Your nose greets you every time you look in the mirror. It is a feature on your face of which you are intimately familiar. And if you happen to be dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose, then you are continually thinking about how you would prefer your nose to appear.
The plastic surgery procedure known as rhinoplasty aids people in attaining nose shapes that please them better. It is a very commonly performed plastic surgery. According to survey data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 307,000 nose reshaping surgeries were done in 2006. This made rhinoplasty the second most performed plastic surgery that year.
Recovering From Rhinoplasty Surgery
If you're planning on rhinoplasty you should know that the total cost of your rhinoplasty will be made up of several factors. The largest costs will be the doctor's fee and the facilities charges, but you will also be charged for support staff, anesthesia and equipment and supplies. The charges make up the total cost of your rhinoplasty. Typically a rhinoplasty that is done in the plastic surgeon's office will be cheaper than one performed in a hospital.
Anesthesia can also be a significant cost, especially if your rhinoplasty requires you to be kept asleep for a long period of time. Not just the cost of the anesthesia, but also the fees for the anesthesiologist, the support staff and the facilities fees will be higher the longer you are kept asleep for your surgery. If you are able to have the surgery with just local anesthesia your costs will be much lower.
All of these costs together affect the total cost of rhinoplasty surgery. Your plastic surgeon should take the time to explain all of this prior to your surgery and make sure that you understand the total costs involved. Across the U.S. the average cost of rhinoplasty is $700. Depending on what area of the country the surgery is performed in your costs can be higher or lower. Rhinoplasty surgery is typically higher because of the higher costs in California and also because of the experience of the surgeons. Once again, your plastic surgeon will be able to give you a complete breakdown and explanation of the costs involved with your rhinoplasty.
Some rhinoplasty surgeons will quote you a single package price that includes everything. If you're comfortable with that fine, but if you want to know the breakdown of costs the plastic surgeon should be able to provide you with them. Just make sure you're comfortable either way.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons defines the cost of rhinoplasty surgery as any nasal surgery performed by a board certified plastic surgeon. This can include anything from the removal of a small imperfection like a bump up to complete reconstruction of the nose and nasal passageways. As you might expect, the more complex the surgery, the higher the costs. Costs also increase based on location and the traiing and experience of the surgeon. As I said earlier, plastic surgeons are at the higher end of the costs scale.
Be careful with package quotes as some plastic surgeons will try to hide some of the costs involved in the rhinoplasty so they can bill an insurance company. Insurance companies do not cover cosmetic rhinoplasty, but they will cover costs for rhinoplasty done to correct a medical problem such as deviated septums. Be aware if your doctor is planning on billing your insurance for your rhinoplasty and if you don't want to be involved with this practice let your cosmetic surgeon know.
While some view the cost of rhinoplasty to be high, many others feel the cost is easily justified by their improved appearance. Cosmetic surgeons are highly trained and experienced and you're sure to have a great result when choosing one of them. Make sure you know your doctor and know the costs of rhinoplasty and you're sure to have a great experience and love your new nose.