RHINOPLASTY COST BREAKDOWN AND PRICES EXPLAINED
What actually goes into the total rhinoplasty cost? Most people might not have the full picture when it comes to the actual amount of money you might have to spend to get a rhinoplasty. Even those who are determined to get the surgery might not know about certain additional costs. In this article, we carefully examined and broke down every little expense you will have to pay to get your nose done. By the end of this article you’ll have learned about;
- The average cost of rhinoplasty and the price range
- Factors that affect the price, and how much they cost
- The total cost of rhinoplasty when all hidden costs are considered
- And how to pay for a rhinoplasty procedure.
The Average Cost of Rhinoplasty
According to the latest statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, (ASPS), the average cost for a nose reshaping surgery was announced as $5,483 in 2019. This price is only a part of the entire cost, as ASPS considers the surgeon’s fee as the average price.
The two ends of the price spectrum for nose surgery vary greatly. The low-end price of this spectrum starts at $500 for a non-surgical rhinoplasty and it can go as up as $25.000 for the most complex and challenging procedures such as revision rhinoplasty.
Why is the rhinoplasty price range so drastic?
Rhinoplasty is a very broad field that focuses on both functional and aesthetic aspects of the nose. Besides that, based on what a patient requires, there are different rhinoplasty types in practice. The practice can include different procedures from a simple injection in the non-surgical rhinoplasty to revision rhinoplasty which is one of the most challenging operations in facial plastic surgery. This explains why the price range for a nose job is vast and drastic
Is rhinoplasty worth the price?
For some, yes. And for some, not at all. It depends on if the patient’s needs and wants were provided for them. For some, just a simple, affordable liquid nose job will be satisfying enough. For others, even getting your surgery done by the “best doctor” or at the “most expensive” clinic won’t be enough.
Patients need to carefully consider their expectations and needs and should have multiple consultations if necessary, to get different opinions and quotations. At the end of the day, the price is worth it if you look in the mirror and feel confident, and as beautiful as ever after your rhinoplasty.
Cost of Rhinoplasty Based on Type
The number one aspect that determines the cost of rhinoplasty is the type of rhinoplasty that’s performed. Each type requires certain materials or techniques that can cause a huge variation. Let’s go over each type shortly so you can get more details on why the price range mentioned above is so drastic.
The price ranges below were determined by examining the price listings for various clinics from around the world. The costs are for the procedure itself only and do not include additional expenses. Prices were certain procedures were unavailable.
|$2350 and up
|Ultrasonic/ Piezo Rhinoplasty
|$4000 and up
|$3000 and up
|Non-surgical/ Liquid Rhinoplasty
|$650 and up
|$300 and up
Open approach: This surgical technique gives the best access to functional and cosmetic goals, thus explaining the rather high price range.
Closed approach: A closed approach is preferred when there is no need for a functional correction, making it slightly more affordable compared to the open approach.
Piezo or Ultrasonic rhinoplasty: Ultrasonic nose job requires special equipment, and has additional benefits like a shorter recovery process, making it slightly pricier.
Revision Rhinoplasty: This complicated rhinoplasty type mostly focuses on restoring normal nasal function and appearance and requires an experienced surgeon to execute it. It can be one of the most expensive procedures.
Ethnic Rhinoplasty: The high price tag for ethnic rhinoplasty is due to the delicacy necessary for the surgery, as the final result should be in great harmony with the other facial features.
Non-surgical or liquid rhinoplasty: This is one of the most affordable nasal procedures because it doesn’t require general anesthesia and is done just by injecting dermal fillers. However, the results are not everlasting.
Septorhinoplasty: This combined procedure is on the more expensive side as there are two separate procedures done at the same time. A quick reminder that partial insurance coverage might available for this operation.
Teenage Rhinoplasty: The price for this operation is set based on essential functional restoration and not because of aesthetic purposes. The individual might need to undergo a secondary rhinoplasty when they are fully grown.
