RHINOPLASTY: WHAT IS IT?

For many patients, the cost of any surgery can be significant. Cosmetic surgery, in particular, or procedures that are sought out for aesthetic reasons, is rarely covered by insurance companies and can be a hefty out-of-pocket expense.

However, many individuals are more than willing to foot the bill for plastic surgery in the pursuit of a more pleasing appearance or to correct a flaw that has nagged at them for years.

If cosmetic surgery is something you’re considering, it’s crucial to understand the factors that will impact the total cost of your procedure— after all, it is a permanent investment with life-altering results.

WHAT IS RHINOPLASTY?

Rhinoplasty, also known as nose reshaping or a nose job, is a popular surgical procedure that seeks to address concerns with the size, shape, or functionality of the nose, one of your most prominent facial features.

Thousands of people undergo rhinoplasty each year to improve their quality of life; whether it be from a more symmetrical, attractive appearance or to correct obstructions that interfere with breathing and overall nasal function.

If rhinoplasty is something you’re considering, elements like the purpose of your surgery, your surgeon’s level of expertise and post-operative care can all factor into the total cost.

At New York Group for Plastic Surgery, we understand that no two rhinoplasties will be the same, so it’s important to understand what is included in the total cost of your treatment, as well as what payment options are available to you.

THE COMPLEXITY OF THE PROCEDURE

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the average cost of rhinoplasty treatments in 2020 was $5,483. However, the price range for rhinoplasty surgery can range from $3,000 to $15,000 depending on a number of different components.

The extent of the procedure and the type of rhinoplasty being performed, for example, will greatly impact the total cost of your surgery.

Both the complexity and extent of the procedure will impact the total cost of your treatment. A complex reconstructive surgery may take more time than a simple aesthetic procedure and thus cost more for the patient.

Additional factors may include whether the procedure is done as an open or closed rhinoplasty, or if it is your first rhinoplasty procedure versus a more extensive revision case.

Aesthetic Corrections

Aesthetic reasons for undergoing rhinoplasty may include one or more of the following concerns:

  • Nose is crooked or asymmetrical
  • Bump(s) present on the bridge of the nose
  • Nose size is disproportionate to other facial features
  • Nostrils are too narrow or wide
  • Large or drooping nasal tip

If you’re choosing a rhinoplasty primarily for aesthetic purposes, it is unlikely that your medical insurance provider will cover the cost of the procedure.

Functional Corrections

In addition to aesthetic purposes, rhinoplasty may also be selected to restore function to your nose, also known as functional rhinoplasty.

If nasal obstructions or other deviations are interfering with your breathing or quality of life, your insurance provider may cover a portion of the cost or the total cost of your bill.

At New York Group for Plastic Surgery, our surgeons can conduct a thorough exam of the cause of your breathing issues and can help you determine if you are eligible for medical coverage.

Functional reasons for undergoing rhinoplasty may include one or more of the following concerns:

  • Obstructive disorders such as a deviated septum
  • Misshapen nose from a congenital disability or injury
  • Chronic stuffiness, post-nasal drip, and snoring
  • Reconstructive purposes

The Average Cost of a Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in the United States. The average cost of rhinoplasty in Miami can vary depending on several different factors. Typically, you can expect to spend anywhere from $2,501 to $10,000 for your procedure.

If your rhinoplasty is purely cosmetic, insurance is likely not to cover the costs. However, if you have documented breathing issues, insurance may cover all or a portion of the procedure.

Talk to your plastic surgeon regarding your procedure and ask for a price estimate. From there you can look at financing options that fit your budget.

OTHER COST CONSIDERATIONS

If you are thinking of budgeting for a rhinoplasty procedure, you will also want to factor in additional costs that may come up during the time you have the surgery. If you need to stay overnight in the hospital, you may have extra costs associated with the operation.

Medications, such as blood thinners or antibiotics may also cost you extra. You will also want to calculate how much you will lose by missing work days and travel expenses if your doctor’s office is far from your home.

Be aware that you may also have follow-up appointments that you may need to take off work to attend.

SURGEON SKILL LEVEL

Rhinoplasty costs will also vary significantly depending on your surgeon’s skill level, expertise, certifications, and even the geographic location of their practice.

It’s important to note that when you begin your search for the right surgeon for your rhinoplasty, their surgical fees should not be the most important factor in your decision.

Finding a board-certified surgeon is vital, and your surgeon should also be someone you are comfortable with, who understands your aesthetic goals and has the expertise to perform this particular procedure.

An important distinction when selecting a surgeon is ensuring that they have the right credentials and experience to ensure both the safety and success of your procedure.

Both Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Salzberg are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and are highly accomplished in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries of the face. Choosing a surgeon whom you can trust to help you achieve your goals safely and effectively is priceless.

New York Group for Plastic Surgery offers highly personable and compassionate care to every patient to ensure that the results of your procedure allow you to look as beautiful as you feel.

