We are often our own worst critics. This can be especially true for people who are frustrated with a particular part of their body, such as their nose. Not feeling good about appearance can hurt your self-confidence.
If you are bothered by the appearance of your nose, rhinoplasty can help you achieve a more shapely nose and enhance the proportions of your face.
In this article, we'll answer one of our reader's most popular questions: How much does rhinoplasty cost?
Rhinoplasty: How Much Does It Cost?
The honest truth is that there is no single cost for rhinoplasty, as the procedure varies from patient to patient.
There are 3 main factors that determine the cost of rhinoplasty:
- The complexity of your procedure
- Your surgeon
- Your geographic location
Let's take a look at each of these individual factors in greater detail so that you can understand how the cost of rhinoplasty is determined.
1. The Complexity of Your Procedure
Every rhinoplasty is different, as no two people are the same (except for, perhaps, identical twins, but even identical twins could have different goals!).
Here are some common concerns that can be improved with rhinoplasty:
- A nose that is too large
- A nose that is too small
- A nose that is too wide or bulbous
- A nose that has a large hump
- A nose that is crooked
- A nose that is too flat
- A nose that is drooping
- A nose that is too short (upturned)
- A nose that has breathing problems due to a deviated septum or obstructed nasal passages
- A nose that has been deformed due to previous accident or injury
- Unsatisfactory results after previous rhinoplasty
For some patients, only a small change may be needed, eg. a small hump that needs to be reduced, or wide nostrils that need to be narrowed. Simpler procedures tend to cost less.
On the other end of the spectrum, a patient may have several issues or a complex problem such as a crooked nose or a revision. These procedures tend to cost more.
It's important to point out that creating even a slight change in appearance of the nose could require complex adjustments to several parts of the nose. Patients may be surprised to learn that their nose reshaping procedure isn't limited to just the tip, to just the bridge, or to just the nostrils, etc.
In general, most rhinoplasty surgeries require careful attention to the entire nose, as each part has a significant impact on the nose's overall balance and appearance.
Ultimately, the extent of the procedure needed will have an impact on the price of your rhinoplasty.
2. Your Surgeon
A great plastic surgeon understands that your nose is the centerpiece of your face. Detailed attention to nasofacial symmetry is critical. In fact, rhinoplasty experts have one of the most intense jobs around. They must carefully manipulate cartilage, bone, and skin, making tiny adjustments and judgment calls, all while ensuring the breathing passages remain unaffected.
You’ll find that the best surgeons tend to charge a good deal more than average. It takes years of experience and a great deal of artistic skill to be an excellent rhinoplasty surgeon. The experience and expertise of the surgeon is what you are paying for. And you should be suspicious if it seems like you’re getting a “deal.”
Carefully check credentials and references, look through before and after photos, and do your homework. Your appearance is a lifelong investment. Make sure to select your rhinoplasty surgeon accordingly!
3. Your Geographic Location
The cost of surgery can be influenced by your geographic location. In general, the cost of surgery tends to be less expensive in areas of the country where the cost of living is low.
In cities like San Francisco and New York, where the cost of living is high, the cost of surgery is typically higher than the national average.
Higher prices might not seem desirable, but keep in mind that elite cities like San Francisco are home to some of the best plastic surgeons. In fact, many patients fly into San Francisco from all around the world to get access to the best of the best.
Other Costs to Consider
Our goal at 77 Plastic Surgery is to help you understand what to expect with everything related to your procedure including costs.
We don't have hidden fees. However, this may not be true for all surgeons. It's important to be aware of all the costs related to surgery so that there are no unpleasant surprises or hardships.
Here is a full list of possible expenses for rhinoplasty:
- Surgeon's fees
- Anesthesia fees
- Facility (Operating Room) fees
- Time for recovery
- Medical evaluations, diagnostic procedures, or tests (as needed in select circumstances)
- Implants or other special supplies or equipment (as needed in select circumstances)
- Cost of treating any complications (as needed in select circumstances)
The Bottom Line
In San Francisco, expect to pay between $15,000 and $50,000 for your rhinoplasty surgery.
Remember, one size (or price) does not fit all.
If you’re ready to discuss the financial aspects of your particular procedure, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will examine you, get to know you and your desired results, and custom-tailor a treatment plan for you. After that, the office will be able to estimate an overall price for your treatment.
If you desire financial assistance, we offer a range of financing plans. You can even choose to pay monthly if that better suits your budget needs.
Alternatively, feel free to fill out our free online self-evaluation to see if you're a good candidate for plastic surgery. It only takes a few minutes to complete, and we'll send your results to your inbox.