2. Who will be administering your anesthesia and is it general anesthesia? This will be a big factor in your cost and a significant difference in levels of training and responsibility. If you have any underlying medical condition, I strongly recommend you seek an Anesthesiologist who would be prepared for any emergency, should something occur during your surgery. I personally also do not recommend "awake" breast augmentation procedures.There are few board certified plastic surgeons that will offer you this option.3. Is your procedure being performed in an accredited operating suite? And if so, does the surgeon have admitting privileges at a hospital? Non-surgeons and other physicians that are not plastic surgeons circumvent this process by performing surgery in their offices or in outpatient surgery centers where the credentialing process is less rigorous or nonexistent. In these settings non-plastic surgeons perform procedures in which they have no formal residency training. I am not warning against use of outpatient surgery centers or in-office procedures. I am only recommending that you check that your physician has hospital privileges for these same procedures.
The geographic location of the surgeon's practice can greatly affect the cost of rhinoplasty. More affluent cities and neighborhoods, such as Manhattan and Los Angeles, are plastic surgery hubs where some of the best surgeons in the world practice. Meanwhile, these areas also have a higher cost of living, which means higher overhead costs (rent, staff wages, utilities), and that translates to a higher overall price of rhinoplasty.
Because the nose plays such a prominent role in the facial structure, many patients choose to have additional treatments along with their nose jobs. These procedures can help to maintain the balance of the face and provide more dramatic results. In most cases, combining rhinoplasty with one or more additional treatments is quite safe. However, to ensure safety and good results, patients should choose surgeons who are experienced in all areas of facial plastic surgery.
Case 72: This patient had sustained a nasal fracture that caused a significant deviation of her nose. The fracture was corrected along with a septoplasty to improve breathing. Loss of tip support after the injury made her hump look more prominent and her tip felt more droopy. The bump was smoothened and her tip angulation restored to create the softer, more feminine profile she wanted. At the same time, fat transfer to the cheek and under eye area and subtle neck liposuction substantially improved the flat cheek and mid-face contour that previously made her feel hollowed and tired looking without makeup.
The minimum age for rhinoplasty depends on both physical and emotional maturity. It's important to wait until your facial growth is complete, which is approximately at age 14 or 15 for women and in the late teens for men. There is no upper age limit for rhinoplasty, as long as you are in good general health. Many women and men come to Dr. Rival for nose surgery in their 40s and 50s.