Rhinoplasty is the surgical reconstruction of the nose that will alter its look, size or shape for esthetic or functional purposes. It is commonly referred to as a nose job.
The typical rhinoplasty may cost between $2,000 and $10,000 depending on the type of procedure and where it will be performed. Any hospital stay is over and above the cost for the procedure itself. It may be possible to have a portion of the costs covered by health insurance if there is a documented functional i.e. difficulty in breathing component to it.
In general, rhinoplasty is as safe as any surgical procedure can be, although there is still a risk of infection or an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 2 hours. The biggest risk with rhinoplasty is being disappointed by the results if patient expectations are unreasonable. According to the Des Moines-based plastic surgery center Bergman & Folkers website, the emphasis should be for a natural-looking result based on the patient’s facial characteristics and bone structure. A competent plastic surgeon will discuss how the procedure will go and what to expect to minimize revisions.
Prior to the day of the procedure, the patient is typically asked to refrain from medications that can thin out the blood and inhibit clotting to prevent excessive bleeding such as those containing ibuprofen and aspirin. Smokers are advised to refrain from smoking for at least a month before and after the procedure to allow faster healing. Recovery usually takes about three weeks, and may be accompanied by pain and difficulty in breathing. Swelling and bruising around the eyes may also manifest for about 14 days. A nasal splint may be used as support and may be removed after approximately 7 days. Patients are advised against any strenuous activities for a month after surgery.
Results from rhinoplasty may be seen in about two months after the surgery when most of the swelling has gone down, although the appearance will continue to improve after several months. For best results, rhinoplasty should be performed by a reputable surgeon in the area who has wide experience and a good track record in performing the procedure.