The Cost of Rhinoplasty
The cost of a rhinoplasty procedure can vary greatly from region to region, city to city and doctor to doctor. Just as in any field, including medicine, there are groups and people that provide low cost, operations for large volume client bases on low budgets and higher cost operations to superstar medical personalities willing to pay astronomical prices. After doing research beforehand and paying attention to published reports on plastic surgery, one can easily find the names of plastic surgeons in the Southern California area, or any area, who have worked on famous celebrities. However, whatever your budget and approach, you can save money by researching the topic, making an informed decision and consulting with several doctors or groups until you find the one who makes you feel comfortable, and who is charging what you are willing to pay for the procedure.
Simply stated, without honing in on a specific location or naming a particular doctor, rhinoplasty costs should range from a minimum of $3,000 to no more than $12,000. This is the cost of hiring the surgeon only - there are a variety of other fees involved in the procedure regardless of who performs the work and where it is performed. The amount of work necessary is also a predominant factor in the final cost.
In general, unless your rhinoplasty procedure is of the most minimal type, perhaps a small bump or growth being removed or altered, you're going to need to be asleep for the procedure and that requires the skill of a good anesthesiologist. Usually, when you hire your doctor, you don't have a choice over the anesthesiologist - you simply use the one he's got on his staff or the one that he's most comfortable working with. In general, an anesthesiologist should charge approximately $700 to keep you safely asleep for the time necessary for the operation. Remember to tell everyone you speak to if you have any allergies to any medicines or if you are currently taking any medicines as they may unfavorably interact with the anesthesia.
In some instances, the doctor may be offering a package price. If this makes you uncomfortable for any reason or if the total price for the work you are requesting does not feel proper, ask for a breakdown. If his breakdown does not conform with these averages, or if his explanations do nothing to allay your concerns, get a second opinion.