In the world of plastic surgery, rhinoplasty is a common procedure and is often called a nose job. It is a type of plastic surgery, which is meant to change the shape or structure of the nose. It is sometimes performed for medical reasons, including repair of a deviated septum, or for cosmetic reasons. Rhinoplasty can result in better health, as well as a more aesthetically pleasing nose.

What to Expect

When undergoing any type of plastic surgery, either general or local anesthesia is administered in order to reduce discomfort during the procedure. If local anesthesia is used, the surgery is typically done as an outpatient procedure, meaning the patient does not have to stay in the hospital or surgical center. Otherwise, the patient may require a one-night stay in the center where the surgery was performed.

The Procedure

Interior incisions are made to give the surgeon access to the supporting tissues of the nose, especially the small bones and cartilage. These supporting tissues are reshaped, reduced or enhanced, depending on the desired outcome of the rhinoplasty. Once the structural changes have been achieved, the nasal skin and tissues are replaced and surgically reattached. An exterior splint supports the new structure of the nose while it is healing, and is typically removed about a week after surgery.

Some Things to Consider

The cost of rhinoplasty may not be covered by insurance. The type of anesthesia employed during the surgery can heavily affect the cost; the fees associated with the surgeon are also variable. These fees do not cover the cost of the operating facility, additional personnel involved in the surgery, or medicines or medical devices needed after the surgery. It is also important to remember that rhinoplasty is a permanent change that requires realistic and clear expectations to be successful.