Rhinoplasty, AKA a nose job, changes or alters the shape, appearance and size of the nose. Rhinoplasty makes changes to the bone, skin or cartilage to improve the breathing ability of the patient as well as balance out the facial features. Many patients want to narrow the bridge of their nose, straighten a crooked nose or alter the angle between the upper lip and the nose. The surgery can be classified as open or closed rhinoplasty. Open rhinoplasty incisions are on the outside of the nose while closed rhinoplasty places the incisions inside the nose. Variations of rhinoplasty include reduction, augmentation, reconstructive and ethnic rhinoplasty.

Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty include people who feel their nose is too large or too small when compared to other facial features, have a nose that is wide or crooked, have a bulbous tip, have a nose that is off-center or asymmetrical or have issues with breathing due to problems such as a deviated septum.

The cost of rhinoplasty depends on the results the patient is trying to achieve. In general, rhinoplasty costs in the range of $5000-$13,000. Some of the factors that go into the cost include the surgical fee charged by the doctor, the facility fee, the area of the country where it is performed and the type of anesthesia used by the surgeon. Rhinoplasty is usually not covered by insurance unless it is to help breathing issues.

Swelling and bruising around the eyes and nose prevent any results from being visible for the first 2 or 3 weeks after surgery. The swelling and bruising eventually disappear and the nose begins to settle and take its final shape. The final results can take up to a year to be fully visible. Closed rhinoplasty places the incisions in the nose and does not leave any visible scars. Open rhinoplasty might leave a scar since the incisions are on the outside of the nose. Patients that are not happy with the results can undergo a revision procedure once the final results are visible.

Understanding Rhinoplasty

Understanding Rhinoplasty

submitted on   Wed Dec, 23, 2020 by Raja Mohan, MD     
Rhinoplasty, which is a procedure that is also often referred to as a “nose job,” is a cosmetic surgery that reshapes or resizes the nose of a patient. The purpose of rhinoplasty is to create a more aesthetically pleasing nose and facial profile or to improve a functional aspect of the nose (such1