Cost of Rhinoplasty
You’re ready to reshape your nose and light up your entire face with an expertly performed rhinoplasty. You want to make sure you get the most flattering, natural-looking results possible. But you’re also concerned about the cost. Is it time to search through Groupon deals, or book a trip to another country for bargain-basement surgery? While we understand wanting to save money, there is a time and a place for choosing a service based on the lowest price and surgery for your face isn’t one of them.
If you’re truly savvy about your finances, you already know that so-called “bargains” can ultimately cost more than quality goods. And that’s especially true when it comes to rhinoplasty, which is one of the most complex cosmetic facial plastic surgeries of all. Because your nose is so central to your face, you can’t hide the mistakes or hope that no one notices them. You need to get it right the first time, to save yourself both money and emotional distress. Not only that, but the nose is a functioning organ and it’s imperative that it still functions well after surgery.
Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon in New York City who specializes in rhinoplasty. He’s lectured on innovative rhinoplasty techniques at the International Symposium of Facial Plastic Surgery, written chapters on rhinoplasty for medical textbooks, and specializes in his patented NatraNose® approach to rhinoplasty procedures. Here he outlines the true costs of rhinoplasty to help you make a decision about how and where to get the most flattering nose improvements possible:
Your first nose job is considered a primary rhinoplasty, which can run anywhere from $3,500 to $25,000, depending on your location and the expertise of your surgeon. You might also opt for “tip plasty” which is less expensive but only improves the look, angle, or shape of the tip of your nose.
The nose is a highly complex, finely sculpted structure that consists of a variety of tissue types, including skin, cartilage, and bone. Lack of expertise in working with any of these mediums can result in a nose that heals incorrectly and calls unwanted attention to itself. However, a beautifully executed rhinoplasty corrects defects in the size, shape, and angle of your nose.
With an expert facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Miller, you can expect aesthetic improvements such as:
- Shorter nose
- Straighter nose
- No bumps
- More symmetrical nostrils
- Thinner or wider nostrils
- Thinner nose
- Larger nose
- More beautifully defined tip
- Nose that harmonizes with the rest of your face
Ideally, your primary rhinoplasty is so successful that you never need revision rhinoplasties, and, after your healing period of up to one year, your new nose is everything you ever dreamed it would be. In reality, if you choose the wrong surgeon, you could need at least one revision and potentially more. In fact, up to 10% of patients who undergo rhinoplasty will seek out a revision.
A surgeon who is not board-certified as a facial plastic surgeon, or even a plastic surgeon who doesn’t specialize in rhinoplasty, can “botch” your nose job, leaving you with a nose that looks worse than your original nose and may cost between $3,000 to $30,000 to improve.
Keep in mind, it can take up to a full year to heal after rhinoplasty and to assess whether you need additional surgery, but common reasons for needing a revision rhinoplasty include:
- Too much cartilage removed (collapsed nose)
- Over-rotated tip (pig-like nose)
- Difficulty breathing
- Drooping tip
- Crooked nose
- Asymmetric nostrils
- Nose doesn’t harmonize with facial features
- Nose inappropriate for ethnicity or gender
If your surgeon botched your primary rhinoplasty, you could require one or even several revision rhinoplasties. When the mistake is minor and you otherwise trust your facial plastic surgeon’s expertise, you may not be charged labor for the revision or may pay a reduced price (another reason to stay close to home for surgical procedures). However, if you changed your mind about what you wanted your nose to look like, or if the mistake is so grave that you no longer trust your surgeon, you can pay anywhere from $3,000 to $30,000 or more for each revision procedure. That’s why seeking out a bargain when it comes to rhinoplasty isn’t the best choice.
As complex as a primary rhinoplasty is, revision rhinoplasty is even more challenging. Even a well-executed primary rhinoplasty creates scar tissue in your nose. A poorly done nose job could leave a lot of scar tissue, plus create structural problems that may be difficult to rectify.
If you need a revision rhinoplasty, it is imperative to find the most qualified surgeon possible — one who specializes in revision rhinoplasty. The quality of your cartilage, bone, and skin have already been compromised enough by an inexpert surgeon. You’ll now require someone who has experience working with and compensating for that structural damage. Dr. Miller is an expert at correcting mistakes made by other surgeons and giving you the nose you want and deserve.
Nonsurgical rhinoplasty costs about 10 times less than a surgical nose job, with charges ranging from just $300 to about $1,800, depending on your location, the expertise of your surgeon, and the amount of filler that’s required to improve your nose. If your nose is bumpy or asymmetrical, but you’re otherwise happy with its length and shape, the most cost-effective solution could be a nonsurgical rhinoplasty accomplished with the aid of hyaluronic-acid based dermal fillers.
Dr. Miller also uses liquid rhinoplasty to reshape and reposition your nasal tip and recontour your nose. Other than some soreness and swelling directly after the injections, you won’t have any recovery time or side effects from liquid rhinoplasty. You will also see immediate results.
Even though nonsurgical rhinoplasty is much less complex than rhinoplasty surgery, it still requires knowledge about the nose’s anatomy, aesthetics, and facial harmony. The good news is, if you don’t like your nonsurgical rhinoplasty, the filler can be dissolved.
If you’re nervous about rhinoplasty or you want to make some improvements to your nose while saving up for primary rhinoplasty surgery, nonsurgical rhinoplasty with dermal fillers is a great way to ease into a nose job. Many women and men opt for a nonsurgical nose job first, as a way of “auditioning” a potential new nose shape. Others are so happy with their results that they continue touching-up their nose with fillers, without ever having to undergo surgery. However, you’ll need to have re-treatments in order to maintain your results versus a surgical procedure which provides permanent results.
Septoplasty (functional nose job)
If you have a deviated septum, your septum (the nasal bone and cartilage that divide your nose in half) veers into and takes up extra space in one of your nostrils, making it hard to breathe. Many women and men require a septoplasty in addition to their desire for cosmetic rhinoplasty. A septoplasty alone will not improve the aesthetics of the nose at all. But, since a deviated septum is a medical condition that impairs your ability to take in full breaths through your nose, your septoplasty may be covered by your medical insurance.
When you combine rhinoplasty with septoplasty, however, only the portion of the operation that’s medically necessary is eligible for insurance coverage. Aesthetic improvements are not eligible for coverage or reimbursement; don’t trust and don’t work with the unethical surgeons who say they are or who try to manipulate the system to pay for your cosmetic surgery.
What you’re paying for?
In addition to paying for the expertise, aesthetic sense, and skill of your surgeon, rhinoplasty has a number of other expenses that must be considered when making a final decision based on price. Your procedure may vary depending on how complex and difficult it is. Dr. Miller’s quotes are always all-inclusive, and include the following:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Anesthesiologist’s fee
- Surgical center
- Postsurgical care (follow up visits and tests)
- Medication-related to surgery
- Bandages and wraps
Dr. Miller has the advantage of his own surgical suite, which helps you avoid a potentially expensive hospital stay. When consulting with other facial plastic surgeons who specialize in rhinoplasty, always ask for a complete breakdown of their price, so you won’t be surprised by add-ons in the end.
When considering the total cost of your rhinoplasty, remember to factor in the cost of recovery. You’ll need to take time off from work, and arrange for household help.
Contact Us For a Rhinoplasty Consultation
To set up a consultation with an expert in rhinoplasty so you can have an aesthetically pleasing, well-formed nose and the Aesthetic Confidence® it inspires, contact Dr. Miller in NYC today.
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