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Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure to reshape the nose. During this surgery, the bone, cartilage, and soft tissues of the nose are reshaped. This technique is used to make the nose appear smaller or larger, achieve improved facial symmetry, correct an upturned or sharp tip, or remove a bump from the bridge of the nose. It is also used to correct functional concerns such as fixing a broken nose or deviated septum.

Is rhinoplasty right for me?

Rhinoplasty may be right for you if you do not like the natural size or shape of your nose, or feel that it is out of proportion with the rest of your facial features. Many common complaints about nose appearance can be corrected with this surgery. Most adults who are in good overall health are medically able to undergo rhinoplasty surgery. In the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area, this procedure is commonly performed on both women and men who wish to change how their nose looks.

How much does a nose job cost?

In the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area, rhinoplasty surgeries usually range from $3,000 to $7,000. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of this surgery is $3,833. When performed for cosmetic reasons, it is not covered by health insurance. However, reconstructive rhinoplasty to correct medical conditions or injuries may be covered by insurance.

How involved is the rhinoplasty procedure?

Rhinoplasty is performed with general anesthesia, and usually takes about two hours. During the surgery, small incisions inside the nose enable the bone, cartilage, and soft tissues to be reshaped. The techniques used depend on the goals of the procedure, and can include removing cartilage, re-setting the bone, reshaping existing tissue, or adding synthetic tissue.

How long is the recovery after a nose job?

After surgery, a stint is used to support the nose's new shape until it has fully healed. You can expect to feel some pain and tenderness. Bleeding, swelling, and bruising are common. Often the bruises extend upwards, giving West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area patients “black eyes.” This look can be a bit surprising or unsettling to some patients, though it usually dissipates quickly. Most patients are back to work in a week to ten days, though strenuous exercise should be avoided for six weeks.

What should I do next?

Have you always wished that your nose were thinner, or that the bump on the bridge was gone? Rhinoplasty may be the solution. Call Dr. Kapp today at (561) 833-4022 or fill out our online form for your consultation.