Does a Doctor Charge More for a Rhinoplasty if There is More Work Required?

Would a doctor charge more if a patient came in for a cosmetic rhinoplasty and a septoplasty compared to a patient that only came in for cosmetic rhinoplasty? Also, does the cost of cosmetic rhinoplasty increase for a patient seeking more work (for example, tip work, hump removal, and nostril work) verses someone who came just to get a hump removed?

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Rhinoplasty Charges for More Work Performed

    Some plastic surgeons will set a price for a rhinoplasty as a standard fee.  Others will charge by total time needed or number or maneuvers employed.  Find the plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties each year.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty costs

Some noses require vastly more work than others, depending on many factors, such as anatomy, symmetry and contour.  Also, if a nose has been previously operated upon (some more than once or twice) this generally requires a great deal more work, and so the general answer to your question is yes. 

Jonathan Ross Berman, M.D. , F.A.C.S.

Jonathan Berman, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty costs

There are no fixed set if rules regarding the costs relative to the amount of work needed. This will vary from surgeon to surgeon. The best thing to do is go on a few consults and find out what needs to be done to achieve the result you want and chose your surgeon based on skill and experience, not price. Bargain shopping for rhinoplasty is a mistake!

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Cost of a rhinoplasty

There are a lot of variables related to costs of a rhinoplasty.  These include tip-plasty vs full rhinoplasty. A septoplasty is billed to the patient's medical insurance when medically indicated and is a separate procedure from a cosmetic rhinoplasty.  Both operations just happen to be on the nose, but are done for totally separate reasons. A rhinoplasty takes much longer to perform than a septoplasty.   Revision rhinoplasty  takes longer, is harder to perform and in many cases require cartilage grafts from the nose or ears.  Experienced surgeons tend to charge more than surgeons who are less experienced

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Cost of rhinoplasty

The cost of any elective cosmetic procedure will vary by surgeon as does their exact technique. Dont think that a rhinoplasty is the same in every surgeon's hands. I generally charge about the same for most rhinoplasties but may charge a bit more if its more complicated and will take longer or may charge less if its fairly simple. In most cases, if you are having a revision or secondary rhinoplasty, those can be more complicated and can cost more.

Paul Wigoda, MD
Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon
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Cost of Rhinoplasty

There are many variables in the cost of nasal surgery including but not limited to the amount of work that is necessary, whether it is a primary or revision procedure, whether or not grafts are needed, and whether or not the nasal base will be altered. Insurance coverage may help if there are functional problems. While the cost is important to all of us, do not make your decision totally on the basis of finances.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Cost of rhinoplasty

Insurance will likely cover most or all of the functional portion of your surgery if you have a septorhinoplasty performed. Cost of rhinoplasty can vary from patient to patient, and will be influenced by the complexity of the case and what is necessary to achieve the desired result. Cost can also vary from surgeon to surgeon. It is important to choose a surgeon who is board certified and has a great deal of experience performing rhinoplasty. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck. 

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Septoplasty adds about 20 minutes to a rhinoplasty but doesn't always affect the charge

Defferent doctors charge differently for their surgical services. Rhinoplasty is certanly more complex than septoplasty. However, I often need to expose the septum anyway to get grafts that I very often use in primary rhinoplasty. As for differences between one rhinoplasty to the rest, sometimes a hump only may be less but usually the entire nose needs to be altered for balance. Rhinoplasty should be about finding the best doctor to do your surgery and less about price. This is the nose you will have for the rest of your life.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty charges

First rhinoplasty charges will very from surgeon to surgeon, but the more complex the rhinoplasty the higher the fee usually. 

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Cost of rhinoplasty

Dear Sophia_J,

  • It just depends on the physician and what you are looking for
  • Often, insurance can help pay for the reconstructive portions of the procedure and you may save money
  • The best thing to do is to go to a couple of consultations and you will have a much more exact idea of the charges

Best regards,

Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 74 reviews

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