Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular procedures in the cosmetic surgery world, but it is also one of the most expensive. Doctors are becoming more experienced, techniques are becoming more refined, and the technology as a whole is becoming more innovative all the time. All of these contribute to a higher cost in rhinoplasty surgery. However, patients no longer have to pinch pennies for years in order to finance their rhinoplasty. They now have several payment options that can enable them to get the procedure sooner rather than later.
Breaking Down the Cost of a Rhinoplasty
- Consultation fee ($0 – $400) – This is the fee for your meetings with the doctor prior to the surgery. These can vary greatly and not every doctor has one. You can find out more about how much a consultation fee will be by calling plastic surgery offices, but you shouldn’t make your choice of plastic surgeon based solely on the expense of appointments.
- Surgeon’s fee (average $4,545) – This is the fee that covers the cost of the procedure and pays the doctor for his/her work. It differs the most between doctors and generally increases with their level of training and experience. It also depends on the type and extent of the surgery that is being performed. For example, a patient who is undergoing revision rhinoplasty will usually pay more for their surgery than a patient undergoing their first rhinoplasty.
- Anesthesia fee ($1,000 – $1300) – Knocking you out for surgery takes some money, too! Anesthesiology is a very precise science and requires someone who knows what they’re doing. The doctor may not always be the one to put you to sleep, meaning that the anesthesiologist and the associated drugs will have to be paid for as well.
- Facility fee ($500 – $2000) – Most rhinoplasty surgeons are capable of performing the surgery in their personal practices as an outpatient procedure. But, whether the procedure is done in a personal office or in a hospital, there are fees associated with keeping the facility in operation. That’s where this fee comes in. It’s another one that varies, this time according to the amount of equipment, the length of surgery time, the extent of post-operative recovery, and the location of the facility.
- Post-operative care costs – You won’t wake up from surgery the instant the doctor closes the incisions and you won’t be able to leave as soon as you wake up. There will be at least a couple hours after your rhinoplasty where you rest in the surgery facility, and then you will need bandages, medications, and possibly some other post-operative care materials. The total cost of your post-operative care will depend on these things as well as the type and amount of rhinoplasty surgery you’ve just had.
- Additional expenses – Some other costs that may not come from the doctor include arranging care for yourself and your family during and after your surgery. A babysitter, housekeeper, car service, or even something as simple as using sick time from work will all have costs that add to your total for the rhinoplasty procedure.
Rhinoplasty Payment Options
Now that we’ve broken down all the fees and expenses associated with rhinoplasty, exactly how much are we talking here? The total cost for a rhinoplasty surgery from Dr. Nassif averages about $20,000. For most people, $20,000 is not something that is just burning a hole in their pocket. It can take families years to save up that kind of money. Paying for your rhinoplasty doesn’t have to empty your savings account, though. Here are a few choices for financing the surgery:
- Insurance – Generally speaking, insurance companies will not pay for rhinoplasty, especially if it is purely cosmetic in nature. However, if you are looking to have rhinoplasty surgery to improve your breathing and overall health (also known as functional rhinoplasty), your insurance company may be willing to finance part or all of the procedure.
- Credit cards – There are actually medical credit cards that people can get for this exact purpose. They work just like normal credit cards with high interest rates and monthly payment plans.
- Loans – Your doctor’s office may have this option for patient payment plans, or you might be able to get one from your personal bank. They work just like any other loan, but are specifically for medical expenses.
- Savings – Of course, there is always the option of paying for your surgery with your own personal savings. However, most patients who have a plastic surgery procedure performed are not especially wealthy people. It can take many years to save money for surgery, particularly if you have a family or other important obligations that require financing.
Like many other services, cosmetic surgery is one in which you get what you pay for. Paying for cosmetic surgery may be overwhelming and it might seem better to choose a less expensive surgeon. However, you could be risking your health in choosing a less experienced doctor. The results might also not be what you imagined, leading you to require revision rhinoplasty, a procedure more expensive than a first rhinoplasty. The best plastic surgeons are willing to work with you on your payment options; most patients are regular, hard-working middle-class people who are not capable of dropping thousands of dollars on surgery immediately.
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Dr. ShervinNaderi, MD, FACS is a facial plastic surgeon located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, and want to consult with an experienced Washington, DC-area facial plastic surgeon, call the theNaderi Center Rhinoplasty& Cosmetic Surgery.
For the convenience of his patients he has two office locations, one in Reston, VA (703 481-0002) and the other in Chevy Chase, MD (301 222-2020). Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.