There are many people who make the decision to have cosmetic surgery on their noses. This type of procedure is called rhinoplasty. It's an option for most patients who are not happy with the shape, size or configuration of their nose. If you've been thinking about having rhinoplasty, you probably have several questions about the procedure, side-effects, success rates, and the cost. If so, you're in the right place. We
What is rhinoplasty?
The most common term for rhinoplasty is a nose job. It's a type of plastic surgery that is used to reconstruct and correct the nose. There are two major types of rhinoplasty surgeries. Cosmetic surgery is performed to improve the nose's appearance. Reconstructive surgery is used to enhance the functions and the form of the nose.
How is it done?
Patients first consult with a plastic surgeon to discuss the reasons for the surgery and the desired outcomes. After a thorough examination and health history are conducted, the surgery is scheduled. The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay in the hospital. The surgeon may require general or local anesthesia depending upon the extent of the procedure. Your nose will be numbed and you will be sedated so you will not feel any pain. The surgeon may make cuts in the nostrils and in more complicated cases, cuts across the base of the nose are made. The bone inside the nose along with the cartilage is surgically reshaped to get the look are restore the necessary functions if there are medical issues as well as cosmetic.
What is the recovery like?
After rhinoplasty, a nasal splint is worn for a week after the procedure. There is likely to be some bruising around the eyes and some swelling as well. These should show signs of improvement around the third or fourth day. The nose will also show some signs of swelling, but it shouldn't be pronounced. Bruising and swelling can take up to two weeks to clear up, but it can happen sooner. Everyone is different. Complete healing can take up to six months and the swelling may persist through this period. The new shape of your nose will be seen after this time.
What is the cost of rhinoplasty?
There are several factors that influence the total cost of rhinoplasty. The average range is between $3,000 for simpler cases all the way up to $15,000. These are the physician's fees and they depend on the rate your surgeon charges and the extent of the surgery that's required. In addition to the surgeon's fees, there are also operating room facility charges, anesthesia, and any other related costs. There will also be costs involved for pain relieving prescription medication for after the surgery.
Does health insurance pay for rhinoplasty?
If you have a medical condition that impairs your breathing function due to an obstructed airway, your health insurance may pay for part or all of the procedure. They may at least pay for the reconstructive part of the plastic surgery. Most health insurance plans do not cover cosmetic surgery that is done for aesthetics. If you choose to go with reconstructive to correct an issue then you must obtain a release of approval from your health insurance carrier prior to the surgery.
What to look for in a cosmetic surgeon
It's important to find a board certified plastic surgeon who is both qualified to perform the procedure and certified. You should also check reviews on your chosen surgeon to ensure that he or she has a good track record for success and few to no complaints lodged. An initial consultation is required prior to the scheduling this type of surgery and if at any time during the process, you're not comfortable with the surgeon, it's a good idea to seek the services of another. Previous patient reviews are generally the best way to find out if the surgeon that you have chosen does good work. It's also a good idea to shop around to make sure that you're getting a fair deal. It's recommended to compare a few surgeons with price, reputation, and history of successful work. Also, check with your insurance to find out in advance if they will cover any of the costs.
Written by Garrett Parker
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