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Nose Surgery

What you need to know about nose surgery

Nose surgery, otherwise known as rhinoplasty, is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures. It may be done for reconstructive or cosmetic reasons. In the case of reconstructive surgery, it may be done to straighten the nose or realign it after an accident, to ensure that the breathing pathways are fully functioning properly. A person may require this surgery if they have a deviated septum, or if they have recurring nasal allergies. Sometimes when a person is having rhinoplasty to fix the internal functioning of the nose, they will opt to have the outside altered as well.

Cosmetic surgery to the nose is often referred to as a nose job. Most often this is done to make the nose smaller, and more in line with the rest of the facial structure. The nose can also be reshaped at the tip or the bridge. Some surgeons take a current picture of the patient and put it into a computer program where they are able to show the patient options of what their nose might look like. It is important to note that the nose does not become fully developed before the age of 14 to 16.

The Process Plastic Surgery to the Nose

Nose plastic surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis. The area around the nose and eyes will be bruised and swollen after the operation. This will take a few weeks to clear up. This area will also be quite painful. After one to two weeks, the bandages and stitches will be removed, making things a bit more comfortable. You will have to avoid strenuous activity for two to four weeks. The skin can take up to a year to contract around the nose, and that is when the final product will be permanent.

The Cost of Nose Surgery

Many factors affect the nose surgery cost. It is different for each individual. The costs involved, as well as financing options, should be discussed with the surgeon in advance. It usually ranges from $3000 to $8000. The cost includes the surgeon's fee which averages around $4300, the anesthesia fee which is about $1000, and the facility fee which can range from $500 to $2000. The fees vary according to experience of the surgeon, necessary aftercare, and location, for instance fees for surgeons and facilities are typically higher in Los Angeles and New York. In some cases, if the surgery is being done to alleviate breathing problems, part of it may be covered by your insurance.

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