Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery • Dr. Raymond J. Haigney II • 9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
How Much Does a Nose Job Cost?
Rhinoplasty, which patients commonly refer to as a "nose job", works by enhancing the facial aesthetics and symmetry of your nose.
The nose is made up of cartilage, soft tissue and small bones. Together, these items determine the shape and appearance of your nose. Changes to these components can impacted the overall appearance of your nose. As a result, rhinoplasty can be an intricate and complicated procedure.
During a rhinoplasty surgery, the plastic surgeon works on these specific parts and uses a variety of different techniques to adjust the nose to improve the aesthetics and function. The rhinoplasty techniques used depends on both a patient’s individual goals, the natural anatomical makeup of the nose and any prior trauma or surgery.
It is a very personal decision to undergo rhinoplasty. The choice to undergo surgery is often based on the dissatisfaction of certain features or the desire to look different. Some of the most common reasons for undergoing rhinoplasty include the following:
- Crooked septum which gives the nose an off-center appearance
- Bump on the bridge of the nose
- Wide nose
- Thick nasal tip, asymmetrical, overly projecting or drooping tip
- Cosmetic irregularities caused by injury or trauma
Many people who are considering rhinoplasty, desire to change something about the appearance of their nose. This is considered cosmetic rhinoplasty. Depending on the anatomy of your nose and the desired look, cosmetic rhinoplasty may involve very minor changes in the structure that result in visibly noticeable improvements.
In some cases, however, it may be necessary to alter multiple components of the internal structure to achieve the result you want. Cosmetic rhinoplasty is usually done in order to change the overall shape of the nose. In the end, the goal is to improve the overall proportion and balance of the face. The tip of the nose can also be altered.
Another reason people undergo rhinoplasty is to improve their breathing. Injuries, abnormalities and growths within the nose can interfere with the flow of air and make it difficult to breath. When the breathing is obstructed, rhinoplasty can involve work on the nasal passageways in addition to changes in shape or structure of the nose to allow air to flow through normally.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of rhinoplasty in 2018 was $5,350. This cost is only one part of the entire price of the procedure. It does not include anesthesia, fees for the operating room or other expenses. It is important to consult with your plastic surgeon's office to determine the overall cost.
A surgeon's fee for rhinoplasty is typically based on their experience, the type of procedure being performed and where the office is located geographically. Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans.
Rhinoplasty costs may include the following:
- Anesthesia fees
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Medical tests or labs
- Post-surgery garments
- Surgeon's fee
When choosing a local board-certified plastic surgeon for rhinoplasty, it is critical to evaluate the surgeon's experience and your comfort level with the surgeon in addition to the final cost for the procedure.
Rhinoplasty and Health Insurance
In cases where rhinoplasty is done in order to improve breathing function, it is typically caused by an obstructed airway. As a result, the procedure is considered to be reconstructive and may be covered by insurance. This will require a detailed examination in order to verify the cause of breathing issues and prior authorization from your insurer.
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