Top 10 Myths about Rhinoplasty / Nose Job Surgery

1. It’s really simple to just take off that bump right?

Rhinoplasty is the most complex and challenging operation in all plastic surgery. Not only must the nose match the face, but also each section of the nose must be harmonious with all the others.

For example, removing a bump without changing the tip in many cases can make the tip appear like it’s sticking out too far from the face. Conversely, changing the tip alone without addressing the bridge can make a bridge appear too high or too wide.

A rhinoplasty surgeon must have great attention to detail and have an appreciation for all the nuances of nasal and facial harmony.

2. I heard rhinoplasty is covered by my insurance.

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is not covered by insurance; however, if there is a functional component such as a problem breathing from a deviated septum or other cause, that portion of the surgery may be covered by your insurance plan.

3. The one’s I’ve seen all look obvious. I can spot them a mile away.

Certainly, poorly performed work can appear unnatural or look “done.” A common example of this is the overly pinched and up-turned tip. In years past, the cartilage of the nose was commonly over-reduced or removed, which can result not only in this look but also in poor breathing.

A good rhinoplasty, on the other hand, typically appears natural, is no longer a distracting feature, and directs people’s attention to the person’s eyes, smile, hair, and skin.

4. My nose can look like any Hollywood celebrity’s nose of my choosing.

A prospective rhinoplasty patient should have realistic expectations. Each person’s face and visage are different. Brad Pitt’s nose would not look good on every man, nor is it achievable. Blake Lively’s nose would not be appropriate for every woman.

For example, a shorter woman can “get away” with a bit more “up-turning” or rotation of the tip than a taller woman. The same degree of rotation on a taller woman might look unnatural and “Ms. Piggy-ish.” In summary, your nose must fit your face, persona, ethnicity, etc.

5. Any plastic surgeon can perform a rhinoplasty.

Would you want a general contractor to do complicated plumbing or electrical work? Do you really want someone who does predominately breast augmentations and tummy tucks to perform your rhinoplasty? Rhinoplasty is an exceedingly complex and demanding operation.

A millimeter or two can make a huge difference in the result. It should be performed by someone who specializes and has specific training in it. Typically, the surgeon should be board certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery (and have a specific interest in performing rhinoplasty).

This surgeon will not only understand the aesthetics of the nose and face but also will also have a great appreciation and understanding of the many functional components of this complex organ. (e.g. breathing, sense of smell, or sinus issues).

6. Won’t my surgery have to be re-done in the future?

While revision surgery is a reality when undergoing rhinoplasty (as high as 10-15% in some studies), rhinoplasty surgery ideally should be a one-time operation.

A nose should be “built for life.” That aside, due to the complexities of the operation and the variability in each person’s anatomy, skin, and healing, on occasion revision surgery needs to be performed. When it occasionally occurs, usually it’s for something relatively minor such as a small residual bump.

7. Rhinoplasty is only for wealthy people.

The reality is that the median income for most patients having aesthetic surgery is $50,000 or less. Most surgeons offer payment plans of one form or another as well.

8. Cosmetic rhinoplasty and plastic surgery are only for vain people.

The truth is that a very small percentage of people seeking cosmetic surgery are truly vain, meaning their entire existence and interactions with others are defined by their appearance.

Most people pursuing rhinoplasty seek to create a harmonious relationship with their nose and the rest of their facial features. Often, they have been teased in school about their nose, their nose is too masculine (Daddy’s nose), or they had a traumatic injury.

9. I can outgrow my dislike for my nose.

If you are dissatisfied with your nose, your perception will not likely change during your lifetime. It may wax and wane to a degree, but you will always be unhappy with it; however, the decision to pursue rhinoplasty is a very personal one.

10. Anesthesia is dangerous.

Most rhinoplasty surgery is done under general anesthesia meaning you are completely asleep. It’s exceedingly safe even in sick and elderly patients. Most patients having rhinoplasty surgery are generally healthy, and risks of long-term complications are exceptionally rare.

PRE AND POST-OPERATIVE CARE

The cost of rhinoplasty often omits additional care needed for the procedure and the costs associated with this care. Pre-operative appointments such as the consultation for your rhinoplasty procedure, or post-operative follow-up appointments are both crucial elements to successful treatment and should be discussed at length with your surgeon.

You may also wish to prepare for the possibility of the additional cost of medications needed post-surgery, such as for pain management, which is not commonly included in the total estimate.

Other indirect costs of rhinoplasty may include lost wages from the time taken off work for the procedure and the subsequent recovery or may consist of travel expenses depending on where your surgeon is located.

Whether you’re seeking rhinoplasty treatment to improve your overall appearance or restore functionality to your nose, let the highly-skilled surgeons and staff at New York Group for Plastic Surgery help you achieve results you’ll love.

Rhinoplasty is a permanent and life-changing investment in which the cost can vary greatly. Call (917) 970-1897 today to book your consultation and let us help you determine the cost and coverage of your future rhinoplasty!

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