What makes an attractive nose? The nose should fit the face and be natural looking. The same “ideal” proportions and shapes of the nose and face have been advocated for thousands of years with almost universal agreement Some people, through heredity or trauma, have a nose that is not suited for their other facial features. Rhinoplasty can be performed on men and women from the age of 16 and up who are dissatisfied with the shape, size or contour of their nose. A rhinoplasty can change the size of the nose, change the profile, remove a hump, improve the appearance of the tip, bridge or nostrils, and correct asymmetry. Other treatments, such as a chin implant, may also improve the appearance of the nose and balance the face.

In some cases, patients may have breathing problems or a crooked nose which needs correction. This can also be addressed during a rhinoplasty with procedures done alter the inner workings of the nose, such as a septoplasty or spreader grafts, to improve the nasal airway. Dr. de Ramón’s years of experience in plastic surgery in the Harrisburg, PA region combined with his attention to detail and precise execution of rhinoplasty procedures ensure consistent and natural appearing results.

Insurance does not usually cover rhinoplasty for appearance concerns since it is considered a cosmetic procedure. However, if the patient has documented difficulties with breathing, a portion of the surgery may be covered. Pre-determination is required prior to scheduling surgery if a patient has these issues. Our billing office or surgical coordinator will assist with these issues if needed.

Am I a good candidate for a rhinoplasty?

Patients who seek rhinoplasty typically do not like something specific about their nasal appearance, have had trauma resulting in a change in the appearance of their nose, or have difficulty breathing through their nose. Patients in the Harrisburg, PA region who undergo rhinoplasty surgery are usually between the ages of 16-75. Patients must be in good overall health and be a non-smoker. In addition, allergies must be well controlled.

What is the recovery like?

Rhinoplasty or nasal surgery is often performed as an outpatient at West Shore Surgery Center. Patients will often wear a splint or have nasal packing after surgery. This can cause some discomfort for a few days. Patients should plan to take 7-10 days off work for recovery. Pain is mild and can be controlled with pain medication. There may be some bruising and swelling for up to 2 weeks after surgery. Each patient recovers differently, so Dr. de Ramón will work closely with patients to determine the time for the return to work. Dr. de Ramón has a specially trained medical staff to offer personal care throughout the recovery process. Post-op patients are also given his personal cell phone number to contact him in case of problems or questions.

What is the cost of rhinoplasty surgery?

Most rhinoplasty surgery is not covered by insurance since it deals with the cosmetic appearance of the nose. A cosmetic rhinoplasty performed as outpatient costs between $6500-7600.

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