Rhinoplasty

Last Updated: March 14, 2013

Rhinoplasty, in the most general of terms, is a surgical procedure that corrects the appearance and improves the function of the nose. It's more commonly known as a nose job.

The process includes resizing or reshaping the nose, and nasal functions such as breathing and smelling may be enhanced as well. At its most extensive, Rhinoplasty can entirely reposition the nose and refine its features.

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In 2011 nearly 244,000 Americans chose to have a rhinoplasty procedure.

How is Rhinoplasty Performed?

Rhinoplasty is typically performed in a hospital, clinic, or surgeon’s office and can take one to three hours. The patient is sedated and the surgeon makes the necessary incisions inside the nose or at its base.

The reshaping procedure varies with each patient. Once the restructuring is complete the incisions are sutured. The nose is taped and a cast is applied to it. Dressings stay on for about a week and recovery time can last up to one month.

What are the Benefits of Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty provides a number of benefits to patients. The surgery can open nasal passages to alleviate breathing problems and it can also bring balance to the face and boost a person’s confidence. Even the smallest alterations can bring symmetry to the face and enhance the patient’s overall appearance.

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According to The American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the surgeon fee for a rhinoplasty procedure in 2011 was $4,422.00.

What are the Risks?

Rhinoplasty can pose risks such as infection, bleeding, scarring and numbness around the nose. Pain, swelling, and discoloration can also occur. Patients may have difficulties breathing and may experience frequent nosebleeds. Most risks are minimal, however, and can be avoided by following the post-surgery guidelines.

What Does Rhinoplasty Cost?

The cost of rhinoplasty depends on the type of alterations needed and the surgeon’s experience. According to The American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the surgeon fee for a rhinoplasty procedure in 2011 was $4,422.00. This amount doesn't includes the anesthesia, surgical fee and medical facility fees., which can add several thousands more depending on region and surgeon.

Who is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Anyone who suffers from breathing problems due to narrow nasal passages is likely a good candidate, and people who are not satisfied with the overall look of their nose can also benefit from the surgery.

Rhinoplasty changes the characteristics of a nose by reforming the nostrils, bridge, or tip. It’s ideal for anyone who wants to enhance the aesthetics of the nose and face.

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