The cost varies by patient depending on the specific case and the traced functional and cosmetic goals. The price of the procedure is affected by certain key factors like: the technique used for the procedure, how experienced and skilled the surgeon is, in what state/city the procedure is performed and the extent and complexity of the work you need.
At the first evaluation, the doctor can estimate the cost and give you details about the fees that are tied to the procedure. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that the average cost of a rhinoplasty in the USA was $4,314 for the year 2010. The sum does not include the fees for the anesthesiologist, the use of the facility, medical exams, medications and other requirements.
Anesthesiologist fees and related cost vary according to the complexity of rhinoplasty procedure and can range from five hundred ($500) to a thousand dollars ($1,000). The fee associated to the operating facility can also range from $500 to $1,000 dollars. Some plastic surgeons perform the procedure in their own clinic, this will also influence the final cost.
There is also the possibility to undergo multiple cosmetic and plastic procedures in a single surgical session. The related fees and joint costs can be lower when contrasting the price of each individual procedure. You will save money since you only need to pay for the anesthesiologist and the operating facility one single time.
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Cost of a Rhinoplasty Consultation
Many rhinoplasty surgeons don't charge for the initial consultation, especially when the economy is down, but do not assume your consultation will be free. Always ask before scheduling an appointment. You may be required to pay for the consultation, but the cost should be deducted from the surgical fees if you go ahead and schedule surgery.
On your first consultation, the surgeon will give you an estimated cost of the surgery. Blood tests and additional evaluations are necessary to ensure that you are eligible for a surgical procedure. Some surgeons might include the costs for these pre-operative tests in the final bill of the procedure; or you might have the alternative to do them with a 3rd party lab, if you prefer.
Factors that affect the cost
Cosmetic surgery is not the time to shop for a bargain. Usually surgeons with greater surgical experience and years of medical practice feature the highest fees. Those are also usually the doctors that have the knowledge and skills to deliver better results. Choosing the most experienced surgeon can reduce the risk of difficulties and increase your satisfaction with the outcome of your rhinoplasty.
Some factors that will affect the cost of your rhinoplasty are:
- Time. The more work a surgeon does on the nasal area, the longer the procedure will take and the more it will cost in terms of facility use and the surgeon's and other staff's time.
- Technique. The technique and medical gear used will affect the cost.
- Technology. If the most recent technology is used it is most certain that the cost of the procedure will be higher. On the other hand, the use of older technologies will have a lower cost.
- Surgeon. A surgeon with more experience and a higher skill set is likely to charge more for his or her services. A very popular, in-demand rhinoplasty surgeon might increase his or her prices.
- Location. Geography can affect the cost of the procedure. Cosmetic procedures, including rhinoplasty, might cost more if performed in a densely urban area, such as New York City or Los Angeles.
- Anesthesiology. The type of anesthesia will affect cost. Generally speaking, local anesthesia with sedation is less costly than general anesthesia.
- Facility. A procedure performed in your doctor's surgical office will likely cost less than a procedure performed in a hospital.
Health Insurance Coverage for Rhinoplasty
In some cases, your rhinoplasty may be covered by your health insurance if the insurance company agrees that the surgery is medically necessary due to an accidental injury, health complications, physical deformities, and in cases of chronic or acute sinusitis or a deviated septum. However, if the procedure is strictly for cosmetic purposes, expect to pay the full cost for your surgery.
Discuss medical necessity with your surgeon during your consultation. If your surgery is deemed "medically necessary", then you and your surgeon's staff must get the procedure authorized in writing by the insurance company before the procedure is performed. In this case, you may be required to pay partial fees or none at all, but this will be determined by your insurance company and the type of health plan coverage you have.
Payments and Financing
The cost of a plastic surgery can be a high one-time expense for many patients, that is surgeons offer financing from institutions that specialize in cosmetic and plastic surgery loans.
Your surgeon and his or her staff will advise you about these options and finance plans, and you might also research them online. Medical financing works just like other types of financing: You choose and apply for a given payment plan, and once it gets approved, the financing entity pays the rhinoplasty surgeon for the amount you were approved, and you repay the financial institution. You pay at the end in monthly disbursements with interest.