Rhinoplasty Q and A

There seems to be many questions about Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery) and I thought that I’d start a series of information designed to address these questions:

1. How long does Rhinoplasty take?

Here in our Beverly Hills (Greater Los Angeles area) surgery center, the length of your Rhinoplasty may vary from about 1 hour for a first time closed Rhinoplasty to 2 hours for a Revision, or Open Rhinoplasty. This is my time and as variations exist between surgeons, you may have to ask how long your Rhinoplasty will take. I’ve had patients consult with me for Revision Rhinoplasty that told me their previous nasal surgery (performed elsewhere) took 4, 5, even 8 hours. I’m not sure why it would take that long, so be sure to ask.

2. What’s the recovery after a Rhinoplasty?

Typically, you will have minimal swelling and bruising the next day, tapering over 1 week. The amount of bruising is variable between patients and we ask our patients to refrain from all known blood thinners….including Vit C and E , aspirin, ibuprofen and homeopathic meds for 3-4 weeks prioir and 3 weeks after the surgery. It can take a full year to see the final result and the more that needs to be done to your nose, the longer the final result may take.

3. What are the typical costs of a Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty costs will vary based on the difficulty of your Rhinoplasty with first time less expensive than Revisions…and Closed Rhinoplasty less expensive than Open procedures. Figure on spending $7,500 for a first time closed and up to $20,000 or more for an extremely complicated Revision Rhinoplasty. You may find cut rate prices for Rhinoplasty but remember…you get what you pay for. You will not get a top Rhinoplasty Surgeon for a cut rate fee. This fee is just the Surgeon’s fee and does not include Operating Room fees.

Dr Francis Palmer
Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery
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