On the Nose: A Rhinoplasty Rundown

by Gregory S

On the Nose: A Rhinoplasty Rundown

We at Plastic Surgery Portal are always on the lookout for the best news and information on plastic and cosmetic surgery. Recently, plastic surgeon Dr. Ali Sepehr answered several questions for the Center for Facial Plastic Surgery about rhinoplasty (also known as nose surgery or nose reshaping). We liked his responses so much that we decided to reproduce a portion of his Q&A session. Thanks, Dr. Sepehr!

Q: What conditions does rhinoplasty or nose reshaping commonly correct?

A: Rhinoplasty can correct both form and function of the nose. Depending on the aspirations of the patient, it can often produce results more appropriate to the gender and ethnicity of the individual. Rhinoplasty can also help correct a traumatic injury, allowing the nose to blend with the rest of the face, often going unnoticed and making the eyes and lips more apparent. For patients experiencing breathing problems, my septorhinoplasty technique can address nasal obstruction and/or congestion. Ultimately, rhinoplasty is intended to provide an aesthetically pleasing outcome that is proportional to the face.

Q: How much does rhinoplasty cost?

A: The investment for rhinoplasty can range from $5,500 to over $10,000, depending on the complexity of the case. Some factors that may affect the cost include whether it is a primary, secondary, or revision rhinoplasty, if there is a need for cartilage grafts from the ears or ribs, and if anesthesia is necessary.

Q: What risks are associated with rhinoplasty?

A: The risks are generally small. Anesthesia complications are rare, and infection, bleeding, and scars are very infrequent. In rare cases, patients may be dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome; however, this can often be avoided. By listening to your concerns and establishing a good rapport, your facial plastic surgeon should be able to develop a clear picture of your desired results prior to the procedure.

Q: Rhinoplasty is recognized as one of the most complex of cosmetic procedures. What should I look for when selecting a rhinoplasty surgeon?

A: You should look for a facial plastic surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty who focuses on nasal surgery. Additionally, a qualified surgeon will have significant experience dealing with the nose and septum.


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