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Nose Surgery (rhinoplasty) Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am a good candidate for nose surgery (rhinoplasty)?
Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is a procedure to reshape the nose by reducing or increasing its size, removing a hump, changing the shape of the tip or bridge, narrowing the span of the nostrils, or changing angle between nose and upper lip. Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) may also relieve some breathing problems.

The best candidates for nose surgery (rhinoplasty) are men and women who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. They are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in their expectations.

What is the length of a typical nose surgery (rhinoplasty)?
Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) generally requires 1 to 3 hours or longer to perform.

What type of anesthesia is used for nose surgery (rhinoplasty)?
Usually, local anesthesia with sedation is used to perform nose surgery (rhinoplasty). A general anesthetic (completely asleep) may also be used.

Is nose surgery (rhinoplasty) performed as an outpatient?
Yes, nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is usually performed as an outpatient.

Where is nose surgery (rhinoplasty) surgery performed?
Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is performed in the safety of an ambulatory surgery center, a surgical hospital, or the outpatient department of a hospital.

What is the cost of nose surgery (rhinoplasty) surgery?
The cost of nose surgery (rhinoplasty) ranges from $2,500 to $5,500, depending on the length and complexity of the surgery. The cosmetic portion of the procedure, to improve the appearance of the nose, is not covered by insurance. The part of the procedure to correct breathing problems may be covered by insurance. An initial consultation is required to determine the exact cost of nose surgery (rhinoplasty).

Is nose surgery (rhinoplasty) covered by insurance?
As is the case with other cosmetic surgery procedures, the purely cosmetic portion of nose surgery (rhinoplasty) to improve the appearance of the nose, is not covered by insurance. The part of the procedure to correct breathing problems may be covered by insurance.

Can nose surgery (rhinoplasty) be combined with other cosmetic procedures?
Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a chin enhancement (mentoplasty) surgery. A plastic surgeon may sometimes recommend chin enhancement surgery to a patient having nose surgery in order to achieve improved facial proportion, as the size of the chin may magnify or minimize the perceived size of the nose. Chin enhancement surgery helps provide a harmonious balance to your facial features so that you feel better about the way you look.

How long will it take to recover from nose surgery (rhinoplasty)?
Individuals usually return to work within 2 weeks. Some bruising and swelling may last up to 2 weeks. Strenuous physical activity should be avoided for 4 weeks. Healing is a slow and gradual process. Some subtle swelling may be present for months, especially in the tip of the nose. The final results of nose surgery (rhinoplasty) may not be apparent for up to a year.

How will I feel and look immediately following nose surgery (rhinoplasty)?
Your face will feel puffy, your nose may ache, and you may have a dull headache. Plan on staying in bed or a recliner with your head elevated (except for going to the bathroom) for the first day. An external splint will be applied to help your nose maintain its new shape. If you have nasal packing or an internal splint, it will be removed after a few days and you will feel much more comfortable. There will be swelling and bruising around your eyes, reaching a peak after two or three days. Most of the swelling and bruising should disappear within two weeks or so. By the end of one week, all dressings, splints, and stitches should be removed.

Is nose surgery (rhinoplasty) a painful procedure?
There is discomfort for several days following nose surgery (rhinoplasty) that is controllable with the use of pain medications taken by mouth.

What are some of the risks of nose surgery (rhinoplasty)?
Complications are infrequent. Potential risks of nose surgery (rhinoplasty) include bleeding, infection, and a noticeable scar if an “open” technique is used. Incomplete improvement in 10 to 20 percent of cases may require additional surgery.

Are there scars that result from nose surgery (rhinoplasty)?
Many plastic surgeons perform nose surgery (rhinoplasty) from within the nose, making their incisions inside the nostrils. No external scarring will be present following this technique. Other surgeons prefer an "open" procedure, especially in more complicated cases; in these cases a small incision is made across the columella (the vertical strip of skin separating the nostrils), in addition to internal incisions. This scar is usually a thin pale line that is not noticeable.

How long do the results of nose surgery (rhinoplasty) last?
The results are permanent.

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