If your goal is to improve your appearance, you are surely aware that this procedure can have far-reaching consequences. A refinement of your face can make a substantive difference, not only in your sense of self-worth, and therefore in your personality, but in your personal and professional relationships. Clearly, a rhinoplasty is not something you want to have performed at a bargain rate. By the same token, nobody wants to be taken advantage of, either by a retailer or a medical professional. This is why it is wise to be diligent in your research before choosing a rhinoplasty surgeon.
The complexity of the surgery itself is one factor that people tend to forget when considering the overall cost of a good nose job. Depending on whether you have thick or thin skin, multiple injuries to the nose or severe nasal deviations, the complexity of the surgery required may vary, and so too will the cost. The more complex the surgery, the more expensive it will be. When planning your finances, be sure remember to factor in time spent off work and travel costs as well.
How much you’ll swell really depends on you and on your surgeon’s technique—not so much the type of rhinoplasty you had. Dr. William Portuese, a facial plastic surgeon in Seattle, says that “The amount of swelling after a rhinoplasty procedure depends upon the type of rhinoplasty performed [open versus closed], the thickness of the skin, the amount of alteration required to the nasal tip, and the patient’s variability with the healing process itself.” He notes that “Some patients require taping and steroid shots in the tip of the nose to reduce swelling in that area for the first several months after the procedure.” According to Dr. Miller, “A very clean open rhinoplasty can result in minimal swelling, while with a closed procedure that isn’t performed in the ideal tissue and cartilage, you can have a lot more swelling. If the dissection travels through soft tissue or muscle on top of the cartilage, more bleeding and swelling will develop.” He notes that most people can also expect some bleeding from days two to five, but it should lessen with each passing day.