Cosmetic Surgery Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, which is also known as nose surgery or simply as a nose job, is one of the five most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in the United States. In 2006 alone, people spent over $1 billion on rhinoplasty procedures in this country.

Nose reconstructive procedures can alter almost any aspect of the nose’s appearance. Nose surgery can also address birth defects and correct asymmetry of the face. Rhinoplasty can be a self-esteem or self-confidence booster in many people.

While the costs of rhinoplasty can be high, the outcome is often worthwhile for people who are unhappy with their appearance. In 2006, the average cost of a nose job was $3,841. Many banks and financial institutions offer plastic surgery loans to help finance procedures like rhinoplasty. Patients pay the procedures off over time at a fixed interest rate.

However, do not count on your personal health insurance to cover a procedure such as this. Rhinoplasty is generally not covered by insurance unless it is deemed medically necessary.

In this section, we’ll cover all aspects of rhinoplasty, including reconstructive and cosmetic procedures, benefits of nose surgery, secondary procedures, good candidates for rhinoplasty, recovering from surgery, non-surgical nose reshaping methods and things that can go wrong with surgery.

Reconstructive Procedures

Nose reconstructive procedures can alter a nose’s shape, width, length and even angle to the face. A nose job can help with facial symmetry or can improve a person’s self-confidence. Nose surgery can also work to help enhance other features of a person’s face and bring balance to their overall appearance.

Almost any aspect or part of the nose can be adjusted using reconstructive procedures.

Good Candidates for Rhinoplasty

People considering nose surgery should be in good overall physical health. They should ideally be over the age of 18, but in some cases nose jobs can be done on younger people who have already gone through their growth spurts.

Those with balanced mental health and realistic expectations for the procedure and the procedure outcome are also good candidates for rhinoplasty.

Secondary Procedures

Many people choose to get a nose job in conjunction with other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. To get the effect desired by some patients, it is sometimes necessary to reshape other aspects of the face as well.

Patients should discuss whether or not to get multiple procedures done at once with their surgeons, who may be able to recommend appropriate secondary procedures.

Things that Can Go Wrong

While nose jobs are typically very safe procedures, there is a slight chance that something could go wrong. In some cases, the nose shape may not be exactly what you wanted or the nose can be uneven. In this case, repeat surgery may be necessary.

In very rare cases, patients may suffer from frequent nosebleeds, difficult breathing through the nose or partial loss of smell following surgery.

While side effects such as these are very rare, it’s still important to talk to your plastic surgeon before the procedure about things that can go wrong.


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