The Cost Of Rhinoplasty And What To Expect For The Price You Pay
Although the cost of rhinoplasty is very important, it is just as important that the person considering having this procedure done finds the right plastic surgeon to do the job, to make sure that they are indeed getting what they’re paying for. As many factors go into working out the price of the procedure for each patient, it is hard to give a set price as to the cost of the rhinoplasty. Costs for having a nose job done can be anything from $3,000 to $13,000 or even more in some cases, with $4,500 being the average price for a complete rhinoplasty procedure.
In general, the price you pay for the procedure normally includes:
• The hospital or facility fees
• The surgeon’s fees
• The cost of the anesthetic
It should be mentioned here that the surgeon’s fees make up the bulk of the overall costs involved, so it is very important that potential patients do some research first, to make sure that the surgeon they have chosen, is indeed as skilled and qualified to justify the high fees he charges.
Some of the other factors which influence the costs, are the intricacy of each case, whether it is going to be a minor or full rhinoplasty operation, whether or not cartilage grafting is involved, the technology and equipment used, and so forth. It is therefore impossible to provide an average cost, until the patient has been for a rhinoplasty consultation. The patient should also find out during his/her consultation, whether the cost involved includes a few days stay in hospital.
If the procedure is being done to improve a patients breathing, or for some other medical reason, then insurance companies might cover part of the costs. They will not cover the costs however, if the procedure is being done simply for cosmetic reasons.
In the event that a patient has chosen a surgeon whose practice does not offer different payment options, then the procedure can be paid via a bank loan, credit card, or accumulated savings. Care should be taken when paying via bank loan or credit card however, as the interest rates charged on these options, could increase the total cost quite substantially.
Also worth mentioning, is the fact that revision rhinoplasty can be significantly more expensive than a normal procedure, with costs being in the region of around $10,000 to $15,000. The reason for this is because revision rhinoplasty is usually necessary after a previous operation has gone wrong, and a more specialized surgeon is needed to perform the procedure.
There are a few other things that patients should find out about, before committing themselves to surgery, such as:
• They should make sure that the surgeon they choose is certified with the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
• That rather than choose a regular plastic surgeon, they choose one who specializes in facial surgery. A regular plastic surgeon works in all areas of the body, while a facial plastic surgeon is specially trained to work with both the internal and external areas of the face specifically
• It is very important that the chosen surgeon has a vast amount of knowledge and skill to work in the entire facial area, as well as the neck, ears, and throat
• Rhinoplasty should be a part of his normal daily work routine
• That the highly qualified, board certified surgeon, chosen to perform the procedure, will be more expensive
• The patient should check the accreditations of the surgeon, his surgical training, as well as what board certifications he has. If he is certified by both the American Board of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery), then he is indeed highly qualified to perform the rhinoplasty procedure
• If different payment options are offered by the practice, such as paying for the procedure on a monthly basis over a certain period of time, instead of in one lump sum.
What many people do to lower the cost of the operation, is to have it done in another country, such as Thailand and India, or certain Eastern Bloc countries as well, where prices are extremely lower than they are back home, despite the extra costs of flight, travel and accommodation.