Rhinoplasty
Average cost in the USA vs average cost through Bridge: $12,275 usd vs $4,700 usd

   What is it?

Rhinoplasty surgery changes the size, shape, and structure of your nose. Commonly called a nose job, this popular facial plastic surgery procedure can reduce a prominent bump, narrow a wide tip, straighten a crooked bridge, improves asymmetry, or make your nose more proportional to the rest of your facial features.

Rhinoplasty is sometimes combined (and often confused) with septoplasty—the surgical correction of a deviated septum, a condition where the wall between your nasal passages is crooked. A septoplasty is performed to improve breathing, while a rhinoplasty is usually performed for aesthetic reasons.

   What are the pros and cons of a rhinoplasty?
Pros
  • Nose reshaping surgery can balance your facial features and make them look more proportionate.
  • Rhinoplasty is an outpatient plastic surgery, so you’ll go home the same day.
  • The procedure itself isn't painful at all (thanks to anesthesia), and recovery isn’t too painful, either.
  • A functional rhinoplasty can correct a structural issue to help resolve breathing problems.
Cons
  • This is a major surgery, and you can expect significant swelling and bruising for at least the first 14 days post-procedure.
  • During their initial recovery, some rhinoplasty patients experience nausea, vomiting, and a sore throat.
  • The hard cast that’s worn for the first week can be uncomfortable and make your nose feel congested.
  • It can take up to a year to see your final results, and they may not match your expectations.
   Who is a good candidate for this procedure?

Whether it’s right or not for you depends on a number of factors. This includes the cosmetic and structural concerns you’re looking to change, your budget, and the recovery time.

The best age for the procedure is between ages 18 and 40. Facial features need to reach maturity before you can have a nose job, so teens should wait until they’re at least 17 years old.
After age 40 your skin is not as elastic, so healing may take longer and safety risks also increase with age. If you're an older patient, you may need to provide a more detailed medical history and go through a more rigorous health screening.

   Post-op

Rhinoplasty recovery includes one to two weeks of downtime. You can also expect swelling, bruising, and a clogged-nose feeling—but not necessarily pain.These recovery tips can help.

  • Sleeping position matters. Keep your head elevated and sleep on a couple of pillows for one to two weeks post-op, to help the swelling go down.
  • Don't wear glasses for the first month or two—or ask your surgeon to give you your cast, and you can wear glasses over the top of the cast to disperse their weight.
  • Eat healthy foods. For the first day or two, stick to low-sodium broth or a light homemade soup; applesauce; mashed potatoes; or other soft, bland foods. Stay away from spicy or salty foods, which can make swelling worse.
  • Apply cool compresses for the first two to three days.
  • Resist the urge to blow your nose, which can rupture your incisions. If you have to sneeze, do it with your mouth open.
  • Avoid all strenuous activities for the first two weeks and sports where you might injure your nose for at least three months.