RHINOPLASTY (also known as a “Nose Job”)
I perform both “Open” and “Closed” rhinoplasty techniques. For secondary rhinoplasty procedures, I almost always recommend the “Open” technique. In my experience the “Open” technique provides for optimal control. I also usually stabilize the cartilage with suturing techniques – this reduces cartilage deformation and helps to ensure a good long-term result.
Also, if airflow through the nose is restricted I can perform a septoplasty or turbinate procedure at the time of the rhinoplasty procedure to improve nasal breathing.
Most patients do not have significant pain after a rhinoplasty. Actually, it is not unusual for the tip of the nose to be numb following the procedure.
The recovery time and requirements differ from patient to patient and depends on the amount of work performed. However, most rhinoplasty patients wear a splint for a full week. Although bruising is typically resolved within a week, bruising and swelling can be more significant in patients who have a hump/bump that they want removed. Because of these issues, many patients take 7-10 days off of work following this procedure. However, if you have a desk job and do not mind being seen with some bruising, you may be able to return to work in half that time.
Bottom line…unless you only want/need very minor changes, expect to have a full week of social “down time”.
There is some variability to the price of rhinoplasty. The cost factors are:
Type of rhinoplasty (tip only, tip and bone, wide ala)
History of prior rhinoplasty
Need for anesthesia (sedated or asleep)
Correction of deviated septum
Need for cartilage grafting
Need for other types of grafting
However, most patients spend $4,000 – $6,000 for all charges related to this procedure.