Rhinoplasty - Nose Job, What you Should Know

February 13, 2019

 

Rhinoplasty – better known as a nose job, enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose. It can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.  Rhinoplasty is best known for helping one achieve a more symmetrical nose and creating facial balance and correct proportion. 

 

What are some of the most common questions asked about rhinoplasty?

 

How much does a nose job cost?

$3500 - $7500, depending on the degree of work needed.  Lower end could be just a simple tip refinement and the upper end could be a Secondary Rhinoplasty with a severe deformity, requiring a lot of time, skill and expertise. 

 

Can a nose job be covered by insurance and do you deal with insurance?  Or, is it pay in cash and patient submit to insurance? 

Typically a nose job or Rhinoplasty is not covered by insurance however some components of a rhinoplasty can be, like the repair of a deviated septum (which is done routinely with a cosmetic rhinoplasty).  A deviated septum can be repaired without doing anything cosmetically (like shaving a hump or shorting the length) and that alone can be submitted to insurance but when you repair a deviation while you’re doing a Rhinoplasty, it usually isn’t reimbursed because it is part to the cosmetic procedure.  We do not participate with any insurance and everything we do in our practice is considered cosmetic or fee for service. 

 

What are different types of cosmetic nose surgery? 

Open, Close, Secondary and Filler.

 

Which rhinoplasty procedure provides the best results and is preferred by Dr. Magassy? 

He does closed Rhinoplasties because it leaves no scars on the face, they’re all internal.  The closed rhinoplasty produces less soft tissue damage so there is far less swelling and bruising postoperatively.  He has performed countless secondary rhinoplasties because of his expertise.  Dr. Magassy does not like the use of fillers for Rhinoplasties because of the fact that fillers can migrate/move, producing an undesired result and the fillers dissolve quickly, requiring multiple treatments which can become just as costly as surgery, a permanent result. 

 

What is the recovery period like following rhinoplasty?

Count on taking at least a week off from work and other normal activities. During this time you will need to sleep on your back with your head elevated. You will probably have some bruising around the nose and eyes, but, depending on the complexity of your surgery, it should go away within a week or two.  If you’re like most patients, you will experience some pain or discomfort for up to a week after your nose job.

You should also expect to experience some nasal congestion, but this too will subside relatively quickly.  Also swelling is common after most surgical procedures; which is also true with rhinoplasty. It’s important to understand that it can take up to a year for swelling to fully subside, and for the nose to heal completely.

Strenuous activities will need to be avoided for four weeks, and any activity that could put your nose at risk of injury must be avoided at all costs for a minimum of a few months.

 

There are numerous questions that could be asked and answered.  The best way to get all of your questions answered is to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Magassy.  Dr. Magassy will address all of your questions and concerns, as well as being able to provide you what to expect for the procedure and results.  Plastic Surgery Associates’ office is conveniently located in McLean, VA for local patients in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, VA and Washington DC.  Call 703-790-5454 to schedule your consultation today. 

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