Cost of Rhinoplasty: Adding It All Up
Reviewed by Yael Halaas, MD
Considering nose surgery? If you are, the cost of rhinoplasty is likely an important consideration.
Generally, rhinoplasty cost comprises the surgeon's fee, anesthesia fee, operating room fee and implant or grafting fee (if applicable). According to the most recent statistics from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the average surgeon's fee for a rhinoplasty is $5,223. The extent of the nose surgery also affects the price. For example, a primary rhinoplasty is not as costly as the far more involved revision rhinoplasty. In general, primary rhinoplasty costs can range from $3,000 to $8,000, and revision rhinoplasty can cost $10,000 to $15,000.
Other factors play a role in rhinoplasty cost, including where you have your surgery. It is a fact that nose jobs cost more in urban areas such as New York City and Los Angeles where surgeons are in greater demand.
If your rhinoplasty is performed in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as chin augmentation, your total cost will be higher. That said, add-on procedures can also make your surgery more affordable. It is less expensive to have the procedures done at the same time because you only pay one anesthesia fee and one facility fee. However, multiple procedures do increase the risks of your surgery, so this also needs to be factored in when devising your surgical plan.
Rhinoplasty Cost: Insurance Issues
If you are having a rhinoplasty to correct a functional defect such as difficulty breathing due to a deviated septum, insurance may cover some — or even all — of the costs of your nose surgery. Make sure to call your insurance company before your rhinoplasty, as some may require preauthorization.
Rhinoplasty for purely cosmetic reasons is not usually covered by insurance. If the cost is prohibitive, ask your surgeon about patient financing or payment plans. Assistance may be available.
There are some other hidden costs that may not be included in your rhinoplasty estimate. These may include (but are not limited to):
- Recovery supplies
- Preoperative blood work and/or physical exam
- Consultation fee. Some surgeons charge for consultation visits, while others do not. You may be allowed to apply the cost of this visit to your surgery if you choose to schedule a rhinoplasty.
One final note: In today's rough-and-tumble economy, many specialists with little or no training in the field of plastic surgery are turning to cosmetic procedures to increase revenues. They are also offering these procedures at reduced costs. Don't be fooled. Many of these practitioners have only taken a weekend course on how to perform your surgery. You get what you pay for.
Facial plastic surgeons and board-certified plastic surgeons are the specialists to go to for nose surgery. Facial plastic surgeons do their residency training in otolaryngology, or head and neck surgery, followed by fellowships in facial plastic surgery. Facial plastic surgeons should be certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Plastic surgeons do their residency training in general surgery followed by a fellowship in plastic surgery. They should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.