R. Scott Haupt, M.D.

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Rhinoplasty

To no one’s surprise “rhino” means nose and “plasty” means shape. There are non- cosmetic rhinoplasties such as repositioning the nasal bones after trauma or repositioning cartilage or bones inside of the nose to help a person open their nasal passages to breathe better.

Most rhinoplasties are cosmetic: to reshape the nose in a more pleasing position. Insurance will not cover the costs for this portion, but if there is an airway problem, some of the costs may be lessened as both non-cosmetic and cosmetic procedures can be done at the same time.

Greatly reducing the dorsum (hump) or reshaping the cartilage at the tip is a popular way of improving one’s self confidence in their nose.  Other ways may include removal of a portion of the lateral nostril to thin the nose, or adding a filler, such as Radiesse, to put in a small contour irregularity. These are smaller procedures that can be done in the office.

For plastic surgeons, rhinoplasties can be one of the most challenging areas of cosmetic surgery, as final results may take a year or more to see. A woody firmness of scar tissue is laid down and can take that long to resolve. Also, even small areas less than 1/32” or 1 mm can be seen as a contour irregularity or asymmetry. In fact, even the most skilled surgeon’s hands, rhinoplasties have one of the highest re-operative rates of any cosmetic procedure, and any revision can be challenging to correct.

Fortunately, most patients are pleased with the results with improved confidence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will insurance cover a rhinoplasty?

Insurance companies will not cover the cost of the cosmetic rhinoplasties. Obstructed airways from a deviated septum or nasal fractures bowed in are covered by insurance as there is a functional problem and patients are have symptomatic issues with breathing. A cosmetic portion of a rhinoplasty can often be done at the same time.

What are the risks?

The risks include bleeding, infection, nerve damage, contour irregularities, unmet expectations, small perforations, breathing difficulties, and needing further revisions.