Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States. In 2019, more than 200,000 individuals underwent the procedure.
Aside from improving your appearance, it can also help with certain medical conditions such as a cleft palate, cleft lip, or deviated septum.
Thinking of going for it? Want to prepare yourself for the procedure? If so, you’re at the right place.
We’ll be going over everything that you need to know about getting a nose job below. Keep reading to learn more about the topic!
1. There’s More Than One Type of Rhinoplasty
There are two main types of rhinoplasty—open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty, the former of which is more invasive.
Open Rhinoplasty: The surgeon will make two incisions inside the nostrils and one incision across the columella (the bridge of tissue that separates the nostrils). This will give the surgeon access to the nose from below the skin’s surface, which will allow for more precise changes.
Closed Rhinoplasty: All incisions are made inside the nostrils. As a result, there won’t be any visible scars. The number of revisions that a surgeon can make, however, is limited. For this reason, it’s not recommended for those who require complex changes to their nose shape.
2. There Are Risks Involved
Like all surgeries, rhinoplasty comes with a few risks such as bleeding, infection, or a bad reaction to anesthesia. Not only that, but it can also increase your risk of nosebleeds, breathing difficulties, permanent numbness, and discoloration and swelling of the nose.
In some cases, it can also lead to scars or an asymmetrical nose. For those who’d like a second surgery, you must wait until the nose is fully healed before undergoing another rhinoplasty procedure—this can take up to a year.
3. It’s Not Cheap
How much does a nose job cost? It depends, but generally speaking, you’re looking at around $5,000 to $8,000 for the procedure, assuming that you’re getting it from an experienced facial surgeon (it’s only covered under insurance if it’s being done to correct a functional defect or problem caused by disease).
For example, open rhinoplasty tends to take longer and is more expensive than closed rhinoplasty.
Other factors that determine the overall cost include the surgeon’s skill, your geographical location, and facility fees.
The number of prior rhinoplasty surgeries performed matters as well (subsequent procedures are more challenging, which is reflected in the cost). For instance, a revision can cost anywhere from $7,500 to $15,000.
Preparing Yourself For a Nose Job
There are several things to consider when you’re getting a nose job. It’s a type of surgery after all so there will be risks and costs involved. That’s why it’s so important to do your research before undergoing the procedure.
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