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A nose job, or rhinoplasty, is one of the most common plastic surgeries for men and women. While some patients seek out the procedure in order to refine their appearance, others look to this surgery in order to correct a medical problem

Rhinoplasty Recovery

For a person who wants to have a nose job, they would not need more than a week away from work and could actually return to work two days after the operation if they wish to be seen with the bandage on their nose.  Vigorous exercise can be restarted within three weeks.  Nose job patients generally will not need pain medication after surgery as pain is typically minimal for most patients.  There will be slight swelling and some bruising for about seven to ten days.  A bandage will be placed over the nose and this should stay in place for about a week.  Though a patient will be able to see the results of their nose job immediately, as the swelling and bruising go down, more results will be seen over the course of the next three months after the surgery.

Rhinoplasty Costs

As with any plastic surgery, the costs of a nose job will vary from state to state, city to city, surgeon to surgeon.  Most cosmetic surgery offices can offer low costs financing to those patients who do not have  health care coverage for their procedure.  If the surgery is deemed to be cosmetic in nature, and most rhinoplasties are, then the costs must be covered entirely by the patient.  Across the United States, nose job costs can vary from $7,000 to $12,000. These fees include:

  • Consultation
  • Operating room costs
  • Surgical fees
  • Medical supplies
  • Medications
  • Anesthesia costs
  • Follow up appointments

In some cases, a patient may be able to find a lower cost surgeon their area, but this may not be the best choice for the best results.  Patients should look for surgeons who have the most experience in nose jobs in order to be assured of the best results.  Also, looking for a physician who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (and not a “self-recognized” board) or the Canadian and British equivalent is essential.