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What Is Rhinoplasty?

Monday, 11 Oct 2010 12:24 PM

Rhinoplasty is the technical term for nose surgery. It refers to a set of nose job techniques to correct nose-related health problems or to reshape the nose for cosmetic reasons. Rhinoplasty can make a nose bigger or smaller, or change the shape of its tip or bridge. It can even change the angle at which the nose meets the upper lip. Even narrowing the span of the nostrils is possible with rhinoplasty. When coupled with facelift procedures, these steps can make you look younger, and increase your self-esteem.
What is the right age for a nose job? For rhinoplasty nose surgery, the nasal bone should have matured and the shape of the nose should be stabilized well before surgery. So, nose job candidates should be at least in their mid teens — around 15 years for girls and slightly older for boys. Rhinoplasty patients should have realistic expectations for the results of nose job surgery. The surgeon should understand what the patient expects from a rhinoplasty, and should be able to explain to the patient what is surgically possible.
The cartilage and bone make up the framework of the nose. They are first exposed through an incision made either inside the nose or across the skin that separates the nostrils, and then sculpted to create the desired shape. The skin is then stitched back to complete the nose job. Surgery for a nose job generally requires one or two hours, but may take longer in some cases.
It is important to understand the rhinoplasty recovery process. Most rhinoplasty patients are up and about within two days, and are able to return to school or sedentary work in a few days to a week or so following the surgery. It will be several weeks, however, before one is entirely up to speed. The swelling and bruising around one’s eyes will increase at first, reaching a peak after two or three days. Applying cold compresses will reduce this swelling and make you feel a bit better.
Bleeding, infections, and a bad reaction from anesthesia may occur with rhinoplasty surgery. Nose jobs also have some unique risks like burst blood vessels that could lead to red spots and small scars.
The rhinoplasty cost may vary with location, facilities, and complications involved. Patient's physiology and goals make each individual process unique. Different regions in the U.S. may have different costs for rhinoplasty surgery. A nose job would cost less in a smaller more rural area than in New York City or Boston.

Since rhinoplasty nose surgery can cost a lot, rhinoplasty financing, with options like short-term, long-term, and no-interest plans, is gaining popularity. It would be prudent to ask one’s surgeon about all the services covered under the stated rhinoplasty cost. Primary rhinoplasty costs range from $3,000 to $8,000, and generally exclude surgical fee, anesthesia fee, and facility fee. The anesthesia fee ranges from $600 to $1,000, facility fee ranges from $700 to $1,100, and the rest of the cost is the surgeon's fee.

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