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Rhinoplasty FAQs

Rhinoplasty FAQs

Can I combine rhinoplasty surgery with other procedures like a facelift or eyelid surgery so I only have to heal once?

Yes, it’s entirely possible (and often encouraged) to combine rhinoplasty with other facial procedures like a facelift or eyelid surgery. This approach is often preferred by individuals looking for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation or harmonious facial proportions. By addressing multiple concerns in a single session, patients can experience a single recovery period, making the process more convenient and potentially more cost-effective.

Combining surgeries also allows for a holistic improvement of the face’s overall appearance. Furthermore, undergoing these procedures together under the care of experienced and board-certified surgeons ensures that the surgeries are coordinated in a manner that optimizes the aesthetic and functional outcomes while also ensuring patient safety and satisfaction​.

What is the cost range for rhinoplasty, and why?

The cost of rhinoplasty can vary significantly, with a range typically between $3,000 to $15,000, although the average cost hovers around $5,483​. This wide range is due to several factors that can impact the total cost of the surgery:

  • Complexity and Extent: The complexity and the extent to which structural alterations are needed play a crucial role in determining the cost. More complex reconstructive surgeries or extensive reshaping will incur higher costs due to the increased time and expertise required.
  • Surgeon’s Skill and Experience: The skill level, expertise, and certifications of the surgeon performing the rhinoplasty also significantly affect the cost. Board-certified surgeons with a wealth of experience in rhinoplasty generally charge higher fees.
  • Geographic Location: The cost of living and the prevailing rates for medical procedures in the region where the surgery is performed can also influence the cost of rhinoplasty.
  • Additional Costs: The quoted price for rhinoplasty often excludes additional costs like anesthesia, operating room facilities, pre-operative and post-operative care, and medications for pain management post-surgery. These additional expenses are essential components of the overall cost and should be considered when budgeting for a rhinoplasty procedure​.

Will I have visible scars after rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is performed either through an open or closed approach, each with different implications for scarring. In a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made inside the nostrils, so there’s no visible scarring after surgery. This technique is often preferred for patients requiring minor alterations as it eliminates the possibility of noticeable external scarring.

Open rhinoplasty involves an incision on the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils, known as the columella. While this method grants better access to the nasal structure, it may leave a small scar on the columella. However, the scar is usually well-hidden and tends to fade over time, becoming less noticeable with proper post-operative care and healing.

What if I had rhinoplasty years ago elsewhere and I want to get it corrected, can this be done?

Absolutely, it’s possible to have a revision rhinoplasty to correct or improve upon a previous nose surgery. Revision rhinoplasty is typically more complex due to the altered anatomy and possible scar tissue. It’s crucial to consult with experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in revision rhinoplasty to ensure that your concerns are accurately addressed and that you achieve the desired outcomes safely.

Can rhinoplasty improve my breathing and correct functional issues?

Rhinoplasty isn’t solely aesthetic; it can significantly improve breathing and rectify functional issues. Structural problems like a deviated septum, nasal valve collapse, or other obstructive disorders can also be corrected through functional rhinoplasty. By adjusting the internal structures of the nose, our surgeons can enhance your breathing capability.

Can I wear glasses or sunglasses after rhinoplasty?

Post-rhinoplasty, it’s advisable to avoid glasses or sunglasses that rest on the bridge of the nose, as this could potentially alter the shape of the nose or cause indentations during the healing period. Typically, patients are advised to wait at least four to six weeks before resuming the use of glasses. However, lightweight or plastic frames may be permissible sooner.
Please follow your surgeon’s specific instructions regarding the use of glasses post-surgery. If necessary, use contact lenses during the initial recovery phase.

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