What is Rhinoplasty

A Rhinoplasty is surgery of the nose. It is sometimes referred to as a ‘nose job’. It’s hard to hide your nose. The nose is, arguably, the most obvious feature on your face and a major player in how balanced the other facial features appear. Surgery of the nose (Rhinoplasty) has been around for thousands of years with techniques for changing the nose getting better and better over time. Changing the shape of the nose can dramatically affect the perception of the entire face. Dr. Partington is an expert in facial symmetry and beauty and has done hundreds of Rhinoplasty procedures for both corrective and cosmetic purposes. Surgery of the nose can also improve breathing when it is impaired by a structural defect or injury.Some of the things that are addressed with Rhinoplasty can include:

  • Width of the nose
  • Profile of the nose
  • Visible bumps or depressions in the nose
  • Nostrils that are wide, large or upturned
  • Nasal asymmetry

The Procedure

The surgery is usually performed in our state-of-the-art, accredited surgery suite in our Bellevue Clinic and is an outpatient procedure. We avoid general anesthesia and a tube down the throat, preferring to give ‘twilight sleep’ with the patient breathing on their own. Dr. Partington will carefully follow the surgical plan he has set forth with you using the best technique for your given situation. The surgery generally takes about one to two hours. You will be observed for some time after your procedure and then released to go home with the adult caretaker you have chosen. It is not unusual for Rhinoplasty to be combined with other facial procedures such as face lift, eye lift, chin or cheek implants or ear surgery.

The Recovery

Post-operative pain is usually moderate and well controlled with oral pain medication. You will go home with a splint and bandaging on the outside of your nose along with packing placed inside your nose. These dressings are necessary to protect the new structure of your nose during the initial healing period. Healing may include some swelling and bruising that can take two to three weeks to resolve. Even after this time, there will be residual swelling that is most noticeable to you, and can take several more weeks to completely go away. You will need to protect your nose from injury very carefully for 3 months following surgery as it will be more susceptible to injury during that time. Patients can go back to sedentary work in a few days and more vigorous work after two weeks. Usually scars are hidden entirely inside the nose. Occasionally there is a scar across the Columella (the tissue between the nostrils) that usually heals very well and is imperceptible for most patients. Many patients express that the improvement is their nose transcends into self confidence that positively affects their entire well-being.

The Financing

Rhinoplasty is sometimes covered by insurance if the nose were injured in an accident or if there is significant structural deformity affecting breathing. Purely cosmetic Rhinoplasty is not covered by insurance. The total cost of a Rhinoplasty procedure generally varies between $7,000 and $10,000 depending on the complexity of the procedure. That includes the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, facility costs and pre/post-operative appointments etc. Be certain when you are getting approximate quotes for procedures that you are getting an actual estimate of the entire cost and not just the surgeon fee so that you aren’t surprised later. We understand that financing is a concern for many people and an important part of the decision making process. We offer several options for financing and we will work with you to come up with a surgical plan and financing that suits your needs.

Our office accepts a range of financing options including:

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