Rhinoplasty Procedure FAQ

Published on October 13, 2015

Rhinoplasty is a delicate procedure involving the surgical reshaping of the nose and is quite common in today’s plastic surgery industry. If you have questions concerning the benefits and what to expect throughout the process, both pre- and post-op, below is a rhinoplasty FAQ compilation that will provide a deeper understanding of the procedure as a whole. By fully understanding rhinoplasty, you can approach your rhinoplasty procedure with confidence and discernment every step of the way.

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What Types of Rhinoplasty Procedures Are Available?

There are four basic types of rhinoplasty procedures, and each offers a unique outcome for patients like you who are seeking a targeted treatment that best complements your facial features.

Reduction Rhinoplasty For Hump

If you long for a thinner, more streamlined nose, reduction rhinoplasty is the perfect solution that will help to balance your facial features. As the label suggests, the overall goal of reduction rhinoplasty procedure is to diminish the size of the nasal area. This, in turn, will help your nose to appear more proportionate to the rest of your face.

Augmentation Rhinoplasty Procedure

In contrast to the reduction rhinoplasty procedure, augmentation rhinoplasty increases the size of the nose in order to provide optimal plumping and toning in the nasal area. Thinness or wasting away of the nasal region is attributed to genetics, injury, or the aging process. The surgery can also (include rhinoplasty hump removal, which diminishes and refines the bridge of the nose to offer more contour and less volume to this area). including building up to raise a low bridge

Ethnic Rhinoplasty Procedure

Ethnic rhinoplasty takes into account the unique characteristics of your racial background. This enables facial plastic surgeons to prescribe treatments for patients geared toward certain distinguishing cultural characteristics. The treatment will be much more personalized since you, the patient, will obtain higher quality treatments, both structurally and cosmetically.

Post-Traumatic Rhinoplasty Procedure

Post-traumatic rhinoplasty procedure involves a surgical reshaping of the nose after severe injury. This procedure can require dramatic restructuring due to the degree of damage caused by the injury. This type of surgery is extremely specialized, so it’s important to choose a facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty and is also a board certified ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) physician.

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?

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Multiple factors must be considered before a rhinoplasty estimate can be provided. Every patient has different needs and circumstances that will require personalized treatment plans, so it’s difficult to pinpoint the final outcome. Only an estimate provided by a qualified healthcare professional can help you determine the total rhinoplasty cost. Your charges will be assessed based on the following factors:

Anesthesia and Related Services

Anesthesia and other medications, medical supplies and the required support staff of nurses and anesthesiologists are factored into your surgery estimate.

Medical Examinations

Keep in mind that you will require medical exams before, during, and after the procedure, and you will be billed accordingly. These exams are a necessary means of determining your needs before surgery and assessing your progress afterward,

Wearable Items for After the Surgery and Any Medications

Your facial plastic surgeon will provide post-surgical recovery items, such as bandages, gauze, or other support. Replacement materials may be required as well, depending on the length and extent of your recovery. Your surgeon may also prescribe pain-relieving medicines and creams to encourage optimal healing and to reduce any discomfort or swelling after the procedure. Although these side effects are nothing to fear, a quality healthcare provider will always look out for your best interest by prescribing post-operative treatments that will prevent infection and any other complications.

Overall Healthcare Costs for Healthcare Providers and Facilities

Of course, the cost of the hospital room and any additional fees pertaining to medical supplies, onsite nurses, and any medicines administered by the facility itself are also factors that go into the total cost. All of this should be included in the quote you receive from your facial plastic surgeon.

A Quick Note About Financing Options

In a medical rhinoplasty procedure, such as a septoplasty for a deviated septum, or a procedure to remove a nasal obstruction, your insurance may cover a portion of the costs. It is your responsibility to communicate with your insurance company to find out how much (if any) of your surgery will be covered by your current plan. Keep in mind that financing options are also available in our practice to help you with out-of-pocket costs. The key is to stay informed about current lenders’ trends and to gather your quotes conscientiously from reputable financial institutions.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Time: How long will it last?

