Refining Your Nose with Rhinoplasty

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/22/2006 | Self Improvement
Its nothing new to humankind if you hate or have problems with your nose. Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that can be done for medical reasons, breathing problems, birth defects or injury, or it may simply be done for aesthetic cosmetic purposes.

Types of Rhinoplasty:

There are two types of rhinoplasty procedures. One is known as open rhinoplasty, where the surgeon has more control over the patients nose because they are able to see into it. They make a minor incision in the space between the nostrils, enabling them to lift that portion of nasal skin off the nose for better visability of the cartilage and bone. This procedure will leave a scar, however for a skilled and experienced surgeon, the scar will not be visible from viewing distances.

The other type is closed rhinoplasty, where incisions are made on the inside of the nose, thus concealing any evidence of a nose job. However, in some cases your surgeon may not be able to get to the target areas in order to perform the surgery sufficiently.

There may be advantages and disadvantages of either procedure for your particular case, so be sure to ask your surgeon whether he or she performs open or closed nose jobs and find out which one is best for your situation.

Finding The Right Surgeon:

Though nose resculpting has been around for many decades, it does require incredible ability by the surgeon. Your doctor should have the proper certification and experience necessary to perform the given procedure.

Interview at least two or three plastic surgeons, he or she should be board certified, have a minimum of 5 years experience (ask how many rhinoplasties he or she performs a year). During the consultation, how well does the doctor listen to your ideas, ask to see examples of their work and what can or cant they do to help you.

Likewise, if you are going to have general anesthesia, be sure your anesthesiologist is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. When all is said and done, make sure that you can be rapidly admitted to a nearby quality hospital in the event of unforeseen complications.

Rhinoplasty Fees:

Surgeons fee: 3,500
Anesthesiologist: 700
Facility fee: 800
Average Total Cost: 5,000

Unless the procedure is performed for medical reasons, eg. birth defect, accident, you will not be covered by insurance. If your insurer says that it is covered, be sure to get pre-authorization from them before the operation.
Ask about payment plans through your surgeons office or find a company that specializes in medical loans.


If you are careful and selective about whom you choose for your surgeon, anesthesiologist, and of course operating facility, there is only a less than 5% chance of any complications.

A possible risk you will need to consider and accept before having cosmetic nose surgery is revision rhinoplasty. First, because nose surgery is a difficult procedure and secondly, following the surgery your nose can change in ways which cannot be predicted beforehand. And then wait at least one year, otherwise the revision surgery will be less likely to accomplish your desired result.


A splint is applied (removed in a week) to the top of the nose to keep it in place while healing and gauze packing is inserted for a couple of days to protect the septum from moving and minimizing bleeding.

Anti-inflammatory medication and a painkiller are prescribed for swelling and discomfort, as well as an antibiotic to prevent infection. Apply ice, elevate the head, avoid blowing your nose and wearing eye glasses.

Finally, few people ever regret getting a nose job. It has the potential to create a new appearance and lend new confidence. Just be careful.