The cost of rhinoplasty can vary considerably depending on the surgeon's skill, the geographic region where the surgery is performed, and the type of structural and cosmetic changes made to the nose. The highest quality surgeons charge the most, while less qualified surgeons may charge less.
Depending on a variety of factors, rhinoplasty cost can vary from $3000 to $8,000 or more. The total cost includes the surgical fee, anesthesia fee, and facility fee. To get an idea of what rhinoplasty may cost you, review the 2004 Average Physician/Surgeon Fees (PDF) report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In addition, you may incur a non-refundable initial consultation fee.
Learn more about the varying costs of rhinoplasty depending on the type of the nose surgery you are considering.
If your rhinoplasty is done for purely cosmetic reasons, you will be responsible for the entire cost of rhinoplasty. However, if rhinoplasty is necessary to correct a birth defect, for example a cleft palate, your health care provider may cover the surgery. Coverage also depends on your specific plan, benefit language, and state mandates. Speak to your health care provider for specific requirements. For more information on health insurance coverage, visit Insurance Coverage: A Plastic Surgery Patient's Guide.
To get an idea of how health care providers treat plastic surgery coverage, take a look at 2005 Cigna HealthCare Position on Rhinoplasty Coverage [pdf / 171KB].
If the cost of plastic surgery is too large for you to pay in full, ask your surgeon if he or she offers any sort of financing options such as a payment plan. Furthermore, you can look into financing your nose surgery. To view an affordable cosmetic surgery program visit the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.
In some instances hospitals may offer a special, more affordable plastic surgery program. The surgery is performed by a doctor who has completed his or her medical training, but is taking extra time to receive advanced training in cosmetic plastic surgery. These surgeries are done in the presence of a board certified plastic surgeon, who serves as an assistant during the rhinoplasty procedure.
Learn more about the growing trend of plastic surgery financing from an educational video from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Are you looking for different plastic surgery procedure costs? After you have had rhinoplasty, some patients choose to have other procedures, such as a facelift (rhytidectomy) or eyelid surgery. Learn about eyelid surgery cost in All About Facial Rejuvenation. Liposuction is also a very popular procedure and there is a lot of new research about alternatives to lipoplasty. Skin procedures, such as the laser hair removal or microdermabrasion procedures, are also commonly performed on the facial area. These procedures are used to remove excess hair or moisten the skin, creating a more youthful and attractive appearance. However they do not reduce wrinkles like Botox or Dysport. To learn about elective procedures for dentistry, and how much they cost, such as information about braces cost, visit the Consumer Guide to Dentistry.