Understanding the Basics of Nose Jobs

Whether you want to refer to it as a nose job, rhinoplasty or reshaping, everyone has the option to have the nose of their dreams.

A consultation with a professional will help you set realistic expectations though and ensure that you choose the right nose shape for your face.

Nose jobs are the third most popular cosmetic procedure amongst women in the United States with surgeries amounting to over 1 billion dollars.

Setting your nose job expectations

It is recommended that you first identify the particular area of your nose that’s bugging you the most in order to decide on the nose surgery that will work best for you.

In order to choose the ideal nose surgeon and achieve the best results, it’s important to do some thorough research on the surgeons in your area or speak to a friend or family member that you trust about their recommendations.

Nose job success rates

Above anything else, your expectations play a leading role in the success of your nose surgery. Skin thickness, facial bone structure and your unique physical characteristics also play a role.

Dr Evans is a nose surgeon at Shire Cosmetic who says that he often has patients who bring him a photo of the nose they want but the nose doesn’t end up being a match for their face. Or their skin type or nasal structure makes the results unachievable.

It’s important to come to your consultation with an open mind and to listen to what your surgeon recommends.

The recovery process

The average, healthy woman can expect to have a cast and sutures in place for around a week and will need to deal with some discomfort, swelling and bruising. The swelling will dissipate over a few weeks but in some cases, a few months.  

The recovery time is dependent on several factors:

  • Patient anatomy
  • Nose surgery type
  • History of previous nasal surgeries
  • Skin thickness

While the recovery process may seem like it’s taking forever, it’s incredibly important that the nose has adequate support in order to prevent complications such as collapsing of the walls and breathing obstructions. Complications will only lead to additional surgery and longer recovery times.

Are nose jobs covered by insurance?

If your nose job is for purely cosmetic reasons, it’s very unlikely that your insurance company will cover the procedure. If however you need surgery to correct a deviated septum that is causing breathing problems, your insurance may cover the procedure.

The nasal septum separates the two halves of the nose and when it shifts away from the middle, it can cause air flow issues that require surgery.

In 2008, patients could expect to pay around $4,000 for a nose job, which included surgeon fees, staff, the surgical facility and medications. Today, that cost is much higher.