Rhinoplasty Cost Breakdown
To fully understand every expense that can come up with rhinoplasty, we need an entire cost breakdown. When you get a quote from a doctor, hospital, or clinic, it might not include all the expenses you’ll be paying for. With a proper cost breakdown, you’ll be able to see clearly the factors that influence the cost, the additional expenses that come up that weren’t included in the initial quote, and the total cost of this procedure when every expense is accounted for.
What determines the cost of rhinoplasty?
The first thing we have to look at is how certain aspects can influence the cost of this procedure. The differences in the following aspects can affect the prices greatly, and they will be different for every clinic, hospital, doctor, and patient. You can think of them as the main aspects that will determine about 90% of the cost of your surgery.
The surgeon’s fee is the defining variable of the total cost, as we already mentioned when talking about the average cost. The surgeon’s fee is based on the surgeon’s education, experience, skills, training, and achievements. The more experienced a surgeon is, the higher the price. The surgeon’s fee also determines the price of the consultation.
Rhinoplasty Type and Approach
When it comes to rhinoplasty it can be done by either a surgical or a non-surgical approach. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is less expensive, as it’s less invasive and can be done under local anesthesia, and the equipment and materials used also cost less.
The surgical rhinoplasty is carried out through two main approaches: open and closed. Open rhinoplasty is more invasive and can give better aesthetic results because. The Open technique is more expensive than the closed rhinoplasty.
There are numerous types of rhinoplasty and the best option for each patient is chosen based on their requirements and the surgeon’s decision. Variations in surgical methods and techniques, and the complexity of each type lead to different prices.
Like the surgeon, the anesthesiologist’s training and experience come into account while estimating the price. Undoubtedly, General anesthesia costs more than local anesthesia, which doesn’t necessarily need to be performed by an anesthesiologist.
Facility / Surgical Center
The place where the operation is carried out plays an essential role in the final charge. Some surgeons execute the surgery in a hospital, while others have the required surgical suites to perform it in their own office. Usually having a rhinoplasty in the hospital costs more, but in case of an emergency, all the precautions have been taken into consideration. The medical staff’s fee such as nurses and surgical assistants, who assist during and after the operation is also a significant variable.
The geographical location strongly defines the price charts for nose surgery for each region. In countries with strong currency rates such as the US or the UK, and Canada, where the quality of life and health services are of high standards. The average cost of this cosmetic procedure is more affordable in countries where medical tourism is popular such as Turkey, Mexico, and eastern European countries.
Additional Expenses to Account For
With rhinoplasty, additional expenses might come up that were not accounted for in the initial quotation. Patients need to account for these expenses in advance, and budget for them so they don’t get surprised with a medical bill they did not anticipate. None of the following aspects can be omitted from the process to cut corners and save up. So, during your consultation, make sure which of these aspects will be an extra cost, which ones are included in the initial quote, and budget for them in advance.
- Consultation fee: The price range for rhinoplasty consultation varies hugely and it is not easy to give a certain price. The average price for a consultation is between $75 to $200, while some surgeons do not charge their patients for it.
- Laboratory tests: The range can differ based on the number of tests required by the doctor from a simple blood test to CT- Scans and hormone profiles. The price is usually between $50-$200.
- Medical equipment: The fee for medical equipment used during and after the surgery is also added to the final price. The estimated price is $800 which includes the gauze, needle, stitches, cast, and surgical facilities.
- Recovery and Post-op follow-ups: Doctors may or may not require additional payment for post-op visits. Make sure you ask for pricing during your first consultation.
- Medications: The price for prescribed antibiotics, painkillers, and sedatives is also something that might not appear in the given quote. An extra fee of $150 can be added to your final pricing.
- Hospital Stay: The hospital will charge you extra for your stay if you spend your night after the surgery there.
