So your nose is a little out of whack, or maybe you are over-reacting to a perfectly normal schnozzle. Either way, the time has come to price out a nose job. It’s not surprising that you’re considering a rhinoplasty, especially since it’s the most popular plastic surgery procedure for people under 30. Before you go under the knife, though, it is important to get all the details of the upcoming rhinoplasty (aka, understand how a rhinoplasty works). One of the most important factor you’ll need to consider? The cost.
While the average cost of a nose job is about $4,700, the expense of this procedure ranges dramatically depending on the surgeon you choose, anesthesia, logistics of the surgery, hospital facilities, medical tests, wound dressings, post-operative care, follow up appointments, associated medications, and regional location. Not all surgeons offer comparable pricing structures. For instance, a plastic surgeon in a Washington, D.C. suburb notes on his website that costs for a rhinoplasty may range up to $11,000.
Now that the weight of this hefty medical bill is sinking in, a bright and shiny light bulb may have just popped into your head - insurance! Bad news, insurance is not likely to pay. Unless you have a medically impaired breathing function that is documented by your physician and have received prior authorization from the insurance company, that nose job medical bill will end up in your mail box.
During the rhinoplasty research process, every person considering a nose job needs to visit a reputable, board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation prior to committing to the procedure. A doctor will be able to give you the important details about the type of procedure necessary for your nose and provide a corresponding price quote.
Getting a rhinoplasty isn’t for everyone, and it’s important to make sure you understand the benefits, risks, and costs associated with the procedure before committing to it. Be sure to do your research, and to discuss all of your options with your doctor before taking the plunge!
Written by: Meagan Bates