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 Rhinoplasty (nose job) is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures. It is predominantly an elective surgery to give the nose a more appealing shape or size, only in lower percentage is it done for functional or structural abnormalities (birth defects, breathing problems). The major consideration is to tailor your nose, bone and cartilage, in a way that it can harmonize with your facial features and also respond to your expectations.

What Are the Reasons for Rhinoplasty?

  • Extremely prominent or too small nose
  • Nose profile is hooked or upturned
  • The nose is too wide at the bridge
  • Overly wide nostrils
  • The line of the nose is asymmetrical
  • The tip of the nose is bulbous


How Much Does a Rhinoplasty Cost?

As a nose job is primarily done for your own satisfaction, rhinoplasty cost is not typically covered by insurance companies unless the problem derives from some functional defect or you need reconstruction because of a traumatic injury. According to a survey conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons a nose job cost in average around $4,500 in 2012, but this price only covers the doctor’s fees, other related nose job cost such as anesthetics, medications, surgical facilities are not included.

Rhinoplasty Complications

As a nose job often involves alteration made on the bone structure, it is not recommended for teenagers, whose bone structure have not yet finalized.

Further nose job surgery related risks include:

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Loss of sensation
  • Frequent bleeding of the nose
  • Persisting pain
  • Asymmetrical results
  • Nasal blockage

Rhinoplasty Surgery Steps

Before the nose job surgery actually takes place, your nose will be photographed from several angles and with the help of a computer program you can discuss your options to get the most out of the nose job and at the same time maintain natural looks. The photos will help later on in the evaluation of the outcomes and can serve as a positive reference for your plastic surgeon.

As facial features and the balance of proportions are unique in every individual, there is no pre-set recipe for the nose job surgery steps.

Rhinoplasty surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis unless you have some complications or a condition that needs longer monitoring.

Your nose job can be done under general anesthesia; in that case you will be asleep all along the surgery. Another option is local anesthesia combined with sedation, but if you choose this option you have to count on some unpleasant sounds as the doctor severs bone and cartilage.

Depending on the place and extent of alteration, rhinoplasty is ideally done with a closed surgery, which means that the incisions are made inside the nose leaving no visible external scar. Alternately, the cut can be made across the tissue at the base of your nose that separates your nostrils (columella).

The plastic surgeon then will resculpt the structure of your nose, remove or add bone or cartilage where necessary (sometimes cartilage is harvested from the ear, ribs and your hip). Deviations in the septum are corrected along with any obtrusions that may inhibit normal breathing.

Finally, when everything is tailored to the planned form, the incision is closed and the doctor will stabilize your nose externally with splints and with dressing and tubes internally. This supporting will remain at its place for about a week.


Rhinoplasty Recovery

After your nose job is done, for about a week you have to be extremely careful with the placed splint and internal support. After they are removed, it is normal to experience bleeding and drainage from your nostrils, but with loosely inserted gauze you can solve the inconvenience. In the first two weeks after rhinoplasty surgery swelling and bruises will be quite visible, but they will progressively improve. It is advisable though to take 1-2 weeks off to ensure fast recovery.

Rhinoplasty Abroad

In the U.S. and other industrialized countries the nose job cost varies depending on the region, medical facility and the doctor’s standard fees, but in most locations rhinoplasty is traditionally believed to be privilege of just a few. With medical tourism opening up the horizons, this myth seems to be debunked. Getting a nose job abroad has become a reality, as exotic locations such as Brazil or Colombia offer cost saving, quality rhinoplasty options. If you are thinking of having a rhinoplasty abroad, do not spare your time to get informed about accreditations, medical certificates, options for post-surgical care and quality guarantee.

on 12/02/2013
4.5 / 5 stars
Laila Nazari
I am Laila, seventeen years old. My family, we are six children, went to Thessaloniki Greece for a holiday and I had a nose job done in a beautiful hospital with Dr. Floros as my surgeon. I always wanted to change my nose which was too big, my parents surprised me on my birthday. I came back home with a new nose.
on 06/12/2013
5 / 5 stars
Agnesa Bruhns
I am from Sweden from Ladugardsgardet. I wanted to do a nose job because I have a big bone which disturbs me. I know I look beautiful but for my nose. I went to a plastic surgeon who tild me to come in two years time since I was too young. I looked on internet and filled in my details, after five hours Alexa called me and we talked about the surgery, she was so nice gave me all the details so I decided to go to Austria to have my nose fixed. In two weeks all was arranged , seven months passed, my nose looks amazing