- Time off from work: One variable most people forget to mention is the downtime from work. Undeniably this can affect your economical state and you should consider this in your expenses while planning a nose cosmetic surgery.
Total Cost of Rhinoplasty
So, after the initial quote is given, and the “hidden” additional costs are accounted for, how much does it actually cost to get rhinoplasty surgery, from your first consultation to the end? Let’s add our numbers.
- Consultation: The initial consultation fee ranges from $75 to $200
- The surgeon’s fee & operation: this estimation is based on their expertise, education, and level of experience and starts from $5500 and can go as high as $15.000.
- Anesthesia & Anesthesiologist: Depends on whether general or local anesthesia is administered, and the anesthesiologist fee is between $700-$2000.
- Surgical site: The average price for the operating room and the facilities used during an operation ranges from $1000 to $2000.
- Medical Equipment and supplies: This consists of all the stuff used during and after the surgery from the surgical equipment to supplies such as gauze, the cast, etc. and the estimated price is $800.
- Medications: The two main medications a surgeon prescribes within the rhinoplasty process are antibiotics and painkillers and together they cost around $150.
- Pre-op care and Lab tests: The money will have to pay for the medical tests before a nose job is around $150.
With a quick glance at all the expenses altogether, The total cost of a rhinoplasty (surgical) is estimated to place in a wide range between $7500 up to $20.000, way above the average price, or the initial quotes that might be given.
Paying for Rhinoplasty
After all the cost breakdowns, now it’s time to look at the possible ways you can pay for your rhinoplasty surgery. During your consultation, you should ask about the payment options available with your clinic and consider each option carefully to choose the best one for you. We advise that you weigh these options carefully to get the best bang for your buck.
If rhinoplasty is done to correct a functional problem such as breathing issues or reconstructive surgery, it can be covered by the patient’s health insurance policy. To make sure in which situations they offer coverage, you can get in touch with your insurance provider. However, insurance companies do not pay for a cosmetic rhinoplasty as it is considered an elective surgery for aesthetic reasons.
In the case of a hybrid procedure where both septoplasty and rhinoplasty are performed at the same time, it can be partially covered by medical insurance, as septoplasty aims to functional problems. You can get in touch with your insurance provider to learn about their policy on this combined surgery and its coverage.
In situations where patients are looking to make the payments a little more manageable, it is possible to pay for your treatments with a credit card. There are even specific credit card options available for healthcare and cosmetic surgery services. However, you must check in with your chosen clinic in advance so you don’t apply for a card you won’t even use.
Paying on credit can be a great option, but it requires a great deal of financial literacy. You have to make sure that the card fees, account fees, and interest rates combined won’t put you in debt in the long run. We advise patients carefully weigh the pros and cons before considering this option.
Financing and Payment Plans
Financing is similar to credit, however, it’s usually offered by clinics themselves, and a third-party credit card company or bank is not necessary. Each clinic will have different policies with financing, and some might not offer this option at all.
When you finance a rhinoplasty, you’ll be making monthly payments, just like a credit card. The interest rate or the duration of payments will be determined by the clinic.
Another option that has grown to great popularity all around the world is medical tourism. You can undergo nose surgery for both functional and cosmetic reasons in well-known destinations for health tourism in countries that offer the same high-quality surgical procedures at more affordable prices. These packages are usually all-inclusive and cost a fraction of the price compared to places like the US or the UK.
Congratulations to you for making it to the end of the article! We hope that we were able to help you get a realistic view of the amount of money you’d have to spend in order to get this surgery. Let’s go over the points we talked about one last time. In short;
- The price range for rhinoplasty is extensive, and the price mostly depends on the experience of your surgeon, your location, and the type of rhinoplasty you’ll be getting.
- The initial quote you get from your doctor or the clinic most likely doesn’t include everything you’ll end up paying for. It’s best to account and budget for them in advance.
- There are various payment options available, and you should be choosing the one that suits your budget the best, without breaking the bank or getting yourself into debt.
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