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Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

5 Nose Surgery Facts You Definitely Didn’t Know

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Nose surgery continues to rise in popularity year after year. If you think rhinoplasty could be right for you, start by doing a little research about the benefits and limitations of this popular procedure. Here’s what you need to know about rhinoplasty to help you decide if you could be a good candidate.

1. Rhinoplasty Isn’t All about Looks

Many men and women choose to get nose surgery to correct asymmetry or change the size or shape of their nose, within reason, to enhance their natural features. However, rhinoplasty isn’t only about cosmetics. There are also a number of medical reasons why you might consider getting a nose job.

For instance, a deviated septum can cause breathing problems that rhinoplasty can correct. In other cases, injury or trauma can affect both the function and aesthetics of your nose, both of which nose surgery can address.

2. Winter Is the Most Popular Time of Year for Nose Jobs

There are several reasons why the winter months are the most popular time of year to get nose surgery. First, rhinoplasty recovery can be more comfortable and convenient during the winter, since you won’t be battling hot, sweaty conditions. Most people also tend to spend more time at home in the winter, making it the perfect time to rest, relax and recharge while you recover from your facial plastic surgery.

Additionally, many people are able to take time off work more easily in the winter months, since the summer is a popular time to take off for vacation.

3. You’ll Have to Keep Your Head Up

Literally — keep your head elevated while you recover from your nose job to help reduce swelling. Many people find that sleeping in a recliner for the first few days is comfortable. Alternatively, you can try stacking two or more pillows in bed to help you keep your upper body elevated at night. You can also try using a body pillow or two to keep you from rolling over onto your stomach in your sleep.

Expect to wear a protective splint for the first week or so of recovery after nose surgery.

4. Your Voice Probably Won’t Change

You may have heard that your voice will change after rhinoplasty, but experts say that this isn’t true. In the majority of cases, a nose job won’t affect the pitch or overall sound of your voice, especially when performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon.

However, if this is a major concern for you, discuss your nose job options with your plastic surgeon during your consultation.

5. Rhinoplasty Is More Affordable Than You Think

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the average cost of nose surgery is around $5,000, although this can vary based on your specific needs and location. If the cost of your procedure is a concern for you, discuss your options with your plastic surgeon at your consultation. Many practices offer financing solutions to help make your procedure as affordable as possible.

If your nose job is deemed a medical necessity, insurance may cover all or part of the associated costs. The best way to determine if insurance might pay for your rhinoplasty is to call the number on your insurance card and explain your situation.

In either case, resist the temptation to “shop around” for the best price on any plastic surgery procedure. You could end up paying much more in complications and revision procedures in the long run.


5 Nose Surgery Facts You Definitely Didn’t Know
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5 Nose Surgery Facts You Definitely Didn’t Know
What do you need to know about rhinoplasty to see if it’s right for you? Austin board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dellinger shares 5 little-known facts.
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