Rhinoplasty is surgery on the nose. Normally it is done for cosmetic reasons however it may also be done as a way to correct a deviated septum so that you can breathe better. Many people have had rhinoplasty and it is generally considered to be a safe operation. However, as with all surgery, there are some risks involved. You are going to have to decide if it is worth it.
NoseThe first thing that you are going to have to do if you are considering rhinoplasty is to find a surgeon who can do it. In most cases, you are going to want to use a plastic surgeon but there are other types of surgeons who may perform it as well, in particular, an ear, nose and throat specialist. The big thing is to make sure that they are properly qualified and board certified. You are also going to want to make sure that they have experience doing this type of surgery. Finally, you will want to sit down with your doctor and discuss the procedure and make sure that you are comfortable with your surgeon.
The actual procedure of rhinoplasty is fairly simple. The make a small incision in your nose and in most cases they will remove some cartilage from your nose. In a small number of cases, they will add cartilage to your nose instead. This is rare however since there are not a lot of people who want a bigger nose.
There are some small risks that you need to be aware of if you are considering rhinoplasty. The biggest is that you will be under anesthesia and that always comes with a risk that is small but where the consequences can be serious. There is also a chance that your nose may become infected. The most likely risk is that the nose may not heal the way it is supposed to. In most cases, this will mean a scar is left on your nose but it could also leave your nose discolored. In the worst cases, there may be a persistent pain in your nose. Make sure you talk to your surgeon about the risks before the surgery and make sure that you fully understand them.
One other big consideration is going to be the cost of rhinoplasty. If you are having it done because of a deviated septum your insurance will likely pay for it since it is being done to correct a medical problem. However if it is being done for cosmetic reasons you will need to pay for it out of your own pocket. Expect the price to run into the several thousand dollars by the time you have paid for the surgeon’s fees plus the cost of the hospital.