Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure designed to improve the size or shape of the nose. Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is an experienced plastic surgeon providing this surgery to her patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding areas. At the time of the initial consultation, Dr. Q discusses the cost aspects of the procedure with the patients so that they are in a position to make an informed decision.
Factors Affecting the Cost of Rhinoplasty
Variations may exist in the cost of nose surgery, and each practice may charge differently for the procedure. In some cases, the cost may also differ between two patients at the same practice. The following factors may affect the cost of rhinoplasty:
The cost of living index will vary between two different geographical regions in most cases. This can have an impact on the average cost of most products and services, including cosmetic surgery services. For instance, the cost of the procedure in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, or surrounding areas may not be the same as the cost in Oklahoma City.
Fee Charged by the Rhinoplasty Surgeon
The qualifications, experience and recognition of a cosmetic surgeon in the field of rhinoplasty may influence the fee charged by them for performing the procedure. Rhinoplasty is an intricate procedure that can have a major impact on the overall facial appearance. Therefore, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recommends patients to choose the best surgeon for their needs.
Anesthesia and Operating Room Costs
Rhinoplasty plastic surgery may be performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The fee of the anesthesiologist may vary according to their skills and experience. The kind of technology, comforts, services, and skilled staff that is available at an operating facility may also impact the cost of the facility.
Nature of Surgery
Rhinoplasty is a highly customizable procedure, and may be performed according to the unique aesthetic needs of a particular patient. The extent and complexity of the surgery may influence the overall costs of procedure. Cartilage grafting, synthetic implants, functional corrections, or nose reconstruction are special procedures that may add to the overall cost of rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery.
The extent of surgery in case of rhinoplasty can vary from one patient to another significantly. If the surgery involves cartilage grafting from another area of the body, or the use of synthetic implants, the cost of the surgery may be higher than that of a simple procedure involving minor nose surgery. If the procedure combined functional and aesthetic improvements, the surgery may be more complex and lengthy, resulting in higher overall costs.
According to the ASPS data for 2012, the average monetary figure of a rhinoplasty procedure in the United States was $4,493. However, this cost does not include the costs of anesthesia, operating room costs and other related expenses. The ASPS also makes it clear that the costs will vary significantly from one practice to another depending on various factors. Patients should assess the cost of the procedure in view of the factors that impact the financial undertaking at a particular practice.