Rhinoplasty is a complex procedure that requires a delicate restructuring of the nose in order to mold it to a more desirable form for aesthetic reasons or to improve function. Since rhinoplasty is an intricately performed surgical procedure, many questions may arise regarding the operation. The top 5 rhinoplasty questions include:

  1. Will insurance cover rhinoplasty? In most cases, insurance companies will not cover the costs of rhinoplasty unless it is being done out of medical necessity.  Elective cosmetic surgery will typically not be covered under your insurance plan. If your insurance company agrees to cover the surgery, the exact coverage amount will depend on your particular insurance carrier.
  2. How long does rhinoplasty take? The actual rhinoplasty surgical procedure typically takes between one and two hours to complete depending on the complexity of the procedure and what all you are having done. Your plastic surgeon will be able to determine a more accurate time frame once they become familiar with your particular case.
  3. At what age can rhinoplasty surgery be performed? For most healthcare professionals, health, rather than age, is the most important consideration in determining the maximum advisable age for rhinoplasty. In cases involving mild or severe disfigurement due to accidents or birth defects, surgery may be performed at any age in an attempt to restore the nose to a more pleasing form. This will not only improve the individual’s nose function, but also their self-confidence. In general, though, rhinoplasty should be avoided until the nose fully matures; this means around age 16 for women and age 18 for men.
  4. When will I be able to see the results? Unfortunately, the results of rhinoplasty will not be instantaneous. For the first few days your nose will look bruised and swollen. After about a week the swelling will start to decrease and discoloration will start to fade. By 2 months, nearly all of the swelling and bruising should be gone, unless you fall prey to the risks or complications of rhinoplasty. Often the subtleties and elegance of the surgery aren’t revealed for up to 6 to 12 months after surgery. If the surgery was performed to improve functionality and breathing, you should be able to reap the benefits after week three once the major swelling subsides.
  5. How much does a rhinoplasty cost? It’s important to remember that the cost of the surgery includes much more than the procedure itself. Other included fees are for the operating facility, the anesthesiologist, medicines, splints, packing, and other services and materials. The total cost really depends on where you live and the amount of work you need done. Prices can even vary from surgeon to surgeon depending on their popularity. You should discuss the fee for your rhinoplasty with your surgeon and get all the information in writing. The amount you pay will also depend on how much your insurance provider will cover so be sure to discuss the issue with them as well.