Rhinoplasty is any surgery that changes the shape of the nose. In many cases, rhinoplasty is electively, chosen by a patient to improve the appearance of the nose and overall attractiveness of the face. As with any aesthetic or purely cosmetic surgery, the cost of rhinoplasty rests with the patient. If you are considering this type of surgery, you should be aware of the various costs of rhinoplasty and anticipate how you will pay for these costs without the help of insurance.
The cost of rhinoplasty can vary widely depending on a number of factors. In general, you can expect the entire rhinoplasty procedure to cost between $3,500 and $10,000 in the United States. This amount covers the surgeon’s fees, anesthesiologist’s fees and the fees due to the facility where the rhinoplasty was performed. The facility fees range between $700 and $1,000. The anesthesiologist is also paid between $700 and $1,000 for services provided during rhinoplasty. The surgeon’s fees are, by far, the largest cost of rhinoplasty. The average surgeon’s fees for rhinoplasty in the US are $4,277†. As with all plastic surgeries, the average cost of rhinoplasty is different depending on US geographical region. In general, surgeons in the Northeast and on the West coast charge more for per procedure that in the Midwest and South.
Remember that the cost of rhinoplasty is based on several factors. While it is only reasonable to try to find the best price, understand that surgeon’s fees often reflect their relative skill level and expertise with a procedure. In other words, finding the lowest price may not always be the best course of action when considering the cost of rhinoplasty. When you are interviewing plastic and cosmetic surgeons, make sure that they are board certified in plastic surgery. It is possible for physicians to practice plastic surgery without being board certified. While this does not usually happen, it is best to make sure. Make sure that certification is by a reputable medical organization. Also, inquire about the number of rhinoplasty procedures that the surgeon has performed. Ask to see before and after photos of previous patients. Do not be afraid to ask about complication rates and whether more than one surgery will be required. Higher surgeon fees do not always mean a better surgeon, so it is up to you to find a quality rhinoplasty surgeon at a price that you can afford.
Not all rhinoplasty procedures are the same, either. Are you looking to have the point of your nose softened slightly or are you hoping to completely redesign your nose? The answer to that question will certainly factor into the cost of rhinoplasty. Quick and minor procedures will cost less, as you would expect. You may even see a reduction in anesthesiologist fees with a faster procedure since you will be under the effects of anesthesia for less time. For more involved rhinoplasty, the cost will be greater. Also, more involved procedures make it even more important to find the best surgeon. The more aggressive the approach, the more room for error, thus you will need to find a surgeon that is up to the task (and quality surgeons often charge more).
If you and your physician or surgeon can identify a medical need for your rhinoplasty, such as to improve breathing, your health insurance company may help cover the cost. Otherwise, you will be required to pay the fees in full. Many surgical offices provide low and no interest payment options to help you.