requires less surgical time (and therefore has a lower price tag) than a complete change in shape. In general, a longer or more complicated procedure will be more expensive. This is especially true if your situation requires an overnight stay, although most rhinoplasty procedures are performed as outpatient procedures. Revision rhinoplasty (performed on patients who have had a nose surgery in the past) tends to be more complicated, and therefore costlier, than an initial procedure.
Where you live will also impact the price of your surgery. The cost of rhinoplasty varies from city to city, and between large metropolitan areas and less populated regions. Even within the same area, two different facilities may charge different amounts for their services.
Finally, your surgeon’s skill and training can affect the cost. A highly qualified surgeon with many years of experience is able to command a higher fee than less experienced surgeons. This additional expense is well worth it, as they can ensure that the most appropriate techniques are used to achieve your desired results. Never choose a surgeon based on cost alone, or you may be disappointed with the results of your surgery.
If cost is an issue for your rhinoplasty procedure, most surgeons have financing plans available that may include flexible monthly plans. Ask your surgeon what is available.
If you are having a rhinoplasty to correct a functional defect such as difficulty breathing due to a deviated septum, insurance may cover some — or even all — of the costs of your nose surgery. Make sure to call your insurance company before your rhinoplasty, as some may require preauthorization.
Rhinoplasty for purely cosmetic reasons is not usually covered by insurance. If the cost is prohibitive, ask your surgeon about patient financing or payment plans. Assistance may be available.
There are some other hidden costs that may not be included in your rhinoplasty estimate. These may include (but are not limited to):
One final note: In today’s rough-and-tumble economy, many specialists with little or no training in the field of plastic surgery are turning to cosmetic procedures to increase revenues. They are also offering these procedures at reduced costs. Don’t be fooled. Many of these practitioners have only taken a weekend course on how to perform your surgery. You get what you pay for.
Facial plastic surgeons and board-certified plastic surgeons are the specialists to go to for nose surgery. Facial plastic surgeons do their residency training in otolaryngology, or head and neck surgery, followed by fellowships in facial plastic surgery. Plastic surgeons do their residency training in general surgery followed by a fellowship in plastic surgery.
Such board certification assures you that your surgeon has had extensive training and is up to date on new rhinoplasty types and technology.