In recent years, medical tourism, or going outside the U.S. for a surgery or procedure, has become more popular. Patients go to other countries to have rhinoplasty and other surgery performed at a lower cost. While several other countries, such as South Korea, Columbia, and Italy, may have surgeons willing to perform rhinoplasty at a low cost, the quality and safety standards may not be as closely regulated as they are in the U.S.
Surgical facilities: If a doctor does not have his or her own operating facilities, the procedure will take place at a hospital or ambulatory surgical center. These locations charge separate fees, which will vary depending on location, reputation, and equipment. Again, many patients are willing to pay slightly higher costs to enjoy greater safety and comfort.
Case 25: This patient had what is called a tension nose wherein a convexity on the bridge pushes the tip forward and down. Notice how this also puts tension on the upper lip and appears to tether it from inside. a combination of straightening, improving breathing, removing the hump, and setting the tip appropriately also helps to relax the upper lip and complete the look.
Rhinoplasties, like other surgeries, especially cosmetic ones, can cost vastly different amounts. The price of any surgery varies with the complexity of the procedure, the expertise and reputation of the surgeon, and the geographic region in which the surgery is to be performed. Prices for the surgery can range anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000. Typically, whatever the fee is, the cost of rhinoplasty does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities, or other related expenses.
If you’re having what’s called an open rhinoplasty, the surgeon will make an incision (about 6 millimeters long) in the skin between the nostrils. “Open rhinoplasty is a very common technique, where the skin is lifted upward like the hood on a car,” says Dr. Ronald Schuster, a Baltimore plastic surgeon, in a RealSelf Q&A about open vs. closed rhinoplasties. If you’re having a closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are placed on the inside of the nose, so there are no external scars.
Patients may require reconstructive rhinoplasty if they have lost all or part of their noses to an accident, skin cancer, or another serious illness. During the treatment, a surgeon rebuilds the nose using skin grafts, flap techniques, and other advanced methods. Due to the complex nature of this procedure, patients may require multiple surgeries over a period of several months. Additionally, reconstructive rhinoplasty is a specialized procedure, and patients should look for surgeons who have extensive experience in this area.
Once your bone and cartilage have been resculpted, your surgeon pulls the skin back down and stitches it along the open-rhinoplasty incision across the columella (the tissue that links the nasal tip to the nasal base). “When done properly, that incision is extremely hard to see, once it’s healed,” says Dr. Miller. With a closed procedure, the incisions are made inside your nostrils, so there’s no visible scarring, and the sutures are usually dissolvable.
The consultation is your chance to get acquainted with the doctor and find out if you two see eye to eye. It is also your opportunity to explain why you want to have rhinoplasty and what your particular goals are. You will sit down with the doctor and tell him or her about your nose and what you would like to change. If you've had any previous nasal surgery or have broken your nose in the past, the doctor will want to know about that, too. If you have pictures of noses you like, bring them along so the doctor can get an even clearer idea of what you're hoping for. The doctor will examine your nose and explain what changes can be achieved and how the procedure will be performed.
Case 4: Some might think that this patient had had previous rhinoplasty with tip collapse, but she did not. Occasionally, the shape of the tip cartilages is very vertically-oriented, causing a deep groove in the nostril. She felt this, along with her marked tip crookedness, drew unwanted attention to her nose. Now, her nose is smaller, smoother, more defined, and just blends with the rest of her face.
If the rhinoplasty is necessary to improve breathing, rather than for aesthetic purposes, there is a possibility that the repair may be covered by insurance. An obstructed airway is usually caused by a deviated septum, and operating is necessary to restore normal air flow. Physicians will refer patients with this problem to facial plastic surgeons, who are able to determine the impairment and who will receive authorization by the insurance company to operate.
Your plastic surgeon's experience and reputation make the greatest difference in the cost of rhinoplasty. Here in Manhattan, it is possible to undergo the procedure for as little as $3,000 when it is performed by surgeons-in-training, supervised by senior surgeons. Meanwhile, there are experienced surgeons who are not performing as many rhinoplasties as they would like, and may be willing to perform the procedure for $5,000 to $7,000. However, if rhinoplasty is your surgeon's specialty, this can provide the best chances of achieving the results you desire. His or her fees will reflect that, and depending on where the practice is located, the total cost of surgery can be upwards of $15,000.
It is sometimes possible to have additional plastic surgery done at the same time while you are already asleep. It is not uncommon for Dr. Rival to perform lip enhancement, blepharoplasty (eyelift), otoplasty (ear setback) or even a facelift if the rhinoplasty is a limited procedure. Combined body plastic surgery procedures can sometimes also be arranged simultaneously. Overall each case must be assessed individually in this regard. For information on other facial plastic surgery procedures performed by Dr. Rival please see our main site www.rivalcosmeticsurgery.com .
The Rhinoplasty price includes a confidential consultation to discuss the concerns you have about your nose and consider the options that are available to you. Your photos are taken, and then the 3D VECTRA imaging system is used, allowing a 360-degree view so you are able to plan out the outcomes you would like to have and agree upon a surgical strategy with Dr. Torgerson.