Initially, the healing process for a rhinoplasty surgery should take a few weeks, with final results presenting after one year post-op. If you are experiencing unusual swelling, high fever or other symptoms, you should contact your facial plastic surgeon immediately. Should you experience such complications, this could increase your recovery time. Regular check-ups and following the advice of your facial plastic surgeon can reduce your recovery time dramatically, so follow instructions carefully and keep your follow-up appointments.

Open vs Closed Rhinoplasty: What’s the Difference?

In an open rhinoplasty procedure, an extra incision is executed in the columella, which is the bridge that connects both nostrils. This tiny incision is the only distinguishing feature of open rhinoplasty, which allows the surgeon to access certain parts of the nose that a closed rhinoplasty wouldn’t allow. A closed rhinoplasty procedure doesn’t offer the visibility of open rhinoplasty, but depending on the needs of the patient, such visibility may not be necessary. The type of rhinoplasty procedure your surgeon will recommend for you will vary based on your needs as a patient.  Read more about Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty Surgeries.

What Is a Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure?

…and who is a good candidate?

While you probably hope that the first surgery will be the only surgery you will ever need, sometimes you don’t receive the expected results from a primary rhinoplasty procedure. A revision rhinoplasty procedure can hold major benefits if you did not receive the quality treatment you deserve or complications from a previous surgery prevented optimal results. A revision rhinoplasty, which is conducted by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is also a rhinoplasty specialist, will help remedy any negative effects of prior nose surgeries. The outcome of revision rhinoplasty may only achieve a small difference in your overall appearance and nasal functions, but the procedure itself is extremely technical as the surgeon reviews and executes a revision of a prior surgery. Stitches, incisions, and other after-effects of a previous procedure must be addressed with strategic pre-op planning. Due to the meticulous nature of this surgery, there is a limited number of surgeons who are willing to embrace the challenge of a rhinoplasty revision surgery.

Is There Such a Thing as Rhinoplasty Without Surgery?

Plastic surgery trends are becoming less invasive, providing you with more options for aesthetic enhancements without the risks associated with surgery and the downtime that comes with it. Rhinoplasty is no different. You can now opt for a non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure, a far less invasive and painful approach than a traditional rhinoplasty procedure. The entire treatment only takes about 15 minutes, and the recovery time and post-operative pain are a mere fraction of what a surgical rhinoplasty procedure entails. A non-surgical rhinoplasty is an injection (or series of injections) of dermal fillers that are typically used for smoothing wrinkles and adding volume to your face. This would not be a good option if you want to eliminate bulk or if you possess significant structural issues that complicate breathing or pose other risks. Instead, this procedure is recommended for those who are looking for a subtle augmentation rhinoplasty procedure or who want to smooth out a slight bridge hump or indention.

What Can I Expect to Look Like After a Rhinoplasty Procedure?

Are Rhinoplasty Before and After Pictures Available for My Reference?

scottsdale rhinoplasty procedure picturesIf you are a prospective patient, you can look at rhinoplasty procedure pictures in order to estimate your individual results. Sites such as RealSelf.com offer in-depth “before and after” photos so that you can identify with and gain a better understanding of what your results might look like. Many facial plastic surgeons also offer visualizer tools that allow you to predict a proposed/ simulated post-surgical outcome for your rhinoplasty procedure.

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What are the Rhinoplasty Risks?

…and what does rhinoplasty aftercare involve?

As with any surgery, you should take good care of yourself and carefully follow your doctor’s instructions for both surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty procedures. Both require a natural recovery time that will promote faster healing. It’s important to rest, apply a cold compress to any painful, swollen areas, and to take it easy for a few weeks until your nose begins to heal. Remember that rhinoplasty is surgery, and you should treat yourself and your symptoms accordingly and follow your surgeon’s advice for preparation and recovery.

What Are My Options for a Rhinoplasty Procedure in Scottsdale, Arizona?

If you’re searching for a Scottsdale facial plastic surgeon for your rhinoplasty surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. David A. Hecht. Dr. Hecht is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and Otolaryngologist who performs more rhinoplasty surgeries each year than any other plastic surgeon in Scottsdale, AZ.

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