Rhinoplasty is aesthetic surgical improvement of the nose. It’s used to restore symmetry, improve a flaw such as a crooked nose or drooping tip, and even correct breathing problems.
According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, member surgeons performed close to 40,300 nose jobs in 2012. Despite the popularity of this procedure, there are still some things people do not realize about rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty is One of the Most Difficult Facial Plastic Surgeries to Perform.
The success of a rhinoplasty depends on the skill of the rhinoplasty surgeon. First, a solid understanding of the anatomy of the nose is needed. Next, there must be an understanding of how to make the changes without affecting the supportive structures of the nose. Even after the nose surgery is over, the healing process is dependent on how well the surgeon established the support of the nose, with the “structural” approach excelling in this area.
Breathing Issues Can Be Corrected With Rhinoplasty.
With a deviated septum, it can be harder to breathe because one nasal passage is much smaller than the other. Nose surgery can be used to straighten the septum and open up the nasal passages to help restore breathing. Patients often opt to improve the aesthetics of the nose while correcting functional concerns.
Swelling Can Take a Year or More to Resolve.
It’s a common mistake that rhinoplasty patients make. Many have the nose surgery, go back to have the stitches and splint removed about a week later, and become disheartened when there is still swelling. It can take months before all rhinoplasty swelling subsides. By the third month after rhinoplasty, swelling has reduced by approximately 90 percent. By the end of the year, you will see the final results of your new nose.
Average AAFPRS Surgeons’ Fees for Rhinoplasty Are $5,541.
The 2012 report issued by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery places the average surgeon fee for rhinoplasty at just over $5,500. This fee does not include anesthesiologist or facility fees.
An AAFPRS Surgeon Performs an Average of 54 Rhinoplasties Per Year.
The average number of rhinoplasty surgeries performed by AAFPRS members stood at 54 in 2012. The more nose jobs a surgeon performs, the higher the skill level. Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, a South Florida rhinoplasty surgeon, averages three to four rhinoplasties per week.
Watch Dr. Epstein’s rhinoplasty video to see before and after images of a rhinoplasty patient. Dr. Epstein is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon with offices in New York and Miami. To schedule a rhinoplasty consultation, call (212) 759-3484 in New York or (305) 666-5884 in Miami.